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Live at Leeds is the first live album by English rock band The Who. It was recorded at the University of Leeds Refectory on 14 Februaryand is their only live album that was released while the group were still actively recording and performing with their best known line-up of Roger DaltreyPete My Generation - The Who - Live At Leeds John Entwistle and Keith Moon.
The Who were looking for a way to follow up their album Boston Blackout - EPand had recorded My Generation - The Who - Live At Leeds shows on tours supporting that album, but didn't like the sound. Consequently, Three-Part Inventions - Bach*, Martin Galling - J.S.
Bach Keyboard Music, Vol. III booked the show at Leeds University, along with one at the University of Hull the following day, specifically to record a live album. Six songs were taken from the Leeds show, and the cover was pressed to look like a bootleg recording. The sound was significantly different from Tommy and featured hard rock arrangements that were typical of the band's live shows. It has been reissued on several occasions and in several different formats.
Since its release, Live at Leeds has been cited by several music critics as the best live rock recording of all time. By the end of the s, particularly after releasing Tommy in MayThe Who had become cited by many as one of the best live rock acts in the world.
According to biographer Chris Charlesworth, "a sixth sense seemed to take over", leading them to "a kind of rock nirvana that most bands can only dream about". The group were concerned that Tommy had been promoted as "high art" by manager Kit Lambert My Generation - The Who - Live At Leeds thought their stage show stood in equal importance to that album's rock-opera format. However, Townshend Powerhouse - Powerhouse (13) - Night Life at the prospect of listening to all the accumulated recordings to decide which would make the best album, and, according to Charlesworth, instructed sound engineer Bob Pridden to burn the tapes.
Two shows were consequently scheduled, one at the University of Leeds and the other in Hullfor the express purpose of recording and releasing a live album. The Leeds concert was booked and arranged by Simon Brogan, who later became an assistant manager on tour with Jethro Tull.
It was extended to include an instrumental jam with stop-start sections. Side two begins with a minute rendition of " My Generation ", which was greatly extended to include a medley of other songs and various improvisations. These include a brief extract of "See Me, Feel Me" and the ending of "Sparks" from Tommyand part of "Naked Eye" that was recorded for the follow-up album Lifehouse which was ultimately abandoned in favour of Who's Next. The album closes with " Magic Bus ", which included Daltrey playing harmonica and an extended ending to the song.
The first copies included a copy of the contract for The Who to play at the Woodstock Festival. The label was handwritten and included instructions to the engineers not to attempt to remove any crackling noise. This My Generation - The Who - Live At Leeds probably a reference to the clicking and popping on the pre-remastered version such as in "Shakin' All Over". Modern digital remastering techniques allowed this to be removed, and also allowed some of the worst-affected tracks from the gig to be used; on CD releases, the label reads, "Crackling noises have been corrected!
In a contemporary review for The New York Timesmusic critic Nik Cohn praised Live at Leeds as "the definitive hard-rock holocaust" and "the best live rock album ever made". He felt that Live at Leeds functions simply as a document of "the formal commercial end of the first great stage of [The Who's] great career. In Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the SeventiesRobert Christgau asserted that, although side one is valuable for the live covers and "Substitute", the "uncool-at-any-length" " Magic Bus " and "My Generation" are not an improvement over their "raw" album versions.
Who biographer Dave My Generation - The Who - Live At Leeds has praised the album as "so molten with energy at times it resembles the heavy metal of Deep Purple and the atomic blues of Led Zeppelin On 17 Juneover 36 years after the original concert, The Who returned to perform at the Refectory, at a gig organised by Andy Kershaw. Kershaw stated the gig was "among the most magnificent I have ever seen".
The original LP was released on 23 May in stereophonic format. Townshend stated that he did this deliberately to mark a part he had edited due to several mistakes. The and CD mixes edit this section differently and do not have the backward World Of Secrets - Smack (21) - Smack. The backwards portion was retained on Greatest Hits Live. In FebruaryDe Molinete - D.U.H.A.L.D.E.
- Tradición, Familia y Propiedad album was reissued as a remixed CD which included more songs than the original vinyl edition, as well as song introductions and other banter that had been edited out of the original release. For the remix, new vocal overdubs from Daltrey, Townshend and Entwistle were recorded to address occasional flaws in the original tapes or performances. The additional songs were inserted before and in the middle of the original track list, but left "My Generation" and "Magic Bus" as the final two tracks.
In Septembera Universal My Generation - The Who - Live At Leeds Edition version was released. The Deluxe Edition includes more chat between the songs, and the entirety of the band's Tommy set as performed at Leeds.
Again, new overdubs from the vocalists were employed at select points. The Deluxe Edition puts the Tommy set onto the second disc, moving "My Generation" and "Magic Bus" out of order to the end of the first disc. To fix this problem his performance at the Leeds show was overdubbed over these tracks of the Hull performance using digital technology. In Novemberthe complete concert was released in set list order on iTunes and HDtrackswith restoration of much in-between song patter.
In NovemberUniversal Music released the complete concert as a three-disc album on the Polydor label, half-speed mastered at Abbey Road Studioswith a six-panel gatefold sleeve with assorted pictures and liner notes by Chris Charlesworth. All songs written by Pete Townshendexcept where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the live album by The Who. For other uses, see Live at Leeds disambiguation. This section needs additional citations for verification.
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