The Who Sell Out is the third studio album by the British rock band the Who. It was released on 15 December 1967 by Track Records in the UK and Decca Records in the US.
A concept album, The Who Sell Out is structured as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with fake commercials and public service announcements, including the second track "Heinz Baked Beans". The album purports to be a broadcast by pirate radio station Radio London. The reference to "selling out" was an intended irony, as the Who had been making real commercials during that period of their career, some of which are included as bonus tracks on the remastered CD.
The album was primarily written by guitarist Pete Townshend, though three tracks were penned by bassist John Entwistle and one by Thunderclap Newman vocalist Speedy Keen, who also sings. Townshend and Entwistle are joined by vocalist Roger Daltrey and drummer Keith Moon, and organist Al Kooper makes a guest appearance on two tracks. The album was produced by the band's manager Kit Lambert.
The album's release was reportedly followed by lawsuits due to the mention of real-world commercial interests in the faux commercials and on the album covers, and by the makers of the real jingles (Radio London jingles), who claimed the Who used them without permission. (The jingles were produced by PAMS Productions of Dallas, Texas, which created thousands of station ID jingles in the 1960s and 1970s.) The deodorant company Odorono took offence that Chris Stamp made a request for endorsement dollars. "I Can See for Miles" was released as a single and peaked at number 10 in the UK and number 9 in the US.
The Who Sell Out has received widespread acclaim from critics, some of whom viewed it as the Who's best record. It has also frequently been featured on all-time lists of the best albums, including Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". However, it was the band's lowest-charting album on the UK Albums Chart, where it peaked at number 13.
Artist: The Who
Format: LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Style: Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Mod
The Original Album In Stereo
A1 Armenia City In The Sky
A2 Heinz Baked Beans
A3 Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
A6 Our Love Was
A7 I Can See For Miles
B1 I Can't Reach You
B4 Silas Stingy
B6 Rael (1 And 2)
Bonus Tracks In Stereo
C1 Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
C2 Someone's Coming
C3 Summertime Blues
C4 Glittering Girl
C5 Early Morning Cold Taxi
C6 Girl's Eyes
D1 Coke After Coke
D2 Sodding About
D3 Things Go Better With Coke
D4 In The Hall Of The Mountain King
D6 Rael (IBC Remake)