Ox Anthology

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Thu Jan 20 18:24:18 CST 2005

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>John Entwistle
So Who's The Bass Player?
'The Ox Anthology'

Nationwide U.K. Release - March 14, 2005

Sanctuary Records Group U.K. are delighted to announce the March 14, 2005 CD 
release of John Entwistle: So Who's The Bass Player? - The Ox Anthology, the 
first-ever 2-disc career retrospective of the Who's much-missed rock-solid 
bass guitarist, and quite possibly one of the most important, if not, 
influential musicians in rock music's rich tapestry.

On what would have been Entwistle's 60th birthday, this comprehensive 
anthology chronologically highlights the best-known recordings from his 
illustrious solo career; starting from his 1971 solo album, Smash Your Head 
Against The Wall, right through to his final studio album, Music From Van 
Pires (2000).

Before Entwistle arrived on the British rock scene in the early sixties as a 
member of the Who, bass guitarists seldom stood out and few listeners cared 
what purpose the four-stringed instrument served - after he came along, 
everyone knew.

The deluxe package include sleeve notes by esteemed Record Collector 
magazine journalist Andy Neill, plus selected live tracks form the King 
Biscuit Flower Hour radio series, originally aired in 1975.

CD 1

My Size (Entwistle)
Pick Me Up (Big Chicken) (Entwistle)
What Are We Doing Here? (Entwistle)
Heaven And Hell (Entwistle)
Ted End (Entwistle)
(Tracks 1-5 from 'Smash Your Head Against The Wall', 1971)

Ten Little Friends (Entwistle)
Apron Strings (Entwistle)
Thinkin' It Over (Entwistle)
Who Cares? (Entwistle)
I Wonder (Entwistle)
I Was Just Being Friendly (Entwistle)
(Tracks 6-11 from 'Whistle Rymes', 1972)

Do The Dangle (Entwistle)
Made In Japan (Entwistle)
Roller Skate Kate (Entwistle)
Peg Leg Peggy (Entwistle)
(Tracks 12-15 from 'Rigor Mortis Sets In', 1973)

Lady Killer (Entwistle)
Mad Dog (Entwistle)
(Tracks 16 & 17 from 'Mad Dog', 1975)

Cell Number 7 (Live) (Entwistle)
Whiskey Man (Live) (Entwistle)
Boris The Spider (Live) (Entwistle)
(Tracks 18-20 recorded live 15 March 1975 for King Biscuit Flower Hour, 
various releases)

CD 2

My Wife (Live) (Entwistle) (5:05)
(Track 1 recorded live 15 March 1975 for King Biscuit Flower Hour)

I'm Flash (Hammond/Pierce/Jones)
Space Pirates (Hammond/Pierce)
(Let's Go To) The Chop (Hammond/Pierce)
Blast Off (Hammond/Pierce)
(Tracks 2-5 from 'Flash Fearless', 1975)

Try Me (Entwistle)
Talk Dirty (Entwistle)
Too Late The Hero (Entwistle)
(Tracks 6-8 from 'Too Late The Hero', 1981)

Love Doesn't Last (Entwistle)
Life After Love (Entwistle)
(Tracks 9-10 from 'The Rock', 1996)

The Real Me (Townshend) (4:23)
Success Story (Entwistle) (3:13)
905 (Entwistle) (4:49)
Had Enough (Entwistle)
(Tracks 11-14 recorded live 1998, from 'Left For Live', 199

Bogeyman (4:00) (Entwistle)
Back On The Road (4:05) (Entwistle)
When The Sun Comes Up (4:12) (Entwistle/Luongo/Townsend/Levi)
Don't Be A Sucker (4:1 (Entwistle/Luongo/Townsend/Levi)
(Tracks 15-18 from 'Music From Van-pires', 2000)

John Entwistle - Brief Biography
John Alec Entwistle (b. October 9, 1944, d. June 27, 2002) is considered by 
many to be the most influential bassist in rock music. Born in Chiswick, 
West London, Entwistle was a member of the Confederates with Pete Townshend 
while still in grammar school in 1959. Trained in both the piano and the 
French horn, he was one of the most musically accomplished teens ever to 
play in a skiffle band. Invited by Roger Daltrey to join his band, the 
Detours, Entwistle accepted, and was joined soon after by Townshend. With 
the addition of drummer Keith Moon, the band, later renamed the High Numbers 
and finally the Who, became part of the second wave of successful British 
Invasion acts, and started making records in 1964 and 1965.

The Who had started out with Daltrey and Townshend sharing guitar chores, 
until Daltrey decided to concentrate on his role as lead singer. Trimming 
the sound down to one guitarist was vital to Entwistle (nicknamed "The Ox" , 
who began to play extremely loud and complex bass guitar parts to compensate 
for the absence of a rhythm guitar. The result was that, from the Who's 
first singles to their last, Entwistle's bass work was some of the most 
complex and audible in rock music. Entwistle had the uncanny ability to 
stand out precisely by not standing out. Townshend pioneered the signature 
windmill strumming technique, Daltrey was the lead singer, and Moon was so 
animated on the drums that he was scary. Amid this pandemonium on stage, 
Entwistle simply stood there and played, providing an anchor that kept the 
band from flying off in all directions.

>From Boris the Spider and Whiskey Man to My Wife, Entwistle had a knack for 
capturing dark humour that lightened up every Who album, and even managed to 
contribute a couple of songs to the milestone Who album Tommy. Entwistle's 
first solo album, Smash Your Head Against the Wall (1971) was, in many ways, 
a lost Who album, recorded the way the bassist would've handled the group. 
His next album, Whistle Rhymes (1972) was released the same week as Pete 
Townshend's Who Came First. Nine months later, Entwistle's third solo album, 
Rigor Mortis Sets In (1973), was released. It was nine years before another 
Entwistle solo album, Too Late the Hero, was released. The Who was to have 
retired following its farewell tour in 1982, but seven years later, they 
reunited for another tour.

In 1996, a never-released Entwistle album from the mid-1980s titled Rock 
appeared on the Griffin label; a year before, Entwistle had begun putting 
together a backing unit with producer Steve Luongo. Christened simply the 
John Entwistle Band, the outfit featured guitarist Godfrey Townsend and 
keyboardist Gordon Cotton, with vocal chores divided between all the 
members. This group issued Left for Live in 1999. In late June 2002, the Who 
had regrouped and were about to kick off a North American tour when John 
Entwistle died at the age of 57 in Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel.

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