PETRA HADEN Sings: The Who Sell Out (2005)

Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out (2005)
A Cappella Tribute To The Who

Petra Haden, daughter of jazz great Charlie Haden, spent three years offhandedly recording this a cappella version of The Who’s classic 1967 concept album, The Who Sell Out. Down to the fake adverts and jingles that peppered the original LP. It’s an utterly unique – yet somehow faithful – re-creation that makes use of elaborate harmonies and pulsating vocal rhythms to give Pete Townshend’s teen pop anthems a warm, endearing charm that’s inherent in The Who’s original work, but more often left buried behind the band’s wall of drums and guitars. Tracks like “Tattoo” and “I Can See For Miles” are so harmonious it’s immediately difficult to hear them any other way. No small feat. Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out is a wicked and delicate wonder.

Armenia City In The Sky
Heinz Baked Beans
Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand

Our Love Was
I Can See For Miles
I Can’t Reach You

Silas Stingy

Track Records


  • Anonymous
    November 30, 2007 - 18:58 | Permalink

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrreatttt stuff – absolute marv!
    thanks very much!

  • JBL
    December 1, 2007 - 07:54 | Permalink

    Smooth, willard– I was just thinking about this disc the other day and wondering when the hell I'd get a chance to hear it. Thanks and all the best.

    PS BTW When are you going to drop the real story on Art Jackson?

  • Unotres
    December 1, 2007 - 11:36 | Permalink

    Love this record!!!Thanks a lot for your time and the postings.

  • Capt. Willard
    December 1, 2007 - 14:34 | Permalink

    Thanks to all for the comments.

    Hey JBL,
    Nice to hear from you again. From Julian Cope's site…

  • Anonymous
    December 2, 2007 - 03:08 | Permalink

    Hey Willard, I checked Ms.Haden's website and she has a bonus track of sorts….check out
    to her her take on The Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows." Well worth the listen


  • miles
    December 2, 2007 - 04:42 | Permalink

    nice find, willard. thanks!

  • Capt. Willard
    December 2, 2007 - 19:09 | Permalink

    Hey D,
    Thanks for the link. That's a pretty cool free download.

  • Knox
    December 3, 2007 - 17:57 | Permalink

    I thought I would never hear this. Glad I did. Thanks alot.

  • Nazz Nomad
    December 6, 2007 - 14:59 | Permalink

    awesome, I am sure you have Petra's version of "Don't Stop Believin"- if not, here it is:

  • Capt. Willard
    December 6, 2007 - 15:43 | Permalink

    Very cool… thanks Nazz.
    How come you (Bleedin' Out) weren't in our links list? Time to fix that.

  • Les
    December 13, 2007 - 16:54 | Permalink


  • Anonymous
    October 3, 2008 - 17:56 | Permalink

    Im from Chile and i love petra haden

  • side3
    November 23, 2008 - 18:21 | Permalink

    Here's a great story on Pete's reaction to Petra's album:,,1037012,00.html

  • Pythagoras
    November 25, 2008 - 18:07 | Permalink

    A marvelous piece of music. "Sell out" was my first LP I ever had! This is a brilliant interpretation of this masterpiece!!!
    Thank you very much!

  • Satch
    November 25, 2008 - 20:14 | Permalink

    I don't usually care for a cappella but Ms. Hayden gets it right. Excellent! However, one wonders why she doesn't utter the words, "Heinz Baked Beans". Anybody else wonder?

  • Anonymous
    November 26, 2008 - 04:47 | Permalink

    As a sub-50 Sell Out fan, not to mention her dad with Ornette from when I was a babe, this idea was so intriguingly weird that I had to check it out. No wonder yer a dog fer the Persuasions. Thanks for a real groove from one of the ol' farts from St. Louis on the Mississippi. The lass 'as got class!!

  • Capt. Willard
    November 26, 2008 - 05:04 | Permalink

    Thanks. But, don't forget our Beach Boys Pet Sounds a cappella. That one is an ultimate instrument free release.

  • Pooky Greyhead
    April 4, 2009 - 10:49 | Permalink

    Amazing, man! Thanks!


  • Capt. Willard
    November 14, 2009 - 16:53 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • souldesqueeze
    March 15, 2010 - 04:29 | Permalink

    I found this disc exactly once, years ago, and stupidly opted out. It has proven impossible to find since. Many thanks for providing it here!

  • October 4, 2011 - 10:33 | Permalink

    Cool Stuff! I was not aware of this, but thrilled to now be able to hear it. Totally unexpected surprise.

  • Sean
    October 4, 2011 - 19:11 | Permalink

    WOw. thanks

  • Colin H
    October 5, 2011 - 11:47 | Permalink

    have been enjoying this album in lower quality for some time but great to upgrade. A nice way to come back to the page after a couple weeks of my internet being down… bad timing being home with a broken leg and no internet. I always thought this disc was the ultimate extension by a pro of the spirit of a zillion of us who’ve tried to imitate the sound of a guitar solo singing along in the car…

    Colin H, Cambridge, ON, Canada

  • Mr.W
    October 5, 2011 - 12:24 | Permalink

    Many Thanks! The Who Sell Out is a longstanding favourite, I’m always interested to hear a very individual interpretation of such a masterwork …

  • Hank
    October 8, 2012 - 14:33 | Permalink

    Wow. I have never heard of Petra before. What a gorgeous singer. Thanks a million.

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