Who’s Next?/A Space In Time
In weekend’s ‘On The Turntable’ program we feature two super rock albums celebrating 50 years since their release …. We start with the bombastic “Who’s Next?” from The Who and conclude the program with “A Space In Time” from Ten Years After. This will be a very fun, rockin’ program. We hope you enjoy it.
‘Who’s Next?’ is the fifth studio album by The Who. It was released this very weekend in 1971. The album was developed from an aborted project of Pete Townsend’s titled Lifehouse. Eight of the nine songs are from that project. The album was an immediate success upon its release and is now reported as three times platinum … I have been asked many times what is my favorite LP. I truly do not have one. However, if I were forced to choose one … it would most likely be ‘Who’s Next?’
The album has often been viewed as The Who’s best album. It is an album where all four members of the band were at their best …. Keith Moon attacked the drums … Roger Daltry never sang better … John Entwistle’s bass lines were impeccable and Pete Townsend, well he was Pete Townsend. ‘Who’s Next?’ is listed in the book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’ … It was ranked 38th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time … Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers ‘Who’s Next?’ to be the 2nd best LP of 1971, second only to Led Zeppelin IV; the website also considers the album the 9th best of the decade and 36th of all time. Digital Dream Door Dot Com ranks the album 3rd on its 1971 year end list.
Notable Tracks – ‘Baba O’Rielly’ ‘Going Mobile’ ‘Gettin’ In Tune’ ‘The Song Is Over’
A Space In Time
‘A Space In Time’ is the sixth studio album from Ten Years After; released November 11th 1971. The album is a departure from earlier material due to the increased use of acoustic guitar. The album is the band’s most successful; breaking the top twenty on the Billboard 200 due to the popularity of their biggest single ‘I’d Love To Change The World’ which broke the Top 40 on the Billboard 100. It is also one of my favorite guitar solos.
In the same vein of Who’s Next, I have been asked many times; who is your favorite guitarist? And, I have seen them all; from Jimmie Page to Richie Blackmore. I do not have a favorite … though, if I were forced to answer with a gun to my head, the late Alvin Lee would be my choice. I saw Ten Years After during their Rock N Roll Music To The World Tour in 1973 and I will never forget the experience of seeing Alvin Lee play the guitar. ‘A Space in Time’ is a fantastic record – it is not ‘Cricklewood Green’ however, it is close. Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers the LP to be the 94th best of 1971. Digital Dream Door Dot Com ranked it 54th on its year end list.
Notable Tracks – ‘I’d Love To Change The World’ ‘One Of These Days’ ‘Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘n’ Roll You’
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