Ready Steady Who
|Ready Steady Who|
|Released||11 November 1966|
|Producer||Kit Lambert, The Who|
|The Who chronology|
Ready Steady Who is a 7" EP by The Who, released only in the UK on 11 November 1966, about a month prior to their album A Quick One. The title refers to a Ready Steady Go! TV special the band had recently appeared in, but the EP contains different recordings from those performed on the TV show. These consist of two original songs by Pete Townshend, as well as covers of the theme from the Batman TV series and Jan and Dean's "Bucket T". Also included is a cover of The Regents' "Barbara Ann", a song whose famous arrangement by The Beach Boys The Who follows more closely.
All of the songs are available as bonus tracks on the 1995 reissue CD of A Quick One, except for "Circles", which differs from the version on the 2002 deluxe version of the My Generation LP, and can be found on Two's Missing.
The original EP credits the song "Batman" to Jan Berry, Don Altfeld (misspelled as "Altfield") and Fred Weider. The song was actually written by Neal Hefti, and is not a cover of the Jan and Dean-embellished[clarification needed] version. The credit was corrected in the liner notes to the 1995 CD release of A Quick One.
The Who re-recorded the song My Generation for the EP, but it was not included on it, and this version was released only in 1995 on the remastered version of A Quick One. The main difference between this version and the original is that it is heavily abridged and instead of the hail of feedback which ends the original, the band play a chaotic rendition of Edward Elgar's "Land of Hope and Glory." In the album's liner notes the song is credited to both Townshend and Elgar.
- Side one
- Side two
- "Batman" (Neal Hefti) – 1:22
- "Bucket 'T'" (Don Altfeld, Roger Christian, Dean Torrence) – 2:07
- "Barbara Ann" (Fred Fassert) – 1:59