Pete Townshend has declared the Who‘s 1967 hit “I Can See For Miles” the best song he’s ever written. Townshend spoke about the band’s sole Top 10 single during the online premiere of the Classic Albums documentary, The Who Sell Out. The doc ties into to the just-released “Super-Deluxe Edition” box set of The Who Sell Out — featuring a total of 112 tracks over five discs. The collection includes never-before-heard outtakes and Pete Townshend demos — along with a heaping dose of replica memorabilia from the era.
- The Who Sell Out was the Who‘s album prior to its 1969 double album opus, Tommy.
- The set stalled at Number 48 on the Billboard 200 albums charts — but peaked at Number 13 in England.
- “I Can See For Miles” was the Who’s first major hit in America and marked the band’s sole Top 10 hit, peaking at Number Nine.
- 1967’s The Who Sell Out also included the instant concert staple, “Tattoo,” along with such fan favorites as “I Can’t Reach You,” “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand,” “Sunrise,” “Relax,” and “Our Love Was.”
- Pete Townshend finally performed the Sell Out tune, “I Can’t Reach You” for the first time in 2007 during a performance at Austin’s SXSW.
CHECK IT OUT: The Who’s Classic Albums episode, The Who Sell Out: