90. The Who - The Who Sell Out (1967)
1. Armenia City In The Sky
2. Heinz Baked Beans/More Music (Jingle)
3. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand/Premier Drums/Radio London (jingles)
4. Odorono/Radio London (jingle)
5. Tattoo/Radio London (Church Of Your Choice Jingle)
6. Our Love Was
7. I Can See For Miles/Charles Atlas (Jingle)
8. I Can't Reach You
11. Silas Stingy
13. Rael 1
Now here's an album with novelty value. The Who quite smartly decide to "sell out" and create an album which is almost like the recreation of a radio program, with jingles, adverts and songs. These are actually quite funny/weird and are well done, but there is more than novelty value here. The Who are able to create a wide variety of music while still being quite good at all of it. On track 3 they mimic the Byrds for example, and do it perfectly.
This is a very good album, and in my opinion much better than My Generation, the conceptual idea behind it is strong and it's here that you see the door opening up to stuff like Tommy. There are some really good tracks here, I have a special place in my heart for Silas Stingy but I Can See For Miles is great rock and their biggest hit in the US.
The Who are not one of those bands that easily overwhelms you, and the very concept that makes this album so strong is also its downfall. After a few times of listening to it the interjections are a bit tiring and you just want to listen to the music. Which is quite a compliment. It is also a not very coherent album, but I think that is part of the idea behind it, a radio does not pass uniform music, so it kind of works in the end. Stream it from Napster or buy it at Amazon UK or US.
1. I Can See For Miles
2. Our Love Was
3. Silas Stingy
4. Armenia City in The Sky
The cover is divided into panels featuring each of the band members, two on the front and two on the back. Front: Pete Townshend applying Odorono brand deodorant from an oversized stick; Roger Daltrey sitting in a bathtub full of Heinz baked beans. Back: Keith Moon applying Medac from an oversized tube; John Entwistle in a leopard-skin Tarzan suit, squeezing a blonde woman in a leopard-skin bikini with one arm and a teddy bear with the other (an ad for the Charles Atlas course mentioned in one of the album's faux commercials). Originally Moon was seen applying a tube of Clearasil, but the manufacturer objected and the cover was changed for the US and subsequent editions.