23 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flush with newly minted American success, the Who showed the U.S. just what they were capable of. Even if they abandon Sell Out's pirate-radio broadcast conceit after the album's first half, they make it their most refreshing album ever. Amid the still hilarious commercial parodies, Pete Townshend's (and John Entwistle's) songwriting leaps forward again and again here, while the band's playing is almost orchestral. Townshend introduces at least one theme ("Rael") that would wind up a highlight of Tommy, and provides some of his greatest kid-on-the-street reports ("Mary Anne With the Shaky Hands," "Tattoo"). Oh yeah, and there's "I Can See for Miles." The remastered version adds almost another album's worth of tracks, including more fake ads. (The Who actually thought they might wrangle some free cars out of the whole deal!)

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flush with newly minted American success, the Who showed the U.S. just what they were capable of. Even if they abandon Sell Out's pirate-radio broadcast conceit after the album's first half, they make it their most refreshing album ever. Amid the still hilarious commercial parodies, Pete Townshend's (and John Entwistle's) songwriting leaps forward again and again here, while the band's playing is almost orchestral. Townshend introduces at least one theme ("Rael") that would wind up a highlight of Tommy, and provides some of his greatest kid-on-the-street reports ("Mary Anne With the Shaky Hands," "Tattoo"). Oh yeah, and there's "I Can See for Miles." The remastered version adds almost another album's worth of tracks, including more fake ads. (The Who actually thought they might wrangle some free cars out of the whole deal!)

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