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Odds And Sods

Release Date: 10/1/1974
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Track List

  1. I’M THE FACE
  2. LEAVING HERE
  3. BABY DON’T YOU DO IT
  4. SUMMERTIME BLUES
  5. UNDER MY THUMB
  6. MARY ANNE WITH THE SHAKY HAND
  7. MY WAY
  8. FAITH IN SOMETHING BIGGER
  9. GLOW GIRL
  10. LITTLE BILLY
  11. YOUNG MAN BLUES (Studio Version)
  12. COUSIN KEVIN MODEL CHILD
  13. LOVE AIN’T FOR KEEPING
  14. TIME IS PASSING
  15. PURE AND EASY
  16. TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING
  17. LONG LIVE ROCK
  18. PUT THE MONEY DOWN
  19. WE CLOSE TONIGHT
  20. POSTCARD
  21. NOW I’M A FARMER
  22. WATER
  23. NAKED EYE

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The original ODDS & SODS album was released by Track Records (2406 116) in October 1974, and as a CD in the early 1980s (Polydor 517 946-2). It is currently available as a remixed & remastered Polydor CD (539 791-2, 1998). It was released simultaneously in the US (MCA 2126), on CD (MCA MCAD-1659) and is also now available as a remixed & remastered CD on MCA (MCAD-11718, 1998). The original ODDS & SODS album was compiled by John Entwistle and in what was seen as an innovative move at the time, the titles of the songs were written in Braille on the rear sleeve. A poster and lyric sheet were included in the package, together with extensive liner notes by Pete Townshend which took the form of a track-by-track explanation, a longer form of which was published in New Musical Express, issue dated September 21, 1974. ODDS & SODS was The Whos attempt at clearing the decks. Over the years theyd recorded many songs that were never released, though some of themĀ  notablyNaked Eye and Pure And Easy had been played live and were well known to fans. The original album included 11 tracks, some remixed or remastered versions of which appeared as bonus tracks on other CD upgrades. The remixed and remastered CD consisted of a single disc but expanded by 12 bonus tracks. The intent was to make a number of compilations redundant while keeping with the original spirit of collecting together various Who curios. With the large number of bonus tracks possible on the CD format, the original sequence was changed to attempt to follow the chronological order of recording. The original recordings were produced by The Who, Pete Townshend, Kit Lambert, and Jack Baverstock and Chris Parmenter (see individual tracks for details). The reissue was produced by Jon Astley with remixes by Andy Macpherson at Revolution Studios. ODDS & SODS reached #10 in the UK and #8 in the US. Original sleeve concept by Roger Daltrey. Design and photography by Graham Hughes. 1. IM THE FACE (Peter Meaden) Original recording produced at Philips’ Studio, London, in June 1964 and produced by Jack Baverstock and Chris Parmeinter. The Whos first single, released on 3 July 1964 when they were known as The High Numbers. The lyrics were written by their then publicist Meaden and set to the melody of Slim Harpos GOT LOVE IF YOU WANT IT. It failed to make the charts and Fontana did not take up the option on a second single by The High Numbers. I’M THE FACE was part of the original ODDS & SODS in 1974 and was reissued as a single on Polydors Back Door label in 1980. The original single on the Fontana label, however, has since become a valuable collectors item, with mint condition copies selling for vast sums of money. 2. LEAVING HERE (Holland/Dozier/Holland) This and the track that follows are recordings made by The Who at Pye Studios in London, most likely some time during the first few months of 1965. Supposedly another, earlier, version of this song was produced by Chris Parmenter at Philips’ Studio, when The Who were The High Numbers, but has yet to surface, if indeed it exists. 3. BABY DONT YOU DO IT (Holland, Dozier, Holland) The reverse side of the acetate disc featuring the previous track (see above), this is the earliest known version of The Who performing the Tamla Motown song recorded by Marvin Gaye that would become a stage favourite in the mid-Sixties and again in the early Seventies. 4. SUMMERTIME BLUES (Eddie Cochran/Jerry Capehart) Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, London, on 10 October 1967, as part of a session for the BBC. The better known live version appeared on The Whos LIVE AT LEEDS album, originally released in 1970, but The Who as The DetoursĀ  had been playing the song since before Keith Moon joined the band in 1964. 5. UNDER MY THUMB (Jagger/Richard) Original recording produced by Kit Lambert at De Lane Lea Studios on 28 June 28 1967. Released as a single June 30, 1967, coupled with THE LAST TIME. The Who recorded these two Rolling Stones songs as a gesture of support after Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were jailed on drug charges. It was their intention to continue recording Jagger/Richards songs for as long as they were imprisoned but the pair were released before The Who had a chance to record any more. Pete played bass because John was away on his honeymoon. 