Pazz and Jop 1971 – #1

The Who – Who’s Next?

My music-loving friends might appreciate this, or maybe no one else gives a crap and this goes into the void. Anyway. I’ve long had it in my head to listen through the entire history of albums that made it onto the annual Pazz and Jop polls (formerly of the late Village Voice, carried on now by dedicated lunatics), because sometimes, in a world full of music, one can feel paralyzed when trying to decide what to listen to next. Today is the day I begin, with 1971’s top album from The Who. “Baba O’Riley”. “Behind Blue Eyes”. “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. Feeling pretty good heading into this.

UPDATE: Remember when albums were all under 45 minutes long because that’s all they could squeeze onto two sides of a hunk of vinyl? What a trip. I’ve always been a passive fan of The Who, enjoying the songs that made it onto my radar but never actively seeking out the rest. A mistake, perhaps. Really enjoyed this album, especially the middle stretch – “My Wife”, “The Song is Over” and “Getting in Tune” – of songs I have no recall of ever having heard before. Just a solid record from start to finish, and a very encouraging start to my project.

(Originally posted on Facebook, February 27, 2021)

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