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Previous Showcase: The Who's "Snow Scenes"...

The Who - 1966 "Snow Scene" The Who Showcase: Week of December 25, 2005
 

I have always been a fan of The Who's "snow shots" from 1966. Not sure why, since they are far away from the studio and stage. Perhaps its as simple as... they look like they are relaxed and just having fun.

Enjoy the holiday season!
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The Who - I Can See For Miles - 1967 Japan 45 The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again - 1972 Japan (EP) Jukebox Magazine - February, 1990 (France)

Previous Showcase: Pete's Fancy Tie (from Musik Fur Alle: The Who The Beat) 1966

The Who Showcase: Week of December 18, 2005
 

One of the "problems" with the loss of "LP art" is that certain images just don't reproduce well at a reduced size. For example, let's visit Pete Townshend's tie from the 1966, Musik Fur Alle: The Who The Beat (Germany). Ever see a tie like this? Ever see another picture of Pete wearing this tie? (Probably not.) Unfortunately due to technology issues, it's not practical to reproduce full-sized images here.

This is one of those LPs which sold for a lot of money prior to the internet. Now, good copies can be found on eBay fairly often for a very fair price. One of the best examples of Who "cover art", but some really bad simulated stereo. Buy a copy and frame it!
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Previous Showcase: The Who - Who's Next - 1971 Spain LP

Who's Next - 1971 Spain LP The Who Showcase: Week of December 11, 2005
 

By the time The Who released their 1971, Who's Next album, the band was tremendously popular throughout the world. However, the band's music didn't escape the censors in every country.

The album pictured to the left is the original Who's Next Spain LP, which was released under the Franco Regime. Apparently, they thought that "Won't Get Fooled Again" was a bit too "controversial", so it was deleted from the album. 2 years later, when Quadrophenia was released in Spain, "Dr. Jimmy" was deleted and the LP's booklet was censored so as none of the "naughty bits" were exposed.

After Franco's "retirement", both albums were reissued without any form of censorship.
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Previous Showcase: Pete Townshend - Psychoderelict - 1993 USA/International CD

English Boy - 1993 Australia CD Single The Who Showcase: Week of December 4, 2005
 

One of my favorite albums, is the often overlooked, Psychoderelict - Pete Townshend's last studio album (1993). In a bold and creative move, Pete combined music with "play acting" (aka spoken dialog) within the album. This created a unique listening experience, but for the casual fan, typical CD buyer or radio station, something perhaps a bit "too sophisticated" and difficult to <initially> accept.

With sales falling way behind any other Pete studio album, the record company rushed out a "Music Only" version to be sold along side its dialog version counterpart. Unfortunately, it didn't make a big difference (in sales) and music fans around the world were <self> deprived from one of Pete's very best.

The album also has several CD singles, which included non-album tracks.


Psychoderelict - 1993 USA CD (dialog version)  Psychoderelict - 1993 USA CD (music only version)  English Boy - 1993 UK CD Single (with non album tracks)  English Boy - 1993 Germany CD Single (with non album tracks)
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Previous Showcase: John Entwistle - Perro Rabioso - 1975 Spain LP

Perro Rabioso (Mad Dog) - 1975 Spain LP The Who Showcase: Week of November 27, 2005
 

One of my favorite album covers is pictured to the left, Perro Rabioso (Mad Dog), John Entwistle's 1975 LP, from Spain. Apparently the Spanish division of the Decca record company liked the poster (which was included in most international pressings of the record) and used it as the cover itself.

