The Who Reissuing ‘It’s Hard’ Album For Record Store Day
Coming on Record Store Day — April 23rd — is a 40th Anniversary release of the Who‘s It’s Hard. The double-album release includes a half speed master of the album along with rare and unreleased material, including the Roger Daltrey vocal version of “Eminence Front.”
The limited edition orange and yellow vinyl features the remastered album plus a bonus disc of unreleased and rare material and comes with a poster.
The Who’s It’s Hard was released on September 4th, 1982 and peaked at Number Eight on the Billboard 200 — four spots lower than 1981’s Face Dances collection. In Britain, It’s Hard just missed the Top 10, going so high as Number 11.
Despite Who fans regarding tracks like “Eminence Front,” “Cry If You Want,” and “I’ve Known No War” as minor masterpieces, Pete Townshend told us that he stopped writing songs for the Who after It’s Hard because he felt that he could never match their greatest work: “When the Who stopped making records in 1982, I felt that I just couldn’t do it anymore. I felt that what the Who had done was triumphant, huge, innovative, groundbreaking, massive, unsurpassable, and that there was no reason at all, no way that I could ever come close again.”
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