The Analog Kid blog has been featuring out-of-print ’80s albums on “The Lost Boys” series for quite a while, and now it’s time for the ’70s to join the party! “Lost In The Flood: Hard-To-Find ’70s Albums” will give you the chance to listen to some great music from the ’70s that can no longer be easily acquired on-line or at your local record store (especially since many of you probably no longer even HAVE a local record store!).
Live At Leeds if often hailed by critics as the best live album of all time, and for once I completely agree with them. This is the first Who record I ever purchased– the brand-new vinyl cost me a whopping $3.99 at Sound Warehouse, and I also bought Who’s Greatest Hits that day to put on the other side of my home-recorded cassette. That was in the spring of 1985, and those purchases helped me discover the true and correct answer to the eternal “Beatles or Stones?” question:
Obviously, I couldn’t have picked a better record to introduce myself to the power of The Who. Live At Leeds will make your speakers bleed, and it literally crackles with excitement. Hey, it says so right on the label!
I love the crackles on Live At Leeds. They are part of its great charm, along with the polite applause from the English crowd after each song.
“I say, these chaps are bloody good. Do you realize that they are basically redefining the hard rock genre right before our very eyes? Simply marvelous.” Golf clap.
At this point, some of you may be asking yourself, “I wonder why the Analog Kid is featuring a classic that is obviously not out of print on a series about hard-to-find albums. Has he gone mad?”
It’s true: Live At Leeds isn’t out of print. You can hop on Amazon right now and order a single-disc copy, and you can also purchase a stunning double-disc set of the entire show (including their performance of Tommy). Both of these CDs are amazing, but they are actually quite different than the original album that I fell in love with. The crackles have been digitally removed, and even the single disc contains bonus tracks and a different mix. If you want the original Live At Leeds in all of it crackled glory, you have to find an old vinyl copy or seek out the original 1985 CD release.
Or, of course, you can just visit the Analog Kid blog. Put that cigarette out!
The Who: Live At Leeds
Decca Records, 1970
1. “Young Man Blues” (Allison)
2. “Substitute” (Townshend)
3. “Summertime Blues” (Cochran/Capehart)
4. “Shakin’ All Over” (Kidd)
5. “My Generation” (Townshend)
6. “The Magic Bus” (Townshend)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
The Who: “Heaven And Hell” (Entwistle)
B-side of Summertime Blues
Polydor Records, 1970
The Who: “The Relay” (Townshend)
From the album Who’s Greatest Hits
MCA Records, 1983