This album was the first live album for The Who, and the last live album they put together while they were touring regularly. It tops several list including Rolling Stones’ Greatest Album of All Time, and Q magazine’s Loudest Albums of All Time. It is noted often as one of the best live albums of all time. The University of Leeds refectory is now considered a national landmark in the UK where the album was recorded.
I haven’t enjoyed The Who too much in the past. I always thought they sounded good, but something lacked for me to really like them, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to think going into this one but I thought it would be my previous feelings. I ended up enjoying it a lot more than the studio albums I had heard though. My favorite from the deluxe release was “Happy Jack”, but if you’re listening to the original “Substitute” is a strong listen too. Overall, I found something about The Who that I had been searching for in this strong, energetic live album.
Rating 4 of 5.