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The Who - Rarities:

Scattered throughout my website are various rarities - i.e. hard to find tracks, from singles, LPs or CDs that are scarce or out of print. This section specifically identifies and consolidates these tracks - hopefully making them easier to find for you. If the rarity has more than one source, I will list what I consider the most common.

Please note that I haven't gone to extreme lengths to identify every possible variation. For example, if there is a mono mix of a particular song and a stereo mix, the rarer mono version doesn't necessarily qualify as a rarity. However, if the mono mix has something unique about it, then it will be listed here.

If you see something missing that you feel should be listed in this section, please e-mail me and I will certainly consider adding it.

Next to many of the tracks, click on the MP3 link for a "taste" (less than 30 seconds) of what the song sounds like.

Misery - 1963 - Released by The Dynamics. Pete Meaden rewrote the lyrics and Zoot Suit was born. Commonly available on the original USA Misery 45, and various CD collections  MP3

Got Love If You Want It  - 1957 - Written and released by Slim Harpo. Pete Meaden rewrote the lyrics and I'm The Face was born. Commonly available on Slim Harpo Compilation CD collections  MP3

Eastern Journey - 1960 - Written and released by Tony Crombie on the Man From Interpol Soundtrack. Keith Moon reworked it and it became Cobwebs And Strange on A Quick One. Commonly available on the original Man From Interpol LPs (Rank label only) and will be released in 2005 on a new CD version of Man From Interpol  MP3

Here 'Tis -1964 - a High Numbers track. Only source: 30 Years Maximum R&B  MP3

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (alternate vocal version) - 1965 - Originally released only on the French, I Can't Explain EP. However, it was mixed into stereo on My Generation - Deluxe. However, this mix doesn't seem to capture the original's feel. Only source: France 1965 I Can't Explain EP MP3

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (alternate vocal version #2) - 1965 - A stereo mix of the above, without the backing vocals is available only on the SACD version of My Generation - Deluxe

Daddy Rolling Stone (stereo version) -1965 - Wide stereo mix version. The version on My Generation - Deluxe is a very different (narrow) mix. The only source: Two's Missing  MP3

Leaving Here - 1965 - Wide stereo mix version. The version on My Generation - Deluxe is a very different (narrow) mix. Only source: Who's Missing  MP3

Lubie (Come Back Home) - 1965 - Wide stereo mix version. The version on My Generation - Deluxe is a very different (narrow) mix. Only source: Who's Missing  MP3

Heatwave - 1965 - Wide stereo mix version. The version on My Generation - Deluxe is a very different (narrow) mix. The only source: Two's Missing  MP3

I'm A Man (stereo version) - 1965 - Wide stereo mix version. The version on My Generation - Deluxe is a very different (narrow) mix. The only source: Two's Missing  MP3

Instant Party (Circles) - 1965 - Mono version with French horn. Originally released on The Who Sings My Generation and the b side to A Legal Matter (various countries). This version was re-released on My Generation - Deluxe, but without the French Horn. The most common source is: The Who Sings My Generation  MP3

Motoring - 1965 - Wide stereo mix version. The version on My Generation - Deluxe is a very different (narrow) mix. The only source: Two's Missing  MP3

Substitute (alternate vocal version) - 1966 - Lyrics changed from "I look all white but my dad was black..." to "I try going forward but my feet walk back". Originally released only in the USA, Canada and South Africa for various "cultural" reasons of the times. The most common source is: The Ultimate Collection (bonus disc), but a better sounding version can be found on the original USA single of Substitute  MP3

Circles - 1966 - The Who produced version, which is a completely different recording than the My Generation - Deluxe version. The most common sources are: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2 and Two's Missing  MP3

Circles - 1966 - The Who produced <extended edit> version. This version runs 3:18 vs. the released version @ 2:27. (From an IBC acetate disc.) You can hear the edit in this sample. MP3

Boris The Spider - 1966 - This is an extended edit version. This version runs 3:50 vs. the released version @ 2:28. (From an IBC acetate disc.) You can hear the edit in this sample. MP3

Heat Wave - 1966 - This is an extended edit version. This version runs 3:41 vs. the released version @ 1:54. (From an IBC acetate disc.) You can hear the extended ending in this sample. MP3

Batman - 1966 - mono version, originally released on Ready, Steady Who. This version differs slightly from the stereo mix which was released on the A Quick One reissue CDs. The most common source is: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2  MP3

A Quick One While He's Away - 1966 - combines the studio version with an alternate live version recorded at the Rolling Stone's Rock & Roll Circus. Only source: 30 Years Maximum R&B

Run, Run, Run (mono mix) - 1966 - This version seems to have a different vocals and guitar feel, which makes it sound much different than the stereo mix. The most common sources are the 1966 UK A Quick One LP and the 1988 Germany A Quick One CD  MP3

I'm A Boy (alternate version 1) - 1966 - This version features Roger Daltrey performing lead vocal at the start of the song as well as being a unique recording vs. the more common version. The only source is: Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy  MP3

