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Album: The Who Sell Out
LPs (vinyl) Sampled: Polydor-mono (UK), Polydor-stereo (UK), Decca-mono (USA), Decca-stereo (USA), Classic-mono (USA) [all versions that follow are stereo versions] MCA-reissue (USA), Polydor (France), Polydor (Holland), Polydor (Japan), Polydor-reissue (Japan), Polydor (Australia-record label says mono, but it's actually in stereo), Polydor (Germany-several reissue variations)
CDs (original mix) Sampled: Polydor (Germany), MCA (USA), Polydor (Japan), Polydor (Japan) [2007 Mono mix]
CDs (remix) Sampled: Polydor (Germany), MCA (USA), Polydor (Japan)
CDs (Deluxe Edition) Sampled: Polydor (UK)
Stereo: Possibly a tossup between the Japan and German versions. Most of the variations in sound quality between the various countries come from the vinyl quality itself.
Mono: Both the Decca USA and Polydor UK versions sound about the same, and unfortunately--not too great. The mastering on them is extremely bass heavy (varying on different parts of the album) and has to be equalized to sound proper. The 2006 Classic USA cleans up the mastering problems inherent in the original 1967 releases and offers very good sound, retaining the "grittiness" of the original mono LPs. Sadly, the Classic LP isn't without flaws. Whereas the left and right channels (volume) on any mono recording should both be 100% even at the 12 o'clock position of your balance control, the right channel has a stronger output than the left, hence causing you to correct this by moving your balance control to the 11 o'clock position. They pressed this LP on 200 gram, Quiex vinyl, and for the most part, the vinyl is without flaw. However, at the end of sides 1 & 2, immediately at the end of each track, the LP starts to crackle, vs. what should have been a nice "moment of silence". This becomes even more frustrating on side 2, where the crackles are heavy between "Rael" and the "Track Records" run-off track. My copy was slightly warped (towards the outer edge).
The mono album does feature some interesting mix variations, i.e. No lead guitar on "Odorono", a "quivering vocal" ending to "Mary Ann With The Shaky Hand" (also featured on the remixed CD version) and most notably a different (and more interesting) ending guitar track on "Our Love Is, Was".
CD (original mix) comments: Both the USA and German versions sound nearly identical. However, the way they are indexed is completely different. The USA version starts each track with the jingles in the beginning, while the German has them at the end. The other significant difference is that the USA version features the "Track Records" run off track at the end of the CD, while the German version doesn't. The Japanese CD is the same as the German, but with some extra bass in the mastering.
CD (remix) comments: Both the USA and German versions sound identical and the Japanese version has the extra bass in the mastering, which (depending on your stereo system) detracts from the sound quality.
CD (Deluxe Edition) comments: n/a
CD (mono) comments: The mono mix CDs (various) seem to have the same sonic and mastering characteristics of the USA (Classic) LP, but without the flaws inherent with the poor vinyl quality.
Summary: The remixed version of this album is truly brilliant in ways that words can't express. Unless you are a collector, there's no reason to own anything other than an MCA (USA) or Polydor (Germany) copy.
Other Comments: If you are a collector, there are some interesting album cover variations to note, specifically the Australian LP with Keith Moon holding Clearasil on the tube versus "Medac".
The liner notes of the reissue incorrectly credit the 2nd version of "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand" as being the "b" side of "I Can See For Miles" version. This version is actually a previously unreleased version. The "b" side version eventually got remixed in stereo and placed on "Odds & Sods".
The Decca (USA) <white label> LP promo copies were issued both "banded" (gaps between the songs - versus cross-faded) and unbanded - both in mono and stereo. On the banded versions, "Turn It Up" and "Beast of a Man" (commercials between the songs) are deleted. (See track listing below.)
The Deluxe Edition CD combines some of the elements of the 1995 remix release with the mono album version and ads some bonus tracks (while removing a few others). The most notable additions include a previously unreleased studio take of "Summertime Blues" and the once "almost released", "Sodding About" (instrumental). A different mix of this song was to be included on the 1998 "Odds & Sods" CD, but was dropped for lack of space. The original mix/version bonus tracks of "Early Morning Cold Taxi", "Jaguar" and "Girls Eyes" can also be found on various Who bootleg albums. While their inclusion on this CD is a nice thought, they don't seem to have the same "snap" to them as their 1995 counterparts.
