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WHO SELL OUT RE-ISSUED

A special 2-CD edition of THE WHO SELL OUT is being released in the UK on March 16th 2009, available from your local record store and on Amazon.

Originally released in December 1967, The Who Sell Out arrived at the tail end of a remarkable year in popular culture. As well as being forever immortalised as the moment when the counterculture and the Love Generation went global, 1967 produced tremendous musical upheavals as “pop” metamorphosed to “rock”, elevating the likes of Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Traffic and the West Coast groups to prominence – both on the underground scene and the commercial arena.
 
The homage to pop-art is evident in both the advertising jingles and the iconic sleeve design – created by David King (art director at the Sunday Times) and Roger Law (who invented Spitting Image) producing four giant images for each band member – Odorono deodorant, Medac spot cream, Charles Atlas and Heinz baked beans!
 
Stunning reissue of the classic Who album from 1967, now upgraded to a greatly expanded 2-CD version in the acclaimed Deluxe edition range.
 
Remastered from the original stereo and mono masters for the first time.
 
The first official re-release of the mono mix (in the US and UK) since 1967
 
Eleven previously unreleased songs and/or mixes.
 
28-page booklet contains unseen photos and 1960s period advertisements. CD sleeve features out-takes from the original October 1967 album cover photo session by David Montgomery, the esteemed portrait photographer.
 
The initial quantities include limited edition replica of Osiris Visions poster that was packaged only with the original first pressing of album.
 
Introductory essay by noted rock writer Dave Marsh and in-depth liner notes by Who biographer Andy Neill.
 
Tracklisting:
The recording of The Who Sell Out stretched over seven months in 1967, using studios in both London and the US. Unlike other contemporaries, most notably, the Beatles’ recordings at Abbey Road, the Who’s early sessions are poorly served in terms of documentation. On producer Kit Lambert’s instructions, an engineer would often extract the “best” take from a reel for work to be continued on. In many instances the tape would be reused and consequently, there is no record of the initial session for when (or where) recording on that particular song commenced.
 
For example, “Silas Stingy” – the four-track master exists only as part of an undated mix reel compiled in working towards completing the album’s final running order. The song was obviously recorded beforehand but no other information is available.
 
Therefore, the information presented below is gleaned from original session tape boxes, contemporary written sources or, in some cases, interviewing the original engineers, and subsequently updates the previous Sell Out recording details appearing in mine and Matt Kent’s book, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle Of The WHO.
ANDY NEILL July 2008
 

DISC ONE: The Original Stereo Album

Radio London (Monday… Tuesday…)
Armenia City In The Sky (Keen) (3:50)
Recording started: CBS Studios, London, May 28-29, 1967. Completed: IBC Studios, London, October 20, 1967.
 
Wonderful Radio London Heinz Baked Beans (Entwistle) (1:00)
Recorded: IBC Studios, October 11, 1967.
 
More Music…
Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (Townshend) (2:34)
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, London, October 24, 1967.
 
Premier Drums
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, October 24, 1967.
 
Radio London
Odorono (Townshend) (2:35)
Recorded: IBC Studios, October 11, 1967.
 
Radio London (Smooth Sailing) Tattoo (Townshend) (2:54)
Recorded: IBC Studios, October 12, 1967.
 
Radio London (Church Of Your Choice)
Our Love Was (Townshend) (3:25)
Recording started: London studio (date unknown). Completed: Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, August 17, 1967.
 
Radio London (You’re A Pussycat)
Speakeasy/Rotosound Strings
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, October 24, 1967.
 
I Can See For Miles (Townshend)
Recording started: CBS Studios, London, May 28-29, 1967; Talentmasters Studio, New York City, July 1967.
Completed: Gold Star Recording Studio, Los Angeles, September 1967.
 
Charles Atlas
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, October 24, 1967.
 
I Can’t Reach You (Townshend) (3:31)
Recording started: date/London studio (unknown). Completed: De Lane Lea Studios, July 5, 1967.
 
Medac (US title: Spotted Henry) (Entwistle) (0:57)
Recorded: date/London studio unknown – probably IBC Studios, October 1967.
 
Relax (Townshend) (2:38)
Recorded: Mirasound Studios, New York City, August 7, 1967. Completed: Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, August 17, 1967.
 
Silas Stingy (Entwistle) (3:04)
Recorded: date/London studio unknown – probably IBC Studios, October 1967.
 
Sunrise (Townshend) (3:03)
Recorded: IBC Studios, October 1967.
 
Rael 1 and 2 (Townshend) (5:39)
Recorded: Talentmasters Studio, New York City, July 1967.
 

