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Odds & Sods Original recording remastered, Best of

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  • Audio CD (March 31 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000062XK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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1. I'm The Face
2. Leaving Here
3. Baby Don't You Do It
4. Summertime Blues (Studio Version)
5. Under My Thumb
6. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
7. My Way
8. Faith In Something Bigger
9. Glow Girl
10. Little Billy
11. Young Man Blues (Studio Version)
12. Cousin Kevin Model Child
13. Love Ain't For Keeping
14. Time Is Passing
15. Pure And Easy
16. Too Much Of Anything
17. Long Live Rock
18. Put The Money Down
19. We Close Tonight
20. Postcard
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By the mid-'70s, even The Who's leftovers had more interest than most rock best-of albums--"Glow Girl" is a concise blueprint of 1969's "Tommy"; "Naked Eye" and "Pure and Easy" were victims of the doomed Lifehouse project; "I'm the Face" was the band's mod-obsessed first single; and even "Little Billy," an antismoking advertisement, still rocks hard. John Entwistle's faux country "Now I'm a Farmer" was contemptible, but the closing anthem "Long Live Rock" redeemed such missteps. The 1998 CD reissue added studio versions of "Young Man Blues" and "Summertime Blues," among many others, and resequenced the tracks. --Steve Knopper

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I loved the original Odds & Sods, and eagerly awaited the reissue. After all, I had known for years that there were dozens of Who outtakes that had yet to be collected (and I owned on bottlegs), so hearing official releases would be a treat.
Of course, I hadn't counted on Jon Astley, Pete Townshend's brother-in-law and the "producer" of the re-issue. I knew from earlier reissues that Astley couldn't leave well enough alone, and had remixed Quadrophenia and Who Are You and other albums to the point where they were *too* different from the original release. But his work here is unbelievably sloppy.
The original album was great; alas, here Astley agains feels the need to fade out "I'm The Face," and play around with "Naked Eye." Still, it is the new tracks which suffer most.
For instance, he includes "Under My Thumb"--and forgot to mix in the electric guitar (easily heard on Who's Missing)! He put on the WRONG studio version of "Young Man Blues"; instead of the dynamic version included on a Track sampler, we get what is obviously an outtake that is too slow and lethargic. And it sounds as if he remastered "My Way" off a bootleg.
On the other hand, we get "Cousin Kevin/Model Child," "Time Is Passing," "We Close Tonight" and a number of great tunes. Still a good album. But it should have been much better.
And where is "Do You Want Kids, Kids?", "Dogs Part II," "Waspman," "When I Was A Boy" and dozens of other Who classics? Who knows. I keep waiting for Odds and Sods II, but it doesn't appear to be coming. On the other hand, I've read that the Shel Talmy tapes are finally going to remastered, and the Who are recording a new record.
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Rarely can a band make a consistent, solid album purely out of unreleased material, rarities, outtakes, and all the other names for such precious finds, and this vastly expanded edition of "Odds and Sods" solidifies that ability. This album was originally recorded to curve the bootlegging process going on at the time, not only because The Who didn't make money off bootlegs (that may have been the record company's motivation though), but also because the group wanted fans to have more listenable versions; the late bassist John Entwistle said, "They release really bad bootlegs of these songs all the time...they're really bad quality...We thought it was about time we released a bootleg of our own."
It's a true blessing that "Odds and Sods" is so highly recognized and appreciated as a solid effort, because many of these songs rank among some of Pete Townshend's most articulate songwriting and The Who's best performances in the studio. And we all know the fate of unreleased songs that are released here and there over time, popping up on random "best of" compilations; they become lost in time and labeled as empty-hearted gestures to get people to buy those greatest hits albums. Indeed, some of these songs, some in different versions, later appeared as bonus tracks on the remastered editions of The Who's classic albums (the best studio version of 'Pure and Easy' appeared on the reissue of "Who's Next" for example). But gathered together and focused on as "Odds and Sods," listeners can hear some glorious Who moments, packaged as one sturdy album.
The collection also does much to further prove the already well-established fact that The Who were major contributors in bridging 60s rock-pop to the more progressive harder rock of the 70s.
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In addition to being the most unique bassist in Rock, John Entwistle had a great talent as the historian and documentarian of the Who, as ODDS & SODS makes abundently clear.
Twenty-three fantastic oddities from the greatest Rock band, and there's really only one I ever skip over. That's a batting percentage most bands would give their left Hiwatt for.
There are three tunes here--"Pure and Easy," "Naked Eye" and the studio version of "Young Man Blues"--that are absolute classics; they may never have been heard by the general public if not for ODDS & SODS. Townshend was so sussed by the collapse of LIFEHOUSE that he seems to have shelved "Pure and Easy" (save a solo acoustic version on WHO CAME FIRST) and "Naked Eye." Both tunes were cosmic in concert and are, to me, at the center of the Who's greatness. The version of "Young Man Blues" here is, if anything, heavier than the LIVE AT LEEDS/ISLE OF WIGHT/WOODSTOCK live versions. Townshend had perfected the fuzzy distorted guitar buzz by '67, and this track really blows a lot of the UK's blues-revival pretenders out of the water. The one-off of "Love Ain't For Keeping," with Townshend taking the lead vocal, is great too.
Gotta wonder about "Cousin Kevin Model Child" though. For starters, who the heck is singing it? I know it's been credited to Moon for a long time, but it sounds more like Legs Larry from the Bonzo's to me. A bit too camp for my taste--sounds too much like the Rocky Horror Show--and if I had to make a cut from this LP, it would be here.
This is not a "greatest hits/best of" repackaging; it is a single-disc Who "Anthology" issued twenty years before the Beatles thought of doing their own. It's great, and you don't really understand the Who until you own ODDS & SODS.
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