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The Who - Live At Leeds (40th Anniversary) [4CD] (2010)



The Who - Live At Leeds (40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collector's Edition)
Rock | MP3 320 Kbps | 547 Mb | 2010


Rushed out in 1970 as a way to bide time as the Who toiled away on their sequel to Tommy, Live at Leeds wasn't intended to be the definitive Who live album and many collectors maintain that the band had better shows only available on bootlegs. But those shows weren't easily available whereas Live at Leeds was, and even if this show may not have been the absolute best, it's so damn close to it that it would be impossible for anybody but aficionados to argue. Throughout the '70s the album was seen as one of the gold standards in live rock & roll, and certainly it had a fury that no proper Who studio album achieved. Here, they sound vicious -- as heavy as Led Zeppelin but twice as volatile as they careened through early classics with the confidence of a band that finally achieved acclaim but had yet to become preoccupied with making art. There is no better record of how this band was a volcano of violence on-stage, how they teetered on the edge of chaos but never blew apart. This was most true on the original LP, which was a trim six tracks, three of them covers ("Young Man Blues," "Summertime Blues," "Shakin' All Over") and three originals from the mid-'60s ("Substitute," "My Generation," "Magic Bus"), none of them bearing a trace of its mod roots.

Live at Leeds has been expanded twice on CD, once for a single-disc 1995 release that contained the entirety of the Who’s non-Tommy performance plus “Amazing Journey/Sparks” and once for a 2001 Deluxe Edition that contained the entire concert from “Heaven and Hell” to “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” So, what was left for 2010’s Super Deluxe Edition? Apart from all the collector-bait accouterments -- a book filled with memorabilia, a heavy-vinyl pressing of the original six-track LP, a replica of the “Summertime Blues”/”Heaven and Hell” 7" -- there is the inclusion of the complete concert the Who gave at Hull one day after their performance at Leeds on February 14, 1970. The original plan for their ’70 live album was to cull highlights from the two gigs and release a single album but the Hull tapes had technical glitches -- specifically, the bass did not record for the first four songs -- leading to the focus on Leeds. This Super Deluxe Edition overcompensates for this omission by including the entirety of both nights -- the lack of bass corrected by grafting on Entwistle’s Leeds performance on the Hull tapes -- and they’re extraordinarily similar performances, retaining the same set list (the lone difference is Hull lacks “Magic Bus”) and same sense of energy. Naturally, there are differences that will be notable to the fanatics who would pony up the cash for this lavish box, and inevitably some will claim that Hull is preferable to Leeds (as Roger Daltrey did when the reissue was released in November 2010), but ultimately deciding which night is better is a fool's errand: both nights capture the Who at a peak and both nights are necessary for the hardcore.


CD 1:
01. Heaven and Hell
02. I Can't Explain
03. Fortune Teller
04. Tattoo
05. Young Man Blues
06. Substitute
07. Happy Jack
08. I'm a Boy
09. A Quick One, While He's Away
11. Shakin' All Over
12. My Generation
13. Magic Bus

CD 2:
01. Overture
02. It's a Boy
03. 1921
04. Amazing Journey
05. Sparks
06. Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)
07. Christmas
08. The Acid Queen
09. Pinball Wizard
10. Do You Think It's Alright?
11. Fiddle About
12. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
13. There's a Doctor
14. Go to the Mirror!
15. Smash the Mirror
16. Miracle Cure
17. Sally Simpson
18. I'm Free
19. Tommy's Holiday Camp
20. We're Not Gonna Take It

CD3:
01. Heaven and Hell
02. I Can't Explain
03. Fortune Teller
04. Tattoo
05. Young Man Blues
06. Substitute
07. Happy Jack
08. I'm a Boy
09. A Quick One, While He's Away
10. Summertime Blues
11. Shakin' All Over
12. My Generation

CD 4:
01. Overture
02. It's a Boy
03. 1921
04. Amazing Journey
05. Sparks
06. Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)
07. Christmas
08. The Acid Queen
09. Pinball Wizard
10. Do You Think It's Alright?
11. Fiddle About
12. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
13. There's a Doctor
14. Go to the Mirror!
15. Smash the Mirror
16. Miracle Cure
17. Sally Simpson
18. I'm Free
19. Tommy's Holiday Camp
20. We're Not Gonna Take It

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