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In the studio, The Who was a different group from the one that blew everyone else off the stage in concert. So these live-in-the-studio recordings for the BBC capture an interesting middle ground where spontaneity works in The Who's favor while the lack of an audience guarantees greater focus and sound. The album starts and ends with two radio jingles, with 23 full songs packed in between. "Good Lovin'," James Brown's "Just You and Me, Darling," "Shakin' All Over," and the Motown tunes "Leaving Here" and "Dancing in the Street" give the band a chance to explore a few covers, while Pete Townshend's originals "My Generation," "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," "Substitute," "Pictures of Lily," and "Long Live Rock" give the band the most emotionally cathartic tunes in the short history of rock. Most tracks were recorded in 1965, 1966, and 1967, with just four cuts from 1970 and two from 1973. Thankfully, all are from the Keith Moon era.

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Great Performances, Average Quality

This album really should be in the collection of any Who fan, as it almost chronologically documents the Who's career and various styles. The sound quality isn't that great, but all of the performances are energetic and enthusiastic; some songs even surpass their album counterparts. That being said, there are some songs on this album that appear on no other album, namely Dancing In The Streets, Good Lovin' and Just You And Me, Darling.

alot of songs for a low price

great performances, it's worth the $11.99 just to hear the live version of boris the spider, but there's plenty of other good stuff on here.


Formed: 1964 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few rock & roll bands were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notorious live performances demonstrated: Keith Moon fell over his drum kit while Pete Townshend leaped into the air with his guitar, spinning his right hand in exaggerated windmills. Vocalist Roger Daltrey prowled the stage as bassist John Entwistle stood silent, the eye of the hurricane. They clashed frequently, but these frictions resulted in a decade's worth...
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