The Who ‎– The Who Sell Out

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Decca ‎– DL 74950
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Tracklist

A1.1 Armenia City In The Sky
A1.2 Heinz Baked Beans
A2 Mary-Anne With The Shaky Hands
A3 Odorono
A4 Tattoo
A5 Our Love Was, Is
A6 I Can See For Miles
B1.1 I Can't Reach You
B1.2 Spotted Henry
B2 Relax
B3 Silas Stingy
B4 Sunrise
B5 Rael

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Notes

Labels--"Recorded in England" is above the Decca band. All Selections ASCAP is in the rainbow, below the matrix number.
Cover--some copies have hype sticker: Including "I CAN SEE FOR MILES" plus 10 New Selections.
Inner Sleeve--some copies include orange Decca promo sleeve featuring The Best of Jolson and other selections.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 7-11284
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 7-11285
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped): 7 11284 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped): 7 11285 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (Variant 2)): 7 11284 2 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (Variant 2)): 7 11285 9 1

Other Versions (5 of 89) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
612 002 The Who The Who Sell Out(LP, Album, Mono) Track Record 612 002 UK 1967 Sell This Version
835 727-1 The Who The Who Sell Out(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Polydor 835 727-1 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
P28P 25084 The Who The Who Sell Out(CD, Album, RE) Polydor P28P 25084 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
612.002 The Who The Who Sell Out(LP, Album, RE, 150) Classic Records, Track Record 612.002 US 2005 Sell This Version
MCASD-11268 The Who The Who Sell Out(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records MCASD-11268 Canada 1995 Sell This Version

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DoctorAmigo

DoctorAmigo

April 22, 2017
edited 6 days ago
Quite simply the best release of the "concept album" era.

Albums centered around a theme have been around as long as records have ever been, but in the aftermath of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," pretty much every pop band that wanted to be "serious" did a concept album of their own. Some were great, many were dreadful, but "The Who Sell Out" is in a class by itself.

The concept is London radio, circa 1967, and more subtly, The Who's status as pop stars and sellers of pimple cream and bodybuilding classes --predating "The Great Rock and Roll Swindle" by a decade, and outdoing it in cleverness by lightyears.

Loaded with great Who tunes like "I Can See for Miles," "I Can't Reach You" and "Real," the LP is also chock full of hilarious radio cliches of the day, including breezy orchestral ads for "wonderful Radio London," public-service announcements to "drink easy, puh-leeasy," and great original jingles played and sung by The Who themselves for such diverse products as Heinz Baked Beans and Rotosound Bass Strings.

The lines between the "real" songs and the product shilling get even more blurred on a track like "Odorono," in which a wonderfully hook-laden Townsend pop tale doesn't reveal itself as a jingle for deoderant until the last line. When they do a serious love song such as "Our Love Was, Is," you're never sure it won't turn out being about bathroom cleaner.

This may be The Who's best moment --a claim I don't take lightly. Whenever I have this record on, it immediately becomes the most joyous, ridiculous and wonderful record that could possibly be playing at that moment.