I wanted to say that The Who are a band that mean alot to me. I was 14 when my brother-in-law played the "Live at Leeds" album for me, and my life was changed forever. After that I went to my local library and took out everything they had by the Who, which turned out to be "Tommy", "Quadrophenia"(my favorite), "Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy" and "The Who Sell Out". I taped them all and wore them out to the point where you could hear both sides of the tape at once! My days involved school, then The Who. I would return home after my classes for the day and smoke a little grass then listen to whatever Who I had.
The Who really made me literate in music. From them I started listening to the mod stuff, like The Creation. From there I got into the Beatles, and then the early Rolling Stones. From there I got to Dylan, which was another turning point. From there I went everywhere, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, The Band, onto the Talking Heads, Chocolate Watch Band, Shadows of Knight, The Sonics, The Monks, The MC5, to punk. to p[ost-punk...well, you get what I'm saying.
The chemistry that The Who had live was intense and huge. I find myself zoning out to Keith Moon's ferocious and articulate drumming sometimes. Other times its the incredible almost stoner rock bass of John Entwistle. Pete of course, the sloppy alternate strum that could shake down the great wall of China. And of course Roger, the mic spinning, competitive singer that could make you really believe that the beach is a place that a man can feel he's the only soul in the world thats real.
The Who are the greatest band of all time, anyone that says any different is uninformed.
Some current recommendations:
The Who -"Live at the Isle of Wight" dvd
The Who-"Live at the Young Vic" double cd set
The Who-"25 years of Maximum R&B"