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The Who Sell Out

The Who

1967

The Who Sell Out

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.09

Votes

4559

Genres

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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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!

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Honestly, it was all just research for a book.

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As much as I like The Who, this album is really annoying.

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i thought the who were cool but this sucked.

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Fucking stupid. Seriously. What the fuck.

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5

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.

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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. 

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terrible

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Not my kinda music, but call me Silas Stingy

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Dated 60s stuff. I'm sure it's classic and was very influential...

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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.

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5

Great listen

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5

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!

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5

Fun jaunt in self-satirization. First Who album, and what a weird and exciting entry point!

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5

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!)

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5

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.

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Rating: 10/10 Best songs: ALL

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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!

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5

-"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

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Великие?! Да, они для меня самые великие!

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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.

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5

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

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5

One of the most fun concept albums I've heard

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5

meh

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5

What’s for tea daughtah?

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5

Excellent, so many classics.

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5

Classic album. Timeless (there must be quite a few albums of The Who on the list).

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5

Roger Daltrey is especially saucy in this album, and we can smell Peter Twonshend for miles and miles.

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5

Supervet!!

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5

Meni je ovo najbolji njihov. Totalno je lud

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4

What a journey!

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4

3.5 stars

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4

Amazing album with most tracks not normally heard when listening to thr who

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4

Gewd stewf

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4

Probably a 3.5

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Me imagino ser un viejito de 70 años en los 60s y de pronto escuchar este disco: mind-blowing

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4

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.

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4

Fun album and super creative with the fake commercials, etc. I dig it.

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4

Pretty chill, what you'd expect from The Who

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4

WAOUHHHH!!!

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4

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.

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4

- they had lots of fun - intersting, fun, popart,

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4

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.

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4

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?)

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4

A set of smashingly silly songs, the Who once again proves why they deserved to be at the forefront of the 60s British Invasion.

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

Kind of cool actually, although it's not the type of music I would keep on my regular playlist.

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4

fun listen 3.5/4

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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.

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4

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.

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Oh genoten heb ik, ga ik zeker vaker beluisteren

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4

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"

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4

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Good Tunes

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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

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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.

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Как жаль, что им приходилось слушать Битлз Прогрессивно, но типа ыыыых 3.5/5)

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really fun album kinda reminded me of magical mystery tour i’ll try listening to more of The Who’s stuff soon 8/10

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4

"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

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4

This is really cool. not a 5 for me but definitely cool.

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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.

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4

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.

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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

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4

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.

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4

Experimental and quite progressive for the time. Didn’t catch though

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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.

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4

I would call it early psychadelic rock, it is good but has ways to go

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4

Many good songs, but didn't like the concept

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4

One of the most fun albums you'll ever listen to.

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4

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.

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4

I love the Who but I think this album was not the one

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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

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Fun

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4

Interesting album. Strange and fun transitions between songs. Not their most complex or energetic album, but fun and worth a listen.

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I mostly enjoyed this album and its oddities. Shout out to the pre-Tommy riff in Rael. 8/10

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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".

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4

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".

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Brilliant combination of satire and great music. ~4.5/5

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4

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wow, just wow

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Muito bom.

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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.

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who?

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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 🌟

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Good

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4

Different to what I expected. More psych and less plod

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4

A little weirder than their other albums, I really enjoyed this.

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4

Rock de The Who. Ningún megahit. Se me ha hecho largo para ser vinilo. Un 4.

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4

A fun album to listen to. Highly recommended.

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4

A concept album where none of the songs are related. Love that.

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4

Back to back days of the The Who? I'll take it. Yesterday I said that My Generation is good but not a go to for me. This one is definitely one I prefer. There's some really great songs and the whole concept running through it is entertaining to me. There's still better Who but this one is niiiice. Oddly enough I'll be giving it the same as My Generation because I can't justify a 5 but this is certainly a stronger 4 than what My Generation received.

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4

Surprised me with a pretty good album and some unique sounds.

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4

First time listening to The Who and lovin it!

