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BBC Sessions Import

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 15 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00004D3DH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
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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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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)


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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By A Customer on Aug. 29 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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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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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.Most of the interview segments are extremely short and therefore really don't serve any purpose,and thus you really don't get the feeling of getting to know the band which was part of the whole purpose of bands appearing on BBC Radio,wasn't it?
The Album starts off well,the "My Generation BBC jingle" is fun followed by an excellent version of "Anyway,Anyhow,Anywhere" which is by far the best song on the entire CD then it goes downhill from there.The blues songs and cover tunes that follow are very poor.The Who just were not a great Blues band.""The Good's Gone" is a bright spot and works well, "La La La Lies" is good, but not as good as the original version.What happened to "Disguises"? Geesh? Did Daltrey sound that nasal on the regular Album version? I don't recall noticing it, but in this take he sounds like his nose is completely stuffed up and it kind of grates on my nerves.
The rest of the Album leaves me feeling let down and you end up feeling like it never truly reaches the potential that you wanted it to achieve.
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I don't know why but it seems as if MCA and the BBC have something against The Who. I mean just look at Jimi Hendrix: BBC Sessions and compare even the packaging to The Who: BBC Sessions. Compared to Jimi Hendrix: BBC Sessions, The Who: BBC Sessions is very cheap looking. That's not the real bad part of the cd though. The sound quality is only ok and in some parts the sound is terrible. Also, many songs should have been added to this collection as it is only 1 CD which is strange for a BBC set. Most of the selections are from the early pop days of The Who and there isn't enough late 60's, early 70's material. It would be great if some songs from Who's Next were included. The CD booklet is also inadequate for a BBC Sessions CD. I mean, don't get me wrong, this CD does have many good songs that are performed great, it's just isn't what I had expected. This Cd, however, is a good way of hearing how The Who sounded in the mid 60's live, which was great. Some great tracks are: My Generation, The Good's Gone, Substitute, Boris The Spider, Happy Jack, Pictures Of Lily, A Quick One (While He's Away), Shakin' All Over and Long Live Rock.
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