Tracks 1-13: Remastered from the original album mixes

BONUS TRACKS:
 
Rael – Naïve (Townshend) (0:59)
Recorded: Talentmasters Studios, New York City, July 1967.
 
Rotosound Strings (a cappella)
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, October 24, 1967.
 
Someone’s Coming (Entwistle) (2:36)
Recording started: date/London studio unknown. Completed: Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, August 17, 1967.
 
Radio London weather word
 
Early Morning Cold Taxi (Langston/Daltrey) (2:59)
Recorded: CBS Studios, June 7, 1967.
 
Radio London news bulletin
 
Jaguar (Townshend) (2:58)
Recorded: IBC Studios, October 20, 1967.
Wonderful Radio London
 
Coke After Coke (1:05)
Recorded: exact date/London studio unknown, probably Pye Studios, April 1967.
 
Glittering Girl (Townshend) (3:00)
Recording started: exact date/London studio unknown. Completed: De Lane Lea Studios, July 5, 1967.
 
Summertime Blues (Cochran/Capeheart) (2:35)
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, May 24, 1967.
 
John Mason Cars (0:39)
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, October 24, 1967.
 
Girl’s Eyes (Moon) (2:52)
Recorded: CBS Studios, June 7, 1967.
 
Bag O’Nails
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, October 24, 1967.
 
Sodding About (Entwistle/Moon/Townshend) (2:47)
 
Recorded: exact date/London studio unknown, probably Pye Studios, April 1967.
 
Premier Drums (Full Version) (0:42)
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, October 24, 1967.
 
Odorono (Final Chorus) (Townshend) (0:24)
Recorded: IBC Studios, October 11, 1967.
 
Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (US Mirasound Version)
 
(Townshend) (3:22)
Recorded: Mirasound Studios, New York City, August 6, 1967.
 
Things Go Better With Coke (0:30)
Recorded: exact date/London studio unknown, probably Pye Studios, April 1967.
 
In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Grieg/arranged by the Who) (4:23)
Recorded: exact date/London studio unknown, probably Pye Studios, April 1967.
 
Top Gear (0:50)
Recorded: IBC Studios, October 11, 1967.
 
Rael Part 1 & 2 (Remake Version) (Townshend) (6:35)
Recorded: IBC Studios, October 20, 1967.
 
Track Records
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, October 24, 1967.
 
Tracks 20, 24, 30 – previously unreleased; mixed by Andy MacPherson
Tracks 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 – remastered from original mixes
Tracks 14, 15, 17, 19, 25, 26 – 1995 remastered remixes by Andy MacPherson and Jon Astley
DISC TWO: The Original Mono Album
 
1) Armenia City In The Sky (3:46)
2) Heinz Baked Beans (0:58)
3) Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (2:34)
4) Odorono (2:30)
5) Tattoo (2:48)
6) Our Love Was (3:23)
7) I Can See For Miles (4:02)
8) I Can’t Reach You (3:27)
9) Medac (US title: Spotted Henry) (0:56)
10) Relax (2:36)
11) Silas Stingy (2:58)
12) Sunrise (3:00)
13) Rael 1 and 2 (5:48)
 
Tracks 1-13: Remastered from the original album mixes
 
BONUS TRACKS:
14) Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (Version 1) (US mono single mix) (Townshend) (3:16)
(First released as B-side in US, Decca 32206, 1967)
Recording started: CBS Studios, London, May 28-29, 1967. Completed: Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, August 17, 1967.
15) Someone’s Coming (UK mono single mix) (Entwistle) (2:31)
(First released as B-side, Track 604 011, 1967).
16) Relax (early demo – Stereo) (Townshend) (3:21)
Recorded: De Lane Lea Studios, July 5, 1967.
17) Jaguar (original mono mix) (Townshend) (2:51)
IBC Studios, October 1967.
18) Glittering Girl (unreleased version – Stereo) (Townshend) (3:17)
Recorded: date/London studio unknown, probably IBC Studios, October 1967.
19) Tattoo (early mono mix) (Townshend) (2:46)
IBC Studios, October 1967.
20) Our Love Was (Take 12 – unused mono mix) (Townshend) (3:16)
21) Rotosound Strings (with final note – Stereo) (0:12)
Recorded: IBC Studios, October 24, 1967
22) I Can See For Miles (early mono mix) (Townshend) (4:00) 23) Rael (early mono mix) (Townshend) (5:43)
Note: Tracks 20 & 22- 23 were preserved on mix reels with no information as to date or studio.
Tracks 16, 18 – previously unreleased; mixed by Andy MacPherson
Tracks 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 – remastered from original mixes
 


 
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