It's Hard

Release date
2 Feb 2010
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Athena 3:46 26,862
2 It's Your Turn 3:40 12,632
3 Cooks County 3:51 12,350
4 It's Hard 3:49 13,760
5 Dangerous 3:36 13,617
6 Eminence Front 5:26 167,520
7 I've Known No War 5:56 12,495
8 One Life's Enough 2:21 11,494
9 One At A Time 3:18 12,726
10 Why Did I Fall For That 3:57 14,753
11 A Man Is A Man 3:56 12,345
12 Cry If You Want 5:18 12,669
13 It's Hard (Live) 4:56 2,869
14 Eminence Front (Live) 5:44 5,269
15 Dangerous (Live) 3:48 4,223
16 Cry If You Want (Live) 7:12 3,719

About this album

It’s Hard is the tenth studio album by the English rock band The Who. It is the last Who album to feature bassist John Entwistle and drummer Kenney Jones, as well as the last Who album to be released on Warner Bros. Records in the United States. It is also their last album until 2006’s Endless Wire. It was released in 1982 on Polydor in the UK, peaking at number 11, and released on Warner Bros. in the US where it peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. The US rights to both this album and Face Dances subsequently reverted to the band, who then licensed them to MCA Records for reissue.

The album received a five-star review in Rolling Stone.

The first track, “Athena” peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Pop Singles charts.

The album cover, designed by Graham Hughes, depicts a young boy playing Atari’s Space Duel arcade game. It is a reference to Tommy, with the pinball machine that the main character played updated to the times.

In 1997, MCA re-released the album with new mixes for “Athena” and “Eminence Front” that corrected problems with the original 1982 mix. The lead vocals on both songs had been hard-panned to opposite channels, and Townshend and Daltrey shared a vocal flub on “Eminence Front.”

Pete Townshend has been sometimes noted to give a brief history of “Eminence Front” before playing it in concert. He would explain what the song was about, and finish by saying the album’s name (It’s Hard).

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  • k_naruchiha94

    Underrated Who album, and it's better than Face Dances.

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • roldki

    'Eminence Front' is still the best song here, but I am beginning to like 'Athena' and 'I've Known No War' as well.

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Life... it's hard without Keith.

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    Actually I like every song on the original release, and even not being one of the best, I think it's pretty underrated. Maybe nobody likes it because Keith is not here, but I see this as another era for The Who. Also, they, especially Pete, were following another musical direction after Keith's death, and you can compare their 80's songs with the 70's ones, and you will note the difference. it's as different as the 70's era with the 60's music.

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • musmortwin

    I don't understand why this album is so unfairly maligned. It only has one bad track. Listen again with an open mind.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TheRnRDude

    Athena, I had no idea how much I need her!

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Tarkus10

    Eminence Front owns this album itself.

    20 Dec 2011 Reply
  • gsalesvz, are you fucking kidding me? This is not new...

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • DavCnuk

    Eminence Front!

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • rasen-virus

    "a legend des troying itself" no way... this album is amazing, for sure not as legendary as the old ones but still great

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • lndeed

    better than face dances at least.

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • thebigguyconnor

    i love cry if you want - entwistle is brilliant!

    24 Mar 2010 Reply
  • linuxkirby2468

    What's with the hate? #3 Who Album for me

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Ackibear

    Nice album.

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • nightswatch

    eminence front, cooks county, and I've known no war are all solid. I've known no war is up there as one of my fav tracks of theirs

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • MistahJohnson

    Aside from Eminence Front, this album is complete shit.

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
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    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Snowman01

    Now I have a little different view of the album, Athena, It's Hard and A Man Is A Man are also good!

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • vic_cofre

    Eminence Front es uno de los mejores temas de The Who en toda su carrera, pero este disco es realmente malo :S

    6 Aug 2008 Reply
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