This companion to 1967's The Who Sell Out is actually my favorite Who CD of all time. It's the album I WISH Decca US would have released in leiu of the enjoyable but all over the map Magic Bus: The Who on Tour. The title here is taken directly from the words of Pete Townshend (or was it Kit Lambert?) who said in an interview that (paraphrased) "the next Who album will be called 'Who's for Tennis". All we know for sure about this mysterious proposed album was that "Glow Girl" was supposed to be the opener, and what an opening cut indeed!
What you've got here is the double album the Who would have released in 1968 if I had been running the show at their US record label. Utilizing basic math skills, we can determine that 24 total songs/ 4 = 6, which would be the number of songs per side on this fucker. I swear to you that if I ever get my hands on a vinyl pressing factory, the first thing I would do is press up 5,000 of these bad boys and give them away to anyone I knew who gave a crap about good music.
Anyway, this is pretty much the greatest Who album ever if you ask me. The familiar points of entry are "Pictures of Lily", "Magic Bus" and "Call Me Lightning", but after that it's a mind-blowing trip through obscure but beautiful b-sides, demos, alternate takes and RARITIES, baby. Download it, dig it. This is the Who at the top of their game. Anyway I'm getting restless writing this-- Who's for Tennis?