The Who showed really well that they were an artrock band on their 2nd album "A quick one" from 1966, while the U.K version didn´t contain any hit singles. The U.S version featured the hit single "Happy Jack", this is also the album with least Townshend compositions. All members contributed with songs, "See my way" by Daltrey, "Boris the spider" and "Whiskey man" by Entwistle, "I need you" and the weird "Cobwebs and strange" by Moon plus 4 songs by Townshend that were the best ones ofcourse. "So sad about us" is a real lost gem by The Who and the opener "Run run run" is real nice 60´s pop song while the 9 minute rock opera "A quick one while he´s away" was the start of Townshend´s path down the rockopera lane.
This album also includes the cover of Martha and The Vandellas "Heatwave" which feels rather misplaced here even if it´s a good song, each member got £500 in advance of making the album which I think is one of their weakest efforts. Sure "Boris the spider" is a cool song and a couple songs more are worthy mentioning but it could´ve been a bit better if they had included the song "Pictures of Lily" which was only released as a single.
Remember The Guess Who? The Canadian band featuring Randy Bachman, well they formed in 1963 and approached The Who while playing in London to meet them face to face and tell them to change their name. Townshend wasn´t too happy about the idea and told them "-There´s the Yardbirds and The Byrds, so bugger off!".