Tag: The Who

Sunday 5/23/21 12am ET: Feature LP: The Who – Who Sell Out (1967)

The Who Sell Out is the third studio album by the British rock band the Who. It was released on December 15, 1967 by Track Records in the UK and Decca Records in the US.

A concept album, The Who Sell Out is structured as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with fake commercials and public service announcements, including the second track “Heinz Baked Beans” The album purports to be a broadcast by pirate radio station Radio London. The reference to “selling out” was an intended irony, as the Who had been making real commercials during that period of their career, some of which are included as bonus tracks on the remastered CD.

The album was primarily written by guitarist Pete Townshend, though three tracks were penned by bassist John Entwistle and one by Thunderclap Newman vocalist Speedy Keen, who also sings. Townshend and Entwistle are joined by vocalist Roger Daltrey and drummer Keith Moon, and organist Al Kooper makes a guest appearance on two tracks. The album was produced by the band’s manager Kit Lambert.

The album’s release was reportedly followed by lawsuits due to the mention of real-world commercial interests in the faux commercials and on the album covers, and by the makers of the real jingles (Radio London jingles), who claimed the Who used them without permission. (The jingles were produced by PAMS Productions of Dallas, Texas, which created thousands of station ID jingles in the 1960s and 1970s.) The deodorant company Odorono took offence that Chris Stamp made a request for endorsement dollars. “I Can See for Miles” was released as a single and peaked at number 10 in the UK and number 9 in the US.

The Who Sell Out has received widespread acclaim from critics, some of whom viewed it as the Who’s best record. It has also frequently been featured on all-time lists of the best albums, including Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

  1. “Armenia City in the Sky” 3:48
  2. “Heinz Baked Beans” 1:00
  3. “Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand” 2:28
  4. “Odorono” 2:34
  5. “Tattoo” 2:51
  6. “Our Love Was” 3:23
  7. “I Can See for Miles” 4:05
  8. “Can’t Reach You” 3:03
  9. “Medac” 0:57
  10. “Relax” 2:41
  11. “Silas Stingy” 3:07
  12. “Sunrise” 3:06
  13. “Rael (1 and 2)” 5:44
  14. “Rael Naive” 0:59
  15. “Someone’s Coming” 2:36
  16. “Early Morning Cold Taxi” 2:59
  17. “Jaguar” 2:58
  18. “Coke After Coke” 1:05
  19. “Glittering Girl” 3:00
  20. “Summertime Blues” 2:35
  21. “John Mason Cars” 0:40
  22. “Girl’s Eyes” 2:52
  23. “Sodding About” 2:47
  24. “Premier Drums” (Full Version) 0:43
  25. “Odorono” (Final Chorus) 0:24
  26. “Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand” 3:22
  27. “Things Go Better with Coke” 0:30
  28. “In the Hall of the Mountain King” 4:23
  29. “Top Gear” 0:52
  30. “Rael (1 & 2)” (Remake Version) 6:35

Roger Daltrey – lead and backing vocals
Pete Townshend – acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals (“Odorono,” “Our Love Was,” “I Can’t Reach You,” “Sunrise,” “Rael Naive,” “Jaguar,” “Glittering Girl”), piano
John Entwistle – bass guitar, horns (“Armenia City in the Sky”, “Someone’s Coming”, “Top Gear”, “Heinz Baked Beans”, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”), backing vocals, lead vocals (“Medac,” “Silas Stingy,” “Summertime Blues,” “John Mason’s Cars”)
Keith Moon – drums, lead vocals (“Girl’s Eyes,” “John Mason’s Cars”, “Jaguar”)
Al Kooper – organ (“Rael 1”, “Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand (electric version)”)
Speedy Keen – co-lead vocals (“Armenia City in the Sky”)

Thursday 12am ET: Feature LP: The Who Hits 50! (2014)

The Who Hits 50! is a compilation of singles by the English rock band The Who, released October 27, 2014 by Polydor Records. The two-disc set contains every single released by the band in the United Kingdom, with the exceptions of: “A Legal Matter” and “La-La-La-Lies” from 1966; and “Long Live Rock” and the remake of “I’m One” from 1979. At the same time it also contains every single by the band released in the United States throughout their career, with the exceptions of: “The Real Me” from 1974; the reissue of “Substitute” from 1976; and “Long Live Rock” from 1979. A condensed single-disc standard edition appeared as well, both versions in conjunction with the band’s 50th anniversary and associated tour of the same name. The album is notable for containing singles generally not included on other compilation albums, such as the band’s Rolling Stones cover “The Last Time” done as an act of solidarity while Mick and Keith were facing jail time, along with other lesser-known singles “Dogs” and “Call Me Lightning”.

