I've been wanting to post proper reviews of a few records here, including the new ones from Joe Jackson and Squeeze, which I like a lot, and the new Don Henley, which is not quite as good as people think it is, but I haven't been able to find a minute. So please, instead for now, enjoy this gem from The Who, recorded around the time of the greatest record ever, "The Who Sell Out," (a Who Sell Outtake, if you will) and left off the final product. I have been singing this to myself for three days and counting.
As for "Sell Out" being the "greatest record ever," I guess that is a bit much. But I will not be exaggerating when I say, no two records in my collection get played more consistently than The Zombies "Odessey & Oracle" and "The Who Sell Out." I will not be lying when I say, I have played these two records twice, maybe three times a month for the last 20 years.
The Zombies "Odessey & Oracle" is about as perfect as a record can be, featuring one mini-masterpiece after another. Yet I find I can give it a rest more often than "Sell Out," which has become an obsession. "The Who Sell Out" is admittedly flawed. Can I unequivocally say "Yes," if you were to ask, "You think Sell Out is better than Rubber Soul?" The answer is, "No." I can't. The answer is probably "No" to a lot of similar questions. But I will say this and mean it. More than any other record, "The Who Sell Out" still thrills me. It's an adventure that never feels the same way twice. This is why I write about it in some capacity as often as I do.
I will play it today. Maybe you should, too.