The Who Sell Out 50 years later: song by song discussion

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by NothingBrightAboutIt, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. varitone

    varitone Forum Resident

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    It was also Backtrack 9: The Who - The Who Sell Out

    And 5 of the tracks were on Backtrack 4: Who* / Hendrix* - Backtrack 4
     
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  2. Dodoz

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    Very nice! Backtack was a budget collection I think, so it was an affordable way to get "Sell Out".
    Lacking visually, but there's the music at least...
     
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  3. Man at C&A

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    I think it might have sold OK on it's original issue, in the first year of release. It doesn't seem all that rare for an album that is supposed to have sold poorly.
     
  4. dee

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    FWIW I like to look at it 'upside down' ('everything is upside down') ;) as that to me is clearly a representation of Townshend's face (in the body). Love the colors and design on that poster...
     
  5. dee

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    When Pete felt it had come to something like a piece of work like Tommy or bust for the band, some more seriousness was required, as Sell Out was indeed still followed up by some more dashes of creative whimsy and weirdness, with Dogs, a band version of Magic Bus, John's Jekyll and Hide, Now I'm A Farner, Postcard, and Little Billy. It didn't quite get to Lifehouse-WN/Quad from Sell Out overnight. Pete'a demos like Cookin' and maybe a few other demos I can't think of to name still have some sort of sense of humor about them, BUT some of the lighter, more 'poppy' and 'fun' stuff perhaps - a few of Pete's Quad demos like Get Inside, You Came Back, and then Girl In A Suitcase, the band didn't record or maybe hear so that was unfortunate, imo, in the grand scheme of Who World. Sorry to go OT!!
     
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  6. Dodoz

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    Little Billy :love:What a beautiful song this is.
    Yeah, Pete had a "thing" for overweight people. It's one of the first things he said to a french journalist he was kinda friends with, that he had not seen in a while, in the late 70s. "You put on weight and that's unbearable and :blah:".
    When the said journalist reminded Pete of this in the 2000s, Pete admitted it was quite an unfair thing to say as he was dabbling with heroin and alcohol at the time.
     
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  7. NothingBrightAboutIt

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    What's for tea, Mum?



    Recorded: Ocrober 1967 at De Lane Lea, London

    "Heinz Baked Beans"
    features the talents of "The Ox" himself, having written, provided vocals, and played his trademark french horn. What's for tea? Heinz baked beans, of course.
     
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  8. NothingBrightAboutIt

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    It's obviously not a stand-out track, but "Heinz" always puts a smile on my face, especially Entwistle's different voices. Some great drumming by Moon too, anybody who expected them to just be some Mod group were in for a surprise with this.

    The way each commercial transitions to the next track on Side A is incredible, but the one between "Heinz" and "Mary Anne" ("MORE MUSIC MORE MUSIC") might be one of my favourites, it makes you get excited for what's coming next.
     
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  9. Dodoz

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    Who would have thought these ads and jingles would bear repeated listens? I don't think I ever skipped them. "Heinz Bakes Beans" is part of the experience.
     
  10. notesofachord

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    I discovered this album when I was 16. I only owned about 40 or 50 albums at that point. To say it was an essential piece of my appreciation of great pop music would be an understatement.

    "Heinz Baked Beans" is a hoot.
     
  11. Musicman1998

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    This is an album I knew of but it was one of the last ones I checked out. And it's easily one of my favorite Who albums.
    Armenia City In the Sky:
    We start with a horn section trading off with vocoder vocals saying the days of the week before the song begins proper at :28, locking into this psychedelic groove before Roger comes in at :41, and I really love the lighter vocal, and we should mention Entwistle and Moonie, they're being their usual awesome selves. I love this track, one of my favorite Who songs and a great way to kick off the album.
     
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  12. Shaddam IV

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    Love the album, but I've never really warmed to the opening track. I don't feel bad saying that because they didn't even write it! Honestly, I don't get why they recorded it. Was Pete lacking material?
     
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  13. Dodoz

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    He wasn't, when you see the kind of material that was used as bonus tracks on reissues.
    Some were written after the recording of the album but some are contemporary.
     
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  14. Shaddam IV

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    Oh definitely. Some of that bonus material is part of the album as far as I'm concerned. I always sequence it in on a playlist.
     
  15. PretzelLogic

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    I am curious to know (having spent most visits to supermarkets in other countries marvelling at the wares in display); how many non-Brits have ever had Heinz Baked Beans? Are they a common foodstuff outside of the UK?

    Beans on toast is a timeless and cheap tradition for a quick meal up and down this weird little island.
     
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  16. EdogawaRampo

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    I've always thought so. Ditto the background vocals on Tommy and other later tracks.
     
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  17. Dodoz

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    Pete was into the Beach Boys, as was Keith (but only the early stuff).
    Pete was even into "Smiley Smile", "Friends", this kind of stuff.
     
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  18. Analogmoon

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    I got this album when I was 13 I think. Around 1980. I was taken with it right away. Particularly the song Rael.

    Of course in 1995 I bought the re-issue. And in 2009 - I bought it again. Glittering Girl is one of my favorite Keith studio performances.
     
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  19. Dodoz

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    Canned beans in tomato sauce were a cheapo evening meal at times but I never had Heinz Baked Beans or beans on toast.
     
  20. Analogmoon

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    There is a British food section at the store I go to. I once bought a can of those just for the can.
     
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  21. NothingBrightAboutIt

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    Never had beans on toast, it's either just plain beans here, or beans and weenies if you get creative.
     
  22. Jimmy Cooper

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    Same here.
     
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  23. CrazyBrown

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    I love John doing the various voices in the track, reminds me of Ain't Got No Home.

    The music reminds me of Cobwebs and Strange. The slow build keeps a somewhat repetitive song from getting boring.
     
  24. qm1ceveb

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    Revolver, Pet sounds and later Sgt Pepper plus countless albums inspired by them, brought immense joy to my life and I am grateful to them.
     
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  25. Spazaru

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    that's cool; most people agree with you; I'm just more into simple rock and roll; different strokes and all that
     

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