I'm A Boy (alternate version 2) - 1966 - This version  is similar to the version on Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy, but unique. The only source is: The Ultimate Collection (bonus disc)  MP3

Great Shakes - 1967 - An approximate 1 minute "commercial". The most common sources are: Great Shakes and Then & Now (Japan bonus disc - sounds like it was dubbed off of a bootleg - recorded at the wrong speed <too slow>)  MP3

I Can See For Miles (mono mix) - 1967 - Several different versions actually exist which are commonly found. However, the original UK & USA singles have a unique bass line to it. Most common sources: 1967 UK I Can See For Miles 45 and 1967 USA I Can See For Miles 45  MP3

Odorono (mono mix) - 1967 - No lead guitar. Only source: Mono LP versions of The Who Sell Out  MP3

Our Love Is, Was (mono mix) - 1967 - Different guitar performance. A different vocal version of this song appears on the BBC Sessions, but the original version's only source is: Mono LP versions of The Who Sell Out  MP3

Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand - 1967 - Originally released as the USA "b" side of I Can See For Miles, this version has the "quivering" vocal that was mixed out of the more common stereo mix on the reissue of Odds & Sods. The most common sources are: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2 and Who's Missing  MP3

Sodding About - 1967 - Unreleased instrumental recorded during The Who Sell Out sessions. It was intended for this track to be released on 1998 Odds & Sods reissue, but they ran out of space. The only source for this song is: The 1998 test pressing CD of Odds & Sods (extremely hard to find)  MP3

Under My Thumb - 1967 - Mono version with the lead guitar intact. Originally released as the "b" side to The Last Time. A true stereo version was released on the reissue of Odds & Sods. However, it mistakenly was an unfinished mix, without the lead guitar. This version sounds much better, as it's complete. The most common sources are: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2 and Two's Missing  MP3

Summertime Blues - 1967 - Studio version. Presumably recorded for "The Who Sell Out". This comes from a 1968 acetate, possibly to be considered for a single. MP3

My Way - 1967 - Studio version. Presumably recorded for "The Who Sell Out" - note the "More music, more music" ending. This comes from a 1968 acetate, possibly to be considered for a single MP3

Substitute (live) - 1967 - Recorded live in Monterey. The only source is: Monterey Pop Festival (box set)  MP3

Summertime Blues (live) - 1967 - Recorded live in Monterey. The only source is: Monterey Pop Festival (box set)  MP3

Pictures Of Lily (live) - 1967 - Recorded live in Monterey. The only source is: Monterey Pop Festival (box set)  MP3

A Quick One While He's Away (live) - 1967 - Recorded live in Monterey. The only source is: Monterey Pop Festival (box set)  MP3

Happy Jack (live) - 1967 - Recorded live in Monterey. The only source is: Monterey Pop Festival (box set)  MP3

My Generation (live) - 1967 - Recorded live in Monterey. The only source is: Monterey Pop Festival (box set)  MP3

Dogs (stereo mix) - 1968 - Most common source: 30 Years Maximum R&B  MP3

Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (mix 1) - 1968 - Originally released as the UK "b" side to Magic Bus. This mix contains the drums, and various sound effects, which were mixed out of the 2nd mix (below). The most common source is: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2  MP3

Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (mix 2) - 1968 - This mix fades out all of the "good stuff" from the above version and turns up John Entwistle's bass a bit. The most common source is: Magic Bus  MP3

Fortune Teller (studio version) - 1968 - Only source: 30 Years Maximum R&B  MP3

Magic Bus (long studio version) - 1968 - Several sources (i.e. Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy [LP only]), exist for this version, but in varying song lengths. It was only issued in simulated stereo. The best source is: 1985 UK The Who Collection Volume 2 CD  MP3

Eyesight To The Blind (alternate vocal version) - 1969 -  Originally released on the 1972 UK Tommy Part 1 LP, and then 1973+ UK Tommy LP pressings. The most common sources are: Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs (MFSL) Tommy CD and Then & Now (Japan bonus disc)  MP3

Dogs Part II (original mix)- 1969 - Originally released as the "b" side of Pinball Wizard. It was remixed for Tommy - Deluxe, but as a 5.1 "mix down" to 2.0 and has lost some of the original feeling. The most common sources are: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2 and Two's Missing  MP3

Young Man Blues (original mix)- 1969 - Originally released on the 1969 UK various artists, LP, The House That Track Built and was highly sought after by Who fans. It was intended to be reissued on the 1998 Odds & Sods reissue. However, that version (which came from the same sessions) is not only different, but 7.5% slower! It was reissued again on Tommy Deluxe, but as a 5.1 "mix down" to 2.0 and has lost a lot of the original feeling. The only source is: The House That Track Built LP  MP3

Here For More - 1970 - Roger Daltrey written song, originally released as the "b" side to The Seeker. The most common sources are: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2 and Who's Missing  MP3

