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Odd on a few levels
on 14 March 2016
This review is specifically for the 1995 MCA CD release. The songs themselves are a mixed bag. The title track is their first stab at an extended, ahem, "rock opera" and doesn't quite click performance-wise or production-wise (the definitive version was captured in late 1968 at the Rolling Stones Rock n Roll Circus) but is still of immense interest and naive charm. Other material ranges from the mod pop of "So Sad About Us" to the macabre musings of John Entwistle - "Boris the Spider" & "Whiskey Man" - to Keith Moon's loon-about "Cobwebs and Strange". Definitely not The Who's best album ("Sell Out" for this reviewer) but a worthy and entertaining disc, which the bonus material emphasizes.
However, this 1995 version is baffling aurally. The mixes are both mono and stereo with no apparent rhyme or reason in the running order. The mastering itself is adequate except in the case of "I Need You", which finds the cymbals running amok sonically. They're loud and tinny. I am always skipping this track, which I do not have to do on earlier versions of this CD (both the 1988 Polydor and MCA versions for example).