MCAC-1659 Odds & Sods
Produced by The Who (unless noted below)
Released on October 1974
UK CHART POSITION #10 . . . US CHART POSITION #15
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T his is where I’d fill you in on all sorts of fascinating arcana, like “Little Billy” was written for an anti-smoking campaign (“Sell outs,” puffed the troll), except that I don’t go in for that sort of thing. Takes too much work, and it’s not where my interests lie. Without the historical background, which I’ll concede for many is half the fun, Odds & Sods is simply a collection of songs that slipped through the cracks. Some come from the failed Lifehouse project, others date from their earliest days, running the gamut as it were. It’s a tricky thing to make a meal from, but appetizing slices abound: “Long Live Rock,” “Pure And Easy,” “Little Billy,” “Faith In Something Bigger.” If you’re looking for a beginning and an end, The High Numbers’ “I’m The Face” is the earliest cut, “Long Live Rock” the most mature. In between are songs that might have found a home on The Who Sell Out, Tommy and Who’s Next. With so many interesting morsels to pick from, it’s unusual that John Entwistle’s “Postcard” got the stamp of approval to become the single. It’s a good track, playful in instrumentation and execution, but “Long Live Rock” seemed like the obvious anthem to everyone. (“I’m The Face” was already a single, by the way, and clearly boded well for the band’s future, whoever they’d become.) Over the years, I’ve listened to this often enough to make me marvel at how well the tape’s held up; I play it less often than most of their albums, though more often than Who’s Last and A Quick One. Even if you’re not a Who collector, a life lived without hearing “Naked Eye” and the rest of these rockers is no life for me. As MCA scrambled to tell more of The Who’s original story on remastered product, pieces of Odds & Sods were slipped into the mix, though it didn’t preclude them from releasing an expanded, remastered edition of Odds & Sods as well. If you enjoyed Coda or The Kids Are Alright, odds are you’ll find Sods better company.

TRACK LISTING

  1. POSTCARD
  2. NOW I'M A FARMER
  3. PUT THE MONEY DOWN
  4. LITTLE BILLY
  5. TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING
  6. GLOW GIRL
  7. PURE AND EASY
  8. FAITH IN SOMETHING BIGGER
  9. I'M THE FACE
  10. NAKED EYE
  11. LONG LIVE ROCK

    Expanded reissue track listing
  12. I'M THE FACE
  13. LEAVING HERE
  14. BABY DON'T DO IT
  15. SUMMERTIME BLUES
  16. UNDER MY THUMB
  17. MARY-ANNE WITH THE SHAKY HAND
  18. MY WAY
  19. FAITH IN SOMETHING BIGGER
  20. GLOW GIRL
  21. LITTLE BILLY
  22. YOUNG MAN BLUES (STUDIO VERSION)
  23. COUSIN KEVIN MODEL CHILD
  24. LOVE AIN'T FOR KEEPING
  25. TIME IS PASSING
  26. PURE AND EASY
  27. TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING
  28. LONG LIVE ROCK
  29. PUT THE MONEY DOWN
  30. WE CLOSE TONIGHT
  31. POSTCARD
  32. NOW I'M A FARMER
  33. WATER
  34. NAKED EYE

CREDITS

ROGER DALTREY --
JOHN ENTWISTLE --
KEITH MOON --
PETE TOWNSHEND -- producer (2,10)
Glyn Johns -- associate producer (3,5,11)
Kit Lambert -- producer (4,6,8)
Chris Parmeinter & Peter Meaden -- producers (9)

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK October 1974 Track LP 2406 116 diecut cover, poster, lyric sleeve
US October 1974 MCA LP 2126 diecut cover, lyric insert
NET 1974? Track LP 2410 202  
  1980 MCA CSX MCAC2-6939 repackaged w. WHO'S NEXT
US   MCA CD/CS MCAD/MCAC-1659  
EUR 1998 Universal CDX 539791 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
US March 10, 1998 MCA CDX 11718 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2000 Polygram Int'l CDX/CSX POCP-9202 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
RUS 2002 Azia CDX 84302 repackaged w. FACE DANCES

 

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