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The Who announce first new album in 13 years, listen to lead track 'Ball and Chain'


The Who have announced a brand new album for the first time in 13 years today. The LP, Who has even come with Sir Peter Blake artwork and the lead track to whet your appetite.

The new album is scheduled to be released on November 22nd and is available for pre order now. Over 11 tracks, which were recorded both in Britain and the US will approach a range of subjects including “the Grenfell Tower fire, musical theft, spirituality, reincarnation, the power of memory and ‘an old rock star that has lost his marbles’.”

The album has all the makings of a The Who classic, including Townshend behind the mixing desk accompanied by D. Sardy, with Roger Daltrey and Zak Starkey amply backing Townshend’s vision. It’s a vision made all the better for artwork from famed pop artist Sir Peter Blake, which was revealed last night at the Pace gallery in New York.

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Speaking to NME Daltrey said: “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973, Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge”.

Townshend added: “This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice.

“Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today.

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“I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl…maybe even some cassettes…ready for release in November”.

Listen to ‘Ball and Chain’ below