 Mad Dog - 1975 UK LP (Autographed)   Mad Dog - 1975 USA LP   Mad Dog - 1997 Germany CD

For the most part, the standard cover varied only slightly from country to country, mostly with the print type and color!
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Previous Showcase: Web Stats

Country

Visitors

%

  UNITED STATES

8,686

54.84

  UNITED KINGDOM

1,819

11.48

  CANADA

846

5.34

  GERMANY

554

3.50

  FRANCE

421

2.66

  SPAIN

383

2.42

  NETHERLANDS

351

2.22

  SWEDEN

321

2.03

  ITALY

301

1.90

  JAPAN

277

1.75

  AUSTRALIA

233

1.47

  BELGIUM

220

1.39

  BRAZIL

216

1.36

  MEXICO

137

0.86

  ARGENTINA

128

0.81

  AUSTRIA

122

0.77

  CHINA

112

0.71

  DENMARK

107

0.68

  SWITZERLAND

86

0.54

  CHILE

79

0.50

  CZECH REPUBLIC

71

0.45

  NORWAY

69

0.44

  FINLAND

61

0.39

  PERU

58

0.37

The Who Showcase: Week of November 20, 2005
 

As some of you know, I was away this past weekend at the fabulous Utrecht (Holland) record show - so you'll see a lot of new stuff listed this week. While flying back and forth to Europe over a weekend is probably not the most economical way to collect records, it does offer the "instant gratification" factor of seeing something you really want, and then just buying it. Unfortunately, these record shows have been gradually dying out over the years (due to the convenience of selling over the Internet). However, there does seem to be a whole group of sellers, who want nothing to do with the Internet and love the record show environment. (And, every now and then they are the ones with that very rare Who record!) God bless them! `;-()

For this week's Showcase (and seeing that I'm late in posting it), I'll call this one, "Who Are You". That is - who are all the Who fans from around the world using this Who site. For presentation purposes, I've truncated the statistics list (to the left) to what would take up the usual space reserved for the weekly Showcase (down towards the bottom of the actual stats are countries such as Greenland, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Uganda, Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia). What this represents is who (by country, quantity and percentage) has used this website for the 1st three weeks of November. Does this represent where all Who fans come from? i.e. just Internet Who fans? those of the latter who have somehow stumbled across my site? Good questions!

The statistics are pretty cool and can be drilled down in different ways - typically by the "who" and various site/page uses. Every now and then some "not-so-clever" poor schmuck tries to steal the site (and gets caught), but I guess that's part of the challenge of good website management. 

So, there you have it. Something a bit different - but hopefully interesting and somewhat entertaining... 
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Previous Showcase: The Who - A Legal Matter - 1966 Japan 45

A Legal Matter/The Kids Are Alright - 1966 Japan 45 The Who Showcase: Week of November 13, 2005

As a reoccurring theme in the world of collecting, the word, "endless" comes up over and over again. However, every now and then, small "subsets" actually do get completed. This weekend, I am happy to announce the completion of my Japan Who singles collection.

As many of you know, the Japan singles typically featured unique artwork and in some cases, were produced in very limited quantities. Because of this, they are highly sought after by collectors all over the world and some of them can sell for fairly high prices.

Pictured to the left, is the very first Japan Who single, which features the "b" side mistranslated as "The Kids A Alright" and a variation of the USA The Who Sings My Generation artwork. Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - The Who Cantan Mi Generacion - 1966 Argentina LP

The Who Sings My Generation - 1966 Argentina LP The Who Showcase: Week of November 6, 2005

One of the rarest Who albums is the 1966, The Who Cantan Mi Generacion (The Who Sings My Generation) from Argentina. I was fortunate to stumble upon a copy about a year ago - the only other picture I ever saw of one was in a book! I've managed to scoop up most of the other My Generation variations, but am still missing a few - i.e. Italy, Mexico, New Zealand (allegedly a Spain copy exists), etc. (If you know where I can find the copies I am missing, please e-mail me at whitefang@thewho.info)

Last week's mini-survey was a success! Thank you to all of you who participated. The feedback was appreciated and as a result, all the Who singles have been integrated as requested.


