September 26, 2020

’67 Cleveland Press review of The Who Sell Out

A quick review of Their Satanic Majesties Request and The Who Sell Out

If long-play records were purchased because of the way the album jacket looked, the first LP I would buy is "Their Satanic Majesties Request" by the Rolling Stones (London). The last album I would purchase on looks alone is Decca’s "The Who Sell Out."

Although admittedly not an ardent Rolling Stones fan, I will admit their latest long-play has a lot going for it. One of the highlights is the album jacket which shows a three-dimensional picture of the world-famous quintet. Faces of four of the Stones move when album jacket is shifted. A very clever idea that certainly makes this LP an eye catcher in any record store.

The 10-song record also has a number of highlights. The Stones’ current single, "She’s a Rainbow," is included. This is probably the best tune on the LP, but my favorite is "On With the Show." Their last single, "In Another Land," is also featured.

All the, songs except one are more than three minutes long. "Sing This All Together" is almost eight minutes long. The whole package astounds with creativity. If I liked it, the real Stones fans will probably think it’s the world’s greatest.

THE WHO’S 11-song.album is great – except for the cover, that is. Whoever OK’d that cover has to be a little sick. It shows members of the quartet in a series of revolting advertisements. I’m sure it was meant to be funny. In my opinion, it’s not funny at all.

Fortunately, the record is far superior to the cover. Highlight is their smash single, "I Can See for Miles." The 10 numbers are new, and like previous Who musical compositions, first-class. Each tune is cleverly accompanied with a London radio commercial or jingle to give the listener the effect that he or she is listening to a typical rock station. Buy the record, and throwaway the cover.