Pete Townshend wanted to record a album of the Who in concert but after a european tour which was extensively recorded, he scrapped all the tapes and decided to record two shows, one in Hull, the other in Leeds. The sound quality of the Hull tapes left a lot to be desired so it was "Leeds" that provided the content for the live album which has since become legendary amongst rock fans and Who afficionados alike.
The album catches the band at the peak of their power, four superb musicians who almost had a "psychic" link with one-another when on stage. Now the album has been re-released in it's entirety, you can hear the full show for the first time.
Classics such as My Generation, Magic Bus, I Can't Explain and Tattoo are delivered "with maximum R & B "as the old Who concert posters used to say with thunderous bass lines from John Entwistle, huge metallic chords from Pete Townshend and as ever, the whole thing propelled along by Keith Moon, playing every drum at once accompanied with a cymbal wash that would split eardrums.
They also tackle some old standards wonderfully well, giving the turbo charged treatment to Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues"and Cochran's "Shakin' All Over", both of which have really become their songs. With all of Tommy for the first time on the second CD, this really gives a balanced view of the Who in concert. I saw them live at Earls Court in the early seventies and have to say it was the best ever. This album catches that raw power coupled with virtuoso musical ability. Even if you aren't particularly a Who fan, this album was then and still is now the blueprint for how every live rock album should sound.