Heaven And Hell (studio version) - 1970 - Originally released as the "b" side of Summertime Blues. The original single versions contained the sound of "broken glass" at the end of the recording, which seemed to be faded too quickly in later reissue versions. Unfortunately, this song was never mixed into stereo, as the mono mix quickly fades Keith Moon's fantastic drumming shortly after the start of the song. The most common sources are: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2 and Who's Missing  MP3

Postcard (alternate mix) - 1970 - Possible alternate vocal also. Only source: Then & Now (Japan bonus disc)  MP3

See Me, Feel Me (live)  - 1970 - From Leeds - Original vocal track version (vs. the 2001 overdubbed version that's on "Live At Leeds Deluxe") - Only source: 30 Years Maximum R&B

I Don't Even Know Myself (alternative version) - 1971 - A rawer and more "country" sounding variation. Only source: Then & Now (Japan bonus disc)  MP3

When I Was A Boy - 1971 - John Entwistle written song, originally released as the "b" side to Let's See Action. The most common sources are: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2 and Who's Missing  MP3

Boney Moronie (live) - 1971 - Recorded live in in London (The Young Vic). 2 different mixes are available via 2 different sources: The UK 1988 Won't Get Fooled Again EP and 30 Years Maximum R&B (Please note the latter mix is also edited)  MP3

Baby Don't You Do It (Live) - 1971 - Recorded live in San Francisco. Originally released as the "b" side to "Join Together". Most common source: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2  MP3

Bargain (Live) -1971 - Recorded live in San Francisco. Only source for the unedited version is Who's Missing
A significantly edited version also appears on 30 Years Maximum R&B, but unfortunately the "heart" is cut right out of it.  MP3

Going Down (Live) - 1971 - Recorded live in San Francisco. The only source is: Two's Missing  MP3

My Wife (Live) - 1971 - Recorded live in San Francisco. The only source is: Two's Missing  MP3

Waspman - 1972 - Keith Moon written song, originally released as the "b" side to Relay. The most common sources are: Who Rarities Volume 1 & Volume 2 and Two's Missing  MP3

The Real Me (alternate version) - 1973 - Released with a "finished ending" vs. the cross fade on "Quadrophenia". The best source is: 1974 USA The Real Me 45  MP3

Love Reign O'er Me (alternative version) - 1973 - Released with an "organ ending" vs. the "piano ending" on "Quadrophenia". This version is also edited. The most common source is Then & Now, but the best source is: 1973 USA Love Reign O'er Me 45  MP3

Won't Get Fooled Again (live) -1973 - Recorded live by the King Biscuit in Philadelphia. Only source is: Best Of The Best CD  MP3

Who Are You (alternate vocal version) - 1978 - Lyrics of "...who the fuck are you..." are replaced with "...who the hell are you..." Only released in the USA. Most common sources are the 1978 USA Who Are You 45 and the 2002 CSI Soundtrack CD  MP3

The Real Me -1979 - A unique version recorded in 1979 with Kenney Jones on drums. Only source: 30 Years Maximum R&B

Dancing In The Street (Live) -1979 - Recorded live in Philadelphia. Only source: The UK 1988 Won't Get Fooled Again EP  MP3

Baba O'Riley (live) - 1979 - Recoded live in London. The only source is: Concert For The People of Kampuchea LP  MP3

Sister Disco (live) - 1979 - Recoded live in London. The only source is: Concert For The People of Kampuchea LP  MP3

Behind Blue Eyes (live) -1979 - Recoded live in London. The only source is: Concert For The People of Kampuchea LP  MP3

See Me, Feel Me (live) - 1979 - Recoded live in London. The only source is: Concert For The People of Kampuchea LP  MP3

Roger Daltrey (Intro live) - 1989 - Recorded at the June 27, 1989 "Tommy show at Radio City Music Hall. The concert was broadcast live. This intro was edited out of the promo's for rebroadcast. MP3

I'm A Man (live) - 1989 - Recorded at the June 27, 1989 "Tommy" show at Radio City Music Hall. The only source is: 30 Years Maximum R&B   MP3

Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) -1991 - Last Who studio track recorded with John Entwistle. Most common sources: 30 Years Maximum R&B & Two Rooms (tribute to Elton John)  MP3

Relay - 1995 - Recorded at the September 16, 1995 Who Convention. Features Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Simon Townshend and Zach Starkey (and others). This is the best live version of the song I ever heard. The song features several "false endings". MP3 (beginning of the song) MP3 (one false ending start up)

Who Are You (live) - 2001 - Recorded live in New York City. The only source is: The Concert For New York City  MP3

Baba O'Riley - 2001 - Recorded live in New York City. The only source is: The Concert For New York City  MP3

Won't Get Fooled Again - 2001 - Recorded live in New York City. The only source is: The Concert For New York City  MP3

It's Not Enough - 2006 -  This version is remixed and has a slightly longer (and complete) ending. The only source is: the UK CD single of Black Widow's Eyes  MP3  (Note: USA single versions have the same mix, but are not the same extended length)

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