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The Who | The Who Live At Hull 1970:

UK - 2012 Universal CD (Promo)

UK - 2012 Universal CD (Promo)

USA - 2012 Geffen CD

USA - 2012 Universal CD (Promo)

Disc 1

USA - 2012 Universal CD (Promo)

Disc 2

Canada - 2012 Geffen CD

Germany - 2012 Polydor CD

Japan - 2012 Polydor CD

SHM-CD

Japan - 2012 Polydor CD (Promo)

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Album: The Who Live At Hull 1970

LPs (vinyl) Sampled: n/a

CDs Sampled: n/a

LP Comments: n/a

Summary and Other Comments: (This CD was previously issued with the 2010 "Live At Leeds" Super Deluxe Edition Box Set).

"Hull" was recorded the day after Live At Leeds was recorded (February 14 & 15, 1970) . So it's fair to say the 2 albums will invite comparison and scrutiny between them. "Leeds" is the standard bearer. "Leeds" is perfection (in terms of the "perfect live Who concert" from this period). Whether or not "Hull" is "as good", "worse" or "better" (in terms of a performance) is difficult to tell, because the two concerts are mixed completely differently - making them "apples and oranges". The mix on "Hull" is weird. "Leeds" gives you that POUNDING experience as if you are in the front row center - every instrument and vocal is RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. "Hull" is laid back. At first I tried to mentally compare it to "Leeds" as "Heaven & Hell" was playing - i.e. vocals and bass too low, drums and guitar too high...  Instead of being in the first row, you feel you are in the upper rafters. It has clear as a bell sound, but you keep thinking;  "Where's John???" "Why is Roger lower in the mix than Keith??" But it's actually more than that - the vocals aren't even "up front" in their own space. It's as if Roger was 2 feet from the microphone vs. having the mic an inch away from his face.

The "Tommy" disc felt "lackluster". While listening to it, I had to think to myself - "What are they trying to do here? It's a concert!" It seemed as if they didn't want it to be a concert, but a live studio album. They removed from it the "concert feel" and again, comparing it to "Leeds" - I had to think - "What is the point???"

Most of the above, would be "OK" (it's a Who concert - aren't we lucky that they released this???) However, you canít ignore "Leeds" - every Who fan knows it. It's as though you just got out from behind the wheel of a 400 HP Porsche and now you are driving an 80 HP VW. Both will get you there, but the Porsche will give you a super rush (while the VW is just "OK" - but not even close). As for the performances - they are great. You get a nice opportunity to hear every nuance of Keith, even though it is at the expense of Roger, Pete and John. I'm not sure why this album was mixed this way, but... "it is, what it is..."

Track Listing:

DISC 1: Heaven And Hell, I Can't Explain, Fortune Teller, Tattoo, Young Man Blues, Substitute, Happy Jack, I'm A Boy, A Quick One While He's Away, Summertime Blues, Shakin' All Over, My Generation

DISC 2: Overture, It's A Boy, 1921, Amazing Journey, Sparks, Eyesight To The Blind, Christmas, The Acid Queen, Pinball Wizard, Do You Think It's Alright?, Fiddle About, Tommy Can You Hear Me?, There's A Doctor, Go To The Mirror, Smash The Mirror, Miracle Cure, Sally Simpson, I'm Free, Tommy's Holiday Camp, We're Not Gonna Take It

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