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|The Who||Primary Artist|
|Pete Townshend||Guitar, Vocals|
|Keith Moon||Percussion, Drums|
|John Entwistle||Bass, Vocals|
|The Ivy League||Background Vocals|
|Bill Curbishley||Executive Producer|
|Shel Talmy||Producer, Remixing|
|Michael Diehl||Label Design|
|David Wedgbury||Cover Photo|
|Mike Shaw||Liner Notes|
|Robert Rosenberg||Executive Producer|
Posted October 1, 2010
Although the Who reissue series has been going on for about 8 years now, this marks the first appearance of the Who's seminal debut. Why? Well, it turns out that the producer of the sessions, Shel Talmy, has the rights to the masters, and he and the Who have not exactly been cordial or cooperative over the years. Thankfully, the acrimony was put aside to allow for this reissue. Available for the first time in true stereo are all of the classic Who tracks from their early years--"I Can't Explain," "The Kids Are Alright" (with the long middle section), and, of course, "My Generation." Regrettably, certain guitar overdubs on "Generation" and "Legal Matter" have been lost, so the stereo remixes are a bit thin. But the monaural originals are included. In addition, you get the rare French EP version of "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" in lieu of the more familar release. Plus, all the b-sides, and some interesting outtakes, are included. Best of all, Talmy (who handled the remix) displays a light touch, and we are not confronted by the heavy-handed remixing of Jon Astley that ruined many of the other albums. An essential purchase.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
This was always my favorite Who album and I waited years for it's reissue only to find that Shel Talmy (producer) messed around with the mix. Don't get me wrong, I'm overjoyed at hearing the tracks clearly for the first time. The delay of the release was largely due to Talmy, who owns the masters and refused to allow their release under anybody's else's control. He "lost" the tracks with Townshend's guitar overdubs, leaving a void in many of the songs. He added digital echo to Daltry's voice on "Please Please Please". He prides himself as giving us the first true stereo mix, however, the tracks lost the original "vibe" from the mono original. Also, Talmy managed to cut off part of the vocal track before the middle section of "La La La Lies". On the second disk, he provides a few tracks as extended versions which means he simply removed the fade-out in the mix. Why did he use alternate versions of "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" and "Leaving Here"? If nice to have the alternates if you include the originals, but this isn't so. With all the shortcomings of Shel Talmy and the reissue, it's still the greatest Who album ever and it's a vast improvement over previous versions. The packaging is incredible and has fantastic commentaries from many of the people who were responsible for creating the original recordings. I would have liked to have seen it remastered like the new Stones reissues, which are fantastic. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU ORDER THIS ALBUM AND PLAY IT OFTEN AND AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.