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The Who — Magic Bus (live)
Album: Live At Leeds
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Released: 1970
Length: 7:27
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Every day I get in the queue (Too much, Magic Bus)
To get on the bus that takes me to you (Too much, Magic Bus)
I'm so nervous, I just sit and smile (Too much, Magic Bus)
You house is only another mile (Too much, Magic Bus)

Thank you, driver, for getting me here (Too much, Magic Bus)
You'll be an inspector, have no fear (Too much, Magic Bus)
I don't want to cause no fuss (Too much, Magic Bus)
But can I buy your Magic Bus? (Too much, Magic Bus)

Nooooooooo!

I don't care how much I pay (Too much, Magic Bus)
I wanna drive my bus to my baby each day (Too much, Magic Bus)
I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it ... (You can't have it!)
Thruppence and sixpence every day
Just to drive to my baby
Thruppence and sixpence each day
'Cause I drive my baby every way

Magic Bus, Magic Bus, Magic Bus ...

I said, now I've got my Magic Bus (Too much, Magic Bus)
I said, now I've got my Magic Bus (Too much, Magic Bus)
I drive my baby every way (Too much, Magic Bus)
Each time I go a different way (Too much, Magic Bus)

I want it, i want it, I want it, I want it ...

Every day you'll see the dust (Too much, Magic Bus)
As I drive my baby in my Magic Bus (Too much, Magic Bus)
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They don’t make em like they used ta
 TobyRush wrote:
Do you suppose the £100 offer is still on the table? Maybe we could all pitch in?
 
inflation         


Thunder fingers on bass.
This is simply the best live rock album ever.  I had the pleasure of seeing the US leg of this tour back then at The Spectrum in Philly.  The whole 2 1/2 hour concert  was recently made available in 2016 on CD and vinyl.  The quality is outstanding.  I got the vinyl.  Highly recommend this especially if you are a Who fan.
Wow. This band sure could use a drummer. 
One of the best live rock albums ever, IMHO. Raw, full of energy.
geil
Oh the irony.... One of the few things that bugged me about The Who was the poor recording quality of their albums. Now here is a live, jammed up version of Magic Bus that surpasses any studio album they released in terms of engineering....
awful
The best version of this song by far, but it's still way too long and way too boring.
This must only be played at Eleven to the eleventh power and no less than that whilst simultaneously playing air guitar, air bass guitar and air drumming too of course while singing your lungs out!  High school all over again! 

Please follow this with the Woodstock live version of I'm Going Home by Alvin Lee and Ten Years After!

 coloradojohn wrote:
Oh I remember being in my Cutlass Supreme making out with the incredible Kim Sanders, and this came on, and I freaked her out with some wicked air-guitar — could not resist! and by golly it still gets my arm a milling!  Nothing quite ROCKS like this, does it?! Go Pete!


 
Pictures of Lily we know. Now I want some of that incredible Kim Sanders. Pictures, I mean
shout out to Bo Diddley
 crockydile wrote:
Ugh. A contrast to the Pretenders live. This sucks. It was a bad song originally. This "version" brings it to a new low. {#Clap}
 
I see why you miss Excelsior.
you nailed it Zodell!
Sometimes it all comes together, that night in Leeds, The Who showed the world how to rock... The recording is considered the epitome of live shows, the artists in their prime. Oh, madman Moon, Buddy Rich's demon love child.
 robca wrote:
I've been listening for years, first time I've heard it...
 
exactly
Bl**dy awful - 7+ minutes of awfulness
 driver8 wrote:
  
Blue Plaque Unveiling
...


Daltrey and Townshend thanked the University of Leeds; both for inviting them to play the original gig and for inviting them back.


“Without those unions to play to play, the venues were thin on the ground, so my big thanks to Leeds for being there” said Roger Daltrey.


Townshend added: “This is the perfect, perfect venue to start this tour. I’m so happy and so made up to be here.”





  Based on a photo I saw in the paper yesterday, these geezers have slipped over the hill quite a bit since this picture was taken. I have doubts about their ability to twirl/sling microphones around or to thrash a guitar. Of course, with wireless microphones maybe this is not important.



Oh, hell yeah. WAKE UP RP!

Play it loud.


{#Wave}.. 10 
{#Propeller}{#Sunny}{#Lol} whodat
{#Notworthy}

Sublime.


Another prime example of a Live recording far outwieghs the studio verion ... Oh such memories and Moon Man giving it Max in fact all the band gave all here, Thanks for playing it Bill & Rebecca.
this could be one of the the best live albums ever......well in my collection anyway... 
ROCK N ROLL!

