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Album: Live at Leeds – the Who

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“When a young man ain’t got nothin in the world these days…..”

The first cut just explodes. Hard loud music. A new kind of sound for Babyhead. It didn’t take long for him to like it. Like right away. He was hooked.

“Substitute you for my mom at least I’ll get my washing done..”

This music was rough, hard, loud and good. Nothing slick or polished. Just hard rockn’ roll. CB didn’t know that term at the time but he did know that he liked this style.

Shaking All Over just kept sinking this music’s teeth into Babyhead. He loved that cut. There was just more of that sound coming at him. ‘My Generation’ continued the onslaught. It wouldn’t stop.

“Don’t try to dig what we all say..”

Who were these guys? The Who. The cover was plain white with “The Who Live At Leeds” stamped on the front. Inside the jacket were some papers pertaining to the band’s activities. CB didn’t really give a shit.. There were also a couple photos of what must have been the band. One of the pics was of a guy in a pair of coveralls jumping with his guitar held over his head. He’s in front of a huge outside audience. ‘Who Live At Leeds’ CB clued in.

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‘Magic Bus’ opens with a guy playing the claves or what sounded like claves. ( The only instrument CB played in school band ) This guy could actually play them. A great guitar riff comes in, voice, bass.

“Everyday I get in the queue to get on the bus that takes me to you..” Babyhead didn’t know what a queue was but he was going to get in one. ” Too much Magic Bus..”  “I want it I want it I want it…” The beat catches you and you stay on it. Two guys are making a deal on a bus. Then Boom!!! Explosion city. Back to that sound that these guys make.

Yeah one of CBs fave albums. It just grabbed him and wouldn’t let go.

Another record off his brothers pile. What was he going to listen to after this album? More of these guys and more music like it. Great live rockn’ roll album by a great band . The Who. Live At Leeds. Crank it up!!

BH is going to do a little clave practicing.

16 comments on “Album: Live at Leeds – the Who

  1. Heavy Metal Overload
    August 3, 2017

    Classic Who… don’t think there was ever a more powerful band than this lineup in its prime. Total force and dynamics. Always loved Townshend’s playing and improv. I think his ability in that regard is overlooked. Great, exciting player and one if my favourites.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 3, 2017

      Totally agree on your points.. Special album for me. No secret why I featured it. i still listen to this one regular. Why i became a Who fan and why I fell for that hard, loud, powerful sound that they called rock n roll. Now I have to go listen to it AGAIN.

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      • Heavy Metal Overload
        August 4, 2017

        Actually I only heard the original version a few years ago. I discovered it in the age of the many expanded versions. Which are all great! But the original tracklisting is just perfect.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 4, 2017

        I picked up the “expanded version” also. Some gems on it. I have a few album versions including the original that I stole from my brother. Is there a better song than ‘Young Man Blues’? Maybe but man do I like their version. You hear that when you’re a kid and it does something to you. Thanks for the convo. I’ll check in on your stuff next week.

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  3. badfinger20 (Max)
    July 6, 2020

    Great pick on the Draft CB. This was on my list also. A better rhythm section you cannot get. The sonic sound of Pete’s guitar takes your head off. They were tighter than tight on this album.
    This was rock and roll the way it was meant to be heard.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 6, 2020

      “Sonic” sound I like that. The album that brought me to the Who and a bunch more music.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 6, 2020

        When I was 8 in 75 I got into the Beatles…that lead me to the Who…from there I went to the Stones and so on. Those Brits knew what they were doing. Thats my personal holy trinity of rock lol.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 6, 2020

        Interesting what music paths we take and what we lean towards. My brothers record pile was the biggest influence on my tastes. He had The Beatles, Stones, but also Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Sanatana, Hendrix, Ten Years After, Cocker , Traffic etc. So i was exposed to some really good music. It pretty well took me in a certain direction. I’m sure a few of your “personal trinity” will surface in the selections.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 6, 2020

        Love all of those. The rawness all of those you mentioned drew me to them and still do to this day. They all had an edge and were not overproduced.

        Yea I’ll cover at least one each…Some are toss ups.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 6, 2020

        The not “overproduced” is a key for me.
        When you commented on the Keitel film you used “queue”. It made me think of ‘Leeds’ because of the first lyric for ‘Magic Bus’. I was going to say something but being the sharp cookie you are, you would have guessed the record.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 6, 2020

        You give me too much credit lol. Speaking of over produced… I was a teenager in the 80s but with 60-70s music taste…it was hard for me to adjust to some of the 80s music. That is why I liked that song you sent yesterday because it was raw…and raw+80s didn’t go together too much.

        I’m wondering if you will like my choice. Ragged sounding double album that is famous but I picked it over their higher regarded albums….because it is unpolished.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 6, 2020

        54-40 has a lot of that style. They have good musical ideas (plus they had a social conscience which I like ). I’ll put another song below. Funny video. They make music their way. Maybe one of the reasons they didnt catch back then.
        Looking forward to your pick. I’ll be honest when it’s revealed as whether I was on the right track.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 6, 2020

        That grabs by the throat first thing with the opening guitar lick and drums…and doesn’t let it go.
        Love the hints like the train going through the tunnel at the end….great video.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 6, 2020

        Being a player you will appreciate all their hooks. They really do have a solid output. A fave band.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 6, 2020

        They will be on my radar now…I think I like that last song the best so far…Yep I love hooks

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