6. MARY ANNE WITH THE SHAKY HAND (Townshend) Recorded in New York at Mirasound Studios on 6 August 1967. An alternate mix of the electric version of MARY ANNE WITH THE SHAKY HAND released as the US B-side of I CAN SEE FOR MILES in September 1967. Al Koopers organ fills, mixed out or low on the released take, are more prominent here. 7. MY WAY (Eddie Cochran/Jerry Capeheart) Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, London, on 10 October 1967 as part of a session for the BBC. The Who featured this number in their stage act before they became a recording act, and occasionally played it during 1967 and 1968. 8. FAITH IN SOMETHING BIGGER (Townshend) Original recording produced by Kit Lambert at CBS Studios, London, on 4 January 1968, and completed 14 January. On the original ODDS & SODS album. 9. GLOW GIRL (Townshend) Original recording produced by Kit Lambert at De Lane Lea Studios, January 1968 and completed on 11 February. On the original ODDS & SODS album. Within GLOW GIRL lie the seeds of TOMMY: it closes with the opening lines from IT’S A BOY, albeit referring to a girl… Its a girl, Mrs Walker… 10. LITTLE BILLY (Townshend) Original recording produced by Kit Lambert at IBC Studios, London, on 11 February 1968, and mixed at Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, 26 February. LITTLE BILLY is a stern, anti-smoking song The Who recorded on behalf of the American Cancer Society. On the original ODDS & SODS album. 11. YOUNG MAN BLUES (Mose Allison) Produced by Kit Lambert during the early TOMMY sessions at IBC Studios, London, in September or October 1968, this studio version of YOUNG MAN BLUES was initially identified as a version of the song released on the long unavailable UK 1969 Track sampler album, THE HOUSE THAT TRACK BUILT. To the delight of collectors, it proved to be a previously unknown version. The Whos better-known (live) version appeared on 1970s LIVE AT LEEDS. 12. COUSIN KEVIN MODEL CHILD (Townshend) A track recorded during the TOMMY sessions, sung by Keith Moon, but rejected in favour of the better known COUSIN KEVIN song, written by John Entwistle. 13. LOVE AINT FOR KEEPING (Townshend) Recorded during the Record Plant, New York Lifehouse sessions in March 1971, and produced by Kit Lambert. Featuring a live vocal from Pete, and Leslie West on second guitar. 14. TIME IS PASSING (Townshend) Recorded at Olympic Studios, London in May/June 1971, during the WHO’S NEXT sessions, this is the Who version of a song previously available as a track on Petes first official solo album WHO CAME FIRST (September 1972). This mono version was remastered from a damaged master tape. 15. PURE AND EASY (Townshend) Produced by The Who, and associate producer Glyn Johns, at Olympic Studios, in May 1971. On the original ODDS & SODS album. 16. TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING (Townshend) Produced by The Who, associate producer Glyn Johns, at Olympic Studios, during May 1971. On the original ODDS & SODS album. 17. LONG LIVE ROCK (Townshend) Produced by The Who, associate producer Glyn Johns, at Olympic Studios, on June 5, 1972. On the original ODDS & SODS album and released as a single on 1 April 1979, reaching #48, and as a US single in June 1979. LONG LIVE ROCK was originally written as part of an album about the history of The Who, a concept that Pete abandoned in favour of QUADROPHENIA. It first appeared in the film THAT’LL BE THE DAY, featuring Keith Moon, and was sung by Billy Fury. 18. PUT THE MONEY DOWN (Townshend) Produced by The Who, associate producer Glyn Johns, at Olympic Studios, on 6 June 6 972. This track remained uncompleted until 1974 when Roger finally finished the vocal so it could be included on the original ODDS & SODS. 19. WE CLOSE TONIGHT (Townshend) Recorded on Ronnie Lanes Mobile studio on 20 June 1973. An outtake from QUADROPHENIA. Unusually, it features John (and Keith) singing a song written by Pete. 20. POSTCARD (Entwistle) Produced by The Who at Petes own Eel Pie Sound sometime during the spring of 1970. This was the opening track on the original ODDS & SODS album in 1974. 21. NOW IM A FARMER (Townshend) Produced by Pete Townshend at Eel Pie Studios during spring 1970. Recorded for the same EP as POSTCARD. 22. WATER (Townshend) This is the studio version of the song produced by Pete at Eel Pie Studios during the spring of 1970. The Who featured WATER in their stage act in 1970 and 71 but didnt release it until it became the B-side of 5’15 in October 1973. 23. NAKED EYE (Townshend) This is the version recorded at Eel Pie Studio and produced by Pete in spring 1970. From the original ODDS & SODS album.