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April 11, 2005

'Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out'

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Richard Harrington wrote a great story for yesterday's Washington Post about singer Petra Haden (above) and her re–creation of The Who's 1967 album, "The Who Sell Out."

What makes Haden's cover of the album somewhat different from others is that she used only her voice.

Not only did she replicate the Roger Daltrey-led vocals: she also did Pete Townshend's guitar, John Entwistle's bass, Keith Moon's drums, and assorted other instruments.

She even performed the commercial parodies and radio jingles that made "The Who Sell Out" one of rock's first concept albums.

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And she did it all on an eight-track cassette recorder, beginning her version in 2000 while she was recovering from serious injuries incurred when she was hit by a car while crossing the street.

She worked on it off and on for three years.

Pete Townshend said, "When I heard it I loved it immediately. The songs come to life in a way that makes me feel I'm hearing them for the very first time."

He added, "She makes me feel like Mozart. I so wish Keith Moon and John Entwistle were alive to hear this. I know they would feel the same."

Mmmm

Time to head to amazon for both versions.

April 11, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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