Friday, February 26, 2021

Deluxe Edition of 'The Who Sell Out' Coming in April

While The Who's legacy has long rested on Tommy, Live at LeedsWho's Next, and Quadrophenia, a pretty vocal minority of fans (such as myself) have long trumpeted the ad-addled, radio-parodying, musically heavenly The Who Sell Out as the band's best album. Those other albums and the band's 1965 debut My Generation have already been released as multi-disc deluxe editions, so fan fave Sell Out was the next logical choice for the big-box treatment. After years of rumors, promises, and thumb twiddling, that long-awaited set is now scheduled to deliver more music, more music, more music. 

On April 23, Universal Music will release The Who's 1967 album in three different editions. The biggy is a 5 CD box that features the original album in its original mono and stereo mixes with bonus outtakes and '67/'68 singles, a disc of sessions, a disc focused on 1968 dubbed "The Road to Tommy", and a disc of Pete Townshend's demos. 

The major news is that two titles familiar to Who fans that we have never actually heard have been unearthed for this set. A studio backing track for "Facts of Life" is included on the 1968 disc. Among Townshend's demos is "Kids! Do You Want Kids, Kids". 

The 5-CD set also includes vinyl singles of "I Can See for Miles" b/w "Someone's Coming" and "Magic Bus" b/w "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". There's also an 80-page hardback book and various posters, postcards, stickers, and other such business.

There will also be a 2-CD edition featuring the first two discs of the box set and a double vinyl LP with the stereo mix of The Who Sell Out on the first LP and a dozen outtakes on the second. The digital edition will include six additional tracks: "Our Love Was" (Take 12 Rejected Mono Mix), "Rael (Early Mono Version) (2018 Mix)", "I Can See For Miles (Early Mono Version) (2018 Mix)", "Someone’s Coming (UK Single Mix)", "Magic Bus (US / UK Mono Version)", and "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (US Mono Single Mix)".

Here's exactly what will be on the box set and vinyl:

CD 1: The Who Sell Out – Mono

  1. Armenia City In The Sky
  2. Heinz Baked Beans
  3. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
  4. Odorono
  5. Tattoo
  6. Our Love Was
  7. I Can See For Miles
  8. I Can’t Reach You
  9. Medac
  10. Relax
  11. Silas Stingy
  12. Sunrise
  13. Rael (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2) / Track Records Run Out Groove
    bonus tracks:
  14. Pictures Of Lily (Mono Single Mix)
  15. Doctor, Doctor (Mono Single Mix)
  16. The Last Time (UK Mono Single Mix)
  17. Under My Thumb (UK Mono Single Mix)
  18. I Can See For Miles (US Mono Single Mix)
  19. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (US Mono Single Mix)
  20. Someone’s Coming (US Mono Single Mix)
  21. Early Morning Cold Taxi (Incl. ‘Radio London News Bulletin’ Jingle) (1967 Mono Version)
  22. Jaguar (Incl. ‘Radio London News Bulletin’ Jingle) (1967 Mono Version)
  23. Tattoo (Incl. ‘Radio London News Bulletin’ Jingle) (Early Alternate Mono Mix)
  24. Rael (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 / Early Talentmasters Mix)
  25. Sunn Equipment Promo Spots (Mono Version)
  26. Great Shakes (Unreleased US Radio Commercial)

CD 2: The Who Sell Out – Stereo

  1. Armenia City In The Sky (incl. Two Radio London Jingles)
  2. Heinz Baked Beans (incl. ‘More Music’ Jingle)
  3. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (Acoustic) (incl. ‘Premier Drums Commercial’ / Radio London Jingle)
  4. Odorono (incl. Radio London ‘Smooth Sailing’ Jingle)
  5. Tattoo (incl. ‘Church Of Your Choice’ Jingle)
  6. Our Love Was (incl. ‘Pussycat, Speakeasy & Rotosound’ Jingles)
  7. I Can See For Miles
  8. I Can’t Reach You (incl. ‘Charles Atlas’ Commercial)
  9. Medac
  10. Relax
  11. Silas Stingy
  12. Sunrise
  13. Rael (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2)
    bonus tracks:
  14. Rael Naïve (Full Coda)
  15. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (Mirasound Version)
  16. Someone’s Coming
  17. Summertime Blues
  18. Glittering Girl
  19. Early Morning Cold Taxi
  20. Girl’s Eyes
  21. Coke After Coke
  22. Sodding About
  23. Things Go Better With Coke
  24. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
  25. Jaguar
  26. Rael (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 / IBC Remake)

