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Odds & Sods
Odds & Sods
Price: £6.50

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odds and Sods and then some, 30 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Odds & Sods (Audio CD)
A review of this album back in 1974 stated "The Who's outtakes are more interesting than most band's albums" or such. Here's a thing which The Who have in common with Bob Dylan; both have a mountain of unreleased gems sitting in the vaults. At least nowadays Ol' Bob is getting around to releasing his via The Bootleg Series. This collection was compiled by John eEntwistle while The Who were having another hiatus from recording and touring, and while Townshend and Daltrey were heavily involved with Tommy the Movie. Townshend did produce the review of the album for the NME, hilarious in itslef, and used as the liner notes. The original album contained many gems, including almost all of the "Lost 1969 EP", outtakes from "Who's Next", treasures from the abandoned 1972 album, and hard-to-obtain rareities. The expanded edition almost doubles the amount of material, and is even better than the original, even if errors have been made in the notes for lineage etc. You can compile the alternative "Who's Next", burn yourself a copy of that lost EP, marvel at the astounding sound quality of the really early Who, and spend many an evening thinking about what might have been if this lot had only had more focus and single-minded ambition. But that's The Who for you.

trivia; look closely at the names on the helmets. Roger allegedly bought them during the fractious Quadrophenia US Tour of 1973, to show that when they put their heads together it spelled "R-O-C-K"! But some sizes wre wrong, so swapping around had to happen. Townshend tore up the photo to be used for the cover, changed his mind, glued it together and hey-presto! The album was the first to have titles on the cover in braille for blind fans.

The Who By Numbers
The Who By Numbers
Price: £5.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubt, denial, punch-ups and peace of sorts, 30 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Who By Numbers (Audio CD)
In August 1975 it had been two years since Quadrophenia, which itself had been two years after "Who's Next", so these were lean times for Who fans. It would be three years the next one. "The Who By Numbers" is a remarkable album, recorded in discord, punch-ups and hospitalisation for Townshend after a Daltrey special to the jaw. May and then August had seen two very honest and confrontational interviews in NME first from Townshend being highly critical of himself and especially Daltrey, (leading to the Big Fight)and then Roger Daltrey laying it on the line about Pete's problems, all caused by Pete himself. Here was the atmosphere for the recording!

Sessions had to be suspended as Townshend, Moon and Entwistle took time out to get their feel again as a working unit. On return the band knuckled (literally) down to produce a work of an extremely rare type for the times, the confessional, almost self-deprecating honesty of a band and specifically a song-writer who had to question whether their time had come and gone, were they still relevant to their ideals, and more importantly in their opinions, were their audience still receptive to The Who?

The answer is a resounding yes, still relevant, still receptive. On release there was much criticism in the letters pages of NME and Melody Maker over the lyrics of "They're All In Love" (Goodbye all you Punks...)while the confessional and self-analytical nature of other songs escaped many minds. Townshend didn't want to go down the same road as the majority of the Rock audience, the It's only Rock 'n Roll, it's entertainment with a few gestures (The Stones,Led Zep, Glam etc), so produced with Glyn Johns a re-statement for grown-ups, we're older but still here, here's my soul so take it or leave it. Funnily enough, it was "Squeezebox" which gave them a return to the Top ten singles charts, a laugh on record and off. The 1975 tours on the back of this showed, as NME journalist Charles Shaar-Murray said at the time "who the real Guv'nors were. Who's the Greatest Rock 'n roll band in the world? The Who, that's who". The audiences at the UK shows were mainly under 20's, so relevancy, not nostalgia, were assured. It's much the same today.

The re-issue/remaster comes with three live tracks from Swansea in June 1976, all excellent, especially Entwistle's bass fingering during "Dreamin' From The Waist". Sure, most Who fans would have preferred the live versions of rarieties performed on the '75 UK tour, but you can't have everything. 'Tho you can ask.

Magic Bus
Magic Bus
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Price: £7.48

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Who On Tour? Not likely!, 30 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Magic Bus (Audio CD)
This album was yet another appalling cash-in by the then American Decca label. Their obliviousness to thier UK acts, especially The Who, was legendary. This particulat sham came about due to the bands's "sudden, overnight success" after two years of touring the US. The Monterey Pop Festival had catapulted them into the National spotlight, the word-of-mouthhad them as the group to watch (literally), and finally "Happy Jack" gave them a chart hit (at long overdue last!). So Decca renamed "The Who Sellout" album as "Happy Jack" and later this, uhm, Greatest Hits package arrived, calling itslef "Magic Bus: The Who On Tour", implying it to be a live album. Fans were raging, as were the band.Curiously, it remains a highly colectable piece of vinyl amongst Who fans.

The music is excellent, although not, even at that point, a greatest hits collection, as in the US they had only had ONE hit. Notable for what were rare B sides from John Entwistle, including the first sight and sound in Pop of what was to become known as "Eurobeat", on "Someone's Coming". And of you've ever had the DTs, you'll feel for "Whiskey Man".
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Works Of Igor Stravinsky
Works Of Igor Stravinsky
Price: £20.42

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Masterworks, 30 Jan. 2009
Works of Igor Stravinsky [22cd]

As bargains go, there aren't any better. The performances contained within this boxset marvel are those conducted by Stravinsky himself. When originally released by CBS (now Sony Classical) as four disc box-sets, the Penguin guide rated as Rosette winners, meaning they contain the indispensable recorded versions. Grammaphone magazine agreed.These performances are as definitive as it gets. While there are many marvellous interpretors of his works (Rattle, Dutoit, Karajan are personal faves of mine)what you have hear is the visionary actually presenting his vision. How rare is that? We have only sketchy reports of Mozart and Beethoven performing their own works, always subject to the opinions of the often conservative and unappreciative Viennese. Not so with Stravinsky. It's all here, from the challenge of The Rite Of Spring to the charm of the Neo-Classicism of Petrushka and Pulcinella, and the religious music. At only £18 I first thought it couldn't be the originals, but they are. The Sony/CBS engineers performed amazing work in bringing us these recordings in such wonderful souns, so good it's like they were made last week.

Buy one for yourself and then for your friends, because at this price it should be gone really fast. Just remember to check out how much these works would cost you separately. Do it now!

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