The first disc includes every song from the compilation Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy with the exception “A Legal Matter”, and the second disc includes “Be Lucky”, a track released as a single in support of the compilation and recorded during 2014 sessions for a proposed new studio album. The song is the first new material released by The Who since their 2006 studio album Endless Wire.

The selections were remastered by Jon Astley, and the cover art and packaging reflects the band’s association with the pop art of the 1960s.

1. “Zoot Suit” (billed as The High Numbers) 1:59
2. “I Can’t Explain” 2:05
3. “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” 2:43
4. “My Generation” 3:18
5. “Substitute” 3:45
6. “The Kids Are Alright” 3:06
7. “I’m a Boy” 2:38
8. “Happy Jack” 2:14
9. “Boris the Spider” 2:30
10. “Pictures of Lily” 2:44
11. “The Last Time” 2:59
12. “I Can See for Miles” 4:08
13. “Call Me Lightning” 2:19
14. “Dogs” 3:01
15. “Magic Bus” 4:36
16. “Pinball Wizard” 3:03
17. “I’m Free” 2:41
18. “The Seeker” 3:22
20. “See Me, Feel Me” 3:30
21. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (Single version) 3:40
22. “Let’s See Action” 3:57
23. “Bargain” 5:33
24. “Behind Blue Eyes” 3:42

1. “Baba O’Riley” 5:08
2. “Join Together” 4:22
3. “Relay” 3:52
4. “5:15” 4:48
5. “Love, Reign o’er Me” 5:56
6. “Postcard” 3:27
7. “Squeeze Box” 2:40
8. “Slip Kid” 4:36
9. “Who Are You” 5:14
10. “Trick of the Light” 4:27
11. “You Better You Bet” 5:37
12. “Don’t Let Go the Coat” 3:44
13. “Athena” 3:46
14. “Eminence Front” 5:39
15. “It’s Hard” 3:47
16. “Real Good Looking Boy” 3:55
17. “It’s Not Enough” 4:03
18. “Be Lucky” 3:19

Tuesday 12am ET: Feature LP: The Who – WHO (2019)

Who (stylised in all caps) is the twelfth studio album by the English rock band the Who, released on December 6, 2019.

1. “All This Music Must Fade” 3:20
2. “Ball and Chain” 4:29
3. “I Don’t Wanna Get Wise” 3:54
4. “Detour” 3:46
5. “Beads on One String” 3:40
6. “Hero Ground Zero” 4:52
7. “Street Song” 4:47
8. “I’ll Be Back” 5:01
9. “Break the News” 4:30
10. “Rockin’ in Rage” 4:04
11. “She Rocked My World” 3:22
12. “This Gun Will Misfire” 3:36
13. “Got Nothing to Prove” 3:38
14. “Danny and My Ponies” 4:02

Wednesday 7pm ET: Feature Artist – The Who

The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, “I Can’t Explain”, reached the UK top ten, and was followed by a string of singles including “My Generation”, “Substitute” and “Happy Jack”. In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single “I Can See for Miles”, while touring extensively. The group’s fourth album, 1969’s rock opera Tommy, included the single “Pinball Wizard” and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971’s Who’s Next, which included the hit “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1983. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996–1997. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle’s death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continue to play live regularly, with Starkey, bassists Pino Palladino (2006–2017) and Jon Button (2017–present), and guitarist Simon Townshend (Pete’s brother) serving as touring players. A tour with a complete symphony orchestra, along with a twelfth studio album, are both scheduled for 2019.

The Who’s major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s lead playing styles, Townshend’s feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.  (Rev 4.0)

Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: The Who – Tommy Live at The Royal Albert Hall (2017)

On 13 October 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment release TOMMY – LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL by The Who on DVD, Blu-ray, 2-CD, 3-LP, Digital Video and Digital Audio. This unbelievable concert film captures the first ever live performance by The Who of TOMMY in its entirety and boasts over two hours and twenty minutes of content. The show includes all time classics like ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘I’m Free’, ‘Amazing Journey’, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, ‘I Can’t Explain’, ‘Who Are You’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘I Can See For Miles’ and many more!

