Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by The Who
Psychedelic Ox from an album reviled by the band, but truly loved by fans.
Today’s Song Of The Day was originally a 1968 B-side written by Who bassist John Entwistle. The song ended up on the album Magic Bus: The Who On Tour, which contrary to its title was not a live recording, but a compilation of studio off tracks from other releases. The 1968 album, which was compiled for American and Canadian markets only, included tracks from EPs (primarily the 1966 EP, Ready Steady Who) and stray singles, with a dash of a few already available cuts from the group’s first two albums.
While the group didn’t approve of the album at all, North American fans who grew up listening to the Who cherish the tune stack and album’s highly listenable sequence. When the group posed for the bus photo that was used on the cover, they had no idea that the photo would end up being used on their latest American album release. Sadly, the album has been out of print in the U.S. since the early ‘90s, with its tracks either released as bonus tracks to the CD version of the A Quick One album, or returned to the original albums from where they came from.
Some of Pete’s greatest songs are on this album, especially “Disguises” and “Run, Run, Run” (from the Happy Jack album), plus “Pictures Of Lily,” “Call Me Lightning” and, of course, the album’s title track. And two of Entwistle’s greatest songs are also here, including “Boris The Spider,” which was written after a night out drinking at a bar with Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, and today’s Song Of The Day, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” which gives Sid Barrett-era Pink Floyd a run for its money in the Psychedelia department.
Magic Bus: The Who On Tour is one of many albums that make up the sub-genre of rock era records, that were compiled for U.S. markets only and don’t exist in the artist’s country of origin. And there are numerous examples including Yesterday And Today, The Early Beatles and The Beatles’ Second Album by The Beatles, Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy and Odds And Sods also by The Who, Kink-Size and Kinkdom by The Kinks, England’s Newest Hitmakers, December’s Children (And Everybody’s) and Flowers by The Rolling Stones, Black Market Clash by The Clash, Taking Liberties by Elvis Costello and many others.
I’ve named a few, now you name the rest…
- “Disguises” – 3:14 (from the UK EP Ready Steady Who, 1966) (Mono)
- “Run Run Run”– 2:44 (from Happy Jack, 1966) (Stereo)
- “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (John Entwistle) – 2:27 (single b-side, 1968) (Mono)
- “I Can’t Reach You” – 3:05 (from The Who Sell Out, 1967) (Stereo)
- “Our Love Was, Is” – 3:09 (from The Who Sell Out, 1967) (Stereo)
- “Call Me Lightning” – 2:25 (US single A-side, 1968) (Mono)
- “Magic Bus” – 3:21 (single A-side, 1968) American Version – Mono
- “Someone’s Coming” (Entwistle) – 2:33 (single b-side, 1968) (Mono)
- “Doctor, Doctor” (Entwistle) – 3:02 (single b-side, 1967) (Mono)
- “Bucket T” (Don Altfeld, R.Christian, D.Torrence) – 2:11 (from Ready, Steady, Who, 1966) (Mono)
- “Pictures of Lily” – 2:43 (single A-side, 1967) Mono
- Roger Daltrey – Harmonica, Vocals
- John Entwistle – Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
- Keith Moon – Drums, Vocals
- Pete Townshend – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Here is Eric Berman’s Song of the Day
Here’s a playlist that includes the full album. Just hit play to hear them all or you can advance though them individually .