No wonder Townsend went deaf. 
Arguably one of the best live shows ever recorded, The Who were at the very top of their game ...
I remember Kim Sanders turning me on to this LP... man, she sure liked to ROCK!
 coloradojohn wrote:
Oh I remember being in my Cutlass Supreme making out with the incredible Kim Sanders, and this came on, and I freaked her out with some wicked air-guitar — could not resist! and by golly it still gets my arm a milling!  Nothing quite ROCKS like this, does it?! Go Pete!


 
{#Lol}
got my ticket....{#Dance}
Ugh. A contrast to the Pretenders live. This sucks. It was a bad song originally. This "version" brings it to a new low. {#Clap}
I haven't heard this in long while.  I must get my turntable fixed.
 capandjudy wrote:

Agreed!! however the sound quality is horrible.
 
Agreed.  Which is why Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus (an astoundingly well-recorded album from not much later) gets my vote for best live rock recording ever.  But this is a close second. . . .

Live albums don't get much better than this!!!!
The audience sounds so amazingly unenthusiastic at the end. I've heard louder crowds at a ligyrophobiacs anonymous meeting. Of course I can't say if it's the recording or just the interminable song.
always been fascinated by the cover of this LP.
simple & straight & rough & with enough white space: for filling up with your own imagination....
just like the music itself....

 driver8 wrote:  And Roger's still as hot looking as ever! {#Hearteyes}


Can't have too much magic bus !
 scraig wrote:

I have the LP hanging on the ceiling of my garage...as art. I love the B&W photo inserts too. I will have to pull it down and give it a listen.

 

I didn't know there were any photos. I stole it from my older brother when he went off to college. He must have lost the pictures.
Bummer.
 bronorb wrote:
I just plopped the vinyl version of this album on the turntable this past weekend.
Played it real freaking loud!
Best live album ever, bar none.
 
I have the LP hanging on the ceiling of my garage...as art. I love the B&W photo inserts too. I will have to pull it down and give it a listen.

Al_Koholic
(Exit 82, NJ)
Posted: Sep 25, 2008 - 12:50 < Reply >

copymonkey wrote:

You're right Kim Sanders WAS incredible!

Man, she sure got around. When I was with her she was just OK, but to hear she was incredible-I must have taught her something.  You are all welcome.



Well, when I knew her my air guitar quite simply blew her away. She was never the same!
 bronorb wrote:
I just plopped the vinyl version of this album on the turntable this past weekend.
Played it real freaking loud!
Best live album ever, bar none.
 
Agreed!! however the sound quality is horrible.


copymonkey wrote:


You're right Kim Sanders WAS incredible!

Man, she sure got around. When I was with her she was just OK, but to hear she was incredible-I must have taught her something.  You are all welcome.


 coloradojohn wrote:
Oh I remember being in my Cutlass Supreme making out with the incredible Kim Sanders, and this came on, and I freaked her out with some wicked air-guitar — could not resist! and by golly it still gets my arm a milling!  Nothing quite ROCKS like this, does it?! Go Pete!

 

You're right Kim Sanders WAS incredible!
Live at Leeds...awesome!
Oh, that's what this song is about!

Gonna ride her til the juice run down my leg


DrummerBananajamDancingbanana_2Bananajumprope
One Hundred, English Pounds!
I just plopped the vinyl version of this album on the turntable this past weekend.
Played it real freaking loud!
Best live album ever, bar none.
Oh I remember being in my Cutlass Supreme making out with the incredible Kim Sanders, and this came on, and I freaked her out with some wicked air-guitar — could not resist! and by golly it still gets my arm a milling!  Nothing quite ROCKS like this, does it?! Go Pete!

EssexTex wrote:
This is what the Who did best..live jammin....perfect, from one of the best live rock albums ever made!


Check out the Who at the Isle of Wight concert if you can.  Amazing performances.

  
Blue Plaque Unveiling
...


Daltrey and Townshend thanked the University of Leeds; both for inviting them to play the original gig and for inviting them back.


“Without those unions to play to play, the venues were thin on the ground, so my big thanks to Leeds for being there” said Roger Daltrey.


Townshend added: “This is the perfect, perfect venue to start this tour. I’m so happy and so made up to be here.”




