January 23, 2021

Baby Don’t You Do It

[Recorded at the Record Plant, New York March 16, 1971. Additional guitar by Leslie West recorded during a two-day warm up session in Studio Two of the Record Plant and produced by Felix Pappalardi.]

A stage favorite of The Who from the 1964/65 era, this Marvin Gaye classic was perhaps an unusual choice for revival for Lifehouse. Played at the Young Vic and in the concert act for the remainder of 1971, this version was recorded at the Record Plant, New York on March 16, 1971. Leslie West guested on lead guitar. Previously unreleased. [This is edited down from the original which ran 8’41. An 8’14 version appears on the 2003 Deluxe Edition. A live version from December 1971 was released on the B-side of the "Join Together" single June 17th, 1972 and a 1964 studio recording is on the 1998 Odds and Sods CD.]

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Track 3 on the 1998 Odds & Sods CD. Recorded by Shel Talmy at Pye or IBC Studios, March 1965. 

The original version by Marvin Gaye made the U.S. charts September 19, 1964.

In 1972 The Band had a hit live version. 

This track, along with "I’m The Face" were discovered on an acetate bought by a Who fan in a flea market in Portobello Road.

The Who may have been inspired to cover these songs after they all attended "The Motown Show" in London in November 1964. John later said they "loved every minute of it" and after having seen Marvin Gaye sing "Baby Don’t You Do It," may have felt inspired to cover it themselves.

In March 1965 both songs were recorded with producer Shel Talmy as a possible follow-up to "I Can’t Explain." "Baby Don’t You Do It" was revived for the Lifehouse film project, was included in their 1971 live shows and was released as a live cut on the B-side of the "Join Together" single in 1972. A 1971 studio version also appears on the remastered Who’s Next CD.