The Who Live at Leeds   may have been the first live album I ever bought, but it’s safe to say that it has  since remained a benchmark with which to compare a half century of live performance pretenders to the throne of anything demonstrably better. To this day, nothing in  The Who’s considerable canon composed by the genius Pete Townshend slays me like the opener, a cover of a relatively obscure Mose Allison song, “Young Man Blues“, snarled so emphatically by Roger Daltrey that day at Leeds University that the spittle didn’t land until six years later in the south London neighborhood of Brixton,  lubricating young Joe Strummer to form The Clash.

The original contained Who classics “Substitute”, “My Generation” and “Magic Bus” extended jams, another definitive cover “Summertime Blues“, and the expanded edition added their new album at that time, something to do with “a rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy…”. Don’t miss Pete Townshend here In the Studio   hosting the fiftieth anniversary of The Who Live at Leeds , with archival classic rock interview from the late John Entwistle, the week of May 11. –Redbeard