Live At Leeds
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1995.
"Live At Leeds," originally released over 25 years ago, has always been one of rock
music's greatest live recordings. Featuring six tracks, it captured The Who in their prime, a
year after the release of their epic rock opera, "Tommy," and one year before their classic
album, "Who's Next."
This "new" version of "Live At Leeds" is fascinating, as it has eight more songs and
almost 40 more minutes than the original.
Instead of opening with "Young Man Blues," the disc now blasts off with "Heaven
and Hell" and except for a brief section from "Tommy" (an excellent version of "Amazing
Journey/Sparks"), the songs here comprise the entire set as performed that Valentine's night
in 1970 at Leeds University.
Along with the familiar - and outstanding - versions of "Summertime Blues,
"Substitute," "Shakin' All Over," "Magic Bus" and "My Generation" (which were found on
the original), you'll now find such powerful tracks as "I Can't Explain," "Tattoo," "Happy
Jack," "I'm A Boy," "Fortune Teller" and "A Quick One, While He's Away." You'll also
hear, for the first time, some of the interesting dialogue which was previously omitted.
This limited-edition disc comes in an album-sized package with informative liner
notes and the original papers and poster. MCA has also cleaned up the "crackling noises"
which were found on that initial release.
This was an exceptional idea to release this "new" extended version. The quartet of
Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon was one of the tightest ever
and these extra songs help show the true magic of what was undoubtedly a very special
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