The Who announced that their new compilation “The Reaction Singles 1966” will be released August 14, 2015.
The Who “The Reaction Singles 1966” will come out as a vinyl box set.
The Who broke their contract with producer Shel Talmy and Brunswick Records in 1966.
The band signed a temporary deal with their agent and future music mogul Robert Stigwood’s independent Reaction Records.
In March, just before Brunswick released “A Legal Matter” without the Who’s permission, the band issued their own new single, “Substitute.” The series of 7″ singles box sets will follow the release of The Brunswick Singles 1965-66.
The Reaction Singles 1966 is volume two of a four-part set of classic Who singles by labels (Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor), containing five 7″ singles from the Reaction label pressed on heavyweight vinyl with paper sleeves (reproducing the period graphics front and back with die-cut center holes).
The Who’s bust-up with Shel Talmy meant that the original “Substitute” single, with “Circles” on the flipside, had to be withdrawn from sale.
The Who reissued the single a week later with “Circles” re-titled “Instant Party.” When “Substitute” reappeared for a third time, it’s new B-side, an instrumental entitled “Waltz For A Pig,” was credited to ‘The Who Orchestra’ but actually featured another of Robert Stigwood’s clients, the Graham Bond Organization.
Despite that legal tug of war, “Substitute” reached No.
5 in the UK; a timeless snapshot of The Who in their power-pop prime.
The five-track EP Ready Steady Who was released in November ’66, the title of which is a reference to the popular ITV pop show Ready Steady Go on which the band were regular guests.
“There is no more significant a milestone in Rock Music than the 50th Anniversary,” reads the press statement.
“Through the decades, The Who redefined rock music as we know it and their influence continues in all areas of popular culture to this day.” “The Who Hits 50″ will continues through of 2015 with special re-releases, a huge celebratory show in Hyde Park and headlining the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury for the second time.
The Who will take to the Great Oak Stage in London’s iconic Hyde Park on Friday, June 26th for Barclaycard Presents British Summertime with very special guests Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs, Johnny Marr, Gaz Coombes and many others.
The singles are housed in a rigid ‘lid-and-tray’ outer box and features a 7” sized color booklet with liner notes about each release by Who biographer Mark Blake.
“The EP’s song selection was certainly eclectic, “Circles,” a track that had appeared as the B-side of the original “Substitute” single, made a re-appearance on the A-side here, and was joined by a new Townshend composition “Disguises,” a song driven by hypnotic percussive rhythms and jangling guitar.
The reverse side of the EP featured The Who in a lighter mood.
It included one of their current live numbers, a version of the popular Batman TV show theme, plus two of Keith Moon’s favourite songs: U.S.
surf duo Jan And Dean’s “Bucket T” and “Barbara Ann,” which had been a hit for The Beach Boys earlier that year.