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Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)

31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLETE WHO CONCERT ON CD - WADDYA WAITING FOR!!!, 9 Oct. 2001
OK no messing about , if you have got this far you are at least interested...well don't delay like I did, BUY IT NOW and do yourself a huge favour!
Why...well you obviously like the Who or you wouldn't be here, but whether you like, love or are obsessed with the Who your cd collection NEEDS this record.
I had the original vinyl Live at Leeds [LAL] and progressed to the extra tracks cd reissue with Fortune Teller, Heaven and Hell etc. This was a major leap forward in the enjoyment stakes cos it was longer, better recorded and had lots of lovely pics and liner notes/booklety thing to read.
Oh, although it goes with out saying I had better say it anyway, that the actual performance is as close as you can get to the 'OO live in their dynamic earbusting pomp and prime without actually watching them. Crashing power chords, thrashing crashing cacophany of artillery..sorry I mean drums and a bass sound that doubles as another rhythm guitar such is its power and invention. The playing continuously sends goose bumps down your neck with its dynamic tension [sic.]
And I havn't even mentioned Daltry yet which is where this double package adds the cream to an already mouth watering cake.
The complete Tommy performed live...except on bootlegs, this is the first chance to hear what cemented the Who's rep. as the premier live band in the World, [well depending on whether Zep or the Stones were touring at the time.]
Its great to hear the classic album [which lets be honest can be a bit incomprehensable and limp in its studio guise ] performed live, without frills and with the maximum of emotion and feel. Listening to it you DO actually feel you are part of the crowd experiencing part of rocks historical holy canon!
And if that ain't enough for 2 discs of incendiary rock history, the packaging is excellent.
A double fold over card board cover, actually stamped/indented with the title, its own plastic slip case and of course the usual excellent sleeve notes and booklet.
Even if you are only a peripheral Who fan or if you have never heard the Who before[where'vya been??] but love genuine rock you owe it to yourself to get this - [Tommy] CAN YOU HEAR ME?!!!!
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15 Big Ones/Love You
15 Big Ones/Love You
Price: £8.24

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two CD's from the mid-70's doldrums, one good one ok., 21 Aug. 2000
This review is from: 15 Big Ones/Love You (Audio CD)
Chronologically I'll get 15 Big Ones out of the way first as the other cd in this collection,Love You is a lot more interesting. 'Big Ones was released to celebrate 15 years of the BB's in business and came out in 1976 when the bands stock was low both musically and in the business in general. The album was released on the back of a Brian is Back campaign and altho'he was in the studio twiddling knobs and singing this was not the BW of old. His voice had, due to a steady diet of cigarettes, got rough and the falsetto had gone forever.The album was supposed to be all originals but by the time the guys had fallen out with each other for the umpteenth time the record came out as a mix of old standards, RnR Music, Chapel of Love, and "new" originals Suzie Cinncinnati and Had to PHone Ya.With this back ground it's hardly surprising the album comes across as a bit of a hoch poch and with expectations at the time so high, a bit disappointing. To quote one of the songs,"It's OK" but not the most inspiring record they have ever cut, possibly because the listener gets the feeling Brian is being forced to do this and he's not enjoying it very much. Which is not the case with the 1977 follow up "Love You". This is nearly a Brian Wilson solo LP and is he enjoying himself!A variety of rockers,(Honking Down the Highway and Mona) plus ballads (The Night was So Young and Lets Put Our Hearts Together duetted with ex-wife Marilyn)and the strange make up the content. The downright quirky Solar System and the brilliant but mega weird Johnny Carson make this a hugely enjoyable record,jammed with variety and Brians childlike view of life.This was a big influence on REM's Michael Stipe and makes the price of admission worthwhile on its own.You've a treat in store if you havn't heard this before and 'Big Ones ain't that bad really. Enjoy!

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