Hard to believe it's been 40 years since this hit the airways for the first time . . .  Man, what a summer that was . . .  Good times, good times.{#Bounce}
This is what the Who did best..live jammin....perfect, from one of the best live rock albums ever made!
Yeah, love The Who, but this is not my favorite.
Now don't get me wrong, I love the Who but this song has it's place and it's not here. At least not for me. But it has generated a lot of praise from fellow RP listeners, so I'll just go get another beer, and hey! now they're playing R.E.M. Bet ya people aren't as forgiving of R.E.M. as I've been of the Who!!! (at least this song, mind you).
David_Murray wrote:
OK.... I love the Who, but I am hearing this much too much!!!! Once every couple of months will do Bill!!! There is some much more out there... Can we please add to your playing list?? Thanks
Hey, I'll take this anytime as an antidote to the daily force-feedings of Dengue Fever and Tori Amos!
I've been listening for years, first time I've heard it...
huebdoo wrote:
I have to admit I love this version ... they rock ... very clean ... polished even ... This would have been a great concert what year was it?
1967 +/-
OK.... I love the Who, but I am hearing this much too much!!!! Once every couple of months will do Bill!!! There is some much more out there... Can we please add to your playing list?? Thanks
woozurbuddy wrote:
Live at Leeds is one of the top 3 live albums every recorded, IHMO. One of the other is The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East....I'll let you guess the other one!
My guess would be Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus.
NeilBlanchard wrote:
Hello, Is this one the whole concert? (click here) I wannit, I wannit, I wannit... Neil
you can have the magic bus for 100 english pounds. No! Too much!
Hello, krich58 wrote:
For absolute sure. If you don't like this stuff, plain and simple, you don't like Rock and Roll! I've bought this thing like 5 times. When it first came out on LP, then 8-track, then on CD, then again when they remastered it, and again when they reissued the whole concert. The whole show is absolute amazing--they do most (all?) of Tommy, and that's on the second disc. One of the better reissues w/ extra songs that I've purchased.
Is this one the whole concert? (click here) I wannit, I wannit, I wannit... Neil
Ah, yes. The 7 minute and 27 second version of "Magic Bus". Also known to the concert goers as "Bathroom Break".
AWW HELL YEAH!
"It's a Bus Age wonder!" I love that line.
Too much.... (I mean that in a good way)
Turn it all the way to the right, and rip the knob off.
Do you suppose the £100 offer is still on the table? Maybe we could all pitch in?
THE LP of my youth.
coloradojohn wrote:
Each of these rock'n'roll madmen were at the TOP of their game in this one, baby! and what a game it was! Yes, def one of the best live recordings EVER...The chugging, relentless bass, the ripping Pete runs, those Daltrey vokes, and man, could Moonie bang 'em! Yes, I was a Who-crazed, Doors-dazed kid who used to freak my parents out by loving the heck out of this stuff, turning it up so loud they could hear it from down the street as they drove up to the house to open the front door and find me windmilling and jumping around like PT -- and once I busted a bulb way up on the ceiling -- and screaming the blood-curdling way Rodg did, and Ox-ing in one place for a bit, and then Moon-bashing like I was plumb crazy; well, and you know what? That URGE is still there, man...Like, a child is like a flower, man - his head is just -- floating in the breeze, man! and The Who can still blow the cobwebs away anytime I hear 'em...Saw 'em twice back in the day, and would love to again! Raw, angry, charged and dangerously full of power. YEAH!
I still feel this way. I can't do the scream anymore, but air-play all the instruements and jump around like Pete does. My 17 and 20 year old kids do ALSO! We have been going to the tours that restarted in 1997 and they STILL ROCK. Zac ain't bad on the drums, either. da WHO!
I have to admit I love this version ... they rock ... very clean ... polished even ... This would have been a great concert what year was it?
I used to bring this album to school to try and convert my fellow classmates away from Rainbow Judas Priest etc..I'm glad to say it worked with quite a few of them. I've seen em live too.
Okay! Now we be cookin'! Hey, does anyone recall that breif moment when Pete's guitar was backwards tracked just prior to Roger singing "everytime I get in queue" I kinda miss that little nuance from the vinyl version.
Fffffffffurkin awesome!!! :notworthy: I got it I got it I got it
Imkirok wrote:
Wham - Live in '88? /ducks for cover
Oh man... Funny stuff...
Yes... Keel Auditorium in January, 1968. Who, Joe Cocker .... but unfortunately Zeppelen couldn't find the place in time. First concert I ever saw... !
"You Can't Have It!"
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
Analog sounds sooooooooooooooooo excellent.
