Wire & Glass

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Wire & Glass
EP by The Who
Released 17 July 2006
Genre Rock
Length 11:28
Label Polydor
Producer Pete Townshend
The Who chronology
The 1st Singles Box
(2004)
Wire & Glass
(2006)
Endless Wire
(2006)

Wire & Glass is the only EP[1] released from the Who's 2006 album, Endless Wire. The EP was released exclusively to the iTunes Music Store on 17 July 2006 and a Maxi-CD/12" was released a week later in Australia and the United Kingdom. The EP was released as a "mini-opera" in six songs. No North American distribution was secured prior to the release of Endless Wire, but promo copies were pressed in France, Germany, Ireland, and Ukraine.

The EP reached the top three on the Canadian Singles Chart. The songs from this album were used in the rock musical adaptation of The Boy Who Heard Music which debuted in July 2007 as part of Vassar College's Powerhouse Summer Theater workshop series.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pete Townshend

No. Title Length
1. "Wire & Glass
  • I. Sound Round – 1:22
  • II. Pick Up the Peace – 1:28
  • III. Endless Wire – 1:51
  • IV. We Got a Hit – 1:18
  • V. They Made My Dream Come True – 1:13"  
7:12
2. "Mirror Door"   4:16

Upon release as a CD/12", all six songs were presented as a single track.

The songs[edit]

"Sound Round" was reportedly written for the 1971 album Who's Next but not recorded. "Mirror Door" was released ahead of the rock opera for radio play in June 2006, but initial reaction was lukewarm due to a questionable mix. Between dates on the 2006 UK and European tour, Pete remixed the track, adding echo to Roger's vocals and giving it a punchier sound.

Personnel[edit]

The Who
Additional musicians
Production
  • Myles Clarke – engineering
  • Bob Pridden – engineering

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thewho.com/index.php?module=discography&discography_item_id=118&discography_tag=singles
  2. ^ Peter Huntington, the drummer for Pete Townshend's girlfriend, Rachel Fuller, plays drums on the EP due to the absence of regular Who drummer Zak Starkey as he was touring with Oasis.