Label: Polydor - SLPM-1407 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Classic Rock, Hard Rock
A concept albumThe Who Sell Out is structured as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with fake commercials and public service announcements. The reference to " selling out " was an intended irony, as the Who had been making real commercials during that period of their career, some of which are included as bonus tracks on the remastered CD. The album's release was reportedly followed by lawsuits due to the mention of real-world commercial interests in the faux commercials and on the album covers, and by the makers of the real jingles Radio London jingleswho claimed the Who used them without permission.
It was the deodorant company, Odoronowho took offence that Chris Stamp made a request for endorsement dollars. The Who Sell Out has received widespread acclaim from critics, some of whom viewed it as the Who's best record. It has also frequently been featured on all-time lists of the best albums, including Rolling Stone magazine's " Greatest Albums of All Time ".
Barnes posited the idea to Roger Daltrey, whose similar suggestions to Pete Townshend were allegedly met with derision. Even before the group had formed, the members of the Who had been profoundly influenced by rock n roll appearing on the radio.
The BBC did not broadcast much contemporary music at Armenia City In The Sky - Various - Heroes Of British Sounds Look Away - Iggy Pop - A Million In Prizes: The Iggy Pop Anthology, which was left to stations Armenia City In The Sky - Various - Heroes Of British Sounds Radio Luxembourg and then pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline.
However, the movement was fading, and the TV show Ready, Steady, Go that had boosted the group to fame, had been cancelled. The first song to be written specifically for the concept was "Jaguar", paying tribute to the car, which was quickly followed by an instrumental the group had recorded for Coca-Cola.
Having finished touring the US, including an appearance at the Monterey Pop Festivalthe group returned to the UK on 16 September to start recording.
They made progress on the album for the next three weeks; the first song to be completed was the single, " I Can See for Miles ", released the following month. The album was mixed by Cross My Heart - C2SIX - Cradle Catholic and Damon Lyon-Shaw intermittently throughout November, coming up with a finished master on the 20th. The cover is divided into panels featuring a photograph by David Montgomery of each of the band members, two on the front and two on the back.
On the front is Pete Townshend applying Odorono brand deodorant from an oversized stick, and Roger Daltrey sitting in a bathtub full of Heinz baked beans holding an oversized tin can of the same. Daltrey claims to have caught pneumonia after sitting for a prolonged period in the bathtub, as the beans had been frozen. Original vinyl copies of Sell Out end with an audio oddity that repeats into a locked groove In response to the Beatles ' Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The music in the locked groove is an instrumental version of what was originally intended to be a vocal Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) - Sly & The Family Stone - Fresh for the Who's UK label Track Records.
They came with a sticker on the front cover stating 'Free Psychedelic Poster Inside'. Included in the inner sleeve of the MCA CD reissue; the poster art of a butterfly initially intended as the LP cover was scrapped, and turned into the free poster. The album was released in the UK Fat - Sockeye - Retards Hiss Past My Window 15 December It reached number 13 in the charts.
The original release date of 17 November had been pushed back You Are My Vision - Rend Collective Experiment* - Homemade Worship By Handmade People to arguments about the running order. It was released in the US on 6 Januaryreaching number In a contemporary review for Rolling StoneJann Wenner called The Armenia City In The Sky - Various - Heroes Of British Sounds Sell Out "fantastic" and praised its "exquisite" sense of humor and the Who's "consummate" musicianship, which includes "wholly original" instrumentation and cleverly placed electronic sounds.
Marsh believed the album's essence is "most tightly linked to the glorious pop insanity that psychedelia and its aftermath destroyed forever.
And the music is sensational". All songs written by Pete Townshendexcept where noted. The between song jingles apparently have no official titles and are not listed anywhere on the original album packaging although they are listed in the inner booklet of the remaster.
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