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Pure And Easy by The Who

Album: Who's NextReleased: 1971
  • At the end of this song, Pete Townshend says, "Put away the girly magazine!" >>
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    Kevin - Smithtown, NY
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Listen to The James Gang's "Take a Look Around" - recorded in 1969. Produced by Bill Szymczyk. Hmmmm...the opening organ riff to "Pure and Easy" is note for note the same as the organ riff in "Take a Look Around." It could have been dubbed in for that matter. Check it out!!!Ed - Ossining, Ny
I just watched VH1's classic album's episode on "Who's Next". Pete clearly states that he wishes (or perhaps wished) "Pure and Easy" made it onto the album. Anyway, for those interested in this discussion, that program is definitely worth checking out.Doc - Newport Beach, Ca
One of the commentors felt that Pure and Easy belonged
on Who's Next. Roger Daltry did have it put in near
the end of The Song Is Over by suggestion. The
Who's Next was already out by the time that change was made. What I am trying to say is that it really
was too late to be squeezed in as a complete song but that the melody for Pure and Easy was strongly
suggested near the closing of The Song Is Over. The Odds and Sods version of Pure and Easy I had hoped would be able to stand on its own merits for
a great band and by a great band.
David - Loma Linda, Ca
The Girly Magazine comment only appears on the Who version not the Solo Version. Pure and Easy and the Lifehouse concept was inspired by Pete Townsend's mentor Meher Baba. Meher Babab was on a thirty year vow of silence at the time. The Line "There once was a note Pure and Easy, playing so free like a breath rippling by" is the root basis for the teachings of the souls silence and hearing the Universal song.John - Durango, Co
The line "There once was a note, pure and easy" is the central point of the whole Lifehouse project. Pete's idea was to get the bio-rythyms of fans, mix them all together, and come up with a note that unites the universe.

Yeah, well, i guess you had to be there! hahhaha.

The Who actually did attempt to do this. They had fans locked up in a theatre and the band performed. The idea was that audience/performer would merge after 2 days, becoming one. However, young fans of the band where not allowed to stay out overnight. People were getting hungry, and the band were getting bored.
Craig - Melbourne, Australia
This was the lead song on Pete Townshend's 1972 solo album Who Came First. A classic album and probably the best version of this song.

Stu, Suffern, NY
Stu - Suffern, Ny
This is a great song, but I disagree with Charles about Song is Over. I think it's a fantastic song on an amazing album. I agree Charles that Quad is #1 and this is #2. As far as repetitive, you can argue that Bargain is in that category even more so than Song is Over.David - Youngstown, Oh
This was first released on 1974's Odds and Sods compilation. That version truly trumps the version on the Who's Next Bonus tracks. It's slower and much more powerful. I personally think that the song is over is a beautiful song.Griffin - New York, Ny
"Pure and Easy" was recorded at about the same time as the other songs on Who's Next. At least, we finally get to hear it, as an add-on. But I wonder: why didn't it make the cut?

Perhaps it was Pete Townshend's decision to leave it on the shelf. As the primary creative force in the band, I'm guessing he would have made many of the decisions about track selection and sequencing.

If this is true, then Pete must have found it hard to "let go", which would explain how a snippet of "Pure and Easy" became the coda to "The Song is Over".

The latter is aptly titled: whenever I hear it, I can hardly wait until the song is finally over. It's not that it's downright bad -- but it is (in my opinion) conventional, repetitive, and at least two minutes too long. It drags down the momentum, like an overlong scene in a fast-paced film.

Compare it to "Baba O'Riley", "Bargain" and Entwistle's "My Wife". Not of the same calibre as the other tracks on Side A.

Similarly, if "Pure and Easy" had been on the original "Who's Next"--making an outtake (and future bonus track) out of either "Getting In Tune" or "Going Mobile"--I wouldn't have objected.

When "The Song is Over" reaches the section which borrows from "Pure and Easy", it's the only moment when the melody and words truly shine. A brilliant ending to a mediocre song.

Much as I love Who's Next (my second favorite Who recording, after Quadrophenia), I wish the decision had gone differently, even if it had meant omitting something else. "Pure and Easy" would have fit perfectly well with the rest of the album.
Charles Wallace - Portland, Or
Good song. I think I've heard a solo version by Pete Townshend. They were playing it on a college radio station somewhere. Have any of you heard a solo version of this by him as well?Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
This was written for the Lifehouse story but, unlike many of the Lifehouse songs, didn't appear on the original Who's Next version. It was first released on Odds and Sods in 1974 and later added on to the 1990s reissue of Who's next.Fintan - Cheltenham, England
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