In this week's New Stuff, I have a cool variation of the London Symphony Orchestra Tommy from Taiwan - Check it out...
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Previous Showcase: The Who - Who Are You - 1978 Argentina LP

Who Are You - 1978 Argentina LP The Who Showcase: Week of October 30, 2005

This week I would like to do something a little different. Instead of telling a story, I'd like to get some feedback from you about this site...

First... Thank you for making this site a success. I get about 5,000 hits a week from Who fans all over the world - both from return visitors and fans looking up something on Google and "landing" here...

If you can, please answer the following questions below:

Would you like to see the full integration of ALL Who singles (including the ones without picture sleeves) included in the Who Singles section?
No   Yes  (Note: 100% of the responding people voted "yes")


Would you like to be included on my weekly mailing list, notifying you of website updates for the week? Yes

Lastly, if you have any good ideas to improve the site, please e-mail me: Suggestions - Thanks for your input! -wf
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Previous Showcase: The Who - Dance Session - 1966 Australia 45 (EP)

The Who - Dance Session - 1966 Australia 45 (EP) The Who Showcase: Week of October 23, 2005

One of the more obscure Who records, is the 1966 Australian Dance Session EP. The cover photo was also used for the 1965 I Can't Explain 45 from Germany and the 1965 USA Ad for Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere. (I'm not aware of this photo being used for any other purposes.)

About 20 years ago, I had the opportunity to buy this record from a New York record store. The owner kept asking me if I wanted to buy this rare record, "Dance Sessions", which he had at home in his personal collection. I had no idea what he was talking about, since the last thing that came to mind was The Who being a "dance band". (Apparently there are a series of Australia EPs from various artists, using the "Dance Session" theme.) Had he actually brought it into the store and I saw it - I would have bought it immediately. The way he described it, I wrote it off as some sort of bootleg. Little did I know back then...

From time to time I'd see this record available and either the condition was poor or the price "not right". Sometimes it's all luck. Right after one sold on eBay for a ridiculous price, this one became available for a fraction of the other one... So... There you have it.  Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - A Quick One - 1970 Holland LP

A Quick One - 1970 Holland LP (simulated stereo) The Who Showcase: Week of October 16, 2005

While most fans of The Who know the story A Quick One - Kit Lambert instructing each member of the band to write two songs and then Pete coming up with his "10 minute mini-Opera", most fans are unaware of the "other" complex history of this album.

More so than any other Who album, this album was released somewhat differently (content vs. artwork) in every country. For example, in 1966 it was released as A Quick One in the UK (100% mono), but in 1967 as Happy Jack (mono, stereo and simulated stereo tracks) in the USA (with a slightly revised song lineup). In other countries, an album titled simply, The Who, featuring mostly true stereo A Quick One Tracks, but substituting "A Quick One While He's Away" and "So Sad About Us" for songs like "Circles", "I'm A Boy" and "Disguises". In several of those countries (i.e. Germany, Holland, etc.), A Quick One was released finally in 1970. France had both The Who and A Quick One.

Sadly, the confusing past of the album, carried over to CD. Not until 2002, was the CD released with mostly true stereo tracks. Unfortunately, that CD was mastered "too loud". Now that they found most of the stereo master tapes, there's hope they'll one day get it 100% right...  (1970 Holland LP Pictured)
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Previous Showcase: The Who - Live At Leeds - 1970 India LP

Live At Leeds - 1970 India LP The Who Showcase: Week of October 9, 2005

In keeping with last week's theme of extreme rarities... Pictured to your left is the Live At Leeds LP from India. Until I came across this copy, I was completely unaware that such an LP existed. Who records from India seem to be very few and far between (I only have 5 of them in my collection) - the most common being the Who Are You LP.

More so than any other Who album, Live At Leeds (from country to country), featured a cover variation of one type or another - even in the UK, the initial LP pressings were released in three different colors of ink.

