October 24, 2020

The Seeker

From the "Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncyquot; liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by The Who at IBC Studios, London Jan. 19, 1970.
Engineered by Damon Lyon-Shaw.

From the Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy liner notes by Brian Cady:

Produced by The Who at IBC Studios, London Jan. 19, 1970.
Engineered by Damon Lyon-Shaw.

"I suppose I like this least of all the stuff. It suffered from being the first thing we did after Tommy, and also from being recorded a few too many times. We did it once at my home studio, then at IBC where we normally worked then with Kit Lambert producing. Then Kit had a tooth pulled, breaking his jaw, and we did it ourselves. The results are impressive. It sounded great in the mosquito-ridden swamp I made it up in, Florida at three in the morning drunk out of my brain with Tom Wright and John Wolf. But that’s always where the trouble starts, in the swamp. The alligator turned into an elephant and finally stampeded itself to death on stages around England. I don’t think we even got to play it in the States."
–Pete Townshend

Released in the U.K. as Track 604036 on March 21, 1970 and reaching #19 in the charts.
Released in the U.S. as Decca 732729; it hit the charts there on April 11, 1970 reaching #44 in Billboard and #30 in Cash Box.
B-side in both countries was "Here For More."

It was performed at a few dates in the U.S., in 1970 and a few times in 2000.

Track #12 on My Generation – The Very Best Of The Who. (3’22)