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4

i like how this mix playing with air

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Odličan album, slušao sam ga prije par mjeseci čuvši da album dosta drugačije zvuči od njihovih prethodnih ili kasnijih albuma, da je više kao radio album. Bome je, sviđa mi se dost.

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First exposure to listening to a Who album aside from radio singles. This was super enjoyable, especially the radio segments part and how they tribute pirate stations that would all shutter during the release of this album. Consider me interested in listening to more of the Who.

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The Who go psychedelic! Weird and wonderful.

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Seriously, though, fuck Deluxe Expanded editions. And maybe fuck Apple Music? But the only edition of this album on Apple Music has 114 tracks. For fuck's sake. For the sake of fuck. No one needs that many versions of The Magic Bus. Townshend's in his grave, like "enough already". First of all, Pete Townshend is not dead. Did you wonder for a second, though? Second - I enjoyed the shit out of this, from the very first second on through. It's that kitchen sink thing that I like. Unpredictable but lovely and seems like they're just throwing tons of ideas into the mix and it keeps paying off. I'll listen again.

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As a concept album, this one is off the charts unique. There's really nothing else like it. Considering it was released just 7 months after Sgt. Pepper, The Who Sell Out really put the world on notice that The Who weren't interested in playing by anyone's rulebook but their own. And it really put the band on the map as one of the more creative and musically talented bands in rock. The jingles are cheeky and clever and deliberately kind of annoying as they pop up between the more conventional songs. It's not quite drive time terrestrial radio-level annoying, but if you've ever commuted with the radio on, you get the joke. The songs themselves are a fun listen, some surprisingly charming and catchy. Pete Townshend's forays into the psychedelic are blaring, trippy and exhilarating. Contrasting the psychedelic elements with some of the more jangly, melodic fare makes for a nice diverse collection of songs. The star track of course is "I Can See for Miles." It's a swaggering, grandiose rocker with hard driving performances from Keith Moon and John Entwistle, as well as a classic vocal performance from Roger Daltrey. Fave Songs: I Can See for Miles, Can't Reach You, Relax, Our Love Was, Sunrise, Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand

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4

Hmmm it's a 3.5 really....

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4

Back when The Who had a sense of humor and whimsy. I hadn't heard this all the way through in years, and I'm glad it showed up. Yes, some of the songs are silly, but those never overstay their welcome and I marveled at how well the whole things flows. Plus, I'm not sure I ever realized what a great song Sunrise was. I was also surprised at how much Pete sings on this one. Always love it when he sings, and having the songs roughly divided between him and Rog made for a nice change of pace. In keeping with the whole pirate radio experience, I admire how much the band was able to change its sound from track to track. Our Love Was is still fantastic, as is I Can See For Miles (which sounded better than I remember it sounding--not sure if it was remastered or if it was just given better production that the rest of the material on here.) Anyway, I dig it, though it's not quite a 5-star album for me. But I love how quirky and fun they were in the 60s.

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Well here's another revelation. I've long been a fan of Pete Townshend, but I've never been a big fan of The Who. Daltrey and Moon — while I recognize and respect their artistry — have never been musical voices I've enjoyed listening to, and so I've never really dug into the band. But here we are, a gem hiding in plain sight. This is a bit trippier than may be my typical album choice, but this highlights so many things about Townshend's writing (in particular) that are inventive and distinctive. These songs are so unlike anyone else's music, there's a fierce assuredness to the whole affair. And a sense of humor, which goes beyond the album title and adverts within. This less bombastic version of The Who is one I enjoy. Moon's drumming is interesting, if not characteristically loose, Entwistle is brilliant but not overbearing, and Daltrey serves the songs, as weird as they are.

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4

This is a really interesting and fun album, with some great tunes.