Collecting The Who seems to be an endless journey. Just when you come close to "thinking" you're close, something like this comes along and it starts all over again...   Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - Quadrophenia (Soundtrack) - 1979 UK <Unreleased> LP

Quadrophenia Soundtrack - 1979 UK <Unreleased> Album Cover The Who Showcase: Week of October 2, 2005

Every so often you come across a truly rare find - something that's a one-of-a-kind or just a handful scattered around the world..

Pictured to the left is a <UK> rejected album cover for the 1979 Quadrophenia Soundtrack.

This copy was <thankfully> "saved" by an employee who worked at the printing company (who manufactured them) - as the other unused copies were destroyed. Without his quick thinking, part of The Who's history may have been permanently gone - but now it is preserved here on this website.

Inside the cover, are "program style" glossy pictures and text regarding the movie.

It makes you wonder what all of the other rejected album covers looked like!  Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - Batman - 1977 USA Poster

Batman - 1977 USA The Who Showcase: Week of September 25, 2005

In last week's showcase, I had mentioned that collecting is endless. If the poster pictured to the left proves anything, it's exactly that point. The same artwork has appeared on bootleg LP covers (Mods And Rockers), but just recently I came across it as an actual USA poster, produced in 1977.

I'm not exactly sure what I like best about this poster - the theme, the brilliant colors, or just the bizarre concept. Regardless of the "why", I think it's really sharp.

My initial interest in posters was mostly centered on promos - those created to promote a particular album, etc. While I still prefer those to all others, I've expanded my poster collection in recent years to go behind that - from commercial to concert posters.

To look at many more posters, click here.
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Previous Showcase: The Who - Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy - 1971 Venezuela LP

Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy - 1971 Venezuela LP The Who Showcase: Week of September 18, 2005

As a collector, one of the more interesting aspects are the different cover art variations. For an album like Who's Next, there aren't too many - unless you are fascinated by the location of the Polydor logo. Live At Leeds probably has the most variations. The Who's 1971, "Best Of", Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy has a few...

Some countries have the standard "kids" front cover, while other countries reverse the front and back covers. Even between the UK and the USA, the title art is completely different. On the picture to the left (Venezuela), the covers are reversed and the title has been moved from the top to the bottom!

Collecting seems to be endless. Finding these types of variations keeps it going...  Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: Roger Daltrey - Alternate Cover Art for "A Celebration" - 1994 CD

A Celebration - 1994 <unused> Album Cover The Who Showcase: Week of September 11, 2005

About 10 years ago I was at a local record show and I noticed this CD cover and 2 others that were alternates for Roger Daltrey's A Celebration CD. Coincidentally, there was a completely different cover considered - a painting of Roger singing and out of his mouth were different time period "Pete Townshend" heads. Needless to say, that one was pretty unique!

The irony is, all of the alternate covers were much nicer than the "microphone" cover that was ultimately used. You sometimes have to wonder why various cover art is used - every now and then you have a chance to see the alternatives that were considered...

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Previous Showcase: Lazy Fat People - 1966 France EP

Lazy Fat People - 1966 France 45 (EP) The Who Showcase: Week of September 4, 2005

In 1982, I was offered a USA promo 45 of Lazy Fat People for $40. As a relatively new collector of The Who, I had no idea why this record was so expensive or what the significance was (what did I know about "cover" records back then?). All I knew was, it was written by Pete Townshend and the title was funny.

Unfortunately, I never bought the record until 1995. The first time I listened to it, I was amazed as to what a great song this was. Shortly after receiving my <1st> copy of the Barron Knights 45, I made friends with Steve Baron (no relationship to the Barron Knights) manager, who had some of Pete's demos (which Pete gave to Steve in the 60's), including Lazy Fat People! After waiting almost 13 years, in a short time period I had the original Pete demo of the song and the cover version (which is very close to the demo).

