Live at Leeds [Deluxe Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
When it was first released, some three decades back, the Who's Live at Leeds was hailed as one of the most powerful concert recordings of all time -- and that was on the basis of a mere six songs. As the years have gone by, the original album has been expanded to include the entire set performed on Valentine's Day, 1970, which is presented here in its entirety on Disc 1. The set showcases both the band's pop savvy via the one-two punch of "Happy Jack" and "Substitute" and its awesome power via titanic renditions of "Magic Bus" and an extended "My Generation". The calling card this time around, however, is the second disc, which captures a rare live performance of Tommy...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
When it was first released, some three decades back, the Who's Live at Leeds was hailed as one of the most powerful concert recordings of all time -- and that was on the basis of a mere six songs. As the years have gone by, the original album has been expanded to include the entire set performed on Valentine's Day, 1970, which is presented here in its entirety on Disc 1. The set showcases both the band's pop savvy via the one-two punch of "Happy Jack" and "Substitute" and its awesome power via titanic renditions of "Magic Bus" and an extended "My Generation". The calling card this time around, however, is the second disc, which captures a rare live performance of Tommy in its entirety. While not nearly as burnished as the studio version or the all-star stagings that have followed, this no-frills run-through wrings every bit of humanity and emotion from the 20 songs. The opening salvo of "Overture" and "It's a Boy" reveal a little bit of rust or perhaps a slight case of nerves, but by the time Pete Townshend slips into the intricate riffage of "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks," the band is absolutely ablaze. Naturally, the more in-your-face numbers translate best -- both "Pinball Wizard" and "The Acid Queen" are riotous -- but even wry and/or introspective tunes, such as "Fiddle About" and "Sally Simpson," connect solidly. This lavish repackaging is a bit daunting when heard in a single sitting, but you'd be hard pressed to find a classic rock fan willing to stop after just one listen.
All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This two-disc set should be the final word regarding the Who's February 14, 1970, performance at Leeds University. The main impetus for consumers -- who may have repurchased this title in its various formats -- is having the entire Tommy rock opera intact. While impressive, that performance merely scratches the surface of the multifaceted sonic and visual improvements that exist on the Live at Leeds Deluxe Edition. The 1995 single-disc restoration of Live at Leeds more than doubled the original six-track album, which consists of all the non-Tommy material performed that evening. This deluxe edition features the Who's entire performance -- albeit in a somewhat truncated form. To accommodate a seamless inclusion of Tommy onto the second disc, "Shakin' All Over," "My Generation," and "Magic Bus" have been taken from their chronologically correct place at the end of the entire show and relocated to the end of the first read: non-Tommy disc. Even though drastic improvements augmented the 1995 release, time considerations meant that some ambience and stage dialogue between the band and the audience was still missing. With the expansion to a two-CD format, much of the previously edited material has been reinstated to reflect the actual pacing of the show more accurately. This new mix -- supervised by Pete Townshend guitar/vocal -- is an all-encompassing stereoscape which has never felt more intimidating. Although no mention is made in the information- and memorabilia-laden 28-page liner-notes booklet, vocalist Roger Daltrey performed several vocal overdubs during Tommy which are unique to this release. Although not impossible to locate, they blend surprisingly well with a recording that is fairly old. Live at Leeds Deluxe Edition is a must-own release for any rock & roll collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811261825
  • Catalog Number: 112618
  • Sales rank: 2,678

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heaven and Hell
  2. 2 Can't Explain
  3. 3 Fortune Teller
  4. 4 Tattoo
  5. 5 Young Man Blues
  6. 6 Substitute
  7. 7 Happy Jack
  8. 8 I'm a Boy
  9. 9 A Quick One (While He's Away)
  10. 10 Summertime Blues
  11. 11 Shakin' All Over
  12. 12 My Generation
  13. 13 Magic Bus
Disc 2
  1. 1 Overture
  2. 2 It's a Boy
  3. 3 1921
  4. 4 Amazing Journey
  5. 5 Sparks
  6. 6 Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)
  7. 7 Christmas
  8. 8 The Acid Queen
  9. 9 Pinball Wizard
  10. 10 Do You Think It's Alright?
  11. 11 Fiddle About
  12. 12 Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  13. 13 There's a Doctor
  14. 14 Go to the Mirror
  15. 15 Miracle Cure
  16. 16 Sally Simpson
  17. 17 I'm Free
  18. 18 Tommy's Holiday Camp
  19. 19 We're Not Gonna Take It
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Harmonica, Vocals
Pete Townshend Guitar, Vocals
Keith Moon Drums
John Entwistle Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
Johnny Kidd Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
The Who Producer
Jon Astley Producer, Remastering
Keith Moon Composer
Chris Charlesworth Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
Andy MacPherson Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Richard Evans Liner Notes, Art Direction
Fred Heath Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    How do you spell "ENERGY", T-H-E- W-H-O

