“The hardest rock in history …Robert Christgau, Esquire, 1967
Can you imagine hearing this for the first time? Can you imagine hearing the title track for the first time? The Who released their debut album on December 3, 1965. Session musicians for the album include Nicky Hopkins on piano and a young lad by the name of Jimmy Page on guitar.
It’s #237 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list and the title track is at #11 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
In 2009, the album was deemed “culturally significant by the National Recording Registry of the US Library of Congress.
Writing for the BBC, Chris Jones described the album as “one of the most vital and important reasons to love rock ‘n’ roll”.