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Album : The Who – Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy

 

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CB had to have this record just for the cover. If The Who would have asked me what song they should open the album with I would have said ‘Can’t Explain’. I guess we were on the same page. Always liked Moon’s work on this one. ‘Kids’ is next and is one of those unique Who songs CB loves. ‘Happy Jack’ and then into the unmistakable opening of ‘Miles’. Great rock tune. So much going on in this one. Pete wrote some good ones but this is near the top. Another song that would sneak onto the radio just to keep things honest. Pictures of Lily’ is next. No wonder I liked this band. Loved the music going on behind the lyrics. ‘My Generation’, one of the best rock songs ever. ‘Seeker’ was a new one to CB but I dug it right away. Like discovering a hidden treasure. It rocks.  Loving this record! And I still had a side to go.

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Side two opens with an other early tune  ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’. Loved the sound of the Who back then. ‘Pinball Wizard’ another radio saver. Pete doing his thing right off the top. CB was a pinball guy, also know as Mr Tilt. ‘Legal Matter’ is proof that CB would buy anything Townshend wrote. They had to throw ‘Boris’ into the mix for highbrow guys like me. ‘Magic Bus’ keeps the songs coming .  An all time favorite.  Great claves on this one (I think they’re claves). Fantastic tune. Couple clowns I heard of from the neighborhood got into some pharmaceuticals, built a bus and were never seen again. I bought the story back then but maybe call bullshit today.  Still trying to figure out which side of town was facing where on ‘Substitute’. I acquired a taste for gin from this one. ‘I’m a Boy’ is in the same vein as ‘Jack’. Love this record! Love the Who’s sound!

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One of CB’s favorite bands. I was branching out in my musical tastes but I would keep coming back to The Who (I still do). ‘Meaty  Beaty.. ‘ didn’t break new ground for me but it did put a great collection together in a cool cover (Jack Bruce did a similar thing with ‘Harmony Road’) with a pretty cool title if you were a Who fan.

48 comments on “Album : The Who – Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy

  1. Aphoristical
    May 6, 2018

    I’m not a huge Who fan, but this and Who’s Next are both terrific.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 6, 2018

      We have found a lot of common ground (We are both big music lovers) in the music we share. I really like the Who. Maybe it was the time, place and the age I was at but they really appealed to me. Still do. I’ve been listening to their music for a long time. A lot of wear and tear on the ears.

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      • Aphoristical
        May 6, 2018

        I like them fine – I just get reactionary as I see them ranked up with The Beatles and Stones as all time greats, but I don’t think they’re quite there. Great players though.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 6, 2018

        That’s where individual tastes comes in. I have spent more time with The Who (And a lot of other music) than with the two bands you mentioned. I have stayed out of those kinds of debates and arguments. If someone digs certain music and gets enjoyment that’s what it’s about. Like I said, you and I have found lots of common ground and new music to add to our spins.

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      • Aphoristical
        May 6, 2018

        The older I get, the more I think music appreciation is subjective. I’ve been driven crazy by interacting with some objectivists on music forums recently and it drives me crazy. I know I like to make lists and stuff, but seeing it in extremes drives me a little crazy.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 6, 2018

        I hear you on that. My whole thing is about music/film that I dig. Maybe others like it or will like it. I was fooled a few times when I was younger listening to something or watching something that someone raved about. It just didn’t get me. As far as bashing other folks tastes that’s not me. You must have noticed there are lots of artists on your page I haven’t commented on. Not that I dislike them more of a case I like other stuff more.
        I’ll leave you with this. I’m going to break up my chronological album trip soon and jump into some newer records that have blown me away. We were talking about Wilko the other day. ( I haven’t read your piece yet) An album that has become one of my all time favorites is Mermaid Avenue with them and Billy Bragg. I would take that record over most “Best Of” lists I see people make. I absolutely love it.

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      • Aphoristical
        May 7, 2018

        I rate Mermaid Avenue Volume 1 pretty highly. ‘Remember The Mountain Bed’ from 2 is maybe my favourite Wilco song, too.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 7, 2018

        Absolutely beautiful! Vol 2 is just as good. I group both as one. For my takes I separate them because my initial intro was the first one. Special music for me.

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      • Aphoristical
        May 7, 2018

        I generally don’t think Bragg’s stuff is as strong on the second volume.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 7, 2018

        We aren’t going to have anything to talk about when I get to your takes, Hot Rod Hotel and Black Wind Blowing stir up some pretty strong images and emotions with me. I love Heartbreak Hotel but this “Hotel” song really gets me. Dark stuff. Good stuff Aphoristical!

