The Who by Numbers

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The Who by Numbers
Studio album by The Who
Released 3 October 1975
Recorded April – 12 June 1975, Shepperton Studios' soundstage using Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio
Genre Rock
Length 37:19
Label Polydor, MCA
Producer Chris Charlesworth, Bill Curbishley, Glyn Johns, Robert Rosenberg
The Who chronology
The Who by Numbers
The Story of The Who
Singles from The Who by Numbers
  1. "Squeeze Box"
    Released: October 1975
  2. "Slip Kid / Dreaming from the Waist"
    Released: 7 August 1976

The Who by Numbers is the seventh studio album by English rock band The Who, released on 3 October 1975 in the United Kingdom through Polydor Records, and on 25 October 1975 in the United States by MCA Records. It was named the tenth-best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.[1]

Album Cover[edit]

The album cover was drawn by John Entwistle. In 1996, when asked about the cover, he replied: "The first [piece of artwork] release[d] is The Who By Numbers cover, which I never got paid for, so now I'm going to get paid. (laughs) We were taking it in turns to do the covers. It was Pete's turn before me and we did the Quadrophenia cover, which cost about the same as a small house back then, about 16,000 pounds. My cover cost 32 pounds."[2]

Chart positions and reception[edit]

The Who by Numbers peaked at the number 7 on the UK album chart and number 8 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US.

The Rolling Stone review of The Who by Numbers stated: "They may have made their greatest album in the face of [their personal problems]. But only time will tell."

In an interview from 30 Years of Maximum R&B, Townshend declared "Dreaming from the Waist" and "Sister Disco" (from Who Are You) as his least favorite songs to play on stage. In contrast, Entwistle declared in the same series of interviews that "Dreaming from the Waist" was one of his favorite songs to perform live.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau B+ [4]
Rolling Stone (very positive) [5]

Remasters and reissues[edit]

The 1996 remaster was remixed by Jon Astley. On the remaster, the end of "They Are All In Love" is cross-faded with "Blue, Red and Grey." The original album did not feature this cross-fade.

On 24 December 2011 the album was remastered and reissued in Japan using the original mix. The live bonus tracks from the previous edition were included on the reissue. The packaging replicated the original vinyl release of the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pete Townshend, except where noted.

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Slip Kid"   4:29
2. "However Much I Booze"   5:03
3. "Squeeze Box"   2:41
4. "Dreaming from the Waist"   4:08
5. "Imagine a Man"   4:00
Side Two
No. Title Length
6. "Success Story" (John Entwistle) 3:20
7. "They Are All in Love"   3:00
8. "Blue, Red and Grey"   2:47
9. "How Many Friends"   4:06
10. "In a Hand or a Face"   3:25

Sales chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard Pop Albums 8[6]
1975 UK Chart Albums 7[7]
Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Squeeze Box" Billboard Pop Singles 16[8]
1976 "Squeeze Box" UK Singles Chart 10[7]

Sales certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – US Gold 10 December 1975[9]
RIAA – US Platinum 8 February 1993[9]


The Who
Additional musicians
  • Nicky Hopkins – piano on "Slip Kid", "Imagine a Man", "Success Story", "They Are All in Love", "How Many Friends", and "In a Hand or a Face"


  1. ^ "Pazz & Jop 1975: Critics Poll". Robert Christgau. 29 December 1975. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
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  6. ^ "Artist Chart History – The Who". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "The Who at". Archived from the original on 23 Jul 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Who Official Band Website – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon , , The Who By Numbers". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 29 November 2009. 

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