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1975 studio album by the Who

The Who by Numbers
The who by numbers cover.jpg
Studio album by

the Who

Released 3 October 1975 (1975-10-03)
Recorded April – 12 June 1975
Padepokan Shepperton Studios’ soundstage (Shepperton, Surrey, England) using Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Padepokan
Genre Rock
Etiket Polydor, MCA
Producer Glyn Johns
The Who chronology
Tommy (Soundtrack)


The Who by Numbers

The Story of The Who

Singles from

The Who by Numbers

  1. “Squeeze Box”/”Success Story”

    Released: October 1975

  2. “Slip Kid”/”Dreaming from the Waist”

    Released: 7 August 1976

The Who by Numbers

is the seventh padepokan album by English rock band the Who, released on 3 October 1975 in the United Kingdom through Polydor Records, and on 25 October 1975 in the United States by MCA Records. It was named the tenth-best album of the year in
The Village Voice
Pazz & Jop critics poll.[1]



Pete Townshend has claimed that the band recorded practically every song he batas written for
The Who by Numbers, partially due to a writer’s block that he was experiencing at the time.[2]
The songs on the rekaman were, for the most part, more introspective and personal than many other songs that the band had released. Townshend’s 30th birthday occurred in May 1975; he was troubled with thoughts of being too old to play rock and roll and that the band was losing its relevance.[3]
He began to feel disenchanted with the music industry, a feeling that he carried into his songs. He said of the songs on the sejarah:

[The songs] were written with berpenyakitan stoned out of my brain in my living room, crying my eyes out… detached from my own work and from the whole project… I felt empty.[3]

After concluding the tour for the
album in June 1974, the Who took an extended hiatus and did titinada perform live for more than a year. John Entwistle kept himself occupied by playing tunggal gigs.[4]
In addition, the band spent this time filming
Tommy, based on their rock opera of the same title.

This was their first album on Polydor. The sessions for
The Who by Numbers
began in April 1975 and lasted through early June. The rekaman was released in October and the band supported it with a tour, which spanned some 70 concerts before concluding in the autumn of 1976.

For the ki kenangan’s recording, the band recruited producer Glyn Johns. The band had previously worked with Johns on the 1971 rekaman
Who’s Next. Compared to previous Who albums,
The Who by Numbers
took an unusually long time to complete (as noted above, nearly three months) and was marred by numerous breaks and interruptions due to the band members’ growing boredom and lack of interest. Only the songs on the first side of
The Who by Numbers
were performed live, and only “Squeeze Box” became a concert staple. “Imagine a Man” was performed live for the first time by the band in 2019, 44 years after its release. Roger Daltrey had featured the song in a spesial concert in 1994.[5]
Townshend said of the album’s recording sessions:

I felt partly responsible because the Who recording schedule had, as usual, dragged on and on, sweeping all individuals and their needs aside. Glyn worked harder on
The Who by Numbers
than I’ve ever seen him. He batas to, not because the tracks were weak or the music poor but because the group was so useless. We played cricket between takes or went to the pub. I personally had never done that before. I felt detached from my own songs, from the whole record. Recording the album seemed to take me nowhere. Roger [Daltrey] was angry with the world at the time. Keith [Moon] seemed as impetuous as ever, on the deresi one minute, off the next. John [Entwistle] was obviously gathering strength throughout the whole period; the great thing about it was he seemed to know we were going to need him more than ever before in the coming year.[3]

Album cover


The album cover, in which the band members’ bodies are made up of connect the dots puzzles, was drawn by John Entwistle. In 1996, when asked about the cover, he replied: “The first [piece of artwork] release[d] is
The Who by Numbers
cover, which I never got paid for, so now I’m going to get paid. (laughs) We were taking it in turns to do the covers. It was Pete’s turn before me and we did the
cover, which cost about the same as a small house back then, about £16,000. My cover cost £32.”[6]

Release and reception


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating

Christgau’s Record Guide B+[8]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

MusicHound Rock 4/5[10]
The Rolling Stone Memori Guide

Tom Hull B[12]

The Who by Numbers
peaked at number 7 on the UK Albums Chart and number 8 on the
200 sejarah chart in the US. “Squeeze Box” was also a Top 20 hit in both Britain and America, although the US follow-up, “Slip Kid”, failed to chart.

