If you look at everything Pete Townshend did during the 1980s, it would be difficult to argue that this wasn't his finest work. Everything else is subjective, of course, but nothing since White City comes close for me.
I remember buying this at an old Pamida store (think of an early attempt at Wal-Mart without bothering to try hard) and I remember the impact that this had on me. This was a special album, even if the kids didn't like it. Who else was listening to this in 1985? Hardly anyone, I'm sorry to say.