The Who never recorded this song, but Pete did make the demo version available on his website for listening. Perhaps one day it will be included as an official release on a CD.  Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - Who's Better, Who's Best - 1988 USA Laser Disc

The Who - Who's Better Who's Best - USA Laser Disc The Who Showcase: Week of August 28, 2005

When I began collecting The Who, I concentrated mostly on their records (then later, CDs). However, in the early 80's with the "newness" of MTV and VCRs, there was quite a bit of Who video scattered all over television. Countless hours were
 spent setting the timer for some late night program that was going to show a Who video, then having to sift through it all the next day just to find it.

There are fans out there, who have collected so much more on video than I have. I've basically concentrated on the official and promotional releases as well as a whole bunch of video tapes as described above.

To help bring back some of those old memories of videos long forgotten (as well as to help promote the stuff currently being sold), I've recently created "video samples" at the bottom of each video page of my site to help give you an idea what's contained in the nice pictures above them. I'll be adding more samples as time allows over the next few weeks. Stay tuned! Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: John Entwistle - The Rock - 1996 USA CD

The Rock - 1996 USA CD The Who Showcase: Week of August 21, 2005

Just prior to the Who's resurgence in 1996, John Entwistle was planning on reviving his own solo career. Beginning in the mid-70s John went out on the road with various solo bands. In 1988 he tried again, but the album he was promoting, The Rock ran into some legal problems and wasn't released - Needless to say, John was frustrated!

Late in 1995, John wanted to try again. Through a series of various events, I got involved with the band, and helped John release The Rock, a tourbook, many promotional items and a party/concert (which was like a mini John Entwistle convention). It was a fun year!

To the left is my first "John Autograph".  
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Previous Showcase: Roger Daltrey - Daltrey - 1973 USA LP

Daltrey - 1973 MCA LP (Autographed) The Who Showcase: Week of August 14, 2005

In December of 1985, Roger Daltrey embarked on a mini-tour to promote his latest album, Under A Raging Moon. A friend of mine and I had tickets to the Capital Theater (NJ) show. We thought if we got there early, perhaps we'd have a chance to meet Roger and get some autographs...

As fate would have it, the weather was horrible - it was the coldest day of the year. A very small group of dedicated fans waited by the stage entrance and sure enough, there was Roger, stepping out of his limo.

I motioned for Roger to come over and he was more than happy to. He signed everyone's records and even someone's jacket. Roger was in great spirits and chatted with the <freezing> crowd. Afterwards, we all went inside and Roger put on a great performance. 

Be mindful of the "autographs" you see for sale on the internet. Most of them are fakes.
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Previous Showcase: Pete Townshend - Keep On Working - 1980 UK 45

Pete Townshend - Keep On Working - 1980 UK The Who Showcase: Week of August 7, 2005

In 1985 I had heard that Pete was doing a "White City" interview at a radio station in New York City and I really wanted to meet him. I called the station with a "story" and it "almost" worked. `:-() Instead, I was left at the front of the building with a growing crowd of ( Pete and The Who ) fans. A short while later, Pete pulls up in a limo with Lisa Robinson. The crowd motioned to him, but he said, "I'm late! I'll stop by on the way out!" - And sure enough, he did...

Pete was very personable and extremely gracious. He chatted and signed autographs for everyone. Of course I came "prepared" with several items, including the Keep On Working 45 (pictured to the left). As an accountant, it only seemed "proper" that Pete sign his tax return - he laughed!

At one point, a homeless person came from nowhere and accosted Pete with a crumpled piece of paper and asked for a signature. I said to Pete, "don't worry - it doesn't look like a promissory note" so he signed it while laughing at the bizarre situation.
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Previous Showcase: The Who - Press/Promotional Photos

The Who - Press/Promotional Photos The Who Showcase: Week of July 31, 2005

The Who - Press/Promotional Photos

To the left is a <close to> 40 year old picture (1966) of Pete Townshend skateboarding. It was part of a series of photos taken for press & promotional purposes.

Imagine all the different pictures for the record & CD artwork, magazine covers, etc. - The band members were in front of cameras very often to capture these 'special moments' - some specifically posed for, others caught randomly.