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4

60s Rock. Melodisch

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4

7/10 decent, nice, although without any shockingly good stuff

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4

love dit

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Depending on who you read, this is either the best concept album of all time, or else the gimmick is a distraction from a weak collection of songs. I tend toward the latter, but it's not as if there isn't anything redeemable here. I find the concept distracting and not particularly well done. Best track: I Can See For Miles

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Köper att det är med för att visa hur hemskt det var med stereoalbum i början och för att det är ett helt ok album i övrigt.

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3

Decent album that certainly isn't the best work of The Who nor anything remarkavle

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3

Good joke, alright album. Kinda fell off at the end there.

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3

Warrants more listens

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6,5

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A good album with several good songs. But feels like they were trying to hard to be weird.

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Fantastic classic sound, music and especially lyrics by The Who.

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Está bueno... Y ya.

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Dec

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Ok, but mainly for a couple of hits. While album doesn’t stand up.

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Not the concept album i really needed. Certainly interesting.

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Good, probably won’t listen to again

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Muy experimental

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not bad

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i loved some of the songs and others i didnt. not bad work from the who

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The Who are very good, and the sell out bit is funny and I liked the commitment to it, but honestly this album just doesn't hit as hard as some of their other stuff. I can see for miles is the only stand out track. The rest would be 'good' for many other bands, but there's such a better catalog to choose from with The Who, I'd rather listen to that.

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Pretty good. I didn't know any of the songs going into it.

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Pop. Un poco largo. A veces se hace un poco pesado.

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Very clever concept to the album, I love this sort of creativity, humour and self-awareness back in the day that is lacking today. No great songs or relisten value, but it was worth the experience. Great harmonies from Daltrey and Townsend.

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1967, Psychedelic pop, power pop, art pop, nichts unerwartetes, paar banger, normale bis stabile 3

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Me pareció un disco lúdico, con muy buenos momentos y aunque en general lo disfruté, tampoco es que me quede con mucho de él (a diferencia del otro que ya había salido de ellos, su debut). En fin, es bonito conocer la historia de bandas legendarias (?). Me sonó varias veces entre los Beatles y entre Pink Floyd. 7/10

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Hmmmmm muito louco hein, tentado a dar 4 mas naaah, talvez eu não esteja num bom dia

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I can see for miles and miles and if all I saw was Roger Daltry in a tub of beans that would be alright with me. Besides that, this album was a far cry from their most famous one. Felt very folksy and childish but I Can See for Miles and the album cover made up for it.

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Solid album, good musicians but not my fave

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It's pretty good for sure, a solid album and quite silly/satirical at times, which I liked.

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This album clearly reminded me why I generally avoid early Who songs. “I can See for Miles” is a good track, but still ranks low on an average Who Greatest hits collection. I did find it entertaining that “Heinz Baked Beans” consisted primarily of tooting horns. 2.5 stars, and rounding up based on reputation and one joke.

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Skits are interesting and unique but very off. Was surprised at first that most of the tracks had very few listens compared to I Can See for Miles (everyone has 16+ million fewer listens). The songs that are ACTUAL songs are mostly good. I still like Tattoo and I Can See for Miles is one of the most listened to for a reason.

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Misschien vind ik dit zelfs een 4, maar ik heb nog wat meer tijd nodig om het goed te luisteren.

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Best toffe plaat, al wordt het nergens écht heel spannend, behalve 'I can see for miles'.

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Interesting album. Would probably rate higher if i were on acid.

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Probs wouldn’t normally listen, but interesting to listen to. Bit odd in a fun/ inspiring way.

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Nja inte direkt deras bästa, 3/5

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some good songs in here but also many songs I could live without

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Ok

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Ok album ...... only liked the one song....

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The Who flex their muscles with a concept album full of radio spots mixed in. Sadly most of the songs were fairly unremarkable by their standards.

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Bneasns

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strange, but they are strange. But I did enjoy.

