Mammal’s Merry Memories: The Who – Baba O’Riley (1971)
It seems most fans of The Who rate Who’s Next (1971) as their favourite Who album. It’s my third favourite after Quadrophenia (1973) and Tommy (1969). However, “Baba O’Riley” is my favourite Who song. It is a gigantic triumph of both classic rock and progressive rock.
People who don’t know The Who – because so many of you were born after Who’s Next was recorded – may none the less know the song from its use as the theme music for the TV series CSI: New York. The line “Out here in the fields” is a reference to Strawberry Fields in Central Park.
Collectively, The Who boasted one of the best line-ups in the history of rock and metal, with Roger Daltrey as vocalist, Pete Townshend on guitars, John Entwistle on bass and Keith Moon on drums.