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  2. Yeah, Another Blogger
    May 6, 2018

    What a band. Wish I had seen the original guys. I saw them with Kenney Jones , but he was no Moon. Moon was the greatest.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 6, 2018

      They are one of my favorites Neil. The four of them made some beautiful noise together. Despite being a lovable madman I loved Moon’s playing. Perfect for this band. Kenny was a good replacement. A lot quieter personality. I was lucky to see them with both drummers. I read an Oliver Reed biography. Him and Keith got up to all sorts of shenanigans. Later.

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  3. Jim S.
    May 6, 2018

    Lotsa good stuff here, not a bad track. (Although frankly, I’m kinda lukewarm on ‘Seeker.’

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 6, 2018

      Yeah, it’s a good collection of Who songs. I try to throw my mind back to the time. When I got this record, I was pretty pumped. I probably like the ‘Seeker’ a little more than you.
      You mentioned doing a Who take. That’s a big chunk. I’d be curious on the Doc’s words.

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      • Jim S.
        May 6, 2018

        I did mention that and it’s debatable whether I’ll get to the series they deserve any time soon. I’m working on a series on a different artist and those take a lotta time. I have another guy I’ll be doing a riff on for sure. So maybe the Who later this year. But there’s another Brit band I feel like I’ve ignored far too long. Hint – It’s not Uriah Heep.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 6, 2018

        Hey man, I appreciate the work you put into your takes. CB cranks them out comic book style. Always look forward to what you bring. It’s not The Who anymore, It’s The Two.

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      • Jim S.
        May 6, 2018

        Yeah but I read somewhere that CB in his alter ego of something in the film industry – projectionist? -maybe has cranked out a script or two.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 6, 2018

        I was going to say something really ignorant about CB’s alter ego’s job but I caught myself. I hear he uses story boards and crayons like Hitchcock.

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      • Jim S.
        May 6, 2018

        And maybe has a thing for icy blondes.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 6, 2018

        You are on the right track Doc. Those scripts/book /film things are a licence to get ‘Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy ..”

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  4. J.
    May 6, 2018

    Great write-up, though… kinda makes me want to revisit my opinion on The Who (they’ve never appealed to me). I guess there’s really no excuse, eh? I should just hit up this one at least…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 6, 2018

      That’s a hard one J. I know my opinions on some music has changed in my own case. Neil Young and Dylan were two of those. The first record I heard by The Who was ‘Live at Leeds’ That did it for me. I was a snot nosed kid sneak listening to my brothers records. It was loud and aggressive and had swear words in it.

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      • J.
        May 6, 2018

        “t was loud and aggressive and had swear words in it”… that’s how I got into Guns N’ Roses.

        But like you, my opinion on stuff has shifted a bit over the last few years from reading other folks’ takes. Van Halen being the main one… but aye, you’ve got me, CB. I’m grabbing some albums by The Who as I type.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 6, 2018

        VH was the same for me. I don’t like all the bullshit outside the music not just with them but other bands etc.. I actually started my like when Sammy joined and then went back and gave the other stuff a go. Not fanatacial but I do like it.
        I jumped on the whole Who package. Probably like a bunch of “F” up kids Quadrophenia hit a nerve.

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      • J.
        May 6, 2018

        I got into them about 3 years ago… in a big way. Except for the Hagar stuff, right enough… I just couldn’t get into that at all.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 6, 2018

        That’s funny. Hagar is a guy I warmed up to a long time ago before VH. Not a major piece of what I listen to but a change of pace. I’d like to go a couple of rounds with him. 30 oz gloves. I’m sure old Sam has done a few Who covers in his day. He kinda has that Daltrey wail.

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      • J.
        May 6, 2018

        He’s a good vocalist, I’ll give him that… his voice just doesn’t have the character of Roth.

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  5. Heavy Metal Overload
    May 6, 2018

    I just bought a vinyl reissue of this a couple of weeks ago. Got all the songs already but wanted this as it’s a bit of history and it’s got a great track listing. Even songs I’m not fussed about, like Magic Bus, come across really well. It’s just perfect. And Legal Matter is an underrated gem too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 6, 2018

      Very cool. How is it different cover wise from the original I have? I really like the album cover on this one. Check out Jack Bruce’s ‘Harmony Row’ cover. I like it also. I’m a Who guy HMO and I ate up all their early stuff like ‘Legal Mater’. I’m like a dad with music, if I like someone they can do no wrong even if it’s shit.
      (You and that J guy have me listening to Danzig)

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      • Heavy Metal Overload
        May 6, 2018

        I’m enjoying the early stuff more and more. Just bought a singles box set too and I’m looking forward to digging into it all. Legal Matter never stood out until hearing it here. What a great tune! Holds its own along with Substitute etc…

        I think the only cover difference is the title. In mine it’s much much smaller… placed above the doorway in the top right.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 7, 2018

        I just looked at that and saw the difference. What box set did you get? I’d be curious. I have a bunch of old records with b sides and stuff plus Townshend’s demos on a couple records ‘Scoop’.
        Dig in and enjoy. I’m with ya.

