From the opening minor chords to the upward key change near the end, ‘Pinball’ is a rock tour-de-force, brimful of ideas, powerchords, great lyrics and tight ensemble playing.
~From “The Who – The Complete Guide To Their Music” (Charlesworth & Hanel)
Today we celebrate one of The Who’s best songs – Pinball Wizard.
Rolling Stone hailed it as the best ever live album, and they may still be right…
~Chris Jones (BBC – 2007)
From youtube: The Who at Leeds for their greatest live in 1970! it’s the ONLY VIDEO of this concert!
Fortune Teller (0:00 to 0:05) – Happy Jack (0:06 to 0:13) – I’m a Boy (0:14 to 0:33) – A Quick One While He’s Away (0:34 to 2:09) – Christmas (2:10 to 3:05) – Pinball Wizard (3:06 to 3:22) – Go to The Mirror (3:22 to 3:26) – Smash The Mirror (3:27 to 3:35)- Tommy’s Holliday Camp (3:36 to 3:45) – We’re Not Gonna Take It (with See Me, Feel Me) (3:46 at the end)
1970 Original LP – Full Album:
16 May 1970
14 February 1970,
University of Leeds,
Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire,
England, United Kingdom
Jon Astley, Kit Lambert, and The Who
Live at Leeds is The Who’s first live album, and is the only live album that was released while the group were still actively recording and performing with their best known line-up of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Initially released in the United States on 16 May 1970, by Decca and MCA and the United Kingdom on 23 May 1970, by Track and Polydor, the album has been reissued on several occasions and in several different formats. As of 2005, the album is ranked number 170 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The album has been cited as the best live rock recording of all time by The Telegraph, The Independent, The New York Times,the BBC, and Rolling Stone. It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and in Q magazine’s list of Loudest Albums of All Time. A Rolling Stone readers’ poll in 2012 ranked it the best live album of all time.
Shakin’ All Over:
The original LP was released on 16 May 1970 in stereophonic format. The album was reissued on Compact Disc in 1985 by MCA in the US, and in 1987 by Polydor in Germany.
In 1995, the album was reissued as a remixed CD including 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.
In 2001, the album was released again as a part of the Universal Deluxe Edition series. 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.
In October 2010, Universal Music announced the impending release of a 40th Anniversary edition of the album which would not only contain the full Leeds show from 14 February 1970 but also the band’s complete performance from Hull which was recorded the following evening as well as a heavyweight vinyl reproduction of the original six-track album, memorabilia and a replica 7 Inch Single of ‘Summertime Blues/ Heaven & Hell’. This performance had previously been unavailable because of a problem with the recording of John Entwistle’s bass guitar on the first six songs. To fix this problem his performance at the Leeds show was overdubbed over these tracks of the Hull performance using digital technology.