The Who Sell Out


  • Vocals / Harmonica: Roger Daltrey
  • Guitar / Piano / keyboard / vocals Pete Townshend
  • Bass / Trumpet / Keyboard / Vocals: John Entwistle
  • Percussion / Vocals: Keith Moon
  • Organ: Al Kooper


  • May to November 1967
  • Talent Masters Studios in New York City
  • IBC Studios
  • Pye Studios
  • De Lane Lea Studios
  • CBS Studios
  • Kingsway Studios in London
  • Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles

The Who Sell Out is the title of the third album by British rock group The Who. It was released on LP on 16 December 1967, and has been published both as mono as well as stereo output. The first 1000 copies of the UK version of this album contained a color poster.

The recordings for the album took place between November 1967 of May. Produced The Who Sell Out by Kit Lambert.

The idea behind the album

Although The Who Sell Out due to a lack of continuous history can not be called a true concept album, the individual items are still related. The album attempts to create the atmosphere of a live radio program. The listener has virtually turned the radio station Radio London. It run radio station jingles, commercials and of course music. The concept was also reflected on the cover, which was the members of the band in various promotional photos. Townshend posed for a deodorant called Odorono, Daltrey was seen in a filled with Heinz Baked Beans Bath, Moon extolled the virtues of the anti - acne cream Medac and Entwistle tried to with a leopard skin clothed the effect of the Charles Atlas muscle building program convince. These photos were on the album then the corresponding advertising songs.

In retrospect, The Who Sell Out gives an insight into the everyday life of young mid-60s, for the radio one of the most important media represented, when it came time to follow the latest trends.


Only the title I Can See for Miles was released as a single from the album. It reached # 10 in the British charts, a result with the Pete Townshend, who described the song as "ultimate Who record" was not satisfied. The album itself reached number 13 of the English charts.

The cover was named by the British music magazine Q fourth best of all time in 2001.

Track lists

The album originally contained thirteen tracks, but the revised CD version from 1995 has been extended to ten pieces that were taken during the shooting of The Who Sell Out.

Bonus title

In 2009, a deluxe edition of the album, which was released as a double CD was released. CD 1 contains the album in a Sterooabmischung and additional bonus tracks. CD 2 contains the album in the original Monoabmischung from 1967 and additional bonus tracks.

Bonus tracks CD 1

Bonus Track CD 2