Who fans are in for a treat on April 22nd at 9 p.m. ET when the band livestreams the premiere of its Classic Albums documentary, The Who Sell Out. The doc will be available to stream on demand via nugs.net, the nugs.net YouTube page and The Who YouTube page through Sunday, April 25th at 6 pm ET.
1967’s The Who Sell Out included the band’s sole Top 10 hit — “I Can See For Miles” — along as 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.”
Coming on April 23rd 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 livestream’s official announcement read in part:
The documentary explores their groundbreaking record in detail, including a deep dive into the original multi-track recordings, (along with a) visual representation of the album’s concept as a pirate radio broadcast, coupled with extremely rare archival footage, new interviews with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and a host of others including John Entwistle and Keith Moon in archive.
The episode will also cover why 1967 was a pivotal year in popular culture by examining the era’s art, music and social influences, and how The Who Sell Out encapsulated that time but still sounds as fresh and vital as it did upon its release over 50 years ago.
- 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.
- Pete Townshend 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 performing “Tattoo” on May 18th, 1974 at London’s Charlton Athletic Football Ground: