The Who Sell Out is the third studio album by the British rock band the Who. It was released on 15 December 1967 by Track Records in the UK and Decca Records in the US. A concept album, The Who Sell Out is structured as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with fake commercials and public service announcements, including the second track "Heinz Baked Beans". The album purports to be a broadcast by pirate radio station Radio London. The reference to "selling out" was an intended irony, as the Who had been making real commercials during that period of their career, some of which are included as bonus tracks on the remastered CD. The album was primarily written by guitarist Pete Townshend, though three tracks were penned by bassist John Entwistle and one by Thunderclap Newman vocalist Speedy Keen, who also sings. Townshend and Entwistle are joined by vocalist Roger Daltrey and drummer Keith Moon, and organist Al Kooper makes a guest appearance on two tracks. The album was produced by the band's manager Kit Lambert. The album's release was reportedly followed by lawsuits due to the mention of real-world commercial interests in the faux commercials and on the album covers, and by the makers of the real jingles (Radio London jingles), who claimed the Who used them without permission. (The jingles were produced by PAMS Productions of Dallas, Texas, which created thousands of station ID jingles in the 1960s and 1970s.) The deodorant company Odorono took offence that Chris Stamp made a request for endorsement dollars. "I Can See for Miles" was released as a single and peaked at number 10 in the UK and number 9 in the US. The Who Sell Out has received widespread acclaim from critics, some of whom viewed it as the Who's best record. It has also frequently been featured on all-time lists of the best albums, including Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". However, it was the band's lowest-charting album on the UK Albums Chart, where it peaked at number 13.Wikipedia
As much as I like The Who, this album is really annoying.
The Who Sell Out is a rad concept, including a hilarious cover and some fun ads here and there, but does the music behind the concept bring equal joy? YES! This record hosts my favorite Who song, I Can See For Miles, and a bunch of other fun and lovely tunes. I am so grateful to have been able to grab a last minute ticket to see Townsend, Daltery, and the gang live in Tinley Park 1 1/2 years ago. The weather was gnarly that day so folks were releasing tix and I was able to grab 20th row for $20 and hang with my friend Mike (co-author of Kiss The Sky Records) and his childhood friends for part of the show. Hell, they had a full orchestra there with them! Epic!! Well, time to roll on some Odorono, grab some Heinz beans, and rock on into my evening!
Honestly, it was all just research for a book.
i thought the who were cool but this sucked.
Fucking stupid. Seriously. What the fuck.
I really enjoy this style of 60s rock. Reminds me of Odyssey and Oracle by the Zombies. Superb vocal harmonies throughout, each of the songs has complexity to its composition, hard to find a song that doesn't have a key modulation of some sort. Great playing by the band, especially the drums.
When we started the 1001 journey I immediately decided all Who albums were getting a 5 but I never thought Sell Out would be on the list. This is a bizarre album by an excellent band and the LP has always had a cult following. It is a spoof on pirate stations that were quite popular in London in the 60s and 70s. The BBC had a monopoly on broadcasting so these stations would pop up to provide diverse music and points of view. This loose concept is probably what made this album have such strong support from the recording industry types. There are some good songs on this mixed with very legitimate sounding jingles and commercials. I Can See For Miles is Pete's sole contribution to Psychedelic music and, imo, is THE best psychedelic song. Yes I think it's even better than California Dreamin. I Can See . . . also has Moon taking his already insane drumming style to another level as he really attacks his drums and sets the stage for things to come. It's also bizarre to see one of the best guitar players ever do a guitar solo that repeats just one note. I always liked Mary Ann With The Shaky Hand. It brings back memories of adolescence and summer nights, lol. It's funny to see such a juvenile song written by a geezer who's now in his mid 70s. Tattoo is another excellent song. Pete plays electric and acoustic and shows remarkable picking and strumming skills that continued to improve for the decades to come. Roger's voice is also at its best. The lyrics are deep compared to Pete's other songs to that time. I wonder how often someone getting a tattoo thinks "I expect I'll regret you but the skin graft man won't get you. You'll be three when I die Tattoo." I hope you listened til the end since at around the 3 1/2 min mark of Rael there is the first tease of what becomes the Underture from Tommy.
Production: 3/20 Songwriting: 5/20 Innovation: 7/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 2/20 = 22 Horrible. Only reason it got up to 2 was that at least it’s innovative. Which makes me question the whole system.
