Today’s listen:

The Who Live at Leeds

(1995 digital remaster). Arguably the greatest live rock ‘n’ roll album ever (although Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and the Band’s Last Waltz are right up there as all-time greats). Caught at the height of their protopunk (yes) power, before Daltry totally became a buffoon on stage and Townshend flamed out, unable to realize his grandiose vision. [Buying hint: don’t go for the deluxe edition with a second disc of a live Tommy performance unless rarities for rarities’ sake are your thing. Stick with the one-disc Leeds set and just go back to the studio version of Tommy instead.]