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The real sound of 1967
, 15 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Sell Out (Audio CD)
The Who's classic 1967 album is finally given the Deluxe treatment. The Product Description provided by Amazon gives you a pretty good idea of what extras you get with this Deluxe Edition reissue so I won't repeat all those details again. For those who are unfamiliar with the original release I'll just say that The Who Sell Out is very loosely a concept album which combines some of Pete Townshend's most catchy pop and rock songs linked together by commercials and jingles. It is both a tribute to Britain's mid sixties commercial radio stations and a superb collection of The Who's music.
Radio London was the UK's most popular and successful commercial radio station in the mid sixties and several of their original radio jingles are used here. Also featured are some fake and amusing radio style advertisements for genuine products produced by the band. Pete Townshend could probably have had a very successful alternative career as an advertising copyrighter! Radio London had sadly closed down four months before the album's release in December 1967. The jingles and commercials made it difficult for the BBC to play at the time!
This new release's stereo version is a different mastering from the mid 90s release but is not a different mix - so it doesn't sound startlingly different, perhaps just a little bit brighter - but this time it is actually taken from the original master tapes. The mono mix does sound quite different to the stereo mix and would have been regarded as the definitive version at the time of the original release in 1967. It has a lot of power and John Entwistle's bass sounds formidable! This release doesn't include all of the bonus material that was featured on the earlier mid 90s version, but is crammed to bursting with its own features - jingles, commercials and tracks - many of which are previously unreleased.
This whole package is well up to the standard of previous releases in the Deluxe Edition series and will delight fans of The Who. The sticker on Roger Daltry's section of the cover says Free Psychedelic Poster Inside and there was one included with the original vinyl release; this poster, by Osiris Visions, is reproduced in the initial run of this release so don't hang about ordering if you want one! The booklet is informative and nicely produced and the whole package has the feel of a labour of love!
Listening to the earth-moving intro to I Can See For Miles, straight after the RotoSound Strings ad, still brings me out in goose bumps today - an absolute classic! Even if you have the mid 90s release you will find enough new stuff here to make it worth seriously considering adding this one to your collection as well. An unreserved five stars for what may well be my favourite album by The Who!
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