there is no "analog" according to quantum physics :D
woozurdaddy wrote:
Live at Leeds is one of the top 3 live albums every recorded, IHMO. One of the other is The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East....I'll let you guess the other one!
Wham - Live in '88? /ducks for cover
triplo! Honeyman wrote:
I was gonna say the EXACT same thing.
mgkiwi wrote:
Fantastic - one of THE best live albums ever - FACT :notworthy:
I was gonna say the EXACT same thing.
aristoteles wrote:
Luv it. Someone said Rock and Roll is dead, he must be lost somewhere in the Bahamas....
Frank Zappa once said, "Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny!!!" Always loved that quote. :lol:
woozurdaddy wrote:
Live at Leeds is one of the top 3 live albums every recorded, IHMO. One of the other is The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East....I'll let you guess the other one!
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (FZ)? Naw, it has to be Live/Dead...
mgkiwi wrote:
Fantastic - one of THE best live albums ever ...
For absolute sure. If you don't like this stuff, plain and simple, you don't like Rock and Roll! I've bought this thing like 5 times. When it first came out on LP, then 8-track, then on CD, then again when they remastered it, and again when they reissued the whole concert. The whole show is absolute amazing--they do most (all?) of Tommy, and that's on the second disc. One of the better reissues w/ extra songs that I've purchased.
Live at Leeds is one of the top 3 live albums every recorded, IHMO. One of the other is The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East....I'll let you guess the other one!
Little Feat/Waiting for Columbus
Awesome version. One of the best groups live ever. :clap: :clap: :clap:
woozurdaddy wrote:
Live at Leeds is one of the top 3 live albums every recorded, IHMO. One of the other is The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East....I'll let you guess the other one!
Under a Blood Red Sky. Up there for me.
I remember buying an eleven disk box set (vinyl) which had this album in it. It was my first exposure to this album, and I remember being BLOWN AWAY by how great they sounded live. I think Quadrophenia might be one of my desert island disks.
coloradojohn wrote:
Saw 'em twice ... Raw, angry, charged and dangerously full of power. YEAH!
My brother took me to see them at the Hollywood Bowl back when they still smashed their instruments. Formative for sure.
coloradojohn wrote:
Each of these rock'n'roll madmen were at the TOP of their game in this one, baby! and what a game it was! Yes, def one of the best live recordings EVER...The chugging, relentless bass, the ripping Pete runs, those Daltrey vokes, and man, could Moonie bang 'em! Yes, I was a Who-crazed, Doors-dazed kid who used to freak my parents out by loving the heck out of this stuff, turning it up so loud they could hear it from down the street as they drove up to the house to open the front door and find me windmilling and jumping around like PT -- and once I busted a bulb way up on the ceiling -- and screaming the blood-curdling way Rodg did, and Ox-ing in one place for a bit, and then Moon-bashing like I was plumb crazy; well, and you know what? That URGE is still there, man...Like, a child is like a flower, man - his head is just -- floating in the breeze, man! and The Who can still blow the cobwebs away anytime I hear 'em...Saw 'em twice back in the day, and would love to again! Raw, angry, charged and dangerously full of power. YEAH!
Passionate man, very passionate!
Each of these rock'n'roll madmen were at the TOP of their game in this one, baby! and what a game it was! Yes, def one of the best live recordings EVER...The chugging, relentless bass, the ripping Pete runs, those Daltrey vokes, and man, could Moonie bang 'em! Yes, I was a Who-crazed, Doors-dazed kid who used to freak my parents out by loving the heck out of this stuff, turning it up so loud they could hear it from down the street as they drove up to the house to open the front door and find me windmilling and jumping around like PT -- and once I busted a bulb way up on the ceiling -- and screaming the blood-curdling way Rodg did, and Ox-ing in one place for a bit, and then Moon-bashing like I was plumb crazy; well, and you know what? That URGE is still there, man...Like, a child is like a flower, man - his head is just -- floating in the breeze, man! and The Who can still blow the cobwebs away anytime I hear 'em...Saw 'em twice back in the day, and would love to again! Raw, angry, charged and dangerously full of power. YEAH!
mgkiwi wrote:
Fantastic - one of THE best live albums ever - FACT :notworthy:
ABsolutely true - rates up there with Allman Bros. Live at Fillmore.
Fantastic - one of THE best live albums ever - FACT :notworthy:
Wow. This rocks so hard.
UGH! I like the who, but this live track is bad.
Damn! :dancingbanana_2:
Luv it. Someone said Rock and Roll is dead, he must be lost somewhere in the Bahamas....
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
