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4.7 out of 5 stars
Live At Hull
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on 10 June 2014
There really isn't a great deal of difference between this and Live at Leeds (LAL). The dedicated Who fan, like me, will want both. But if you're a casual listener who would quite like to have a live Who album from 1970 in your collection you need to be aware of the differences to allow you to choose which is for you:

1. Magic Bus is missing from Live at Hull (LAH).

2. There are times when the sound seems a little subdued on this release. It says in the sleeve notes that the crowd were quiet, so maybe it's atmosphere that's lacking - it certainly isn't The Who's performance, which is magnificent.

3. There are occasional glitches in sound quality in LAH (not enough to deduct a star).

4. There is virtually no banter between songs (according to the sleeve notes there genuinely was virtually no banter - I assumed it had been removed to make this release different from LAL).

5. LAL has the tracks in the order in which they were performed. This means that Tommy starts half way through disc 1 and finishes on disc 2. LAH has Tommy on disc 2 and everything else on disc 1.

If you only want one, I hope the above will help you to decide. Suffice to say I give LAL and LAH five stars.
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on 2 December 2012
Considering that this is a recording made 24 hours after the righteous 'Live At Leeds' set, you'd think that 'Live At Hull' is superfluous to requirements, it being the exact same set (with the exception of 'Magic Bus') with the running times of the songs for the two shows almost matching second-for-second. Well, yes, maybe so, but the charms of 'Live At Hull' are plenty. The Who were not a machine, going through the motions. They played with ferocity but also sensitivity, grace and wit, and there's an abundance of it on this release. Part of the fun for the listener who knows 'Live At Leeds' by heart is in the differences in the performances, by the players and of the songs. Pete Townshend is in a more punkish mood at Hull, tearing into the 'Tommy' section with a looser, thrashier exuberance than 'Leeds'. The absence of between-song badinage makes more for a heads-down no-nonsense mindful boogie prospect. It's a relentless and beautifully punishing two hours.
Bob Pridden's production follows the template of 'Leeds' (bass in one channel, guitar in the other, vocals and drums in the middle, hardly any audience) and it's majestic, powerful stuff.
I must sing the praises of Richard Evans' art direction, the cover being a replica of an old, scuffed tape-reel box. This at once signals that this is an unpretentious, warts and all representation of The Who, and also it's a joke at the expense of record buyers who might double-take at the sight of the cover, thinking at first sight that it had been damaged in transit. One page of the booklet includes Townshend's original notes on the band's performance (e.g. 'Summertime Blues - a bit dirty. Vox good but tired. Roger uneven volume. Solo - quite short. Bass late'); I would love to have seen all of those notes.
That minor gripe aside, this is more than an historical document; it's a cracking album by a band at their zenith.
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on 28 February 2013
If you have the De Luxe version of Live At Leeds, then the sheer whack of this album will come as no surprise. It is as good as that release, with a few caveats - part of the pleasure of the later CD releases of LAL was the chatter in between the tracks with Pete and Keith exchanging comments and jokes, and Pete engaging with the audience; it would be interesting to know if Pete did that in Leeds as he knew it was being recorded, because here there is nothing like that, just the music. The music is just fantastic though, with the Who at their absolute peak - the live version of Tommy here is just breathtaking. This is probably for the completist - it doesn't add much to 'Leeds', but it is extremely good!
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on 1 June 2017
Excellent - Who fan for yonks now; well, the early stuff up until cWho's next. Prefer this to the Live at Leeds cd. Better sound quality and a worthy addition to burgeoning cd collection!
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on 17 November 2016
What can you say about the greatest rock band in the world truly a classic live album much better than live at Leeds which is another good album but the sound off this one much better.
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on 14 May 2016
You cannot beat this era Who. Live at Leeds is my favourite live album of all time. This was recorded the day before I believe. It's brilliant, but LaL has the edge for me.
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on 14 January 2013
The Who have always been one of my favourite bands and this C.D. catches them at the top of their powers and was bought as a companion to "Live at Leeds". Anyone who likes the Who will like this and for those not lucky enough to have seen them live {I did} will find this an education into raw power and how it shouyld be done.
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on 15 December 2012
The classic WHO concert, recorded live in HULL CITY HALL in the same week that the other LIVE ALBUM was recorded. In my opinion, this was a much better concert, and I am pleased that following THE WHO''s recent KC STADIUM concert in HULL, where Pete corroborated this belief, they have eventually been able to issue it. BUY AND ENJOY!
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on 2 January 2013
Fantastic live recording of the Who in their heyday, proving what an excellent band they were. Daltrey delivers a great vocal performance, Moon is as mad as ever on the drums, you can almost see Townsend wind-milling the guitar and Entwhistle ably underpinning the whole soundscape with his clever bass riffs.
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on 20 August 2017
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