Tired of all those mid-60’s by-the-numbers psychedelic albums? Sick of having to decipher their pseudo-philosophical lyrics only to find out that they mean nothing? Do not despair. With The Who Sell Out you can now have a psych album that’s both funny and rocking!
A band that had been in the business for 3 years by then, The Who previously brought you hits like I Can’t Explain, My Generation and I’m a Boy. But this is the first time an album of theirs feels like a cohesive whole.
But wait, there’s more: their re-creation of radio-inspired commercials and public service announcements makes The Who Sell Out one of the earliest examples of a concept album!
And then there’s the songs themselves. With one weird guitar trick Townshend makes Armenia City in the Sky the band’s most psychedelic song of all-time.
Odorono starts out as a bit of storytelling, with a famous singer as the main character. You won’t believe what happens next!
In Sunrise Townshend accomplishes more with just an acoustic guitar than most bands do with dozens of instruments and overdubs. Singer-songwriters hate him!
Or are you more of a rock ‘n’ roll guy? Are power chords and heavy drums your thing? Rest assured – I Can See for Miles will restore your faith in The Who as a heavy band.
Don’t hesitate to buy the 1995 reissue of the album and you’ll get 10 bonus songs for the same price! Or the 2009 deluxe edition with both the mono and stereo mixes plus a whole lot of outtakes!
Side effects include a newly found appreciation for the band’s early pop period.
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