Clips & Pix: The Who/Eminence Front

What could be better than music from The Who? More music from The Who: Eminence Front!

The above clip was captured during The Who’s concert in London’s Hyde Park in the summer of 2015, the finale of their triumphant 50th anniversary tour. Written by Pete Townshend as usally, the tune first appeared on the band’s 10th studio album It’s Hard from September 1982, the last with John Entwistle.

Eminence Front, which was also released separately as the album’s second single, is one of a few Who album tracks featuring Townshend on lead vocals. While the song has become a crowd pleaser at concerts, its chart success in the U.S. at the time it came out was moderate. It peaked at no. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single did much better in Germany where it climbed all the way to no. 5 on the charts.

Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube

5 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: The Who/Eminence Front”

  1. Great tune. I’ve caught the boys a few times over the years. Never disappointed. The Who and The Kinks were my go to British bands. I seen a PBS concert of ‘Quadrophenia’. Pete with London Philharmonic. Enjoyed it but not the same without Roger on vocals.

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    1. I’ve seen them twice, including once with John Entwistle, though unfortunately never with Keith Moon.

      I’m intrigued by the format with the symphony orchestra, though I wouldn’t entirely candid, if I didn’t admit that I’m also a bit concerned at the same time that it could be a bit overwhelming. I guess it really depends on whether the orchestra ends up being a massive wall of sound or whether it’s primarily used to set accents.

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      1. The orchestra worked for me on the show I saw (on TV) it was the vocals( by someone I didn’t know and Billy Idol) that didn’t. I kept thinking of Roger. I think the big sound of the orchestra works for a lot of the Whos big sound.
        Yeah I seen them with Moon once and then Jones the other times. I’ve really slowed down on my concerts but “The Two” in that format would get me off my ass if it worked for me.

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