Yet another interesting facet of collecting The Who...  Click here for more pictures.

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Previous Showcase: Hotlicks - John Entwistle Instructional Bass

Hotlicks - John Entwistle Instructional Bass The Who Showcase: Week of July 24, 2005

Hotlicks - John Entwistle Instructional Bass


When The Who were "slow", John Entwistle would find creative ways to keep himself busy producing music. Around 1981/1982, John released 2 different "instructional bass" tapes - one for video, the other on cassette. While the video version is nice enough to have, the cassette version (pictured to the left) contains over 50 bass riffs. These riffs are like "mini-songs" and are very cool to listen to.

Here are two MP3 examples - My Generation and Magic Bus.

The tape sets can be found on e-bay from time to time - start looking! Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - I Can't Explain - 1965 France 45 (EP)

I Can't Explain - 1965 France 45 (EP) Showcase - Week of July 17, 2005

The Who - I Can't Explain - 1965 France 45 (EP)

This has always been one of my favorite Who records. Besides the great picture sleeve, it is the only official source for the <mono> alternate, "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere". This version features a more R&B vocal - which was the original take and also appears in a stereo mix, on the 2002 My Generation CD. Unfortunately, that mix doesn't seem to capture the essence of what was originally available only on this particular record.

You may also notice the spelling of "Bald" is a little bit off (Blad). This was corrected on subsequent copies. I'm not sure which version is rarer.  Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - I Can See For Miles - 1967 Japan 45

I Can See For Miles - 1967 Japan 45 Showcase - Week of July 10, 2005

The Who - I Can See For Miles - 1967 Japan 45

One of my favorite Who picture sleeves - The Who "snow scene". Of course every record seems to have a story behind it...

In 1983 there was a record store in NY <now defunct> that had a "reputation". Apparently many shoppers were "thrown out" because they were "just looking" and quite a few of the records themselves were "not for sale". (Was it a museum or a record store???)


The owner was a peculiar guy, who would occasionally spit all over you while talking (I was fortunate - he missed me!). There was no rhyme or reason as to some of the prices. For example, a common, $6 record might sell for $75, while this rare, Japanese record sold for $35 (but the less rare one next to it may have been marked at $400!). I guess that's why the store went out of business! `;-() Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - The Kids Are Alright - 1979 UK Ad

The Kids Are Alright - 1979 UK Showcase - Week of July 3, 2005

One of the more interesting facets of collecting The Who, are the newspaper, magazine and various promotional trade ads for the records, CDs, concerts and "other" activities the band may have been involved in.

Fortunately, the prices of most of these ads hasn't gotten too out of hand <yet> and there's a whole variety of different ones to collect.

The ad pictured to the left, is one of many used to advertise The Kids Are Alright in the UK.

One of my favorite pictures of Pete Townshend leaping in the air, this picture was used in posters, magazines and several European Who singles.

The ads span the band's career and are fairly diverse. Take a few moments and scan through them.

Click here for ads

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Previous Showcase: Roger Daltrey - Thinking - 1973 Portugal 45

Thinking - 1973 Portugal Showcase - Week of June 26, 2005

In 1983, I had every officially released song by The Who (or Who solo) except for one - There Is Love - the "b" side of the 1973 Roger Daltrey single, Thinking.

After months of searching through the various record stores throughout the USA, I finally located a US pressing in a store in the Philadelphia area.

The store owner offered to mail it to me, but I wanted it in my hands that day. He thought I was "nuts" (of course he may have been right) to drive ~300 miles for a $3 record, but sometimes that's what record collecting is all about. `;-()

As it turned out, There Is Love, is one of Roger's more unusual songs - it's a gospel song! What seemed so rare in 1983, is pretty easy to find today thanks to the Internet. Pictured to the left is the Portuguese pressing.

