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BBC Sessions

Who Audio CD
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1. Me Generation (Radio 1 Jingle)
2. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
3. Good Lovin'
4. Just You And Me, Darling
5. Leaving Here
6. My Generation
7. The Good's Gone
8. La La La Lies
9. Substitute
10. Dancing In The Street
11. Disguises
12. I'm A Boy
13. Run Run Run
14. Boris The Spider
15. Happy Jack
16. See My Way
17. Pictures Of Lily
18. The Quick One (While He's Away)
19. Substitute (Version 2)
20. The Seeker
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One of the most creative and explosive bands of the '60s, the Who didn't record an official live album until 1970. For fans of the revved-up, introspective, and humorous fare that made records such as My Generation, Sell Out, and A Quick One instant classics, 1970 was a good three years too late. Rather than referring to sometimes-dodgy bootlegs to discover what "Pictures of Lily," "Disguises," or "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" sounded like live, we are now presented with a surprisingly clear document of the band at--arguably--their peak. The CD, culled from archival live-in-the-studio radio broadcasts made between '65 and '73, keeps all the radio-announcer introductions and short interview segments intact, with a few bonus, real-life Sell Out jingles for good effect. A fabulous portrait of the artists as a young band, the disc brims with minor revelations--chief among them that they were pretty sorry as an R&B outfit and that (surprise) with Moon, Entwhistle, and Townshend bashing about, even a midtempo number like "Happy Jack" was a total scorcher live. --Mike McGonigal

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Who was the greatest live rock band ever? You know who, and now here's a chance to hear them live in the studio, performing 26 tracks culled from the vaults of the British Broadcasting Corporation spanning the years 1965 to 1973. Includes: My Generation Radio One Jingle ; Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere ; Good Lovin' and Just You and Me (both songs released for the first time in any form); Leaving Here ; The Good's Gone ; La La La Lies ; Substitute ; Man with Money , and more.not styled correctly (see below for correct form)

