Magic Bus: The Who on Tour

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Magic Bus: The Who on Tour
Who bus.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedSeptember 1968
LabelDecca Records (1968)
MCA Records (1974)
The Who US chronology
The Who Sell Out
Magic Bus: The Who on Tour
Singles from Magic Bus: The Who on Tour
  1. "Pictures Of Lily"/"Doctor, Doctor"
    Released: 24 June 1967
  2. "Call Me Lightning"/"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
    Released: 16 March 1968
  3. "Magic Bus"/"Someone's Coming"
    Released: 11 October 1968

Magic Bus: The Who on Tour is the fourth American album by British rock band The Who, released by Decca in the US in September 1968 to capitalize on the success of their single of the same name.[1] It is a compilation album of previously released material, and was not issued in the UK, although the album was also released at approximately the same time in Canada. It peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200.[2]

The somewhat deceptive title implies that the songs were recorded live, but all recordings are studio tracks. The track list duplicates a few songs from the second and third US albums, but also contains single and EP tracks that were previously unavailable on a US album.

Members of the group (Pete Townshend in particular) have frequently expressed their dislike of this release.[citation needed] When the cover pictures were taken the group was not made aware by Decca that the shots would be used for a US album.[citation needed] Immediately following the modest success of this album, a similar but unrelated Who compilation, Direct Hits, was released in the UK by Track Records.

In 1974, the album was re-issued by MCA Records in the US and Canada as part of a budget priced double album set which also included the 1966 US debut The Who Sings My Generation. It was reissued on compact disc by MCA Records in the 1980s, but was not included among the remasterings that took place in the 1990s. Though out of print in the US, the 1980s CD release is still available in Canada.[citation needed]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone(unfavourable)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted. Tracks from singles are presented in mono on the original release. Some versions of this compilation use the short mono version of the title track. Some Canadian CD reissues use the longer 4 minute plus re-channeled stereo version. Some variations occur in different countries based on successes of songs in a particular market. Most, if not all, of the songs originally recorded in mono are re-channeled on the stereo LP, and subsequent re-issues.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Disguises" (mono) Ready Steady Who (EP), 19663:14
2."Run Run Run" (stereo) A Quick One, 19662:44
3."Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (mono)John EntwistleUK B-side of "Magic Bus", 19682:27
4."I Can't Reach You" (stereo) The Who Sell Out, 19673:05
5."Our Love Was, Is" (stereo) The Who Sell Out3:09
6."Call Me Lightning" (mono) UK B-side of "Dogs", 19682:25
Side two
7."Magic Bus" (American stereo version) Single A-side3:21
8."Someone's Coming" (mono)EntwistleUK B-side of "I Can See for Miles", U.S. B-side of "Magic Bus"2:33
9."Doctor, Doctor" (mono)EntwistleB-side of "Pictures of Lily", 19673:02
10."Bucket T" (mono)Don Altfeld, Roger Christian, Dean TorrenceReady Steady Who2:11
11."Pictures of Lily" (mono) Single A-side2:43


  1. ^ The Who discography
  2. ^ All Music Guide
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1227. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Marcus, Greil (9 November 1968). "Reviews". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  6. ^ "The Who: Album Guide". Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2015.