Real Good Looking Boy

The Who

 

The Who, sans the late John Entwistle, have recorded and released their first new single since 1982's "It's Hard" b/w "Dangerous". Joined by both Greg Lake and Pino Palladino on bass guitar for these two recordings, it's nice to hear The Who express themselves musically after a 22 year absence.

"Real Good Looking Boy" pinches a snatch of melody from the Elvis Presley hit single "Can't Help Falling In Love (With You)". For whatever reason, Pete Townshend nicked this composition to incorporate it into this Who recording.

Roger Daltrey's powerful vocals are crystal clear. Daltrey proves he still has the voice to keep the Who relevant. Produced by Simon Townshend, The Who duo are supported by Lake on bass, Zak Starkey on drums, John Bundrick on piano, and Simon Townshend on both guitar and keyboards.

"Old Red Wine" is an interesting Who song that germinated on stage in performance as The Who jammed during the extended coda of "My Generation". Another brother production, Palladino handles the bass chore on this moderate rocker.

This song hints at the past majesty of The Who. Townshend contributes some choice guitar thrusts during the bridge as the band sprints to a climatic finish.

Considered the stronger of these new numbers, Who fans can keep hope alive that The Who will complete their long overdue new studio album, even if it is without the masterful John Entwistle on bass guitar.

For the record, The Who have released a couple of studio and live songs over the years. "Dig" and "Fire" date back to a 1989 Townshend solo album, The Iron Man, that featured a pair of Who reunion tracks.

The trio contributed their version of "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) on a 1991 Elton John/Bernie Taupin compilation. "After The Fire" finally turned up live on their double disc From the Blues to the Bush in 2000.

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01. Real Good Looking Boy
02. Old Red Wine

Polydor Records
May 2004