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The Who - Who's Next


Classic Records (Track)



Product No.:
ACCS 79182Q

200 Gram Vinyl Record

200 Gram LP  

Originally released in August 1971, Who's Next became The Who's most acclaimed work and one of the most important albums in the history of rock. Springing out of Pete Townshend's never-fully realized Lifehouse Project, it revolutionized popular music by introducing the use of pre-programmed synthesizers and sequencing. Who's Next also featured some of the Who's all-time biggest tracks, including "Baba O'Riley", "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."

"Or is this Who's Best? That debate will rage forever, but there's no denying the sheer majesty of this 1971 classic, with regulation Who anthems like "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Baba O'Riley" and "Behind Blue Eyes." This disc has been reissued and remastered so many times, it's simply astonishing that Classic was able to extract more." – Hi-Fi News

Side One
1. Baba O'Riley
2. Bargain
3. Love Ain't for Keeping
4. My Wife
5. Song Is Over

Side Two
1. Getting in Tune
2. Going Mobile
3. Behind Blue Eyes
4. Won't Get Fooled Again

Customer Reviews (4.17 Stars) 12 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 05/02/2013
2 Stars
Reviewer: Greg D.
I can't believe I got burned, yet again, by Classic. Yet another brilliantly remastered LP that has a quality of sound like never before released. So, what's the problem? More surface noise than the copy I bought in the mid 70's! Inexcusable!!! When paying $70 for a "superior" copy this should not be an issue. Yet, every time I purchase a Classic release the same thing happens. I've learned my lesson finally.Again, the remastering job was outstanding. I can hear things like never before. Sadly, the sounds were often masked by the constant pops and ticks.

Greatyly improved but work still to be done

posted on 05/13/2011
4 Stars
The folks at MCA should be banished to an Island where they play Helen Reddy all day for what they did to this album in release throughout the '70 and '80s with the horrible quality of this release. The CD deluxe remaster in the '90s was a dramatic improvement with lots of bonus tracks etc...But, let's face facts, it is still a CD and not vinyl. Classic has taken this classic and restored and probably surpassed the original. My gripe, as mentioned before, is the release quality of the vinly. While flat and generally clear of surface noice, there is still enough to make me wonder....Also, the soundstage is still a bit thin more down to the original recording then the re mixing/mastering.

Sounds like the original

posted on 02/18/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: dadam
I A/B'd it to my original pressing and the mix & mastering sound similar. This was one of my favorite albums growing up, and I remember always thinking Keith Moon made the album. After listening to it recently, I no longer think so. Why? The guy was a cymbal addict. He must hit the same crash cymbal 500 times per cut which obscures the rest of the mix. Note the drums and particularly the crash cymbals are mixed further back in "won't get fooled again" the last cut on the record. Maybe the mixing engineers had finally had enough.

No Problems

posted on 10/08/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: Scott
I own quite a few of the Classic Records pressings and have never had any issues with the 200 gram reissues I own. This one was delivered in perfect condition. I run all the new and used albums I buy through my Spin-Clean because I figure it can't hurt. This release of Who's Next sounds fantastic as do all the Who reissues by Classic Records. If you are a Who fan do yourself a favor and check it out.

superior sound quality inferior pressing quality

posted on 08/15/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: chris
Word to the wise. Easily the best I ever heard this classic rock album sound. Better than other Lp pressings (including domestic, import and the Kevin Gray MCA heavy vinyl issue) and the Mofi CD. Chris Bellman did an excellent job on this. Herein lies the problem, Classic records new "audiophile" Lp's are worse quality than most used records I buy. Their QC is terrible. My first copy was warped. The next had crackles all through "gettin in tune" and part of "Baba O'reilly". Subsequently I have tried 5 copies of this album (2 200g and 3 150g) including "hand select" from classic records own mail order site and a couple from acoustic sounds. Every single copy has more surface noise than used records and 3 of the 5 were warped. Acoustic sounds is not to blame, they have excellent service and sent me a new one (not their fault it was no better than one I sent back). The skinny on this one is......Great mastering, bad quality pressing. I wish you better luck than I.

awesome remaster but vinyl QA could be better

posted on 11/12/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Dragan
I had just spent some hours listening to the original US MCA releases of the Who and was getting really dissapointed. I don't know who mastered the originals but they are really bad, no percussion, vocals coming out of one speaker, non-existent soundstage, etc. It was VERY refreshing to put on the Classic Records release of this album and hear what it can really sound like. You can tell the person behind the console on this one knew what they were doing. Moon's drums are amazing, Entwhistle's Bass is sublime, and all the vocals and guitars are there in their full glory, fully extended and just hanging in mid-air with the soundstage this album produces. I wish the vinyl was a little cleaner, but mine had no glaring prolems. A little surface noise here and there, nothing that would keep me from buying another Who album from Classic Records. I sure hope they do "Who are You" next, lord knows the music deserves to be heard properly.

What can be said that hasn't already been said?

posted on 07/27/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: macdaddie
Awesome - the sound just jumps out at you from this disc. Old sounds new!!

Dull Sounding

posted on 11/26/2005
2 Stars
Many years ago I was disappointed with the sound quality on the original release, and bought another copy years later hoping it would be better; it wasn't. Then CD's came along, so I bought one of those. Still not that good. Then I see glowing reviews and a "recommended" box for the "heavy" vinyl version, so I buy it once more. In comparison to the CD, the CD was clearly superior by any standard.

Review of Classic's "Who's Next"

posted on 11/15/2005
5 Stars
Nice warm tubey version of this early '70s classic. The only complaint I have against this, as well as other releases by companies such as Classic and Speakers Corner, is that many times the pressings are not always up to par. Too many of them will have scratches, gouges or skips on the vinyl, which is inexcusable for $30-$40 albums. In this particular case, I purchased two copies of this album. On the "Going Mobile" track, there is a skip on the vinyl that will knock out 3 seconds of music, and it exists on both copies, indicating a bad batch. I'm not trying to come down had on these companies, but problems won't be solved unless they're brought out in the open. If Mobile Fidelity can go for as long as they did with no faults, so can Classic and Speakers Corner.

When they knew how to record vinyl

posted on 04/04/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bill Donohue
If you love the Who as I do, you better get this album. It should be put on 45 rpm, but I doubt that it will. It may not ever get better than this.

A masterpiece reborn

posted on 03/08/2005
5 Stars
This is one of all time Top Five rock albums, and this new vinyl makes it sound as good as it did when it first came out. There have been other incarnations on vinyl since the original which were dull and muddied, but this is the real deal. A fitting tribute to all the dead boys who were the Who. But it NOW, play it NOW. They don't make rock n roll like this anymore.

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