The Who - Odds & Sods (1974)
Originally released in 1974 in an attempt to clear the decks, as it were. Odds & Sods consisted of eleven non-LP tracks recorded during the band’s first decade that had been regularly played live, occasionally included as B-Sides or were entirely unreleased. It was decent, if a little sparse. Eleven rare tracks from a decade didn’t seem like a decent return, even if you did get the band’s very first single (recorded as The High Numbers), ‘I’m The Face’, and studio versions of outstanding live favourites ‘Naked Eye’ and ‘Pure and Easy.’
The 1996 expanded version of the album was a very different beast entirely, turning the album into a much more palatable, interesting and complete collection.
The newer version of the compilation is 23 tracks in length and it brings together a whole pile of rare and unreleased, but generally excellent tracks. Fans of the band would be wise to invest in this record if only for the brilliant ‘Water’ and the studio version of ‘Summertime Blues’ – a song still included in live sets to this day.
I'm the Face / Leaving Here / Baby Don't You Do It / Summertime Blues / Under My Thumb / Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand / My Way / Faith in Something Bigger / Glow Girl / Little Billy / Young Man Blues / Cousin Kevin Model Child / Love Ain't for Keeping / Time Is Passing / Pure and Easy / Too Much of Anything / Long Live Rock / Put the Money Down / We Close Tonight / Postcard / Now I'm a Farmer / Water / Naked Eye
- Several tracks from the album (Pure & Easy, Put The Money Down, Too Much Of Anything) were from the aborted Lifehouse project
- At the very end of Young Man Blues you can hear Kit Lambert say "No, that one didn't work"
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