Rushed out in 1970 as a way to bide time as the Who toiled away on their sequel to Tommy, Live at Leeds wasn't intended to be the definitive Who live album and many collectors maintain that the band had better shows only available on bootlegs. But those shows weren't easily available whereas Live at Leeds was, and even if this show may not have been the absolute best, it's so damn close to it that it would be impossible for anybody but aficionados to argue. Throughout the '70s, the album was seen as one of the gold standards in live rock & roll, and certainly it had a fury that no proper Who studio album achieved. Here, they sound vicious -- as heavy as Led Zeppelin but twice as volatile as they careened through early classics with the confidence of a band that finally achieved acclaim but had yet to become preoccupied with making art. There is no better record of how this band was a volcano of violence on-stage, how they teetered on the edge of chaos but never blew apart. This was most true on the original LP, which was a trim six tracks, three of them covers ("Young Man Blues," "Summertime Blues," "Shakin' All Over") and three originals from the mid-'60s ("Substitute," "My Generation," "Magic Bus"), none of them bearing a trace of their mod roots. This pure distilled power was all the better for its brevity, but as the CD reissue boom exploded in the '90s Live at Leeds was expanded twice, first as a 14-track expanded single disc containing excerpts of their Tommy performance from that February 14, 1970, gig along with all the non-Tommy cuts and then, in 2001, as a double-disc deluxe edition containing the entirety of the show. It's a treat to hear more (or all, depending on the edition) of this great performance, all in remastered sound, but there's something to be said for the original LP, which packed a lethal, lean punch quite unlike any other Who album.
Performance CreditsWho Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Harmonica,Vocals
Pete Townshend Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Keith Moon Drums
John Entwistle Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsRoger Daltrey Producer
Johnny Kidd Composer
Pete Townshend Producer
Who Engineer,Audio Production
Jon Astley Producer,Remixing
Keith Moon Producer
Chris Charlesworth Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
John Entwistle Producer
Andy MacPherson Remixing
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Richard Evans Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Live at Leeds based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
I have several albums by The Who, including a Greatest Hit album or two. So, I almost passed this one over. But, it was a "Live" album (which I didn't have) and it had "Summer Time Blues" and "Tatoo," two songs I had heard and enjoyed, but did not have on any of my albums. I bought the album and am extremely glad I did. It's great and holds the spontaneity you get when you hear a band in concert. The very familiar tunes you've heard on studio albums are there, but have a fresh variation to them. I've played this CD over and over and over. I strongly recommend it---especially if you are a Who fan.
This is The Who at their best. There is another version of this album which has a second cd containing the whole live performance of Tommy, but for those who are satisfied with the original Tommy album, this version of Live AT Leeds is perfect.
This is an amazing live collection, The Who never sounded so great. Keith Moon was unbelieveable, he does make the drums sound like a lead instrument, best tracks ''A Quick One'' ''Tatoo'' and ''I'm a Boy''
This probably the most amazing live album I've ever heard. To keep myself from repeating what others have said, I'll leave it at that. My favorite track is Entwistle's ''Heaven and Hell''.
This album is the essence of The Who. Loud, musical and powerful. Keith Moon hits his peak here, sounding like five drummers going at once. Drummers still don't know how he did it!!