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Previous Showcase: Simon Townshend - Sweet Sound - 1983 Japan LP

Sweet Sound - 1973 Japan Showcase - Week of June 19, 2005

Besides being Pete Townshend's "younger brother", Simon Townshend began his official association with The Who as a vocalist for the Tommy Soundtrack. Beginning with The Who Quadrophenia tours of 1996, he has become a familiar face with The Who on stage. More recently, Simon has become the band's studio producer (i.e. Real Good Looking Boy).

Many fans are aware of Simon's 1983 debut album, Sweet Sound (produced by Pete - Japanese pressing pictured left), but unaware that Simon's solo career began at the age of 13, with the 1974 single, When I'm A Man

Simon has released quite a few albums and singles since 1974 - my personal favorite is Among Us, which I listened to every day for a year! If you haven't explored Simon's music yet, check him out!
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Previous Showcase: Keith Moon - The Kids Are Alright - 1975 Holland 45

Showcase - Week of June 12, 2005

In 1975, Keith Moon recorded is first (and only) solo album, Two Sides Of The Moon. The album featured an impressive line up of artists, (including Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr), but oddly enough, Keith's primary role in the project was lead singer.

Apparently, due to USA union laws, Keith couldn't even play drums on his own album - except for an impressive drum solo on his version of The Who song, The Kids Are Alright (Holland single pictured to the left).

The album was somewhat like a novelty and didn't sell very well. Tracks from Keith's unfinished 2nd album, ended up as bonus material on the CD version of the album. 

The album isn't very Who-like, nor does it showcase Keith's enormous talents. However, it is part of the tribute to the memory of Keith Moon - and that's an important thing.
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Previous Showcase: John Entwistle - I Believe In Everything - 1971 Norway 45

I Believe In Everything/My Size - 1971 Norway 45 Showcase - Week of June 5, 2005

When John Entwistle realized that The Who were going to limit his song writing contributions to a song or two per album, he grew frustrated and produced his own solo LP, Smash Your Head Against The Wall in 1971.

The album showcased John's amazing talents as a writer, singer and producer (everyone already knew he was the world's best bass player) at the time of The Who's surging popularity and commercial success (several months before the release of Who's Next).

Pictured to the left is the first single from the album, I Believe In Everything (Norway pressing).  If don't have a copy of this great album already - what are you waiting for? Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - Live At Leeds - 1970 Spain LP

Showcase - Week of May 30, 2005

The Who - Live At Leeds, originally released in 1970, only had 6 tracks. However, it was such a powerful recording - representative as to what the band was like live (very different from their studio recordings). It introduced the band to many new fans as a result.

The LP cover pictured to the left was released in Spain (the back cover has a live Woodstock photo). More than any other Who LP, Live At Leeds had different cover art from country to country (The UK even released it with 3 different print colors).

In 1995 the album was greatly expanded and remixed & remastered for CD. The results were fantastic, re-introducing the album to a whole new generation of Who fans. In 2001 the album was expanded again to include the Tommy performance, but somehow the sound quality suffered and the results weren't as good as the 1995 version.
Hopefully the next version will be better! Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - The Who Sell Out - 1967 Australia LP

The Who Sell Out - 1967 Australia (back cover) Showcase - Week of May 22, 2005

Typically referred to as "The Clearasil Cover", pictured to the left is the back cover of the 1967, The Who Sell Out  LP from Australia. On all the other international pressings, Keith Moon is holding a tube of "Medac". This unique cover has him holding a tube of Clearasil.

Why was this change made only for Australia? Good question.

Initial pressings were on the black Polydor label, then subsequently repressed on the red Polydor label.

For the 1995 Who Convention, I had a shirt made up with this picture on it. As I walked around, other fans asked, "How did you change the picture?" (not realizing that Australia had this unique variation). I learned about this record in 1983 and finally found a copy in 1995. Because of the Internet, these LPs are much easier to locate!
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Previous Showcase: The Who - Big Hits Like Who - 1967 Holland LP

Showcase - Week of May 15, 2005

One of the more colorful Who album covers is the 1967 Big Hits Like Who from Holland. This is the 3rd of The Who My Generation releases from this country (The 1965 Instant Party LP was a variation of My Generation).

