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The missing link,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Who Sell Out (Audio CD)
The seminal album; what The Who did between "My Generation" and "Tommy". This excellent remastered CD has the bonus of out-takes and extra tracks, some which in hindsight would not have been out of place on the original.
From the opening Keane composition "Armenia - City in the Sky", this ingenious mix of quasi-psychedelic tunes and pirate radio jingles makes the whole package an invaluable time capsule for the period and the ultimate pop art album, at a time when they had moved away from it. Fortunately this liaison with psychedelia was short lived and by the time "Tommy" was released (check out "Rael" and "Glow Girl" and you will hear the foundations of "Sparks", "I'm a Sensation" and "It's a Boy") they had shed this in favour of a more polished rock image.
But listen to their Byrds-inspired harmonies on "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" and it's pure flower power.
The commercial links are clever in their execution and impact and were an idea spawned from Townshend's idea of selling advertising space on records; I love the Premier drums one - Keith Moon was never one for the drum solo (which is amazing to think for such a showman!) so it's a rare treat to hear him in full flow; and as a footnote when Daltrey first suggested playing commercial jingles to Townshend a year or two before he sneered at the idea.
This is a great album and a must for all Who fans.