At this point, when I see another album from The Who I say "the what???" We've reviewed sixty-some albums and this our third from them--at this rate, we could expect 42 more Who albums on the list. I'm praying that's not possible. At least this one isn't live, and I did enjoy a few songs, especially the classic "I Can See for Miles." But I'm asking this list to give us a good 40-50 album break before the next Who album. Also, "mingy stingy"? Can they say that? Favorite tracks: I Can See for Miles, Odorono, Sunrise. Album art: This one's pretty funny. Roger Daltrey bathing in a full English, Pete Townshend putting on some massive deodorant, the absolute mad lads. "Get saucy." 3.5/5
He escuchado la versión Mono de este disco entiendo que la calidad es la que era, pero al menos lo escucho tal como se grabó (más o menos salvando las distancias de hacerlo en streaming y esas cosas). Para ser de 1967 sorprende lo innovador que suena, sobre todo los instrumentos, y resulta curioso el uso de una especie de "jingles" entre las canciones. Curioso pero poco más, hoy en día no lo veo imprescindible. Hay 3 o 4 canciones que me han gustado bastante y sobre todo los recuerdos que me han venido de los Pink Floyd de Syd Barret.
This is fine musically, but who in gods name thought it would be a good idea to mix a bunch of jingles into the songs, and who decided that they should half ass it so hard instead of committing to the bit. I get what they were trying to do, but I feel like they could have just made a good album instead. 2/5
Not my kinda music, but call me Silas Stingy
Dated 60s stuff. I'm sure it's classic and was very influential...
I found this bloody irritating with the OH SO FUNNY radio ads and jingles. The Spotify ads that dropped whilst listening were actually less painful. The songs themselves didn't add enough for me to overcome the radio bollocks. I've given it two stars on the the strength of I Can See for Miles alone.
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles... and miles!
Fun jaunt in self-satirization. First Who album, and what a weird and exciting entry point!
what's for tea mum? ok ok hear me out. AFTER the masterpiece that is quadrophenia i think this is one of the who's most interesting albums, evolving their early mod sound into the concept albums to come later in their career. it's wacky and stupid and wonderful and holds a very special place in my heart!! mary anne with the shaky hand, odorono, i can't reach you (and girl's eyes!)
Nice satire on consumerism, with a few catchy “commercials” inserted into the album. Odorono has a great riff, and is a lot of fun. I Can See for Miles is an obvious favorite. I had a lot of fun here.
Rating: 10/10 Best songs: ALL
Love The Who- they are so tongue and cheek here and you can see Jen playing around with stuff that ended up creating rock opera!
-"Armenia City In The Sky" is very psychadelic rock-esque -BEANS -"Odorono's" advertisement-ness is slightly flawed with how ell it fits in thematically with the rest of the album -"Tattoo" is a great little story -"Our Love Was" is a nice pretty love song, but really goes to show how even on a relatively calm song, Keith was always a madman on the drums, but it still works perfectly. He's banging away at the cymbals and doing fills all over the place and it still works -Man, I wish radio just had a few 5 second jingles between each song like on this album -"I Can See For Miles" is a pretty incredible track. Even with relatively simple lyrics and harmonies, the backing track is complex. Keith is all over the drums as always, but there's also a very interesting guitar tone that's almost like a squeaky siren. Definitely the standout track on this album -"Silas Stingy" is a very catchy track from John Entwistle that has some cool horns in there for a second -"Rael Pt.1 & Pt. 2" is a pretty cool jam, led by Keith Moon as usual, and it also hints at "Overture" and "Sparks" from Tommy -I noticed this on other early Who albums (specifically "The Who Sings My Generation"), and it applies to "The Who Sell Out" as well, but Keith's style was definitely the most developed out of the whole group. -It's The Who, I'm biased
Великие?! Да, они для меня самые великие!
I've never understood why people refer to The Who as a psychedelic rock band, (I've more thought of them as kind of bland 70s rock) but Sell Out is a psychedelic masterpiece. This fits in alongside Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Sgt Pepper.
Amazing album start to finish - The Who really kick ass - and it’s really nice to see an album I didn’t understand when I was younger feel so good after all these years - funny - some great songs (Maryanne and I can see for miles among some other classics) tops
One of the most fun concept albums I've heard
What’s for tea daughtah?
Excellent, so many classics.
Classic album. Timeless (there must be quite a few albums of The Who on the list).
Roger Daltrey is especially saucy in this album, and we can smell Peter Twonshend for miles and miles.
Meni je ovo najbolji njihov. Totalno je lud
The best Who album by a country mile.