CD 3: Studio Sessions, 1967-68 

  1. Glittering Girl (Take 4)
  2. Girl’s Eyes (Take 2)
  3. The Last Time (Take 8)
  4. Under My Thumb (Take 3)
  5. Our Love Was (Take 2)
  6. Relax (4-Track To 4-Track Mixdown)
  7. Relax (Take 1 & 2)
  8. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (Take 1 & 9)
  9. Relax (Remake Take 4)
  10. I Can See For Miles (Full Version)
  11. Medac (Take 11)
  12. Odorono (Take 3, Full Version)
  13. Heinz Baked Beans (Take 1 & 3)
  14. Top Gear (Take 1, 2 & 5)
  15. Premier Drums (Take 1 & 4)
  16. Charles Atlas (Take 1)
  17. Rotosound Strings (Take 1)
  18. Track Records
  19. John Mason Cars / Speakeasy / Rotosound Strings / Bag O’ Nails
  20. It’s A Girl (aka ‘Glow Girl’) (Take 2, 3 & 4)
  21. Mr. Hyde (aka ‘Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde’) (Take 7, First Stage Master)
  22. Little Billy (aka ‘Little Billy’s Doing Fine’) (Take 1 & 3)
  23. Mrs. Walker (aka ‘Glow Girl’) (Take 7, 4-Track To 4-Track Mixdown)
  24. Lightning (aka ‘Call Me Lightning’) (Take 1 & 8)
  25. Dogs (Take 2)
  26. Melancholia (Take 1)
  27. Shakin’ All Over (Take 3)
  28. Magic Bus (Take 6)

CD 4: The Road To Tommy

  1. Glow Girl
  2. Faith in Something Bigger
  3. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
  4. Call Me Lightning
  5. Little Billy’s Doing Fine
  6. Dogs
  7. Melancholia
  8. Fortune Teller
  9. Facts Of Life (aka ‘Birds and Bees’) (Backing Track)
  10. Magic Bus (Unedited Stereo Mix)
  11. Call Me Lightning (Single Mix, Mono Version)
  12. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (UK Single Mix, Mono Version)
  13. Dogs (Single Mix, Mono Version)
  14. Magic Bus (Long Version, Mono Version)

CD 5: Pete Townshend Demos

  1. Kids! Do You Want Kids
  2. Relax
  3. Glow Girl
  4. Glow Girl (Version 2)
  5. Inside Outside
  6. Jaguar
  7. Little Billy
  8. Odorono
  9. Pictures Of Lily (unedited)
  10. Relax (Version 2)
  11. Melancholia
  12. Thinking (aka ‘Sunrise’) (Version 2)
  13. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
  14. I Can See For Miles

2-LP :

Side 1:

  1. Armenia City in The Sky
  2. Heinz Baked Beans
  3. Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand
  4. Odorono
  5. Tattoo
  6. Our Love Was
  7. I Can See for Miles

Side 2:

  1. I Can’t Reach You
  2. Medac
  3. Relax
  4. Silas Stingy
  5. Sunrise
  6. Rael / Track Records run-off groove

Side 3:

  1. Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand (US single version)
  2. Someone’s Coming
  3. Summertime Blues
  4. Glittering Girl
  5. Early Morning Cold Taxi
  6. Girl’s Eyes

Side 4:

  1. Coke After Coke
  2. Sodding About
  3. Things Go Better with Coke
  4. Hall of The Mountain King
  5. Jaguar
  6. Rael (remake; IBC version) Track Records outro

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