Also included on this CD are some previously unreleased versions/mixes of: "Rael" (Remake Version). This sounds like a "rougher mix". "Our Love Was" (Take 12). This has some nice elements which vary from other released versions of the song. "I Can See For Miles" (Early Mono Mix). I think they didn't know how they wanted the lead vocal sang at this point. "Relax" (Demo). As always, Pete's demos of Who songs are always an interesting variation. (I have another version of this demo which is a bit different.)
There are two bonus tracks that are un-credited and follow a long, silent gap. I'm not quite sure what the point of this is.
About: The Who Sell Out
Back in 1980 when a friend made me
Who tapes from his LPs - he had made copies of the 1st 4 USA albums (which at
the time were sold as double LPs and cheaply packaged). I didn't like them. I
didn't really know why I didn't like them (no explanation was required back
2009 Deluxe Edition:
I don't really know where to begin
with this one...
UK: Armenia City In The Sky, Heinz Baked Beans, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Odorono, Tattoo, Our Love Was, Is, I Can See For Miles, I Can't Reach You, Medac, Relax, Silas Stingy, Sunrise, Rael
USA: Armenia City In The Sky, Heinz Baked Beans, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Odorono, Tattoo, Our Love Was, Is, I Can See For Miles, I Can't Reach You, Spotted Henry, Relax, Silas Stingy, Sunrise, Rael
USA (Banded Promo): Armenia City In The Sky, Heinz Baked Beans, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Odorono, I Can See For Miles, Our Love Was, Is, Tattoo, I Can't Reach You, Spotted Henry, Relax, Silas Stingy, Sunrise, Rael
1995 Reissue: Armenia City In The Sky, Heinz Baked Beans, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Odorono, Tattoo, Our Love Was, Is, I Can See For Miles, I Can't Reach You, Spotted Henry, Relax, Silas Stingy, Sunrise, Rael, Rael 2, <Top Gear> Glittering Girl, <Coke 2>, Melancholia, <Bag O' Nails>, Someone's Coming, <John Mason's Cars>, Jaguar, <John Mason's Cars Reprise>, Early Morning Cold Taxi, <Coke 1> Hall Of The Mountain King, <Radio 1>, Girl's Eyes, <Odorono-Final Chorus>, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Glow Girl <Track Records>.
2009 Deluxe Edition:
Disc 1 (stereo): Armenia City In The Sky, Heinz Baked Beans, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Odorono, Tattoo, Our Love Was, Is, I Can See For Miles, I Can't Reach You, Spotted Henry, Relax, Silas Stingy, Sunrise, Rael 1 & 2, Rael Naive, Someone's Coming, Early Morning Cold Taxi, Jaguar, Coke After Coke, Glittering Girl, Summertime Blues, John Mason Cars, Girl's Eyes, Sodding About, Premier Drums, Odorono (final chorus), Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (US Mirasound Version) Things Go Better With Coke, In The Hall Of The Mountain King, Top Gear, Rael 1 & 2 (Remake Version)
Disc 2 (mono): Armenia City In The Sky, Heinz Baked Beans, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Odorono, Tattoo, Our Love Was, Is, I Can See For Miles, I Can't Reach You, Spotted Henry, Relax, Silas Stingy, Sunrise, Rael 1 & 2, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (US Single Mono Mix), Someone's Coming (UK Single Mono Mix), Relax (Early Demo Stereo), Jaguar (Original Mono Mix), Glittering Girl (Unreleased Stereo Version), Tattoo (Early Mono Mix), Our Love Was (Take 12 - Unused Mono Mix), Rotosound Strings (With Final Note - Stereo), I Can See For Miles (Early Mono Mix), Rael (Early Mono Mix), Armenia City In The Sky (Isolated Backwards Tracks), Great Shakes (Unreleased US Radio Commercial)
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