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Who Sell Out
     

The Who Sell Out

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by The Who
 

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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

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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."]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/1995
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811126827
catalogNumber:
11268
Rank:
3825

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Who   Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey   Harmonica,Vocals
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
Chris Charlesworth   Executive Producer
Bill Curbishley   Executive Producer
Chris Huston   Engineer
Kit Lambert   Producer
Andy MacPherson   Remixing
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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The Who Sell Out 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago