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The Who - Odds & Sods:
Album: Odds & Sods
LPs (vinyl) Sampled: Polydor (UK), MCA (USA), Yegpin (Korea), Union (Taiwan), Sony (Japan)
CDs (original mix) Sampled: Polydor (Germany), Polydor (Japan), MCA-1st pressing (USA), MCA-2nd pressing (USA)
CDs (remix) Sampled: Polydor (Germany), MCA (USA), Polydor (Japan)
LP Comments: The Sony (Japan) LP is probably the best sounding Who recording in their entire catalog. Unbelievable clarity and power. The MCA (USA) sounds good and the Polydor (UK) sounds even better - but neither is close to the Japanese version.
CD (original mix) comments: The Polydor (Germany) copy sounds great. The Polydor (Japan) sounds decent, but disappointing. Since the original Japan LP release was on the Sony label, I suspect that Polydor (Japan) may not have used 1st generation tapes for this release - there seems to be something missing. Unfortunately, MCA (USA) never got their version to sound good at all, even on two attempts.
CD (remix) comments: The odd thing about this one is that on the MCA (USA) copy, the previously unreleased tracks sound good and on the Polydor (Germany) copy, the original tracks sound better than they do on the MCA (but the previously unreleased tracks sound worse). Overall, the Polydor (Japan) copy sounds more even throughout. The problem with this reissue is that the remastering is very uneven and inconsistent. As a result, the different record company's manufacturing process seemed to enhance some parts of the mastering, while making other parts worse.
Summary: If you want one Who album based on sound quality alone, get the "Odds and Sods" Sony (Japan) LP. Otherwise, for the original mix, the Polydor (Germany) CD is your next choice.
The original "Odds & Sods" is one of the best sounding Who albums. Overall, there's something that someone (perhaps John Entwistle, who remixed this collection of songs) did to make this record sound as good as it does. The reissue version loses the quality of the original and should be done over again to get it right. There's some great remixing on the previously released tracks, but the mastering clouds it. If you had to pick one from the remixed/remastered series, then go with the Polydor (Japan).
Other Comments: The original Polydor (UK) LP pressings features the song titles in Braille on the back cover.
The liner notes for the reissue are grossly inaccurate, ranging from the dates of the recordings to mislabeled descriptions of the recordings. For example, the version of "Young Man Blues" included on this disc, is not the original version from "The House That Track Built" LP as indicated, but an unreleased version. Other mistakes in the reissue include an unfinished version of "Under My Thumb" without the lead guitar.
Promo CDr versions of the remix, contain another unreleased song, "Sodding About", (an instrumental, circa 1967). Apparently left off due to space concerns.
The 2011 Japan CD is the original mix of the album, with added bonus tracks - including some variations that were previously unreleased (i.e. "Young Man Blues" studio version).
About: Odds & Sods
Original Mix: Postcard, Now I'm A Farmer, Put The Money Down, Little Billy, Too Much Of Anything, Glow Girl, Pure And Easy, Faith In Something Bigger, I'm The Face, Naked Eye, Long Live Rock.
Remix: I'm The Face, Leaving Here (previously unreleased), Baby Don't You Do It (previously unreleased), Summertime Blues (previously unreleased), Under My Thumb (missing guitar mixópreviously unreleased), Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (stereo mix of "b" side of "I Can See For Miles" version), My Way (previously unreleased), Faith In Something Bigger, Glow Girl, Little Billy, Young Man Blues (previously unreleased), Cousin Kevin Model Child (previously unreleased), Love Ain't For Keeping (previously unreleased), Time Is Passing (previously unreleased), Pure And Easy, Too Much Of Anything, Long Live Rock, Put The Money Down, We Close Tonight (previously unreleased), Postcard, Now I'm A Farmer, Water, Naked Eye.
2011 Japan CD: Postcard, Now Iím A Farmer, Put The Money Down, Little Billy, Too Much Of Anything, Glow Girl, Pure And Easy, Faith In Something Bigger, Iím The Face, Naked Eye, Long Live Rock, Leaving Here, Baby Donít You Do It, Summertime Blues (Studio Version), Under My Thumb, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand ("The Who Sell Out" album version), My Way, Young Man Blues (Studio Version), Cousin Kevin Model Child, Love Ainít For Keeping, Time Is Passing, We Close Tonight, Water
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