Progrography

The Who
Why The Who? After all, they're not considered a progressive rock band proper. But leaving them out of our discussion would represent a glaring omission, as they were instrumental in pushing the boundaries of rock music. Their superlative musicianship set the bar for future bands like Yes to clear, their ambitious concept albums proved that rock could form the building blocks of bigger things. The Who have released too many great singles and albums to cite here. Prior to Tommy, The Who could have been compared to a louder version of The Kinks. With the rock opera Tommy, Townshend contributed one for the ages; concept albums from 200 Motels to The Wall owe it a debt. For a period, The Who became a mouthpiece for Townshend's musical pipe dreams, from the failed Lifehouse concept (salvaged for the classic Who's Next) to Quadrophenia. Subsequent albums eschewed stories for songs; among these, Who Are You comes closest to approaching their best work. Following the death of Keith Moon in 1978, Pete Townshend pursued a solo career in earnest while writing much of the material for Face Dances and Who's Next. The Who dissolved soon after, with Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle releasing occasional solo albums as well. The legacy they left behind is remarkable; like The Beatles, it's hard to say what rock music would sound like today without them.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1964 July I'm The Face
1965 January 15 I Can't Explain
1965 May 21 Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
1965 November 5 My Generation
1965 December THE WHO SINGS MY GENERATION
1966 March Substitute
1966 March A Legal Matter
1966 August 26 I'm A Boy
1966 August The Kids Are Alright
1966 November La La La Lies
1966 December 3 Happy Jack
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1966 December 3 A QUICK ONE (HAPPY JACK)
1966 December 11 READY STEADY WHO (EP)
1967 April 22 Pictures of Lily
1967 July The Last Time
1967 October 14 I Can See For Miles
1967 December THE WHO SELL OUT
1968 I Can't Reach You
1968 March Call Me Lightning
1968 June Dogs
1968 July Magic Bus
1968 October MAGIC BUS - THE WHO ON TOUR
1968 November DIRECT HITS
1969 THE WHO/THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK
1969 March 7 Pinball Wizard
1969 May TOMMY
1969 July I'm Free
1969 Go To The Mirror
1969 The Acid Queen
1969 Christmas
1969 TOMMY BOXED SINGLES SET
1970 April The Seeker
1970 May LIVE AT LEEDS
1970 June Summertime Blues (live)
1970 September See Me, Feel Me
1971 June 25 Won't Get Fooled Again
1971 August 14 WHO'S NEXT
1971 October Behind Blue Eyes
1971 November Let's See Action
1971 November MEATY BEATY BIG AND BOUNCY
1971 THE WHO DISQUE D'OR (fr.)
1972 TOMMY (w. London Symphony Orch.)
1972 June Join Together
1972 December Relay
1973 September 5:15
1973 October QUADROPHENIA
1973 November Love Reign O'er Me
1974 January The Real Me
1974 October ODDS & SODS
1974 November Postcard
1975 August TOMMY: THE MOVIE
1975 October THE WHO BY NUMBERS
1975 November Squeeze Box
1976 August Slip Kid
1976 September THE STORY OF THE WHO
1978 MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY WITH ALISON STEELE
1978 July 14 Who Are You
1978 Had Enough
1978 August WHO ARE YOU
1978 December Trick of the Light
1979 April Long Live Rock
1979 June THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
1979 September QUADROPHENIA SOUNDTRACK
1979 ARCHIVES
1981 February 27 You Better You Bet
1981 March FACE DANCES
1981 May Don't Let Go The Coat
1981 October HOOLIGANS
1982 August Athena
1982 September 4 IT'S HARD
1982 December Eminence Front
1982 PHASES
1983 February It's Hard
1983 May WHO'S GREATEST HITS
1983 August RARITIES VOLUME 1 (1966-1968)
1983 October RARITIES VOLUME 2 (1970-1973)
1984 November WHO'S LAST
1984 November Twist And Shout (live)
1984 November THE SINGLES
1985 WHO'S MISSING
1985 August THE BEST OF THE SIXTIES
1985 I Don't Even Know Myself
1986 April GREATEST HITS (Arcade)
1985 October THE WHO COLLECTION
1987 TWO'S MISSING
1988 February THIS IS MY GENERATION (EP)
1988 March WHO'S BETTER WHO'S BEST
1990 March JOIN TOGETHER
1991 July 5 THIRTY YEARS OF MAXIMUM R&B
1996 August 27 MY GENERATION - THE VERY BEST OF THE WHO
1996 October 29 LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 1970
1999 April THE BEST OF THE WHO: THE MILLENIUM COLLECTION
2000 February 15 BBC SESSIONS
2000 THE BLUES TO THE BUSH
2002 June 11 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
2003 July 22 LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
2004 March 30 THEN AND NOW: 1964-2004
2004 April 13 SINGLES BOX V.1
2006 July 24 WIRE & GLASS (EP)
2006 October 31 ENDLESS WIRE
2009 December 22 GREATEST HITS
2010 March 23 GREATEST HITS LIVE

SEE ALSO...
Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me: Music From The Motion Picture
Jerry Maguire: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
School of Rock: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
ROGER DALTREY discography
KEITH MOON discography
PETE TOWNSHEND discography

 

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