23 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While The Who was putting together the film Tommy and had no immediate recording plans, bassist John Entwistle sifted through tapes and assembled two albums' worth of outtakes that could be officially released. In October 1974 the single LP Odds & Sods appeared, and in 1998 the remainder of the tracks were added to form this 23-song set. It starts with the band's first single, "I'm the Face," from when the group was still called The High Numbers, and it tells an alternate history of The Who. The rare b-side "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" features cheerful electric organ and harmonies appropriate to the '60s. "Water" and a cover of the Rolling Stones song "Under My Thumb" had been b-sides not previously on any album. "Summertime Blues" and "Young Man Blues" were studio versions of the covers made infamous by their live performances on Live at Leeds. Other tracks were outtakes from Tommy, Who's Next, and Quadrophenia, including the fan favorites "Long Live Rock" and "Pure and Easy." John Entwistle's "Postcard" is yet another fine observation about the life of a rock star on the road.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While The Who was putting together the film Tommy and had no immediate recording plans, bassist John Entwistle sifted through tapes and assembled two albums' worth of outtakes that could be officially released. In October 1974 the single LP Odds & Sods appeared, and in 1998 the remainder of the tracks were added to form this 23-song set. It starts with the band's first single, "I'm the Face," from when the group was still called The High Numbers, and it tells an alternate history of The Who. The rare b-side "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" features cheerful electric organ and harmonies appropriate to the '60s. "Water" and a cover of the Rolling Stones song "Under My Thumb" had been b-sides not previously on any album. "Summertime Blues" and "Young Man Blues" were studio versions of the covers made infamous by their live performances on Live at Leeds. Other tracks were outtakes from Tommy, Who's Next, and Quadrophenia, including the fan favorites "Long Live Rock" and "Pure and Easy." John Entwistle's "Postcard" is yet another fine observation about the life of a rock star on the road.

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