Live at Leeds: 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collectors’ Edition

January 5, 2011

I’m writing about the four-CD release in next Tuesday’s Critical Mass column. I find I kind of like the Who. They were a rather pleasant band of chaps.

The list price is $79.98 Here’s the product info:

“The Who’s Live At Leeds – 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collectors’ Edition (MCA/UMe), released November 16, 2010, brings together not only the iconic band’s concert of February 14, 1970 in Leeds but also the following night’s previously unreleased concert in Hull, each with an entire performance of the Tommy rock opera. In addition, the 4-CD box set features a reissue of the original vinyl LP and its seven-inch vinyl single. Hailed by Nik Cohn in his 1970 album review in The New York Times as “the best live rock album ever made,” Live At Leeds has since been ranked by Rolling Stone among its “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.” Yet the original idea was for The Who’s first live album to be a compilation of the best performances from the Leeds show and the February 15th concert in Hull. The band members reportedly preferred the Hull recordings over those at Leeds because of the better acoustics of the more spacious venue. But supposedly there were technical problems, notably that the bass guitar had not been recorded on some songs. Recently, however, an associate of the band returned to the vaults to listen to the Hull recordings and was surprised to discover that the set was wholly intact — band, bass and audience! Because of the belief that those recordings had not been complete, the album had become Live At Leeds. Yet as now heard for the first time on Live At Leeds – 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collectors’ Edition, the Hull show was equally incendiary.“


4 Comments

  • Comment by tmfw — Jan 5,2011 at 2:47 pm

    I love the live version of “Summertime Blues.” It’s in my IPod.

  • Comment by Philip Martin — Jan 5,2011 at 2:53 pm

    Were it not an illegal copyright violation I would burn you a copy of the new set but because it is, and because I always obey the law especially when it comes to intellectual property matters I am afraid I can’t do that. Besides the tracks are watermarked as traceable to me.

  • Comment by tmfw — Jan 5,2011 at 6:43 pm

    And being an Officer of the Court as I am, I could not be placed in the position of being accused of theft by receiving.

  • Comment by blind willie mctell — Jan 7,2011 at 3:50 pm

    Blind Willie loves live albums (you folks do recall what an “album” is , right?) and this is one of my favorites. I do believe I wore the grooves out in college. Agreed, TMFW, “Summertime Blues” is special. Keith was “cra-cra”.

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