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As a pre-teen big Who fan I never "got" this album - where were the big arena / bombastic classic windmilling tunes akin to "Who Are You" and "Won't Get Fooled Again?" A few decades later I can more fully appreciate it; both Pete's snarky sarcasm and the creative faux-pirate-radio aspect of it as well as the lesser-known 60s pop music styles within. Definitely still feels like a different band than what they developed into just a few years later - the first cut "Armenia City In The Sky" is a backwards-guitar psychedelic trip, but you can hear a few elements of the upcoming "Tommy" in the first few songs, especially with the vocals/harmonies. Yet although I do enjoy it more than I did as a kid and it's definitely still "The Who" ...to be a little blunt: the songs just aren't that strong. Sure "I Can See For Miles" is an all-time classic but songs like "Odorono" and "Tattoo" are frustrating because there are such great turns in the melodies but they never rise above kitschy novelty demos for me. ... I give it a lot of credit for being creative and different with the songwriting also being far more advanced than many other pop-rock tunes of the era... I know Pete wasn't pleased with how "Tommy" eventually ended up because they weren't properly finished with it, and I feel the same about this album. At least Tommy had/has some fully-formed songs even if they're just above demo form. I'd love to have heard the band take these tapes back to the studio in 1970, be given 3 months, then refine the tracks and just crush this album. 5/10 3 stars - credit for impressive vision and innovation, but can't rise into "repeat play" status.

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Didn’t mind the album, nothing crazy on it. Definitely not the album I would put on if someone asked me to play The Who

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this was clearly not one of their best albums but there were hints of their best in there so i’ll give them that but it was like an itch with all the commercials

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3.4

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Leuk album, niet altijd fan van de stem maar soms kwam het wel tot zijn recht

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A very relaxing listen. Kinda clever with the little fake commercials interspersed between the "real" songs. "I Can See For Miles" is a great song and I like "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand" but otherwise not too impressive.

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Mich hat das gehype um The Who fast mehr genervt, als The Who selber. Aber dieses zu großen Teilen fuzzy-psychedelic Teil hat mich nahezu konvertiert. Würde mal der Clown auf Diät gesetzt werden, wäre das fantastisch. With shakey hand Mary gives more than 3.2

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Lots of humour throughout this album with the classic late 60's sound. The jingles and commercials add a time capsule element to it. Not what I was expecting from The Who given their later work.

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this is the sound I think of when looking for classic rock. Quite good, 3.5 for sure.

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This isn't an album of any The Who hits, aside from "I Can See For Miles." Before hearing the album, if you had told me that it was the most recognizable song on the album, I would have told you I wouldn't care for the rest of the tracks. And while this is nowhere near my favorite album by them, it's a cool concept record that plays with the idea of consumerism and pirate radio in the 60's. It's also a point where The Who starts to grow musically from the typical pop-rock sound and delve into more psychedelic-art material. Certainly something to listen to for anybody who enjoys the band, but probably not a record you would find yourself listening to a lot compared to the rest of their catalogue. Songs I Knew: I Can See For Miles Favorite Song: Odorono Least Favorite: Heinz Baked Beans

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It was fine.

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3 stars. Not great. There’s something about how music was produced in this time that I don’t like. It’s echoey and honestly I don’t care for it

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It's fine. I don't understand the hype.

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4.5

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Fav songs: - Tattoo - I Can See For Miles - Hall Of The Mountain King - Glow Girl

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Curious and fun.

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Not the strongest effort. The loose concept of including adverts and idents of pirate radio have dated and you get the feeling that the band may have known this and were hoping the gimmick may cover up for some of the weaker aspects of it. Best Tracks: Tattoo; Our Love Was; I Can See For Miles

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This doesn't work for me, sorry boys. All the little ads and skits are annoying rather than endearing, and break the flow of the album. Or maybe I was just in a mood while listening. Fave track - "I Can See For Miles" is undeniably a tune, and the only track I was very familiar with going in. "Armenia City in the Sky" was fun, I guess...

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A lull in early Who, but I Can See For Miles is a stand out single

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This is not their best album at all.

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meh... I get the sellout part. It's interesting and fun, I guess. But it feels too forced.

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I didn't like it at first, but I found myself enjoying it more and more as it went on. A nice listen for sure, even if it made me cringe a little at times.

