October 28, 2020

Circles

From the "My Generation" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Recorded January 12, 1966 at IBC Studios, London.

The first Who song recorded with brass performed by John Entwistle.

From the My Generation liner notes by Brian Cady:

Recorded January 12, 1966 at IBC Studios, London.

The first Who song recorded with brass performed by John Entwistle.

"When we recorded our first LP and wanted a bit of a different sound, Pete told our manager, Kit Lambert, that I could play trumpet. He thought Pete was joking at first but then said he’d give it a try. I showed him I could play the trumpet and in the end we used French horn."
–John Entwistle

"Circles" is the last Who recording produced by Shel Talmy. It was scheduled to be released on Brunswick records as an A-side single on February 18, probably with the unreleased track "Instant Party Mixture" as the B-side, but was withdrawn when it became clear that The Who intended to break their contract with Shel Talmy. It eventually appeared on the B-side of the "A Legal Matter" single in Europe where it was retitled "Instant Party" then retained that title when it appeared as the last track on the U.S. LP. The mono version is available on CD on the Canadian import The Who Sings My Generation and the My Generation remaster released in Japan in 2008. The stereo version from My Generation: Deluxe Edition is missing John’s horn part. An alternate take was first released on the 2008 My Generation Box released in Japan.