The Who - The Who Sell Out (Vinyl 2 x 7" + 5CD Box Set) * * *

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The Who - The Who Sell Out (Vinyl 2 x 7" + 5CD Box Set) * * *

The Who - The Who Sell Out (Vinyl 2 x 7" + 5CD Box Set) * * *

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Super Deluxe Box Set Collecting 112 tracks (46 Unreleased) including 14 Unheard Pete Townshend Demos Plus 80-Page Hard-Back Full-Color Book and Memorabilia Galore!

Initially released in December 1967 and described latterly by Rolling Stone as "The Who's finest album" The Who Sell Out reflected a remarkable year in popular culture. As well as being forever immortalized as the moment when the counterculture and the ‘Love Generation' became a global phenomenon and ‘pop' began metamorphosing into ‘rock'. The Who Sell Out was originally planned by Pete Townshend and the band's managers, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, as a loose concept album including jingles and commercials linking the songs stylized as a pirate radio broadcast. This concept was born out of necessity as their label and management wanted a new album and Townshend felt that he didn't have enough songs. The ground-breaking original plan for The Who Sell Out was to sell advertising space on the album but instead the band opted for writing their own jingles, paying tribute to pirate radio stations and to parody an increasingly consumerist society.

The homage to pop art is evident in both the advertising jingles and the iconic sleeve design created by David King, then art director at the Sunday Times, and Roger Law who later created the Spitting Image TV show. The sleeve features four advertising images, taken by renowned photographer David Montgomery of each band member: Odorono deodorant (Pete Townshend), Medac spot cream (Keith Moon), Charles Atlas (John Entwistle) and Roger Daltrey, Heinz Baked Beans. The story goes that Roger Daltrey caught pneumonia from sitting in the bath of cold beans for too long.

The Who Sell Out is a bold depiction of the period in which it was made, the tail-end of the ‘swinging 60s' meets pop art mixed with psychedelia and straight-ahead pop. It's a glorious blend of classic powerful Who instrumentation, melodic harmonies, satirical lyrical imagery crystallized for what was only the group's third album. The record's ambition and scope is unrivalled by The Who, or any other act from that period. Within the bold concept, were a batch of fabulous and diverse songs. "I Can See for Miles," a top ten hit at the time, is a Who classic. "Rael," a Townshend ‘mini-opera' with musical motifs that reappeared in Tommy and the psychedelic blast of "Armenia City In The Sky" and "Relax" are among the very best material anyone wrote during the '60s. One of the most extraordinary albums of any era, The Who Sell Out is The Who's last ‘pop' album. Two years later came Tommy – a double concept album about a deaf, dumb and blind kid.

The new Super Deluxe Edition of The Who Sell Out features 112 tracks, 46 of which are unreleased, an 80-page, hardback full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia, track by track annotation and new sleeve notes by Townshend with comments from the likes of Pete Drummond (Radio London DJ), Richard Evans (designer) and Roy Flynn (the Speakeasy Club manager). The Super Deluxe package also includes nine posters and inserts, including replicas of the 20" x 30" original Adrian George album poster, a gig poster from The City Hall, Newcastle, an eight-page program from The Who's October '67 show at the Saville Theatre, a business card for the Bag o' Nails club, Kingly Street, a Who fan club photo of the group, a flyer for Bath Pavilion concerts including The Who, a crack-back bumper sticker for Wonderful Radio London, Keith Moon's Speakeasy Club membership card and a 1968 Who Fan Club newsletter.

• Super Deluxe Edition 2 x 7" vinyl + 5CD box set
• 112 tracks, 46 of which are unreleased
• CD 1 – original mono mix, mono As & Bs and unreleased mono mixes
• CD 2 – original stereo mix and stereo bonus tracks
• CD 3 – Studio out-takes, ‘fly-on-the-wall' versions of early takes of songs from the album sessions, ‘studio chat' etc. – previously unreleased
• CD 4 – ‘The Road To Tommy' will contain stereo mixes of the studio tracks recorded in 1968 – some previously unreleased – plus 1968 As and Bs mono mixes (all tracks remixed from original 4 and 8-track session tapes in The Who vault)
• CD 5 – 14 of Pete Townshend's original demos – previously unreleased & exclusive to this set...
• Bonus 7" Discs: Track UK 45 repro and Decca USA 45 repro
• 80-page, hard-back full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia & track annotation and new liner notes by Pete Townshend
• Nine posters & inserts

