It’s every band’s dream to have this masterpiece in their catalog. For all the hectic touring you’ve done in your life, sometimes the stars align at exactly the right time when you can release a record that connects with your audience on a much more visceral level than just a bunch of songs. However, you can’t get used to this feeling, because the creation of a masterpiece can never happen again… or is it possible?
As far as the universe wouldn’t normally be like this, each of these artists has 2 separate albums that they can claim as masterpieces. It’s not just about making two great albums in a row. Although some of these records fit side by side into the band’s discography, they seem to differ due to their difference from what came before them. Sometimes it will be about refining what was already perfect on the first album, or you could just try a completely different sound and make it the next step in your career.
Most bands can only hope and pray for albums like these, but as far as these guys were concerned, there was more than enough gas in the tank for something more. Capturing lightning in a bottle will never be easy, but in this case lightning struck twice and paid off both times.
When The Who started cutting their teeth on the Mod scene in England, Pete Townshend was always on the lookout for something more than generic rock and roll. While songs like I Can’t Explain and My Generation may have set the world on fire and given way to wilder forms of rock and roll, Pete was looking to make a big statement about what the music meant to him. the people. Music could move you in ways you never thought of, and Tommy was the band’s first time in theaters.
Framing the album as a rock opera, Townshend imagined Tommy’s story as a deaf, dumb and blind child who finds refuge in music before being brought back to Earth by the establishment and left in his self-contained bubble. -imposed for the rest of his life. life. It may have been groundbreaking for the time, but Townshend aimed even bigger for his next opera Lifehouse, which never quite took off as the band didn’t understand the concept and Pete suffered a near breakdown trying to understand everything.
As incredible as Lifehouse would have been, table scraps gave us Who’s Next, which gave us the purest rock and roll ever recorded on tape, from starting a revolution on Baba O’Riley to using the music to face the world with Won’t Get Fooled Again. Quadrophenia may have been the last of the epics, but Tommy and Who’s Next marked the end of psychedelia and suggested that music was more than just fun. At its best, it could change the world.