Live at Leeds

Label
Geffen
Release date
28 Feb 1995
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
84:04

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Heaven And Hell (Live At Leeds) 5:10 249
2 I Can't Explain (Live At Leeds 25th Anniversary Edition Version) 2:59 273
3 Fortune Teller (Live At Leeds) 3:22 348
4 Tattoo (Live At Leeds) 3:01 662
5 Young Man Blues (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 5:56 400
6 Substitute (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 3:04 472
7 Happy Jack (Live At Leeds) 2:13 1,172
8 I'm A Boy (Live At Leeds 25th Anniversary Edition Version) 4:42 198
9 A Quick One, While He's Away (Live) 13:43 1,021
10 Amazing Journey / Sparks (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 7:56 227
11 Summertime Blues (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 3:35 405
12 Shakin' All Over (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 4:35 364
13 My Generation (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 15:26 516
14 Magic Bus (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) 8:22 424

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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