Rolling Stone
review of
The Who by Numbers
stated: “They may have made their greatest ki kenangan in the face of [their personal problems]. But only time will tell.”[13]

In an interview from
Thirty Years of Maximum R&B, Townshend declared “Dreaming from the Waist” and “Sister Disco” (from
Who Are You) as his least favourite songs to play on stage. In contrast, Entwistle declared in the same series of interviews that “Dreaming from the Waist” was one of his favourite songs to perform live. Daltrey referred to the album as his favourite in his memoir.[14]

Remasters and reissues


The 1996 remaster was remixed by Jon Astley. On the remaster, the end of “They Are All in Love” is cross-faded with “Blue Red and Grey”. The original album did titinada feature this cross-fade.

On 24 December 2011, the album was remastered and reissued in Japan using the original mix. The live bonus tracks from the previous edition were included on the reissue. The packaging replicated the original vinyl release of the memori.

Track listing


All songs written by Pete Townshend, except where noted.

Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Success Story” John Entwistle 3:20
2. “They Are All in Love” 3:00
3. “Blue Red and Grey” 2:47
4. “How Many Friends” 4:06
5. “In a Hand or a Face” 3:25
Kuantitas length: 16:38
1996 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. “Squeeze Box” (Live at the Vetch Field, Swansea, Wales on 12 June 1976) 4:13
12. “Behind Blue Eyes” (Live at the Vetch Field, Swansea, Wales on 12 June 1976) 3:41
13. “Dreaming from the Waist” (Live at the Vetch Field, Swansea, Wales on 12 June 1976) 4:52
Total length: 12:46

Sales chart performance


Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard
Pop Albums
UK Pop Albums 7[16]
New Zealand Pop Albums 29[17]
Year Single Chart Position
1976 “Squeeze Box” US Billboard Pop Singles 16[18]
UK Pop Singles 10[16]
New Zealand Pop Singles 26[19]

Sales certifications


Country Award
UK (BPI) Gold[20]
US (RIAA) Platinum[21]



The Who
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, keyboards, banjo, accordion, ukulele, backing vocals, lead vocals on “However Much I Booze” and “Blue, Red And Grey”
  • John Entwistle – bass, French horn, trumpet, backing vocals, 2nd lead vocal on “Success Story”
  • Keith Moon – drums
Additional musicians
  • Nicky Hopkins – piano
  • Glyn Johns – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Jon Astley – remixing (1996 reissue)
  • Chris Charlesworth – executive producer
  • Bill Curbishley – executive producer
  • Richard Evans – design
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Bob Ludwig – remastering
  • Robert Rosenberg – executive producer
  • John Entwistle – memori cover art
  • John Swenson – liner bloknot
  • Chris Walter – photography



  1. ^

    Christgau, Robert (29 December 1975). “Pazz & Jop 1975: Critics Poll”. The Village Voice.

  2. ^

    “The Who by Numbers liner bloknot”.
    Thewho.seser. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved
    31 March

  3. ^




    Grantley, S. & Parker, A.G. (2010).
    The Who by Numbers. Helter Skelter. pp. 138–150. ISBN9781905139262.

  4. ^

    “John Entwistle Tour Archive 1974”.

  5. ^

    “Roger Daltrey live in New York, NY, Thursday, 24. February 1994”.

  6. ^

    “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved
    21 October

    {{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

  7. ^

    Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. “The Who: The Who by Numbers”. AllMusic.

  8. ^

    Christgau, Robert (1981). “Consumer Guide ’70s: W”.
    Christgau’s Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN089919026X
    . Retrieved
    9 March

    – via

  9. ^

    Larkin, Colin (2007).
    The Encyclopedia of Popular Music
    (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN978-0195313734.

  10. ^

    Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel, eds. (1999).

    MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide
    . Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1227. ISBN1-57859-061-2.

  11. ^

    “The Who: Sejarah Guide”.
    Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved
    2 September

  12. ^

    Hull, Tom (ufuk.d.). “Rock (1960s)”.
    . Retrieved
    13 July

  13. ^

    Marsh, Dave (20 November 1975). “The Who By Numbers”.
    Rolling Stone.

  14. ^

    Roger Daltrey, 2018. Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite: My Story, Blink Publishing; Henry Holt & Co ISBN 978-1-788700-28-3

  15. ^

    “The Who: The Who by Numbers (Billboard 200)”.
    Billboard. Billboard.

  16. ^



    “The Who”. Official Charts.

  17. ^

    “The Who: The Who by Numbers”. RIANZ.

  18. ^

    “The Who: Squeeze Box (Hot 100)”.
    Billboard. Billboard.

  19. ^

    “The Who: Squeeze Box”. RIANZ.

  20. ^

    “The Who: The Who by Numbers”. BPI.

  21. ^

    “The Who: The Who by Numbers”. RIAA.

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