on 11 March 2014
The "Beginnings" series strikes again with another spectacular collection of original recordings that in this case inspired or influenced The Who. As with others in the series (6 Beatles collections, 2 on the Rolling Stones and one on The Kinks), the accompanying booklet has extremely thorough and welcome annotation. I applaud whomever performed the extensive research that resulted in these fascinating choices. Who knew that Keith Moon's "Cobwebs and Strange" was lifted from "Eastern Journey" a track on an obscure LP by drummer Tony Crombie? Wow! I hope that History of RnB Records is planning discs on The Yardbirds, The Animals and Jimi Hendrix as well.
Their other series, "How Britain Got the Blues", is every bit as good (if not better). Bravo to History of RnB Records for these releases and the outstanding music scholarship that accompanies them.