MCAD-31332 The Who Sell Out
Produced by Kit Lambert
Released on December 1967
UK CHART POSITION #13 . . . US CHART POSITION #48
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T he Who Sell Out is something else, a kinked-out collection of swell songs wrapped in a radio commercial concept that was, ironically, a pretty uncommercial approach. How do I describe the wonder this album inspires? Let me count the days. MONDAY: I revel in the acquisition of a cornerstone classic, “I Can See For Miles,” a relentless rocker that won’t quit. TUESDAY: “Our Love Was, Is” arrives in a torrent of emotion, love’s revelatory powers unleashed. WEDNESDAY: “Armenia City In The Sky” comes crashing out of the speakers as if Famine, Pestilence and their mates had traded in their old horses for shiny new psychedelic motorbikes. THURSDAY: And then I suddenly seen “Mary-Anne With The Shaky Hands.” Can’t believe this didn’t floor me on the first go ‘round. Like “Sunset Afternoon,” there’s just no shaking its sunlight. FRIDAY: The disc that keeps on giving! “Tattoo” is an achingly sweet remembrance of youth, a paean to the impetuous acts of innocents (at least that’s how I’m explaining mine). SATURDAY: “I Can’t Reach You” finally does, its plea to be loved heard at last. SUNDAY: I set sail with “Rael” from a warm surf, letting the song bring me home even as half of me lingers on its lost island. Thus ends the tour of Sell Out’s seven wonders, noting as I write this that there really isn’t a “week” song in the show. The commercials are clever, sometimes fleshed out into actual songs (“Odorono,” “Medac”), sometimes uncredited segues between songs (such as the fake radio ID spots). It’s a remarkably ambitious record in scope and sound, a rare case where The Who embraced the styles of other bands (Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, The Kinks). A Quick One quickly found itself back on the shelves, but The Who Sell Out remains in regular rotation on my internal radio right along with Who’s Next and Who Are You.

MCAD-31332 picture sleeve
MCAD-31332 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. ARMENIA CITY IN THE SKY    (John Keene)    /    HEINZ BAKED BEANS    (John Entwistle)    4:48
  2. MARY-ANNE WITH THE SHAKY HANDS    2:33
  3. ODORONO    2:34
  4. TATTOO    2:53
  5. OUR LOVE WAS, IS    3:24
  6. I CAN SEE FOR MILES    4:05
  7. I CAN'T REACH YOU    3:03
  8. MEDAC    (John Entwistle)    0:56
  9. RELAX    2:37
  10. SILAS STINGY    (John Entwistle)    3:02
  11. SUNRISE    3:02
  12. RAEL    6:00

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  13. GLITTERING GIRL
  14. MELANCHOLIA
  15. SOMEONE'S COMING
  16. JAGUAR
  17. EARLY MORNING COLD TAXI
  18. HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING
  19. GIRL'S EYES
  20. MARY-ANNE WITH THE SHAKY HANDS
  21. two more...

    All songs written by Peter Townshend unless noted

CREDITS

ROGER DALTREY -- lead vocals
JOHN ENTWISTLE -- bass, vocals
KEITH MOON -- drums
PETER TOWNSHEND -- guitar, vocals
Chris Stamp -- executive producer

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK December 1967 Track LP 612 002 mono version, poster
US December 1967 (1972?) Decca LP DL 74950  
UK 1970 Track LP 2407 009 reissue
GRE   Polydor LP 2489 153  
US December 1974 Track 2LP 4062 repackaged w. A QUICK ONE
UK December 1974 Track 2LP 4067 repackaged w. A QUICK ONE
US 1988 MCA CD/CS MCAD-31332  
UK June 1995 Polydor CDX 527 759 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
US June 20, 1995 MCA CD/CS MCAD/MCAC-11268 digital remaster
FRA   Triumph 2LP 2676 003 gatefold cover w. bonus tracks
JPN 1999 Polydor CDX POCP-9195 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN   Polydor CDX UICY-2311 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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