Writer: Pete Townshend
Producer: The Who and Glyn Johns
Recorded: May 1971 at Olympic Studios in London
Released: June 27th, 1971
|Players:||Roger Daltrey — vocals
Pete Townshend — guitar, synthesizer
John Entwistle — bass
Keith Moon — drums
|Album:||Who's Next (Decca, 1971)|
Although on the surface it appears to be a straightforward love song, “Bargain” is another of Pete Townshend's odes to his guru, Meher Baba.
The song deals with a search for identity and also includes the line “I know I am nothing, without you,” which reflects Townshend's deep devotion to the spiritual master.
Much of the Who's Next album was marked by Townshend's synthesizer experiments, but while “Bargain” features some subtle synthesizer work, it's largely a display of the Who's ensemble power.
The version of “Bargain” featured on Who's Missing and the Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B box set is a live version recorded December 12th, 1971, at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium.
The Who began recording the Who's Next album with longtime associate Kit Lambert but, dissatisfied, switched to Glyn Johns, who would continue to work with the band throughout the '70s.
Who's Next was the only Who album to ever hit Number One in the U.K.
In the U.S., it peaked at Number Four on the Billboard 200.