Thursday, September 29, 2016

"Cobwebs and Strange" by The Who

It was fifty years ago today that the instrumental "Cobwebs and Strange" by Keith Moon was recorded by The Who at Pye Records Studio No. 2 in London. The song appeared on The Who's second album, A Quick One.

A Quick One would be a significant album in The Who's history. It was planned that each member of The Who would write two songs for the album, although Roger Daltrey only wrote one and Pete Townshend wrote four. With two songs each by John Entwistle and Keith Moon and one song by Roger Daltrey, as well as a cover of "Heat Wave", A Quick One is then the Who album in which the rest of the contributions outnumber those by Pete Townshend. A Quick One also marked The Who's move away from their original, rhythm and blues influenced sound to the power pop for which they would be known in the mid to late Sixties. The album also featured the suite "A Quick One While He's Away" by Pete Townshend. At 9 minutes and 10 second in length, and divided into six parts, "A Quick One While He's Away" was a step in the direction of such longer works as the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia.

Without further ado, here is "Cobwebs and Strange".

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