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The Casual Who Fan Has To Make a Choice
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.