The Who Sell Out

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Pete Townshend originally planned The Who Sell Out as a concept album of sorts that would simultaneously mock and pay tribute to pirate radio stations, complete with fake jingles and commercials linking the tracks. For reasons that remain somewhat ill defined, the concept wasn't quite driven to completion, breaking down around the middle of side two on the original vinyl configuration. Nonetheless, on strictly musical merits, it's a terrific set of songs that ultimately stands as one of the group's greatest achievements. "I Can See for Miles" a Top Ten hit is the Who at their most thunderous; tinges of psychedelia add a rush to "Armenia City in the Sky" and "Relax"; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Pete Townshend originally planned The Who Sell Out as a concept album of sorts that would simultaneously mock and pay tribute to pirate radio stations, complete with fake jingles and commercials linking the tracks. For reasons that remain somewhat ill defined, the concept wasn't quite driven to completion, breaking down around the middle of side two on the original vinyl configuration. Nonetheless, on strictly musical merits, it's a terrific set of songs that ultimately stands as one of the group's greatest achievements. "I Can See for Miles" a Top Ten hit is the Who at their most thunderous; tinges of psychedelia add a rush to "Armenia City in the Sky" and "Relax"; "I Can't Reach You" finds Townshend beginning to stretch himself into quasi-spiritual territory; and "Tattoo" and the acoustic "Sunrise" show introspective, vulnerable sides to the singer/songwriter that had previously been hidden. "Rael" was another mini-opera, with musical motifs that reappeared in Tommy. The album is as perfect a balance between melodic mod pop and powerful instrumentation as the Who or any other group would achieve; psychedelic pop was never as jubilant, not to say funny the fake commercials and jingles interspersed between the songs are a hoot. [Subsequent reissues added over half a dozen interesting outtakes from the time of the sessions, as well as unused commercials, the B-side "Someone's Coming," and an alternate version of "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/1995
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811126827
  • Catalog Number: 11268
  • Sales rank: 27,865

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Armenia City in the Sky (3:48)
  2. 2 Heinz Baked Beans (1:00)
  3. 3 Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand (2:28)
  4. 4 Odorono (2:34)
  5. 5 Tattoo (2:51)
  6. 6 Our Love Was (3:23)
  7. 7 I Can See for Miles (4:44)
  8. 8 I Can't Reach You (3:03)
  9. 9 Medac (0:57)
  10. 10 Relax (2:41)
  11. 11 Silas Stingy (3:07)
  12. 12 Sunrise (3:06)
  13. 13 Rael 1 (5:44)
  14. 14 Rael 2 (1:29)
  15. 15 Glittering Girl (3:59)
  16. 16 Melancholia (3:22)
  17. 17 Someone's Coming (2:40)
  18. 18 Jaguar (3:01)
  19. 19 Early Morning Cold Taxi (3:25)
  20. 20 Hall of the Mountain King (4:19)
  21. 21 Girl's Eyes (3:50)
  22. 22 Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand (3:21)
  23. 23 Glow Girl (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Harmonica, Vocals
Al Kooper Organ
Pete Townshend Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Keith Moon Drums, Vocals
John Entwistle Bass, Trumpet, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Jon Astley Producer, Remixing, Remastering
Chris Charlesworth Executive Producer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
Chris Huston Engineer
Kit Lambert Producer
Andy MacPherson Remixing, Remastering
Dave Marsh Liner Notes
Roger Law Cover Design
David King Cover Design
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Richard Evans Art Direction
John Keene Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something Special

    As I've gone through my older collection and replaced worn-out tapes and vinyl, the remaster of this one has re-emerged and surged to the forefront of my most favorite albums ever. The more I listen to it, the more I'm convinced it's on equal footing with "Pet Sounds" and "Sgt. Pepper" as the greatest albums ever. Everything's covered: Joy, heartache, anger, longing, whimsy, etc., and it's all cobbled together into a pop masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great album...I'm not sure what else to put here...

    I'm listening to it right now, and it is truly a great album. It somehow manages to have the slightly random and funny aspects(Odorono, Medac, Heinz Baked Beans, Silas Stingy etc.) as well as some really good songs, that are more than just enjoyable(Armenia City in the Sky, Our Love Was, I Can't Reach You). Even the less serious songs, are good as songs; they don't entirely rely on their topics.The radio clips, of which many (or is it all?) were created by the band, are interspersed throughout the album, and add a nice touch. An altogether humorous, beautiful, enjoyable, and interesting album. Definitely a good thing to own, or at least borrow from the library at first

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great album!

    This has got to be one of The Who's many great albums of Their career. A great album for somebody who is a new fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2010

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