November 27, 2021

Odds & Sods


Roger Daltrey Vocals
John Entwistle Bass Guitar, Brass & Vocals
Keith Moon Drums & Vocals
Pete Townshend Guitar, Synthesizers, Piano & Vocals


Compiled and sequenced by John Entwistle

Cover concept by Roger Daltrey (featuring a die cut cover and the song titles in Braille on the back of the 1st British LP editions)

Design and photography by Graham Hughes.

The original LP contained a lyric sheet with song notes by Pete Townshend and a poster showing The Who at The Capital Center in Largo, Maryland right outside Washington, D.C. December 6,

The back cover is a picture of the long-suffering Who soundman Bobby Pridden. Did he get his picture on this album to make up for Pete dragging him across his console during the Quadrophenia tour?

Released in the U.K. as Track 2406 116 on September 28, 1974. It reached #10 in the charts.
Released in the U.S. as MCA 2126 on October 12, 1974. It reached #15 in the charts.

Liner notes by Brian Cady

Odds & Sods was an album caused by bootlegs. By 1974, The Who were already heavily bootlegged with many of their live performances released. But in 1972 and 1973, some bootlegs, with titles like Radio London, Jaguar and The Who vs. The Amazing Mr. Pig came out with previously unheard studio tracks. Probably at the request of The Who’s U.S. label, MCA, The Who were asked to make a collection of some of these tracks for a legitimate release. In the fall of 1973, while Pete, Roger and Keith were gearing up for the Tommy movie, John was put in charge of compiling The Who’s odds & sods. He and his solo producer John Alcock set to work, bringing The Who’s tapes back to John’s house and pouring over them. 

John Entwistle: "We thought we’d just have a go at some of these bootlegs. They release really bad bootlegs of these songs all the time. I’ve heard three of them which were made in the States and they’re really bad quality. They obviously will last only about three plays before the acetate disintegrates. We thought it was about time we released a bootleg of our own. I tried to arrange it like a parallel sort of Who career — what singles we might have released and what album tracks we might have released."

As of late 1973, John Swenson reported that the track selection would be "Little Billy," "Postcard," "Join Together," "Don’t Know Myself," "Pure and Easy," "Long Live Rock," "Naked Eye," "Now I’m a Farmer," and "Put The Money Down." Speaking later to Roy Carr, John said, "There’s still sufficient material in the vaults to make a second album. There’s an unedited version of ‘Join Together’ three minutes longer than the single. We’ve got The High Numbers ‘Zoot Suit’, ‘Early Morning Cold Taxi’, two instrumentals, a couple of outtakes from Quadrophenia and some things that aren’t finished that only have a guide vocal." The second LP never came out and since many of those tracks were already being bootlegged, the bootlegging continued.