The Who by Tracks

Take The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from 1971. Now break it down, sep­a­rat­ing out the tracks instru­ment by instru­ment, and you get some insight into how rock ‘n roll anthems come togeth­er. Above, we have Kei­th Moon’s dri­ving drum track. Then Pete Town­shend play­ing the pow­er chords on gui­tar (plus some syn­the­siz­er); John Entwistle thump­ing out the bass; and Roger Dal­trey on vocals. Put them back togeth­er and the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts.

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  • Nick Riddle says:

    These bro­ken-down tracks are fas­ci­nat­ing — there’s a grow­ing num­ber of them out there now. Some­one put up the sep­a­rate tracks of Gimme Shel­ter, and I’m sure there are some Sgt Pep­per ones out there too. I love how Six­ties music is now part of the canon of ‘seri­ous’ art that can be sub­ject­ed to close read­ings. Even if the obses­sion with out­takes is yield­ing dimin­ish­ing returns. Has the era of orig­i­nal work that stands up to such scruti­ny now passed, I won­der? Will any­one do a sim­i­lar exca­va­tion job on U2 or Radio­head?

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