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Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand (Pete Townshend) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, London on October 24, 1967.

This was actually The Who's third attempt at recording 'Mary Anne.' They tried an electric version first at Talentmasters Studios in New York on August 6, 1967, and again, also electric, on August 7. In the end it was the final version which was released first on Sell Out. [The end 'shaky' sound was not on the original tape and was created for this reissue. It was released in the Netherlands as a single February 2nd, 1968 backed with 'I Can't Reach You.' It failed to chart. The Who performed this live a few times during the summer of 1968, occasionally during the 1989 tour and acoustically in 1999.]

 

Recorded and mixed at Mira Sound and Talentmaster Studios, New York Aug. 6-7, 1967. Organ played by Al Kooper.

 

[This is a different take from the one used as the B-side of the U.S. single "I Can See For Miles." The U.S. single take (remixed into stereo) was reissued on the 1998 Odds and Sods CD.]

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by Kit Lambert at Mirasound Studios, New York August 6, 1967.
Organ played by Al Kooper.

This is a stereo mix of the version which previously appeared as the B-side of "I Can See For Miles" in the U.S. October 1967. It was not released in the U.K. until the 1983 Rarities Vol. 1 LP. A very different version appeared on The Who Sell Out LP and an alternate version much like this in style on the remastered The Who Sell Out CD. 

I danced with Linda
I danced with Jean
I danced with Cindy
Then I suddenly see

Mary-Anne with the shaky hands
What they've done to her man
Those shaky hands

Mary is so pretty
The prettiest in the land
Guys come from every city
Just to shake her shaky hands

Linda can cook
Jean reads books
Cindy can sew
But I'd rather know

Mary-Anne with the shaky hands
What they've done to her man
Those shaky hands

Mary-Anne with the shaky hands
What they've done to her man
Those shaky hands

Mary-Anne with the shaky hands
What they've done to her man
Those shaky hands

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
Odds & Sods 3:23
Who's Missing 3:16 Original Version
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 2:09
The Who Sell Out - reissue 2:28
The Who Sell Out - reissue 3:21 Alternate Version
Live at the Royal Albert Hall 4:12 Live - 11/27/2000
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