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3.0 out of 5 stars a riotous road to the top Aug. 29 2003
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Smoke, fire, bleeding eardrums, destruction and chaos - that was the road to creation for The Who's generation. Funny then that this 1965 -1973 collection of the Mod's stint with Britian's Radio One opens with a rejigged jingle of My Generation. 'They said the BBC was dead and c-c-c-cold, but their new approach is brash and bold, talkin' 'bout my favourite station,' the band sing shamelessly. What irony. It's hard to believe the Beeb actually convinced the band to tinker with one of their hits in order to flog the stodgy fuggy broadcaster to a new generation of listeners. But as this motherload of one-take, no overdub singles reveals, The Who represented everything the Beeb wasn't - brash, energetic and arrogantly in touch with Britain's youth movement. In a brief interview, Townshend cheekily dismisses I Can't Explain - the band's biggest hit at the time - as a commercial ditty designed to introduce the band to the charts. When DJ Brian Matthew cues up the clanging cacophony of Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere, Townshend declares the song to be closer to the 'real' Who. And he's right. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere is a wonderfully obnoxious rave of self-assertion underpinned with Pete's finger-shredding guitar chords, chaotic backbeats courtesy of Keith Moon and sub-atomic thrubbing from bassist John Entwhistle. Vocalist Roger Daltrey, with his cedar shake vocal chords, is wonderfully anti-polish. That's not to say the band weren't above engaging in crass commercialism to forward their cause. Several early tracks are rough-hewn covers of pop hits (Good Lovin', Dancing In The Streets) though the band do flex their sneers for some obscure Motown soul (James Brown's Just You and Me, Eddie Holland's Leaving Here). Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's The BBC, Wot? June 4 2002
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Like all of the BBC Sessions, the Who's disc gives you a lot of what you want, but you have to put up with a lot too.
Announcer chat was a neccesity at the time, but it's a bit offensive all these years later to have Dennis Owen (or whovever it was) chatting up the tunes while they're being played.
That said, the Who kicks on this CD. "Substitute" is about a half beat faster than you've heard it before, "Pictures Of Lily" has a great organ part halfway down in the mix, "I'm Free" is amazing (this is where Dennis Owen really needed to take a coffee break), and "Shakin' All Over" is blistering.
"Long Live Rock," on the other hand, is a mistake that shouldn't have been included here. The vocals are brassy and were obviously dubbed over the pre-recorded instrument tracks included in the studio version of the song.
I always get a cold chill listening to the Radio 1 jingles made from "My Generation" and "Boris The Spider." Call me stodgy, but I don't like to hear these early indications of advertisers eagerness to prostitute Rock; I nearly go into conniptions every time I see the commerical where the Overture from TOMMY advertises sinus medicine.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical, but not essential March 16 2001
Format:Audio CD
Just when you thought the BBC's (apparently bottomless) archives have been finally plumbed, they've dusted off another collection of odds and sods for your edification.This time out, it's those lovable mod lads the Who (dig those sullen faces on the CD's back cover...sure to intimidate any "rockers" in the area.) The results are mixed, ranging from downright dodgy (a limp cover of the Rascal's "Good Lovin'") to some true Kodak Moments (Townshend's barely controlled feedback on a dynamic take of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"). The revelations on "BBC Sessions" are the '64-'65 era numbers like "Pictures Of Lily", "My Generation" and "Anyway...", which were previously only available in the original (and typically muddy) Shel Talmy-produced versions. Sound quality is good but purists beware: this is one of the BBC studio sessions (not a "live" concert setting like some of thier presentations) so many of the songs feature the show host blabbing all over the intros. I realize this was the original presentation, but I still find it much akin to paying to see a movie and being forced to sit through product commercials before the feature. Worthwhile for rabid fans,expendable for more casual listeners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who's On The Radio In Live BBC Rarities Set Jan. 2 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Who's "BBC Sessions" collection is not the revelatory live document similar, more expansive BBC sets have been from the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. The music doesn't brawl and spark with the ferocity of 1970's "Live At Leeds" and "Live At Isle of Wight Festival" concerts. Nor does it reveal a hidden band history as well as does 1994's revitalized "Odds And Sods."
But the songs the band chose to perform on these Saturday British radio shows are among rock's most essential: "My Generation" (heard in full and adapted to a radio jingle), "Pictures Of Lily," (sounding great here) "Happy Jack," the tragicomic opera "A Quick One," bassist John entwistle's starring role in "Boris The Spider." New versions are thrilling to here live despite constrictive sound.
"Substitute," among their most durable works, is heard twice with more acoustic bent and particularly harsh, witty Roger Daltrey vocal in its 1970 version. "Shakin' All Over," featuring some shimmering Peter Townsend guitar effects, nearly matches the "Leeds" version. Who fans will miss Keith Moon even more after hearing his full-throttle drum assault all over these tracks.
The group's transformation of classic R&B into maximum R&B was in full force from 1965-67. Here, the band delivers souped-up versions of James Brown's "Just You And Me, Darling," Eddie Holland's "Leaving Here"(a similar structured versions is also on "Odds and Sods") and a flat "Dancing In The Street.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quite good
The first two sides (on the LP that is) are full of wonderful tracks that you won't find anywhere else. Anything other than that except the 'shakin' all over medly' (a jewel! Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2002 by Grant H
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection of Who Goodies
Its a change of pace Who Cd in which MCA finally opened the vaults again rather than to reissue their greatest hits package. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A brilliant collection of songs that demonstrate The Who's early energetic period. If you're tired of hearing all that stuff off of Tommy, then this is a must have item.
Published on Oct. 22 2001 by Tracy G. Mccall
4.0 out of 5 stars Who At The BBC
This is a fun collection of familiar and obscure Who songs and covers from their Marquee Club days that will please the hard core fans (of which I am one). Read more
Published on May 5 2001 by John Peterson
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair selection of live Who
The live sound of the early (1965-8) Who often disappoints those who only know the studio albums and Live At Leeds. Read more
Published on March 22 2001 by brad lonard
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad versions of early era songs&weak cover tunes
This BBC Sessions CD is a big disappointment. First of all,I thought there would be some really good interviews on here,but there isn't. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2000 by James Summers
4.0 out of 5 stars Hear "Who's" Best
It's hard to imagine what the stodgy, bowler-hat-and- brolly set made of the thunderous racket coming out of the BBC's London sound studios in the mid-'60s. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the one from the Best Buy
The CD is excellent, but the one from Best Buy includes an additional CD that has eight additional tracks from later BBC studio recordings.
Published on Nov. 1 2000 by Pinball Wizard
2.0 out of 5 stars The Kids Are Just OK, But The Completists Understand
The sheer fact that these are genuine live Who tracks from the '60s & '70s means that lots of folks will need this CD. If you gotta, you gotta. Read more
Published on June 12 2000 by Michael Strom
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