The Who – Live at Leeds (1970)

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This album documents The Who at their most ferocious. Roger is in great voice. Moon is a dynamo on the drums, his kit sounding like it might fly apart at any second. Entwistle’s bass, as always, is far more than an anchor.

And then there’s Pete Townshend — Live at Leeds is a showcase of Townshend building a giant wall of guitar. GIANT, I tell you.

Looking at the track listing, you might think that “My Generation” couldn’t possibly be over 15 minutes long … until you hear the bits of Tommy that are visited, as well as several other instrumental segments.

Oh, and did I mention that Live at Leeds is extremely LOUD? I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the kids in the audience, because The Who were a freight train of rock on that night.

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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