October 21, 2020

Love Is Coming Down

From the "Who Are You" liner notes by Matt Resnicoff with additions by Brian Cady.

Recorded at Ramport Studios on October 18, 1977. Ted Astley’s strings were added in December

From the Who Are You liner notes by Matt Resnicoff with additions by Brian Cady:

Recorded at Ramport Studios on October 18, 1977. Ted Astley’s strings were added in December

"We used the string orchestra on this, too, and I really love the result. But it was not to every Who fan’s taste. In fact, several wrote me to say they hated the song because it seemed so melodramatically depressive and fatalistic. The song was intended to be about the inevitability of triumph in the spiritual life, but when I was writing then, I think, I sensed the end coming for the band, for me as its creative engine and for Keith as its physical heartbeat. The song weeps in advance. If my music was changing, it was going backwards: this sounds like something from a Shirley-Bassey-Sings-the-James-Bond-theme album."
–Pete Townshend

During the long 1977 Who sabbatical Pete and The Who’s ex-manager Kit Lambert, who was the son of orchestral composer Constant Lambert, were attempting to fashion songs that would better blend rock and orchestral styles. Other songs that led from this experimentation were "Street In The City" on Rough Mix, "Brooklyn Kids" and "Football Fugue" on Another Scoop and "I Like It The Way It Is" from Scoop 3. "Love Is Coming Down" was never performed live by The Who.

The "work in progress mix" was Recorded at Ramport in April 1978.
This version of the song features different piano and bass parts, and has only a guide vocal.
Previously unreleased.