A concept album that is actually fun and playful. Doesn't take itself too seriously. The concept is cohesive and works on multiple levels. Flows like butter with the radio broadcast thread. Brilliant editing and transitions, especially for the time. Some of the song structures are like proto prog with their sudden changes and vocal interplay, but still largely meaty, beauty, big and bouncy.
I really love the few of listening to an hour of radio! That was unexpected. Lots of variety and fun!
I'd always avoided this album because the bean business from the movie Tommy kind of freaked me out as a kid, so the cover made me nervous. But this is silly and fun and I had nothing to worry about. I love it.
This was so much fun! It makes me happy after so much SERIOUS music to have a group just laugh with it all. All the songs were delightful and I felt like I was listening to the radio when I was a kid.
What a journey!
Amazing album with most tracks not normally heard when listening to thr who
Probably a 3.5
Me imagino ser un viejito de 70 años en los 60s y de pronto escuchar este disco: mind-blowing
This one was alright. I still don’t think I like The Who as well as I thought I should, but I certainly like this one better than that live one.
Fun album and super creative with the fake commercials, etc. I dig it.
Pretty chill, what you'd expect from The Who
Sonido experimentador sesentero. Pues cool, bastante cool. No sabía ni qué esperar de esta famosa banda que jamás le he prestado atención. No me quedó con ninguna canción, pero sí me mantuvo expectante desde ese intro muy a la Kraftwerk, hasta las versiones alternativas del final. Our love was fue la que más me gustó es muy hippie. Mood: Frito fritíto, fritísimo.
- they had lots of fun - intersting, fun, popart,
I'd forgotten this sound from the earlier Who years. Reading some of the context around radio in the UK at the time was helpful, and I honestly think maybe the concept of the album outweighs the overall quality on it, but it's still quite good against the high bar of The Who's entire catalog.
El disco está ok. Me sonó como a casi todas las canciones de “Charlie y la fábrica de chocolate”, no es queja (o sí es?)
A set of smashingly silly songs, the Who once again proves why they deserved to be at the forefront of the 60s British Invasion.
First time I listened to an entire album by The Who. I don't plan on actively listening to it again, but not bad at all. Giving it a 3.5 for the music but rounding up for the fun factor of the album.
I'm waiting for when a Who album comes up from their later years and I don't like them as much but this wasn't it. Really fun album all the way through.
Kind of cool actually, although it's not the type of music I would keep on my regular playlist.
fun listen 3.5/4
Pretty awesome album, although I didn’t give it the attention it deserves. I’ll definitely have to give it another listen and pay more attention to each track. I definitely enjoyed it though.
The adverts are brilliantly British! Lots of fun listening to this album. Some good hits on here too and I really like the who already! Wasn't aware of this album so it's even more a delight to discover.
Oh genoten heb ik, ga ik zeker vaker beluisteren
Whoa, this is awesome. I love The Who, but have not listened to this one. So much fun. Standouts: "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" "I can see for Miles" "I Can't Reach You"
started off alright, but that run from track 5 to 7 is INCREDIBLE. Peak music from there on imo. It is a lil too long though ingl
Gefällt mir gut - die Idee mit dem Radiosender und den Commercials, der plötzlich auch hier psychedelisch werdende Sound, die fantastische Singe "I can see for miles", der Anfang mit Armenia City. Das Cover-Artwork ist großartig, der Humor und die zero fucks given Attitüde auch. Bin in Laune für 4 Punkte, und wäre ich damals jung: die Beatles wären mein Ding, aber The Who meine Bande gewesen.
Как жаль, что им приходилось слушать Битлз Прогрессивно, но типа ыыыых 3.5/5)
really fun album kinda reminded me of magical mystery tour i’ll try listening to more of The Who’s stuff soon 8/10
"I Can See For Miles" is the only song on this album that I've heard before, and the only song that sounded like what I typically think of when I think of the Who. That track, "Relax", and "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" are tracks I would easily go back to for a second listen. The rest of the album was at least okay. Again, this is another album that I'm not quite sure what to do with. I think there might be something to uncover for a second listen, so that might bump this up to 4 stars
This is really cool. not a 5 for me but definitely cool.
I'm not a big Who fan, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The Who Sell Out. Blissfully ignorant of the album's concept, I used to make mixtapes with commercials in them, comedy snippets, news reports, etc, so you can see why I might be susceptible to its charms. The commercial spots are consistently amusing. Another surprise for me: the songs are consistently good. For me, The Who was never much of a rock band as I understand the term, more like a pop band with an especially powerful drummer, and songwriter Pete Townshend is in unusually good form here. The songs are tuneful and varied, including a surprisingly effective stab at psychedelic on the album's opener, Armenia City In The Sky. The songwriting gets slightly weaker towards the end of the album, but there are no outright stinkers, unusual for a Who album. The Who Sell Out probably won't rock your world, but it's a pleasant and amusing listen.
