My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Who Sell out was recorded throughout the middle of 1967 and was released in December of the same year. The album is famous for mixing in both real and fake music jingles with their typical style of songs. The cover is also one of the most notable album covers ever and has the band mocking real products.
What I think: To me, the jingles contained throughout the album are a novelty that doesn’t do much for me. Fortunately, there are some good songs to take seriously. “I Can See for Miles” has always been one of my favorite Who songs, so that was a no brainier. Moon’s insane drumming on the track gets me every time. Other tracks that really stick out to me are “Armenia City in the Sky”, “Our Love Was” and “Can’t Reach You” which all mix a perfect amount of psychedelia with pop-rock. Unfortunately, the last six tracks of the album aren’t my thing, which really makes this only half a good album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I agree that it should be here, like “Sgt. Pepper” it was a fully realized concept that deserves recognition despite my personal misgivings on some of the songs.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.0
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes(75/95)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%