Live at Leeds

Release date
28 Feb 1995
Running length
14 tracks
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1 Heaven And Hell (Live At Leeds) 5:10 267
2 I Can't Explain (Live At Leeds 25th Anniversary Edition Version) 2:59 282
3 Fortune Teller (Live At Leeds) 3:22 366
4 Tattoo (Live At Leeds) 3:01 689
5 Young Man Blues (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 5:56 421
6 Substitute (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 3:04 499
7 Happy Jack (Live At Leeds) 2:13 1,247
8 I'm A Boy (Live At Leeds 25th Anniversary Edition Version) 4:42 208
9 A Quick One, While He's Away (Live) 13:43 1,043
10 Amazing Journey / Sparks (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 7:56 233
11 Summertime Blues (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 3:35 429
12 Shakin' All Over (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 4:35 388
13 My Generation (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 15:26 540
14 Magic Bus (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 8:22 464

About this album

Rushed out in 1970 as a way to bide time as the Who toiled away on their follow-up to Tommy, Live at Leeds wasn’t intended to be the definitive Who live album, and many collectors maintain that the band had better shows available on bootlegs. But those shows weren’t easily available whereas Live at Leeds was, and even if this show may not have been the absolute best, it’s so damn close to it that it would be impossible for anybody but aficionados to argue. Here, the Who sound vicious — as heavy as Led Zeppelin but twice as volatile — as they careen through early classics with the confidence of a band that finally achieved acclaim but had yet to become preoccupied with making art. In that regard, this recording — in its many different forms — may have been perfectly timed in terms of capturing the band at a pivotal moment in its history.

There is certainly no better record of how this band was a volcano of violence on-stage, teetering on the edge of chaos but never blowing apart. This was most true on the original LP, which was a trim six tracks, three of them covers (“Young Man Blues,” “Summertime Blues,” “Shakin’ All Over”) and three originals from the mid-’60s, two of those (“Substitute,” “My Generation”) vintage parts of their repertory and only “Magic Bus” representing anything resembling a recent original, with none bearing a trace of its mod roots. This was pure, distilled power, all the better for its brevity; throughout the ’70s the album was seen as one of the gold standards in live rock & roll, and certainly it had a fury that no proper Who studio album achieved.

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  • benjammin10

    loose, pointed, wild and free ~ a roller coaster of avvin it!! amazing journey is just the best....

    9 May 6:23pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    I know more is usually better, especially when it's more live Who from their prime but I prefer the original. 45 minutes of perfection

    23 Apr 2:20am Reply
  • PFGrifter

    one of the best live bands of all time

    26 Jan 9:52pm Reply
  • crownanchor

    Best album yet :)

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Juliossauro

    THE best live album ever, actually.

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JFParnell

    One of the best live albums ever.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheDoguitar

    The "My Generation" Medley is fucking amazing.

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • shibibbadu

    100 out of 10. best album in the galaxy.

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • roldki


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  • venividivicious


    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    Just amazing, one of the best live albums in my opinion. "I Can't Explain" and "Summertime Blues" are my favorites.

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • timeticks

    On the Live at Leeds disc they sound like they're in a good mood but on Live at Hull they're real nasty and aggressive. You probably think you don't need to hear this but you do.

    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • vjd918

    A force of nature - warn the neighbors!

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • jacquelinelee

    want to hear the real deal !!!!!!

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • prodigious1

    Awesome album, got this on vinyl when i was a kid and my cousin was actually at this gig.

    17 Oct 2010 Reply
  • XSeanybOiX

    just got the deluxe edition that has the whole concert, going to arrange it into the concert set and listen to the whole thing! that's two hours long haha

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • FScotti


    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • an_outlaw

    some nice moments

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • HampusForever

    I don't get why everybody loves this so... I mean it's great, but it's not the mozart of live albums or anything

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
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