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      • Heavy Metal Overload
        May 7, 2018

        I got the three Scoop albums a while back too. Those, Who Came First, Rough Mix and Empty Glass is all the Townshend solo I’ve got so far. Will get more!

        This is the box I got. Got it cheap in HMV, really nice set for the money.
        http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/the-who-maximum-as-bs-the-complete-singles-5cd-box-set/

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 7, 2018

        I listened to all those a lot (Don’t have Scoop 3)
        Yeah I looked at the “box’ definitely worth it. Yeah lots to dig into. I glanced at the set list’ Now I have a bunch of those tunes spinning in my head.

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      • Heavy Metal Overload
        May 7, 2018

        The booklet with the box looks like a great read too. Lots of detailed info on each track. I’ve only listened to the first Scoop so far. A lot of albums piling up unheard here… A good problem to have I suppose!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 7, 2018

        I have the same problem on the piling up thing. I just want to give the time to them all. I’ve listened to enough Who, maybe I should stop it and move on. BUT I CAN’T!
        You rekindled (or nudged) my like for Danzig. I’m getting to old to be listening to that stuff. BUT I LIKE IT!
        The cut from the box set you bought that is in my head is ‘The Goods Gone” . I like it.

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  6. Vinyl Connection
    May 7, 2018

    Great compilation, that. And as you say, fab cover. They really were a singles band.

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  7. I hadn’t been aware of this great compilation but know almost all of the tunes. I’m fully with you, The Who are an awesome band.

    I was fortunate enough to see them twice, though unfortunately not with Keith. The first occasion was actually the same tour during which John passed – what a hell of a bassist!

    The second time was a couple of years ago. I thought Roger and Pete were still kicking ass.

    Speaking of Roger, did you hear he’s coming out with a new solo album? Somehow I had completely missed the news and only learned about it this morning!

    It’s slated for June 1st and is supposed to be soul-oriented. Pete is involved in the majority of tracks. The first song “As Long As I Have You” is already out and sounds promising to me – nice groove, and Roger’s still is pretty forceful!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 7, 2018

      For someone with your varied music history that surprises me you hadn’t come across this one. Nice little discovery huh?
      Yeah John was something else. I think we discussed him on your “bassists” take. Him and Keith laid down the backbone. What a sound.
      Roger and Pete have a pretty high standard. I haven’t seem them since the ‘Face Dances’ tour.
      No I hadn’t heard of the new album but if it’s anything like the recent one he cut with Wilko Johnson I will be looking for it. I’ll check out that new tune right now. Thanks.

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  8. Great discovery indeed. I also had not heard about Roger’s work with Wilko. I’m currently listening to it as I’m writing this little confession, and it sounds awesome!😀

    Based on the song that’s already out from Roger’s forthcoming record, I guess it’s not quite as hard-charging as his album with Wilko – a little less blues rock and instead more soul!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 7, 2018

      I just listened to that new cut and it’s “awesome”. Thanks for the heads up. It would be so cool if he got on a run with this new material. I really like it. The Wilko album was recommended along with the Stones recent back to the blues album. I’ve been spending more time with the Roger and Wilko. Stones will have to wait.

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  9. hotfox63
    May 21, 2018

    Probably the Who’s best greatest hits collection.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 21, 2018

      I played this a lot back in the day.

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      • hotfox63
        May 21, 2018

        The first song on “Meaty Big Big and Bouncy” is “I Can’t Explain.” The first song on the Clash’s 1979 album “The Clash” is “Clash City Rockers.” Listen to the first few seconds of each of those two songs. They are the same! Obviously, The Clash paying tribute to The Who.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 21, 2018

        I forgot about that. Thanks. I seen them when they toured together. Yeah I always thought they had the same energy. Mick had the Townshend thing down

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  10. tref
    May 27, 2018

    I was a fan of Townshends solo work before I ever listened to the Who. Empty Glass was one of my favorite albums of the 80s. That said, my first Who album was It’s Hard, and my favorite Who song is, Athena. Still play it from time to time.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 27, 2018

      Tref, good to hear from you. Yeah I was on the train a little earlier with the Who but I’m with ya on the ones you mentioned. You’re nudging me to bust these albums out. I’ll be over to check on another one of your takes soon. Ithink you have my attention.

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