In April 2017 The Who took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform their rock opera TOMMY live in its entirety for the first time in their long and illustrious career. Previous Who live shows had always dropped two, three or four songs from the album but for this show in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust the band would perform every song. With specially created animations on a huge screen above the stage and creative use of lighting the concert told the story of the “deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure played a mean pinball.” In addition, at the end of TOMMY, the sell-out crowd were treated to a short set of Who classics. Always a great live band, this performance was a thrilling ride from start to finish.

As well as the incredible full show, we also include some great bonus features. There is a behind the scenes featurette, plus also full screen animations of both The Acid Queen and Pinball Wizard with the live performance audio.

01 – Overture (Live)
02 – Its A Boy (Live)
03 – 1921 (Live)
04 – Medley Amazing Journey Overture (Live)
05 – Sparks (Live)
06 – Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) (Live)
07 – Christmas (Live)
08 – Cousin Kevin (Live)
09 – The Acid Queen (Live)
10 – Do You Think It’s Alright (Live)
11 – Fiddle About (Live)
12 – Pinball Wizard (Live)
13 – Theres A Doctor (Live)
14 – Go To The Mirror! (Live)
15 – Tommy Can You Hear Me (Live)
16 – Smash The Mirror (Live)
17 – Underture (Live)
18 – Im Free (Live)
19 – Miracle Cure (Live)
20 – Sensation (Live)
21 – Sally Simpson (Live)
22 – Welcome (Live)
23 – Tommys Holiday Camp (Live)
24 – Were Not Gonna Take It (Live)
25 – I Cant Explain (Live)
26 – Join Together (Live)
27 – I Can See For Miles (Live)
28 – Who Are You (Live)
29 – Love, Reign O’er Me (Live)
30 – Baba ORiley (Live)
31 – Wont Get Fooled Again (Live)

Monday 6pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

It’s “Summ-Summ Summertime,” therefore on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all songs will be about “Summer,” featuring a varied and eclectic array of artists. I’m talking about the likes of: War, Frank Sinatra, the Ad-Libs, Nat “King” Cole, Sly & the Family Stone, Michael Buble, the Valentines, George Benson, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, the Chantels, Larry Chance & the Earls, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, the Danleers, Charlie Parker, the Temptations, the Who; live in concert and so many, many others. Our “Summer” salute starts at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT. “Great Soul Performances” will be all about “Summer” later this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Monday 11pm: Feature LP: The Who – Tommy (1969)

Tommy is the fourth studio album by the English rock band The Who, a double album first released in May 1969. The album was mostly composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and his relationship with his family.

Townshend came up with the concept of Tommy after being introduced to the work of Meher Baba, and attempted to translate Baba’s teachings into music. Recording on the album began in September 1968, but took six months to complete as material needed to be arranged and re-recorded in the studio. Tommy was acclaimed upon its release by critics, who hailed it as the Who’s breakthrough. Its critical standing diminished slightly in later years; nonetheless, several writers view it as an important and influential album in the history of rock music. The Who promoted the album’s release with an extensive tour, including a live version of Tommy, which lasted throughout 1969 and 1970. Key gigs from the tour included appearances at Woodstock, the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, the University of Leeds, the Metropolitan Opera House and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The live performances of Tommy drew critical praise and rejuvenated the band’s career.

Subsequently, the rock opera developed into other media, including a Seattle Opera production in 1971, an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975, and a Broadway musical in 1992. The original album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has been reissued several times on CD, including a remix by Jon Astley in 1996, a deluxe Super Audio CD in 2003, and a super deluxe box set in 2013, including previously unreleased demos and live material.

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Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B (5p – 7p ET)

TommyThis week on the Vinyl Resting place – its Tommy! we play selections from the original 1969 album, the 1972 London Symphony recording, the 1975 Ken Russel movie, the 1993 Broadway cast album and the complete punk band tribute (“Tommy in 7 minutes”). We also offer up some odd tracks – the first pass at the original pinball wizard (after the demo, but before the final mix – listen for the sounds of a pinball machine at the end of the track) – we also offer up the vocal tracks to a couple of the original recordings – the crowd will go crazy.

Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 7pm ET

70sTonight we’ll feature Steely Dan, The Four Seasons, Heart, Andrew Gold, Daniel Boone, Leo Sayer, James Taylor, Manfred Mann, Dave Mason, The Who, Bob Welch, Triumph, Jimmy Buffet,  Kiss, Boz Scaggs, Supertramp, and much more. Join us at 7:00 pm!