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There's no doubt that The Who Sell Out by The Who is a concept album. It's dripping with the irony of 'Selling Out' with all of their "Sponsored" commercials and "Public Service Announcements" interspersed between songs. Overall it was an ok album but quite possibly very niche in terms of the whole concept. Best: Tattoo Worst: I Can See For Miles

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I like The Who, and Sell Out is undoubtedly an entertaining record, but the novelty wears off, leaving two jams ("Armenia City in the Sky" and "I Can See For Miles") and a couple of progressive tunes. (6/10) FT: see above

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Probably wouldn't be my favorite Who album.

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Je persiste à dire que je n'ai aucun intérêt particulier pour la musique des Who. Vous savez très probablement que j'anime chaque jeudi après-midi un atelier de langue française au sein de mon collège allemand. C'est l'occasion pour moi d'organiser différents jeux destinés à apprendre le français en s'amusant. Cette semaine, le jeu que j'avais prévu de mettre en place consistait à retrouver l'intru parmi une liste de plusieurs mots. L'élève qui aurait trouvé la réponse en premier se serait vu remettre une tabatière et l'élève qui aurait perdu se serait fait pincer les tétons par un catcheur biélorusse que j'avais fait spécialement venir de Minsk grâce au budget alloué par l'école. La première série était la suivante : Amy Winehouse – Michael Jackson – Cat Stevens – Joy Division – Oasis. À ma grande surprise, aucun des élèves n'osa prononcer le moindre mot. J'entrai alors dans une colère noire et exigeai du catcheur qu'il pinçât la totalité des tétons présents dans la salle avant de m'enfuir par la porte qui menait à la cour de récréation.

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I now realize that 60s psychadelic rock with lots of vocal harmonies is not for me. The only saving grace on this album for me was I can see for miles. I can also here some foreshadowing of Tommy on Rael but I’m not a fan of the Who in this guise

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It’s fascinating that within a few years (66-69) the Who, the Stones and the Beatles changed their sound so radically and in totally different ways. This album is psychedelic and weird, with all it’s snippets of commercials, plus the fact that Roger Daltrey does so little singing, and when he does he sounds a lot like the other guys. I can’t believe this is the same guy who sang Love Reign O’er Me a few years later. If he was a professional cyclist I’d accuse him of doping. I await my brother’s comments.

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Liked it, dont like the ads though the concept was nice

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2021.12.06

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Boring. Just boring.

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There are some 4- and 5-star singles here, but I've never been a huge fan of the album's concept as a whole.

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I kinda dig it

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I'm inclined to give it a higher score than I otherwise might because it's the Who, but honestly it was not that interesting a listen.

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I appreciate the band... just not this album...

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Surprisingly boring. Expected more from the who and it just went on forever.

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So far, it seems like the album cover is the best part.

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Psykedelisk poprock, konceptuelt, interludes, catchy

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The adverts thing really begins to grate after a while, which is disappointing as some of the music is good and has aged well. I’ve always associated The Who as being a rock band whereas this is a pop record and all the better for it

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As a full album this just doesn't work for me. The whole added jingle concept just falls flat and is mostly farcical instead of the cutting satire it is trying to be. Some classic Who songs on here for sure but overall it was a struggle to get into. I am going to chalk this up to being another of those lauded albums I just don't get.

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The Who = great songs, mediocre albums

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I have felt that The Who is the most overrated of the classic rock staples. However, I enjoyed this album far more than I expected to. Thought all the ads interspliced were interesting, especially for the era.

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Not my favourite who album but I enjoyed it.

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The Who possui discos superiores à este.

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I like some of The Who's stuff, but this album didn't really do it for me. Some okay songs, but a lot of it is just weird.

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Not a big Who fan. This album didn't change my mind. It was fine. no real stand outs.

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funny concept, some good tracks, but a lot ends up being annoying to listen to. 6/10

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cool that such and old album already was using non music interludes to spice up and album to something more than a list of songs

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