October 25, 2020

1989-01-28 – The Honolulu Advertiser

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84 Saturday, January 28. 1989 The Honolulu Advertiser


Who’s better and Who’s best *

Two decades of rock

from the British band

HE Who, marking its 25th anniversary
in the recording business this year. is
featured on a two—record. best-of disc, “The
Who: Who's Better. Who's Best' (MCA


Eighteen classic tracks have been assem-
bled in a tidy compilation that looks back
at two decades of what has made Who one
of Britain's top exports.

The glimpse — showcasing the artistry
of guitarist Pete Townshend, singer Roger
Daltry. bassist John Entwlstle. and drum-
mer Keith Moon — arrives in the mile-
stone year as a prelude to the re-formation
of The Who. which will. in 1989. take to
the studio again with a new lineup. The
Who as a group has been inactive since

Oh, but there are memories a-plenty
here — from the pivotal first single. “I
Can‘t Explain." which was released in 1965,
to such flamboyant niceties as “Pinball
Wizard.” featured in the rock opera “Tom-

'The retrospective clearly indicates that
Townshend, in particular. was the genius
in the band. the composer with the savvy

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and creativity to give The Who its rock ‘n'
roll wallop. He penned nearly every one of
The Who’s blockbusters. from “I Can See
for Miles.” to “The Kids Are Alright.” from
“My Generation" to “I'm Free,” from ‘Mag-
ic Bus." to “See Me. Feel Me," from “Pic-
tures of Lily" to “Substitute.”

You don't get the guitar-smashing hoopla
here. but you do feel the essence of blues-
accented Brits whose technique and taste
have endured in the last quarter-century.
For an archival sampling. “Who's Better,
Who's Best” is a showy stroll down memo-
ry lane. a mirror of much of the raw ener-
gy and excitement that made the band one
of the bittersweet successes from the
Beatles-pioneered invasion from the United

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ETE Townshend’s recent solo album.
“Another Scoop" (Atco 90539-1). a two-

i-ecord lineup compiling nearly 30 cuts, also
is worth examining. It exhibits his own
versions of some of The Who’s biggies —
“Pinball Wizard." “Happy Jack." “Pictures
of Lily” - plus atmospheric blues in his
gritty and involving style. via such entries
as “Don't Let Go the Coat.” “Never Ask
Me.” and “Girl in a Suitcase."


HORT notes on long-plays:
0 “Maxi Priest” (Virgin 790957-1) is a ‘
hoot, notable for the winning “Wild World"
revival. plus “Same Old Story." “How Can
We Ease the Pain.” “Some Guys Have All
the Luck," and “Marcus.”

0 “Hold an Old Friend's Hand” (MCA
4267). the newest by Tiffany, is another
jewelcase of youth-appealing “Radio Ro-
mance.” “All This Time.” “Drop That
Bomb." and “Hearts Never Lie," the last a
sweet duet with Chris Farrell.

O “Homesick Heroes” (Epic FE 44324). a
rouser by the Charlie Daniels Band, is a
fusion of country with a bit of boogie, and a
toe-tapping treat through and through.
Best bets: “Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country
Blues," “Honky Tonk Avenue.” “Midnight
Train." and “Big Bad John,” the last an
updating of the old Jimmy Dean classic.