Pete Townshend has gone on record saying that the Who and the Beatles inspired each other throughout 1967. Townshend claims that Paul McCartney told him he had taken note of the band’s 1966 mini-opera, “A Quick One While He’s Away,” which helped formed the song cycle of the following year’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — with Pepper leading to the Who recording that year’s The Who Sell Out.

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is the “Super-Deluxe Edition” of The Who Sell Out in a massive box set, with 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 tracklisting and contents to the “Super-Deluxe Edition” of The Who Sell Out is:

  • Disc 1 – original mono mix, mono A’s & B’s and unreleased mono mixes
  • Disc 2 – original stereo mix and stereo bonus tracks
  • Disc 3 – Studio out-takes, ‘fly-on-the-wall’ versions of early takes of songs from the album sessions, ‘studio chat’ etc. – previously unreleased
  • Disc 4 – ‘The Road To Tommy’ will contain stereo mixes of the studio tracks recorded in 1968 – some previously unreleased – plus 1968 A’s and B’s mono mixes (all tracks remixed from original 4 and 8-track session tapes in The Who vault)
  • Disc 5 – 14 of Pete Townshend’s original demos – previously unreleased & exclusive to this set.

CHECK IT OUT: Pete Townshend’s 1967 demo for “Inside Outside” from The Who Sell Out box set: