The album art, designed by Graham Hughes, depicts a young boy playing an Atari game, and serves as a nod to the changing times. Another sign of the changing times: It's Hard became the first album from the band's catalog to be released on compact disc. It's Hard peaked at No.
The Who didn't release another album until 's Endless Wire , and by then the lineup was down to just Daltrey and Townshend, following he death of bassist John Entwistle. Home News. Watch the Who Perform 'Eminence Front'. Next: Top 10 Who Songs. Filed Under: The Who. Categories: Anniversaries. The album cover, designed and photographed by Graham Hughes, depicts a young boy playing an Atari Space Duel arcade game. This is intended as a contemporary update to the song " Pinball Wizard ," from the album Tommy.
The first track on the album, " Athena ", peaked at No. In , MCA Records re-released the album with new mixes for several songs, correcting problems evident in the original mixes for "Athena" and " Eminence Front ". In , Daltrey said " It's Hard should never have been released" and that he also had arguments with Townshend over the release of the album. He stated the record company wanted them to make a new record, then do a tour for the album, so in many ways they were forced to release it.
Critical reviews on its release in were polarizing. Parke Puterbaugh of Rolling Stone gave it the magazine's highest rating 5 stars and commented that it was "their most vital and coherent album since [the album] Who's Next ". Just over half of this album has been played live over the course of the band's career, most of the performances coming from the then farewell tour in supporting the album.
Its live performances did not deviate too far from the studio cut. The band hated playing the song and thought that their performance on it was not up to their standards, so they dropped it in the middle of the tour. This was because the song was written by Townshend after seeing a television documentary on Chicago's Cook County Hospital.
It was played in the tours of , , , , , , , , , , , , , and A highlight of these live performances was the guitar solo before the lyrics came in, where Townshend would play the solo differently every night. These performances featured Townshend playing an extended guitar solo as an outro. In , Daltrey requested that it be brought back, and it was for the first leg of the tour.
However, it did not stay in the set list for long, only lasting three concerts. Later, the band would start incorporating it into their jams of " My Generation ", albeit in a shorter and jazzier form, where it lasted until The song was briefly revived for The Who Hits 50!
On 24 December the original mix of the album was reissued in Japan in a miniature replica of the original album art work. The album was remastered by Jon Astley for this reissue using Direct Stream Digital DSD to transfer the analog master tape to digital and included the bonus tracks added to the CD release of the album.
The reissue included a picture of the original vinyl label. All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted. A bomb? I never got a good answer. Out of the ashes of the rejected "Theresa" demo, Pete reworked this I finally got my hands on a live version years later and was a but disappointed. Could have just been the mix - or perhaps they didn't rehearse it enough.
I like it - but it's a bit weak. Such a great Who song. A real masterpiece. I recall the first time I heard the remix and I was very upset - it's ruined!!! I loved the right channel lead vocal. It was different. God forbid anyone pay attention to the red and white connectors! Anyway - I loved the right channel vocal and the endearing timing error when Pete and Roger sang at different times in that one spot - that was gone too!
The very cool added bass was very nice but it didn't make up for the centered vocals. I used to carry around my 12" promo of the song - from stereo store to stereo store to demo electronics and speakers. The right channel vocal helped me tune into the various nuances. I think Jon Astley who also may have giggled at my frustration told me about the Roger Daltrey lead vocal version that was still "in the vault" and thought - please release that some day!!!
Supposedly the UK 12" promo has a different mix - One day when I find my copy, I will be sure to play it. Great song - "My Wife part 2" for sure. John told me it was "impossible to play live". Skip the horns like you did for the "Overture" and??? This is great Who song. I love all the songs in this album - but those are my very favorites. I'd also like to hear the Pete vocal version of "One Life's Enough" - Roger does a great job in it - but I've always been curious what Pete would sound like on it instead.
To all you folks who drive your cars and scooters in the "wrong" side of the road - take the album out - give it a good dusting and enjoy it! Back Next. Copyright , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , RWhiteFang All rights reserved. No part of this website may be copied or used for any other purpose without the express permission of the site owner. This page was last updated on Monday May 03, PM.