THE WHO Rarities 1966-1972, Vols. 1 & 2 (1983/1994)

Rarities 1966-1972, Vols. 1 & 2 (1983/1994)
45s, B-Sides & Oddities

I stumbled on this on an online forum and was surprised that I’d never seen it, or even heard of it before. Guess I just wasn’t looking. Originally released in 1983 on vinyl, then re-issued in 1994 on CD, this is a collection of 45s, non-LP singles and b-sides that were gathered together as The Who were announcing their retirement (or at least, farewell tour) in the early 80s. And… it’s a great set of oddities. Of course, since then, most of these tracks have found their way onto all sorts of re-issues as bonus tracks or box set rarities. Still, it’s a fun listen on its own. According to those that know better than I, “this is the only official Who release that contains their covers of the Rolling Stones’ ‘The Last Time’ and ‘Under My Thumb’ (released in the ’60s as a protest against the drug bust and jailing of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards). Some of the more interesting and uncommon material is an off-the-wall Keith Moon composition (‘Waspman‘), a strong Roger Daltrey original (‘Here for More’), and an aggressive live take of ‘Baby Don’t You Do It.’” Long out-of-print & $30 to $60 @ Amazon.

Circles (Instant Party)
Barbara Ann
In The City
I’ve Been Away
Doctor Doctor
The Last Time
Under My Thumb
Someone’s Coming
Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
Call Me Lightning
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Join Together
Don’t Know Myself
Heaven And Hell
When I Was A Boy
Let’s See Action
Here For More
Baby Don’t You Do It


  • Capt. Willard
    November 15, 2010 - 15:38 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Jitterbug Boy
    November 15, 2010 - 18:42 | Permalink

    I had "The Last Time", Under My Thumb" and "Waspman" on a complilation called Two's Missing. It was a collection ala Who's Missing that came out in 87 or 88. I had it on cassette and found it used on CD ages and ages ago. Pretty interesting stuff. I remember seeing Roger Daltrey on Letterman back then and he talked about Waspman being a character Moon would take on. He then told a story about a plane ride that was getting a little scary and according to Daltrey, apparently to calm nerves Keith came out of the loo wearing panty hose on his head and oranges for eyes and announced: "Don't worry Wapsman is here to protect you." Hilarity ensued and a song as well I guess.

    If you listen closely (with headphones), part of the "percussion" for the song is someone sniffing to the beat.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 15, 2010 - 19:04 | Permalink

    Funny. Thanks for the clarification. Yeah… this comp was long before many, including the Maximum R&B box set, the one you've mentioned and all those assorted bonus tracks. Thanks.

  • Blank Frank
    November 15, 2010 - 19:54 | Permalink

    Hi Willard, this is a good set. It was essential before the Who started their reissue program in the late '90s. This was (is?) the one spot to get most of the uncollected tracks on 1 CD. Nice post Cap!

  • Mr.W
    November 16, 2010 - 02:50 | Permalink

    Under My Thumb! Wow! Thankyou ….

  • rap
    November 16, 2010 - 03:00 | Permalink

    Yah, most of these have been reissued in other places but this is still a great collection with some pretty decent sound, too.

  • wardo
    November 16, 2010 - 06:33 | Permalink

    This is still the best place to find some of the tracks discussed here:

    Kudos to Willard for keeping it out there.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 16, 2010 - 06:44 | Permalink

    Thanks for doing the dirty work.

  • Art Ducko
    November 16, 2010 - 09:14 | Permalink

    Just in time to blast the dull conformity out of my head. Thanks, Willard. I needed that!

  • Anonymous
    November 16, 2010 - 14:32 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. The Stones covers were deliberately done as support for Mick & Keith after a police bust. Solidarity in 60s British Rock! I love those early fun songs they did like Mary Ann w/the Shaky Hand & Bucket T (Bucket T has Waspman Moon on lead vocals I believe). Good pick.

  • DickGreenleaf
    November 16, 2010 - 23:40 | Permalink

    Songs like WASPMAN were B-sides that Townsend would let the others put out so that they made some royalties on publishing. Keith going "BUZZZZZZZZZZ" for a few minutes earned just as much as Townsend did for writing the A-side

  • Capt. Willard
    November 17, 2010 - 19:26 | Permalink

    And don't think that Moon didn't let Townshend forget it. Yeah, a majority of this material is not Pete's. Thanks for all the comments.

  • Anonymous
    November 17, 2010 - 20:05 | Permalink

    Downloaded this yeaterday, must've played it 4 times since. It's great stuff. PT's more ambitious stuff just bores me most of the time. All these throwaway b-sides sound much more like what they should've been doing. Thank you Willard.
    (Rob in portugal)

  • Anonymous
    March 17, 2013 - 13:27 | Permalink

    Just looking at this reminds me that back in the eighties I bought a Who compilation on cassette (I probably still have it somewhere) featuring all the usual suspects from the sixties, but with what turned out to be a different version of I Can See For Miles. I’m not sure whether it was a completely different take or an alternative mix, but the bass was really high and I preferred it to the more familiar version. I’ve never heard it anywhere else. Guess I’ll have to look it out…

  • Anonymous
    July 29, 2013 - 16:49 | Permalink

    I was looking for it since a cople of month !
    thanks again

  • Supersonic75
    July 30, 2013 - 22:10 | Permalink


  • zappahead
    August 16, 2013 - 10:31 | Permalink

    Nice compilation of B sides and likestuff….remember a lot of the stuff but some I haven’t heard before so many thanks for this.

  • Anonymous
    September 21, 2014 - 00:25 | Permalink

    Love finding rare out of print stuff like this! Thanks for posting.

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