The Who - Let's See Action

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  "Let's See Action" is a song written and composed by Pete Townshend and recorded by The Who. It was released as a single in the UK in 1971 and reached #16 in the charts.

The song is one of many tributes by Pete Townshend to Meher Baba, others being "Baba O'Riley" and "Don't Let Go the Coat".


Song notes

The song is the first of three non-album singles by The Who, and came from the abortive Lifehouse project. Pete Townshend's demo version, which appears on his first major label solo album "Who Came First" as "Nothing Is Everything (Let's See Action)", is longer than the version on the single and contains the additional lines, "Rumor has it minds are open. Then rumors fill them up with lies." The band's bassist, John Entwistle said that the track was Pete Townshend "Trying to talk to the kids in general." According to The Who's biographer John Atkins, the song takes ideas from the teachings of Meher Baba, encompassing "Soul searching and the utilization of positive impulses from within."



The B-side of the single was "When I Was a Boy", which was written and sung by John Entwistle. According to John Atkins, this song is a lament about lost childhood and coping with adulthood that follows.


Charts and releases

The single was released in the UK on 15 October 1971. It reached #16 in the charts. "Let's See Action" was also released as a single in several other countries, but not in the U.S., where it remained unreleased until its inclusion on the Hooligans compilation album in 1981. "Let's See Action" was also remixed by Jon Astley and Andy Macpherson for the 30 years of Maximum R&B box set in 1994.



  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals (verses)
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, synthesizer, lead vocals (bridge)
  • John Entwistle – bass, horn
  • Keith Moon – drums
  • Nicky Hopkins – piano




The Who - Let's See Action / When I Was a Boy

UK Track 2094-012 (1971).

Record produced by The Who.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record comes with a generic plain white paper sleeve.

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