A sterling realization of loose concept. I heard less jingles in the back half, but there were plenty of those, given genuine musical love. Other than that, The Who give a tour of the era of pop through their ears and instruments. Unrelentingly fun. Not quite Sgt. Pepper's, but I hear the same genius.
I first heard this album in high school and I just did not get it. This listen through went way better. The concept is interesting and seems to support what Pete Townsend has expressed in interviews about how he feels about the capitalist nature of his success despite his socially liberal political views. This album is self satirizing and earnest at the same time and is quintessentially The Who. The flow from song to song is great and nothing is misplaced
Such a funky af album. The Who were very strange, but I dig them, I always have. This album is no exception. Big fan of some of the bass lines on this album. John Entwistle had magic fingers.
Experimental and quite progressive for the time. Didn’t catch though
Levy oli vähemmän rokkia kuin mitä olin kuvitellut. Aina vaan tullut kuunneltua niitä The Whon perushittejä, mutta tämä kuulosti ehkä asteen taiteellisemmalta. Tuli mieleen Beatlesit, mutta karvan verran vähemmän sekoilua. Tykkäsin, tätä voisi kuunnella joskus muutenkin.
I would call it early psychadelic rock, it is good but has ways to go
Many good songs, but didn't like the concept
One of the most fun albums you'll ever listen to.
Who are these guys? Really fun album! Of course, I Can see for Miles is the big single, but the rest is really entertaining as well. Need to listen a couple more times.
I love the Who but I think this album was not the one
The Who before they got really big. The sound is typical 60's rock, but the interspersed commercials give it a nice touch. Very easy listen, without any real standouts. 3.5/5
Interesting album. Strange and fun transitions between songs. Not their most complex or energetic album, but fun and worth a listen.
I mostly enjoyed this album and its oddities. Shout out to the pre-Tommy riff in Rael. 8/10
7/10. The Who get a lot better later on… Miles and Miles is good of course, and I liked most of the songs at least a bit. Silas Stingy is like the lame grandfather of the "Scrooge" from the Muppet Christmas carol. Also I hate that the Who refuse to just put normal versions of Albums on spotify. It has to be "super deluxe editions".
One of my favourite albums by The Who. The, at the time, unheard of linking of songs with verité, here in the form of radio jingles and adverts as heard on pirate radio stations, make this an album that flows seamlessly. And it contains the sublime "I Can See For Miles".
Brilliant combination of satire and great music. ~4.5/5
I feel this is the Who's most enjoyable albums to listen to. The first of many concept records from Townsend and the band and this one particularly works...well almost. Side one is great, mixing in the fake commercials with some top notch songs, this is my favourite side one from the Who. Unfortunately, it loses a bit a stream on side two and never quite flows as well, otherwise this would be 5 stars. The later riff during Rael is heard on the next album (Tommy) and the band's sound is evolving from garage to pop psych. This is the beginning of a great run of Who albums.
Other than I Can See For Miles and Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, this is somewhat of a forgettable album, especially with the type of material The Beatles were putting out at the time. But the best thing it had going for it was the humor. It was a funny tongue-in-cheek album that never claimed to take itself seriously. It's a 3.5/5 for me, but I'll round up for the all-time great I Can See For Miles.
A strange concept album of unrelated songs framed as a faux pirate radio station, complete with musical advertisements. Still some really great music to be found on this album, and it's interesting to hear the seeds of what would become The Who's rock opera Tommy, in songs like Real and Mary Anne With The Shakey Hand. Definitely worth a listen.
Wow, just wow
So while I admire the creativity of the album. The commercials get annoying after a listen or two. Perhaps it was more funny in the 60's. However it's the Who and I love the Who.
With just one hit single: the brilliant I Can See For Miles, it might not be self evident why The Who Sell Out would be many fans favourite Who album. But one listen shows just how many, interesting and fully formed musical ideas that ....Sell Out, has. It's the perfect distillation of their obvious musical chops and their songwriting chops, before they became arena rock darlings. I think it's subtle and understated and totally compelling. Quadrophenia is still my fave but Sell Out continues to close the gap with each listen. 4.5 🌟
Different to what I expected. More psych and less plod
A little weirder than their other albums, I really enjoyed this.
Rock de The Who. Ningún megahit. Se me ha hecho largo para ser vinilo. Un 4.