The Who

Who's Zoo Two!

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A 26-song compilation of 1960s rarities -- B-sides, alternate takes, rare mixes, commercials, rare live TV/radio -- posited as a sequel to the classic Who's Zoo bootleg of long ago. There's a problem with that tactic in that three 1965 B-sides, and the 1965 live tracks, on Who's Zoo Two! also appear on Who's Zoo, and a further problem in that the 1965 outtakes "Lubie (Come Back Home)" and "Motoring" were on the official compilations Who's Missing and Two's Missing respectively. But no matter -- what of the stuff that's really hard to find elsewhere? There's a genuine alternate take of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" that only came out on a French EP, with a significantly different Daltrey lead vocal; the "censored" U.S. version of "Substitute," in which the line "I try going forward but my feet walk back" was substituted for the controversial lyric "I look all white but my dad was black"; commercials for Great Shakes soft drink and (in a frightful instance of political naïveté) the U.S. Air Force; "Eyesight to the Blind" with an alternate vocal track (and, again, a noticeably different one) by Daltrey; and the studio version of "Young Man Blues" from the rare Track sampler House That Track Built. (As any faithful reader of ICE can tell you, "Young Man Blues" is not the same as the alternate take that shows up as a bonus cut on the expanded CD version of Odds & Sods, despite what the liner notes on that official release say.) There's also the mono mix of side one of The Who Sell Out, which to be honest is not much different from the familiar one, with the important exception of "Our Love Was, Is," which has quite different electronic phasing and a much more country-blues-toned guitar solo. There are what the sleeve notes call rare versions from the vinyl mix of Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, and of "Magic Bus" and "Call Me Lightning." Finally, there are three songs from what the liners term "first U.S. radio concert -- 1966!," which again is problematic considering the Who did not play in America until 1967; these are good performances, wherever they're from, but the tracks sound sped up. In all it's one for the trainspotting Who collectors and not even necessarily the big Who fan. But what the hey -- if you're a completist, it will save you a good chunk of dough to get these items here instead of ferreting out the rare originals.