Join Together (song)
|Single by The Who|
|B-side||"Baby Don't You Do It" (Live)|
|Recorded||22 May 1972 at Olympic Studios, London|
|The Who singles chronology|
"Join Together" is a 1972 song by British rock band The Who. Released as a non-album single, the song has since been performed live multiple times and has appeared on numerous compilation albums.
"Join Together", under the working title of "Join Together With the Band", was originally intended to be released as part of the Lifehouse album, but upon its shelving, the song was temporarily abandoned. Following the abandoning of Lifehouse, "Join Together", as well as other songs initially intended to appear on the album, was used in the working track list of another canceled Who album, Rock Is Dead—Long Live Rock!.
The song was recorded on the same day as "Relay" (its follow-up single) and a demo of "Long Live Rock" in May 1972. The band's lead singer, Roger Daltrey, remembers the song positively, but claims that he was initially skeptical about using synthesizer.
I remember when Pete came up with "Join Together". He literally wrote it the night before we recorded it. I quite like it as a single, it's got a good energy to it. But at the time I was still very doubtful about bringing in the synthesizer. I felt that, with a lot of songs, we'd end up spending so much time creating these piddly one-note noises that it would've been better just doing it on guitar. I mean, I'm a guitar man. I love the guitar; to me it's the perfect rock instrument. I don't think Pete did much with those sequencing things that he couldn't have done on his guitar anyway.— Roger Daltrey
With the definitive title of "Join Together", the song was released as a non-album single in 1972, backed with a live and unedited version of Marvin Gaye's "Baby Don't You Do It", recorded at San Francisco's Civic Auditorium on 13 December 1971. The single was successful, reaching number 9 on the British singles chart and number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single was the second of three non-album singles relating to the aborted Lifehouse project, the others being "Let's See Action" and "Relay".
A video shot in June 1972 shortly after completing the song featured The Who miming to playback in front of an excited audience. Roger Daltrey and Keith Moon play Jew's harps and Pete Townshend and John Entwistle play chord and bass harmonicas respectively to mime to all those instruments played by Townshend. Also during the video, Townshend and Daltrey's hands are bandaged.
The promotional film premiered in the U.S. on American Bandstand on 9 December 1972.
The song was first performed live on The Who's By Numbers Tour from 1975-1976, albeit more bluesy and abbreviated while attached to "My Generation"; it was played in this same arrangement early in the 1979 tour. It was performed once on the 1982 tour as well, tagged on to the end of "Magic Bus". For the 1989 tour, it was brought back, this time in the same arrangement as the studio version. On 13 January 2011, the band played this song with guests Debbie Harry, Jeff Beck and Bryan Adams as the show-closer for the Concert for Killing Cancer benefit show. It has also been played at almost every show of their The Who Hits 50! world tour.
- Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
- Pete Townshend – guitar, jew's harp, backing vocals
- John Entwistle – bass, backing vocals
- Keith Moon – drums
UK/US 7" single track listing
- Side A: "Join Together" (4:22)
- Side B: "Baby Don't You Do It" (Live) (6:09)
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