Marking the 40th anniversary of what has been named "the best live rock album ever made" by The New York Times, The Who's classic 1970 release Live at Leeds will be released as a "Super Deluxe" 4-CD box set on November 16 by Geffen/Universal. Originally released as a six-track LP, the album has been released in increasingly expanded formats twice (1995 and 2001). The new set will include the 2001 reissue's complete 150-minute version of the February 14 Leeds University concert as well as a double CD of the recording from the February 15 Hull City Hall concert.
The second show, considered by the band to be a superior performance (and venue, acoustically) to Leeds, was intended to be the original live album but was shelved due to what were termed "technical difficulties" in the taping. Of particular note in both shows was the complete performance of the band's iconic rock opera "Tommy" though none of the songs appeared on the original Live at Leeds album which instead favored three notable covers: "Shakin' All Over", the classic "Summertime Blues" and a version of Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues."
Also included in the "Super Deluxe" box set: a reproduction of the original vinyl album in heavyweight vinyl, a 64-page hardcover book with pics, memorabilia and recording notes from the shows, a seven-inch 45 single of "Summertime Blues" b/w "Heaven and Hell" in a color sleeve and a Pete Townshend poster.
The Who - "I'm A Boy" (Live at Hull City Hall, February 15, 1970)