I originally saw this album hanging in a New York record store in 1982 and then didn't see another copy (this one) until almost 20 years later! Occasionally a copy turns up on e-bay, but they seem to be few and far between.

The most common of the Holland My Generation pressings is the one titled,
The Kids Are Alright . Why so many variations of the same album? Good question!
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Previous Showcase: The Who - The Who By Numbers - 1975  Austria LP

Showcase - Week of May 8, 2005

One of the most unique variations of a Who album is the "black" cover of The Who By Numbers pressed only in Austria in 1975.

Obviously created by a printer's error, this record is a tough one to find. After many years of searching world-wide, I located this copy in a collector's store in Vienna, then personally retrieved it while visiting Austria for a record show.

If you look at The Who By Numbers page, you'll see the only other interesting variation of this album is "The Who En Numeros" from Argentina. Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: Pete Townshend - 1989  I Won't Run Anymore CD Single

Showcase - Week of May 1, 2005

One of the more interesting (and sometimes frustrating) facets of collecting records and CDs are the odd singles, which feature rare, unique tracks.

Pictured on the left is the 1989 CD single,
I Won't Run Anymore, which is the only source for Pete Townshend's "Dig" demo. This single was made in Austria and sold in the UK.

Throughout this site are many rarities such as this one. However, if you'd like to see the consolidated listings and listen to some MP3 "snippets", click on the Who Rarities and Solo Rarities links.  Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The High Numbers - 1964 "Zoot Suit" 45

Showcase - Week of April 24, 2005

The Who's first single? As The High Numbers, the band released one record in 1964:
"Zoot Suit" backed with, "I'm The Face".

However, several Who "history books" claim that the single was initially issued as "I'm The Face" with "Zoot Suit" as the b-side. Several reputable fans claimed they have seen this version, but nobody to-date has proved that such a version exists.

All of the reissue versions have "I'm The Face" as the a-side - further confusing Who fans and causing others to pay ridiculously high prices thinking that the reissue that they are bidding on is actually an original. Send me an e-mail if you have additional info. Previous Showcase

Previous Showcase: The Who - 1966 Italy LP

Showcase - Week of April 17, 2005

What looks like you typical "Happy Jack" single, is actually The Who's second album from Italy. This very rare LP was only issued in Italy and South Africa and contains mostly true stereo "A Quick One" tracks *.

Prices for this LP have jumped from approximately $200, to a recent ebay auction price of ~$2,000! I had this record on my "want list" for about 5 years now, and finally had the opportunity to buy one <in person> after 23 years of collecting.

The track listing for this LP is: Run, Run, Run, Heatwave, In The City, Boris The Spider, I Need You, Circles, Don't Look Away, See My Way, Whiskey Man, Cobwebs And Strange, Disguises, I'm A Boy. 

Previous Showcase: Man From Interpol Soundtrack

You might be asking, what does the "Man From Interpol" soundtrack have to do with The Who? (Which is a very good question!) Apparently British drummer, Tony Crombie (who wrote the soundtrack) and Keith Moon shared a song between them - "Eastern Journey", (which influenced, "Cobwebs And Strange"). This rare  track, sought by many Who fans is now on CD for the very first time - and in true stereo.

I am endorsing this CD, because as a "Who historian" (of sorts), I think the Who's roots are very important. In this case, a rare Keith Moon influence and as we know, Keith didn't contribute many songs to the band.  As my website is not a commercial site I am not profiting by this CD in anyway, but you can visit the Harkit Records' site,  listen to the MP3 of "Eastern Journey" and buy the CD if you so choose. Enjoy!
 
 
Previous Showcase: Smashed Pete Townshend Gibson SG
 
Click On The Guitar For More Pix Of This Smashed Pete Townshend Gibson SG
 

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