Analog sounds sooooooooooooooooo excellent.
:yes:
I can almost see the leprechauns dancing about the stage...
Easy to turn off.
Analog sounds sooooooooooooooooo excellent.
woozurdaddy wrote:
Live at Leeds is one of the top 3 live albums every recorded, IHMO. One of the other is The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East....I'll let you guess the other one!
I'm with you on these two, but the third..... Live at Budokan? Exit....Stage Left? Live Rust? Woodstock? Before the Flood? Nirvana Unplugged? The Last Waltz? All depends on my mood I guess.
I am embarrassed to say that I do not own a copy of this album. I will repent by immediately purchasing it.....
Saw them perform in Fresno, CA in 1968. This was their encore number, absolutely amazing! Keith was a possessed maniac on the drums!!! Just ferocious! The entire band was stellar!!! Of course Pete and Keith did their obligatory guitar, amp and drum smashup at the end!!! The best live rock band ever!!!
It's :bananajam: :guitarist: :drummer: :fire: :music:
messy. and nice.
woozurdaddy wrote:
Live at Leeds is one of the top 3 live albums every recorded, IHMO. One of the other is The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East....I'll let you guess the other one!
It's gotta be Frampton.
woozurdaddy wrote:
Live at Leeds is one of the top 3 live albums every recorded, IHMO. One of the other is The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East....I'll let you guess the other one!
Uh... Frampton Comes Alive?
I don't care how many overdubs there are, this is just a great track. Live at Leeds is my vote for the best live album ever.
You can just feel how LOUDthis must have been, even with the volume down for work. Amazing live cut.
I think one of the best live tracks ever put onto vinyl. Wish I had seen them in their heyday
I can understand why not everyone likes their music, I'm not a great fan of everything they made. But live they were absolutely spectacular. I saw them with Moon in 1973 in Holland. It was a weird concert, but the impact was incredible. Imho a piece of rock history I'm glad I witnessed.
I dragged this CD out of the dust bins about one or two months ago. Despite the dreadful recording quality, the CD shows that Pete Townsend is/was a great straight ahead rock guitar player. Entwistle and Moon are flying off in two separate directions over most of the album but Townsend seems to both hold them together and still do a lot of great lead stuff at the same time.
How many of you discerning listeners recall the little guitar riff that was backwards tracked just before the lyric "I don't care how I make" from the original vinyl version? Seems that's been changed on the CD releases. Personally, I miss that little detail. Just like the false start at the beginning of "I'm Looking Through You" off the Beatles Rubber Soul album. Loved that false start and it's nowhere to be found on CD.
orpheus wrote:
I do feel it, and I love the Who in their prime with the original lineup (and was lucky enough to see them when it still existed, probably one of the best concerts I've ever seen), I just can't stand this song (live or original and this version in particular) :surprised: :confused: :exclaim:
You effin' lucky so-and-so. Moon was still around when they performed in my neck of the woods, but I was only a sophomore in high school and my parents weren't real keen on letting me go. There wasn't much chance of getting tickets anyway. From what I've read though, Keith wasn't nearly as good at that point due to all the hard living and drugs. My older brother saw them a few years before that...and the band had to cancel the concert because Keith started puking all over his drum kit. Not good.
kcar wrote:
One of the best lives albums ever, and I grew up with the iffy un-remastered, abbreviated version. Orpheus, sorry you can't feel it. When The Who was in its prime, these guys rawked like no one else. IIRC, "Jerry Maguire" opened with this song...
I do feel it, and I love the Who in their prime with the original lineup (and was lucky enough to see them when it still existed, probably one of the best concerts I've ever seen), I just can't stand this song (live or original and this version in particular) :surprised: :confused: :exclaim:
Gregorama wrote:
Why do you hate them? The Who have to be among the top 5 greatest rock & roll bands ever. Few have contributed more to guitar playing and song writing than Pete Townshend. Give Quadrophenia, Tommy, Who's Next or Magic Bus, a try; or Pete Townshend's Empty Glass, Rough Mix, White City or Scoop. Maybe you'll find SOMETHING to like about them. Where's all the love? Hate is just not a constructive emotion... I'm sorry, but HATING the who is Rock & Roll sacriledge in my book. I think you two guys might get lonesome out ther all alone. :)
What he said! But I would add: Who By Numbers to the list of albums to listen to before passing final judgment. There is soooo much more to The Who than what gets radio play - even here on RP.
That was cool