Live at Leeds – The Who

 
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The Who – Live at Leeds. Originally recorded and released very quickly in 1970. It was recorded at Leeds University in February 1970 and in the record Shops by May of that year.

There were many reasons for its release, The Who had been out on the road for a year promoting their Rock Opera Tommy and had no new material to release at the time, so a Live album seemed a good idea which is why two gigs were set up in England once the band had returned from Europe. The first at Hull University and the Second at Leeds University. There were a few problems with John Entwistle’s sound at Hull so the Leeds show was used

 

(Live at Hull just does not have the same ring to it anyway does it). One of the other reason’s was that The Who were such a good Live Band, that it made it much easier for the Bootleggers to record them.

When the album came out in 1970, it came in what was supposed to look like a Bootleg Cover of the Era although it was a gatefold sleeve and in the inside covers were many extras for the Fans to pour over. The 1970 edition also only had 6 tracks on it. Even if My Generation came in at nearly 16 minutes long and Magic Bus came in at just under Eight minutes, these numbers had been edited down to allow for the limitations of Vinyl. The album was released again on CD in 1985 and again in 1987. Then again in 1995 with extra songs and more banter between the Band members. Finally it was released in its entirety in 2001, but with the whole of Tommy on the second CD whilst all the other songs were compiled together on the first CD.

It was not until 2014 that the entire concert was released in the correct running order and with the complete banter between all Band members.

Roger DaltreyJohn EntwistleKeith Moon

But what a show. The Band started with the John Entwistle written Heaven and Hell where the band stretch their musical muscle, then playing a few more songs to really get the blood levels up before we get a string of their early hits thrown in for good measure. We are treated to an outing from the first little mini-Rock Opera, a story of a naughty old Engine Driver and a young lass who makes a slight error, but is forgiven by her returning husband. A bit of fun before Pete Townshend asks for the musicians to be assembled and off The Who go rampaging through Tommy for the next hour. Certain liberties have been taken with the running order and a couple of numbers left out to fit better the Electric stage version of Tommy (or Thomas as Pete Townshend refers to it) but this is The Who at their best. John Entwistle’s bass literally pops along holding together each song, whilst Keith Moon is Keith Moon, never was any Drummer like him and never will be. Pete TownshendRoger Daltrey had by this time become a Classic Rock Singer and never falters as he belts out each song. But it’s the man himself Pete Townshend that blasts the band through with some literally violent and gifted guitar work driving the Band on to many peaks. His vocals when his turn comes are also pitch perfect. At times you can hear and feel Townshend’s arm wind milling on his guitar strings.

When the Opera comes to an end, Band and Audience enjoy them selves with some old Rock ’n’ Roll numbers, The Who hymn My Generation including false endings with Townshend dragging the band back in again to carry on, cleverly getting the opening riff to the Seeker to bounce off the back of the University Hall wall. there are also snippets of Naked Eye, a reprise of See Me Feel Me/We’re Not Going to take it and a place for a slice of the Underture not played in the Opera. To finish, of course, we are all taken off in The Magic Bus.

The Who were one of the best Rock’n’Roll Live Bands in the world from 1969- 1978 when poor old Keith Moon succumbed to his Rock’n’Roll Lifestyle.

This is a fine monument to the time.

(Buy the Super Deluxe Edition
– The Who Live at Leeds)

Songs:
Heaven and Hell
Can’t Explain
Fortune Teller
Tattoo
Young Man Blues
Substitute
Happy Jack
I’m a Boy
A Quick One While He’s away
(Tommy)
Overture
1921
It’s a Boy
Amazing Journey
Sparks
Eyesight To the Blind
Christmas
Acid Queen
Pinball Wizard
Do You Think It’s Alright?
Fiddle About
Tommy, Can You Hear Me?
There’s a Doctor
Go To The Mirror
Smash The Mirror
Miracle Cure
Sally Simpson
I’m Free
Tommy’s Holiday Camp
See me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me/We’re Not Going To Take It

Encores:
Summertime Blues
Shakin’ All Over
My Generation
Magic Bus

The Who were:
Pete Townshend – Guitar and Vocals
Keith Moon – Drums and Vocals
John Entwistle – Bass Guitar and Vocals
Roger Daltrey – Vocals

Written By Mott The Dog and Hells Bells.
Mott The Dog and crew can often be found round the table at Jameson’s, Nova Park Soi AR, North Pattaya, composing a Rock Opera or two.


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