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The Who Sell Out

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Pete Townshend originally planned The Who Sell Out as a concept album of sorts that would simultaneously mock and pay tribute to pirate radio stations, complete with fake jingles and commercials linking the tracks. For reasons that remain somewhat ill defined, the concept wasn't quite driven to completion, breaking down around the middle of side two (on the original vinyl configuration). Nonetheless, on strictly musical merits, it's a terrific set of songs that ultimately stands as one of the group's greatest achievements. "I Can See for Miles" (a Top Ten hit) is the Who at their most thunderous; tinges of psychedelia add a rush to "Armenia City in the Sky" and "Relax"; "I Can't Reach You" finds Townshend beginning to stretch himself into quasi-spiritual territory; and "Tattoo" and the acoustic "Sunrise" show introspective, vulnerable sides to the singer/songwriter that had previously been hidden. "Rael" was another mini-opera, with musical motifs that reappeared in Tommy. The album is as perfect a balance between melodic mod pop and powerful instrumentation as the Who (or any other group) would achieve; psychedelic pop was never as jubilant, not to say funny (the fake commercials and jingles interspersed between the songs are a hoot). [Subsequent reissues added over half a dozen interesting outtakes from the time of the sessions, as well as unused commercials, the B-side "Someone's Coming," and an alternate version of "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand."]
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Armenia City In The Sky (Incl. Two "Radio London" Jingles)
00:03:42

Unknown, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - John Keene, ComposerLyricist - Speedy Keen, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

2
Heinz Baked Beans (Incl. "More Music" Jingle)
00:01:06

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Unknown, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

3
Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (Acoustic/Incl. Premier Drums Commercial/Radio London Jingle)
00:02:22

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, ComposerLyricist - Unknown, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

4
Odorono (Remixed Version Incl. Radio London Jingle)
00:02:26

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Unknown, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1995 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

5
Tattoo (Incl. Church Of Your Choice Jingle)
00:03:00

Unknown, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

6
Our Love Was (Incl. Pussycat/Speakeasy/Rotosound Jingles,Commercials)
00:03:15

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, ComposerLyricist - Unknown, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

7
I Can See For Miles (Incl. Charles Atlas Commercial)
00:04:35

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Geffen Records

8
I Can't Reach You
00:03:29

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

9
Medac
00:00:57

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

10
Relax (Incl. Rotosound Strings (Demo) Commercial)
00:02:38

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

11
Silas Stingy
00:03:08

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

12
Sunrise
00:03:06

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

13
Rael 1
00:05:46

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

14
Rael 2 (Incl. Top Gear Commercial)
00:00:48

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1994 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

15
Glittering Girl (Incl. Coke 2 Commercial)
00:03:36

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1995 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

16
Melancholia (Incl. Bag O'Nails Commercial)
00:04:20

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1994 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

17
Someone's Coming (Incl. John Mason's Cars (Rehearsal) Commercial)
00:02:34

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

18
Jaguar (Full Version & Incl. John Mason's Cars (Reprise) Commercial)
00:03:02

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1995 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

19
Early Morning Cold Taxi (Incl. Coke 1 Commercial)
00:03:06

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer - Dave Langston, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

20
Hall Of The Mountain King (Incl. Radio One (Boris Mix) Jingle)
00:04:44

John Entwistle, Arranger, Work Arranger - Keith Moon, Arranger, Work Arranger - Unknown, ComposerLyricist - Edvard Grieg, Composer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Arranger, Work Arranger - Roger Daltrey, Arranger, Work Arranger - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1995 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

21
Girl's Eyes (Incl. Odorono (Final Chorus) Commercial)
00:03:33

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1994 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

22
Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (Alternative Or Second Version)
00:03:43

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1967 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

23
Glow Girl (Incl. Track Records Commercial)
00:02:44

John Entwistle, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer

℗ 1974 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

Album Description

Pete Townshend originally planned The Who Sell Out as a concept album of sorts that would simultaneously mock and pay tribute to pirate radio stations, complete with fake jingles and commercials linking the tracks. For reasons that remain somewhat ill defined, the concept wasn't quite driven to completion, breaking down around the middle of side two (on the original vinyl configuration). Nonetheless, on strictly musical merits, it's a terrific set of songs that ultimately stands as one of the group's greatest achievements. "I Can See for Miles" (a Top Ten hit) is the Who at their most thunderous; tinges of psychedelia add a rush to "Armenia City in the Sky" and "Relax"; "I Can't Reach You" finds Townshend beginning to stretch himself into quasi-spiritual territory; and "Tattoo" and the acoustic "Sunrise" show introspective, vulnerable sides to the singer/songwriter that had previously been hidden. "Rael" was another mini-opera, with musical motifs that reappeared in Tommy. The album is as perfect a balance between melodic mod pop and powerful instrumentation as the Who (or any other group) would achieve; psychedelic pop was never as jubilant, not to say funny (the fake commercials and jingles interspersed between the songs are a hoot). [Subsequent reissues added over half a dozen interesting outtakes from the time of the sessions, as well as unused commercials, the B-side "Someone's Coming," and an alternate version of "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand."]
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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