    This is absolutely the best live rock and roll recorded album ever. And with this deluxe edition it's even better. You basically have the entire concert recorded from beginning to end with the in between conversations with the band members and everything, stuff that was remixed or deleted on the original cd (or album for those of us that were born with that state of the art stuff) is now just the entire track. It's absolutely beautiful to hear, you can hear Pete make slight adjustments in the volume or pick up control on his guitar in mid song, and for the energy transmitted at this concert Keith Moon could have powered the Saturn Moon rocket if it could've been stored. Some of the songs were not on the original, they definitely picked the best for the original but they still add to those who are WHO fans some flavor as to the beginning struggles that the band had. This is an absolute must for a "REAL" WHO fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Who at their best

    This is simply one of the most exciting live albums ever recorded. No fan should be without it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Complete at Last

    Comparing this re-release by The Who to it's earlier incarnations is impossible. Consider this - The original six song LP from the pre-digital days was and is considered to be (by most) the best live rock album ever. The first remaster from 1995 added so much to the original it took the original Live at Leeds place as best ever. The near excusion of the entire Tommy song cycle was probably done for financial reasons of keeping the package to one CD not two. The bootleg version of this seminal concert is the underlying reason for Pete Townshend agreeing to release this complete version. Under Pete's direction the complete concert is now here in all of it's glory. The sound is superb, the packaging great and the liner notes fantastic. The only thing that I would have done differently is keep the show in sequence instead of seperating Tommy out of the body of the show to it's own seperate disc. But that is a minor quibble as compared to the jem that is this release. If you have any interest at all in hearing rock 'n roll at it's live best, then you must get this. Rock on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get this CD Set!

    This is as good as it gets.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hey Kids,hear the original Kids

    Everytime I hear this, it makes me smile-- all students of Rock and aspiring artists should hear this sample of pure energy exploding. Drummer Keith Moon was a phenom! This music is a classic example of British rock that is rarely captured by the new artists. I hear traces in Radio Head, for example. British showmanship par excellance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Live at leeds finally gets the WHOLE thing with little edits

    yes, this is a great double live Cd, u have the original live at leeds remaster with corrected scratch sounds on disc 1 minus ''Amazing Journey/sparks'' and disc 2 is dedicated to the the whole performance of ''Thomas'' as Pete Townshend says. ;-) Anyways this is a great album, the previous pop ''lovey dovey'' singles get a little twist and add a lot more hard, arena rock punch to them.. it's obvious that Led Zeppelin listened to this album and made Presence and a lot of the Physical Graffiti Hard rock recordings after hearing the energy of the who live. Truly amazing.. The energy from this performance would later be used on the who's best album ''who's next'' in 1971 and continue to follow until Moon's death in '78.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Even Better With Age!

    Thanks to the remarkable versatility of the CD format, this incredible album just gets bigger and better with every re-release. Surely this will be the definitive version, and essential for any rock fan. Arguably the greatest live rock band ever, this presents them at their crunching, snarling, raw best. While fans of studio wizardry may shudder, for me this is THE best version of Tommy - warts and all. God Save The WHO!!

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    One of the greatest live albums just got better!

    Let's face it folks - when it come to live rock n' roll, it can be said that the original release of Live At Leeds by The Who was was hard to match.
    But when the expanded single-disc was released some years back, it made this recording untouchable.....that is, until the COMPLETE release was done, this deluxe edition 2-disc set includes the entire performance of the rock opera Tommy, along with crowd pleasing songs such as Heaven And Hell, Happy Jack, Fortune Teller and the "Mini-Opera" A Quick One While He's Away.
    The Power And The Fury of The Who at its live finest is right here, right now on this 2-disc Deluxe Edition release.
    You will not be disappointed with this purchase.
    Guaranteed.

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