Live At Leeds Remastered
Live, Extra Tracks, Remastered
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One of the greatest live rock albums of all time with eight new cuts!
Anyone who owned the vinyl copy of Live at Leeds will barely recognize its digitized namesake. While the 1970 record offered a mere six selections, the 1995 CD reissue is fleshed out with a full 14 tracks. Reveling in the augmented Leeds prompts one to wonder why in the name of "Heaven and Hell" they didn't put out a double record in the first place. No matter. This Live at Leeds is actually superior to its revered predecessor. The Who are at their Maximum R&B peak here, bringing an almost proto-metal aggression to supercharged covers of "Young Man Blues," "Summertime Blues," and "Shakin' All Over" (all from the original record) and treating fans to originals familiar ("I Can't Explain," "My Generation," "Magic Bus") and less known ("Heaven and Hell," "Tattoo," "A Quick One"). An improved-upon classic. --Steven Stolder
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That said, what a concert! It rocked basically as hard as anything in 1970 could (a high bar!), and as much as I love the synthesizer heavy Who sound about to hit with Who's Next, it was the end of them recording music that could fully be recreated in concert and sapped some of the sheer rock energy of their live performances. This is the high water mark of live Who.
But the real surprise is the extra material: this includes not only the complete set of tracks recorded at the actual Leeds gig, but the material recorded (with some tweaking I hear) at the Hull City Hall the next night. This second show differs wildly from Leeds (complete with glaring miscues and errors if you're paying attention), showing all the material in a brand-new (well, 42-year-old) light. This truly showcases the improvisational nature of the Who: they basically had four soloists, each doing a two-hour improv at each and every show, and were the only band in the world who could make that enjoyable -- nay, thrilling.