The Who Sell Out (studio album) by The Who

The Who Sell Out by The Who
Year: 1967
Overall rank: 483rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 785 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1967 (16th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1960s (61st)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (483rd)
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The Who Sell Out is ranked 4th best out of 46 albums by The Who on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Who is Who's Next which is ranked number 39 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 28,377.

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.1/100, a mean average of 79.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.4.

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65/100
From 01/17/2022 18:57
Good fun album by The Who but better work by them will come after this one.
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80/100
From 12/12/2021 13:12
My favorite Who record. Definitely less over the top than some of their later material. I also love the general anti-consumerist theme.
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From 11/15/2021 20:01
The beginning of the Who's real run of greatness.
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From 08/30/2021 08:39
So, what are the best album streaks in modern music ? The question is one which has always fascinated me.

My personal list (albums and artists I know and love) of streaks goes something like this

1. The Beatles: ‘Help’ to ‘The White Album’ (peerless / untouchable)
2. R.E.M: ‘Murmur’ to ‘Up’
3. The Kinks: ‘Face to Face’ to ‘Muswell Hillbillies’
4. Pixies: ‘Come On Pilgrim’ to ‘Trompe Le Monde’

And here we have The Who beginning their own landmark streak with

‘The Who Sell Out’ (1967)
Followed by

‘Tommy’ (1969)
Followed by

‘Live At Leeds’ (1970)
Followed by

‘Who’s Next’ (1971)
Followed by

‘Quadrophenia’ (1973)

A simply sublime run of excellence

Hardly seems fair
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75/100
From 07/05/2021 10:46
All good songs, one great song. One of those albums where it is strongest in a full listen through to appreciate the clever concept of the album and all the fun little ditties between tracks.

A really good concept album, loads of fun, will come back to again and again even if there is only one stand out track ("i can see for miles and miles").
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From 03/13/2021 18:12
"Our Love Was" is absolutely sublime
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From 02/06/2021 15:17
wow. quite a decent offering.
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From 12/31/2020 04:27
Campy and light enough, but with only one example of The Who's truly top-notch songwriting, a far cry from their best albums.
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From 09/02/2020 18:45
Very consistent and very fun. A good variety of sounds tied together by Kinks-like subject matter. Crisp songwriting and guitars. The Who seem very comfortable on this album.
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From 08/19/2020 20:11
If I was played this without being told the artist, never in a million years would I guess The Who. This has to be my favourite Who album, even without listeneing to the rest. I am not a Mod fan and am surprised by how psychedelic this is, which is right up my street! 'I Can See For Miles' has to be my favourite track on the album. Moments of madness aka 'Gong like', mix with classical interludes which makes the listening experience very enjoyable. Great psychedelic guitar sound and just listen to what Keith Moon is doing behind that Slingerland kit!
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Best Albums of 1967
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
2. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
3. The Doors by The Doors
4. Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5. Forever Changes by Love
6. Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
7. Songs Of Leonard Cohen by Leonard Cohen
8. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by Pink Floyd
9. Axis: Bold As Love by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
10. Strange Days by The Doors
11. Disraeli Gears by Cream
12. Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane
13. Days Of Future Passed by The Moody Blues
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15. Something Else By The Kinks by The Kinks
16. The Who Sell Out by The Who
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18. Chelsea Girl by Nico
19. John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan
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