The BBC Sessions

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Once upon a time, rock 'n' roll bands -- even those helmed by serious artistes like Pete Townshend -- weren't so all-fired precious about messing about in the studio, a fact well-documented by the ongoing BBC Sessions series. This lovingly-compiled volume may be the best yet, chronicling as it does the development of the 'oo from simple purveyors of Maximum R&B to arguably the most dynamic rock band on the planet. Throughout a couple of dozen songs, the Who try on a passel of guises, from sweet soul slingers "Dancin' in the Streets" to pop purists "La La Lies" to brooding sages "The Seeker". The most fascinating aspect, however, is the on-display evolution of songs...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Once upon a time, rock 'n' roll bands -- even those helmed by serious artistes like Pete Townshend -- weren't so all-fired precious about messing about in the studio, a fact well-documented by the ongoing BBC Sessions series. This lovingly-compiled volume may be the best yet, chronicling as it does the development of the 'oo from simple purveyors of Maximum R&B to arguably the most dynamic rock band on the planet. Throughout a couple of dozen songs, the Who try on a passel of guises, from sweet soul slingers "Dancin' in the Streets" to pop purists "La La Lies" to brooding sages "The Seeker". The most fascinating aspect, however, is the on-display evolution of songs that would appear -- sometimes in drastically different form -- on official releases. The BBC versions of "Happy Jack" and "Substitute" presented here in two different forms are sure to catch the ear of even the most jaded classic rock listener -- as are the witty, wacky radio jingles the band crafted out of "My Generation" and "Boris the Spider." It's a must for diehards and a fascinating place for new believers to get an answer to the question "Who are you?"
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A fine compilation of 1965-73 BBC performances, the majority of the tracks hailing from 1965-67, although some are drawn from 1970 and 1973. As one of the best live bands ever, the Who as expected come through pretty well in the live-in-the-studio environment, although the arrangements usually stick close to the records. Most of the songs were done by the group for studio releases as well, but there are a few covers that they never put on their albums or singles at the time, making this essential for the fan. Those numbers include the obscure James Brown tune "Just You and Me, Darling," "Dancing in the Street," "Good Lovin'," and "Leaving Here" although a mid-1960s studio version of that last song was eventually released. Of the other tracks, particularly worthwhile are "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," with its extensive feedback solo, quite a challenge to do live in May 1965; "The Good's Gone," which has a fuzz solo not on the studio version; and the 1970 performance of "Shakin' All Over," which might be the best rendition of that concert staple that they ever did. This does not have a few BBC songs that have shown up on bootlegs; particularly unfortunate exclusions are "So Sad About Us," "Summertime Blues," and their 1966 cover of the Everly Brothers' "Man with Money."
Rolling Stone - Arion Berger
...more than anything, The BBC Sessions highlights how mad, bad and dangerous the Who were in 1965.

...more than anything, The BBC Sessions highlights how mad, bad and dangerous the Who were in 1965.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811196028
  • Catalog Number: 111960

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Generation (0:59)
  2. 2 Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (2:44)
  3. 3 Good Lovin' (1:50)
  4. 4 Just You and Me, Darling (2:02)
  5. 5 Leaving Here (2:35)
  6. 6 My Generation (3:24)
  7. 7 The Good's Gone (2:59)
  8. 8 La-La Lies (2:26)
  9. 9 Substitute (3:28)
  10. 10 Dancing in the Street (2:24)
  11. 11 Disguises (3:45)
  12. 12 I'm a Boy (2:39)
  13. 13 Run Run Run (3:17)
  14. 14 Boris the Spider (2:47)
  15. 15 Happy Jack (2:10)
  16. 16 See My Way (1:50)
  17. 17 Pictures of Lily (2:35)
  18. 18 A Quick One, While He's Away (7:01)
  19. 19 Substitute (2:14)
  20. 20 The Seeker (3:06)
  21. 21 I'm Free (2:24)
  22. 22 Shakin' All Over (3:06)
  23. 23 The Relay (5:16)
  24. 24 Long Live Rock (3:56)
  25. 25 Boris the Spider (0:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Vocals
Pete Townshend Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar (Baritone), Group Member
Keith Moon Snare Drums, Group Member
John Entwistle Bass Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
Johnny Kidd Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Jon Astley Mastering
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Bernie Andrews Producer
Michael Appleton Producer
Paul Williams Producer
Andie Airfix Artwork
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Art Kane Cover Photo
Bill Bebb Producer
Brian Willey Producer
Jimmy Grant Producer
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