1.  Armenia City in The Sky 
2.  Heinz Baked Beans 
3.  Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand
4.  Odorono 
5.  Tattoo 
6.  Our Love Was 
7.  I Can See for Miles
8.  I Can’t Reach You 
9.  Medac 
10.  Relax 
11.  Silas Stingy 
12.  Sunrise 
13.  Rael / Track Records run-off groove 
14.  Pictures of Lily (original UK Track single mix) 
15.  Doctor, Doctor (original UK Track single mix) 
16.  The Last Time (original UK Track single mix) 
17.  Under My Thumb (original UK Track single mix) 
18.  I Can See for Miles (original UK Track single mix) 
19.  Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand (original US Decca single mix) 
20.  Someone’s Coming (original US Decca single mix) 
21.  Unused Radio London ad / Early Morning… (original 1967 mono mix) 
22.  Unused Radio London bulletin link /Jaguar (original 1967 mono mix) 
23.  Unused Radio London ad /Tattoo (early alternate mono mix) 
24.  Rael (Talentmasters Studio, New York early rough mix) 
25.  Sunn Amps promo spots  
26.  Great Shakes ad 

Tracks 21, 24 & 25 previously unreleased

1.  Armenia City in The Sky 
2.  Heinz Baked Beans 
3.  Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand 
4.  Odorono 
5.  Tattoo 
6.  Our Love Was 
7.  I Can See for Miles 
8.  I Can’t Reach You 
9.  Medac 
10.  Relax 
11.  Silas Stingy
12.  Sunrise 
13.  Rael 
14.  Rael Naïve (complete with organ coda ending) 
15.  Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand (US single version) 
16.  Someone’s Coming 
17.  Summertime Blues 
18.  Glittering Girl
19.  Early Morning Cold Taxi 
20.  Girl’s Eyes 
21.  Coke After Coke 
22.  Sodding About 
23.  Things Go Better with Coke 
24.  In The Hall of The Mountain King 
25.  Jaguar 
26.  Rael (remake; IBC version) / Track Records outro 

Track 14 previously unreleased

1.  Glittering Girl (Take 4) (2018 remix) 
2.  Girl’s Eyes (Take 2) (2018 remix) 
3.  The Last Time (Take 8) 
4.  Under My Thumb (Take 3) (2018 remix with full ending) 
5.  Our Love Was (Take 2) 
6.  Relax (4-track to 4-track mix with Pete vocal)
7.  Relax (Takes 1 and 2) 
8.  Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand (Takes 1 & 9)
9.  Relax (Remake Take 4) 
10.  I Can See for Miles (full version) 
11.  Medac (Take 11) 
12.  Odorono (Take 3) (2018 remix) 
13.  Heinz Baked Beans (Takes 1 & 3) (2018 remix)
14.  Top Gear (Takes 1 & 2) (2018 remix) 
15.  Premier Drums (Takes 1 & 3) (2018 remix) 
16.  Charles Atlas (Take 1) 
17.  Rotosound Strings (Take 1) (2018 remix) 
18.  Track Records (2018 remix) 
19.  John Mason Cars (Takes 1 – 3) / Speakeasy / Rotosound Strings / Bag O’ Nails (2018 remixes)
20.  It’s A Girl (aka ‘Glow Girl’) (Takes 1 & 3) 
21.  Mr Hyde (1st stage mix Take 1) 
22.  Little Billy (Takes 1 & 3) 
23.  Mrs Walker (aka ‘Glow Girl’) (4-track to 4-track mix, take 7) 
24.  Call Me Lightning (Take 1 backing track, stereo mix & jam) 
25.  Dogs (Take 3) 
26.  Melancholia (Take 1) 
27. Shakin’ All Over (Take 3) 
28.  Magic Bus (Take 6) 

Most tracks on CD 3 include studio chat, all tracks previously unreleased in this form.

1. Glow Girl 
2. Faith in Something Bigger 
3. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde 
4. Call Me Lightning 
5. Little Billy’s Doing Fine
6. Dogs 
7. Melancholia 
8. Fortune Teller 
9. Facts Of Life (aka ‘Birds And Bees’, backing track) 
10. Magic Bus (single version)
11. Call Me Lightning (US/UK mono single mix) 
12. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (UK mono single mix) 
13. Dogs (UK mono single mix) 
14. Magic Bus (mono, longer version)

Track 9 previously unreleased

1.  Kids? Do You Want Kids 
2.  Relax  
3.  Glow Girl 
4.  Glow Girl (Version 2) 
5.   Inside Outside USA 
6.  Jaguar 
7.  Little Billy
8.  Odorono 
9.  Pictures of Lily
10.  Relax (Version 2) 
11.  Melancholia (2018 remix) 
12.  Thinking of You All the While (‘Sunrise’ Version 2) 
13.  Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand  
14.  I Can See for Miles 

All previously unreleased and exclusive to the Super Deluxe Edition.


Track UK 45
1. I Can See for Miles (early mono mix with single-tracked vocal)
2. Someone’s Coming (original UK Track single mix with single-tracked vocal)

Decca USA 45
1. Magic Bus (US/UK mono)
2. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (original US Decca single mix)
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