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Paris 1972 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Fete De’l Humanite, Paris, France; September 9, 1972. A fair to good French radio broadcast; some hiss.
Here’s a classic Who show from way back. Unfortunately, it’s not a complete show though it’s probably a complete broadcast. Thanks to Arcorman and to TUFF_GONG for sharing the show on the net. For those who found the sound less than satisfactory, someone commented: “This [is] what French radio sounded like in the ’70s!”
Arcorman noted: “I got this tape in a trade in the ’80s or early ’90s and I have not edited/remastered anything. This torrent is dedicated to my friends at Long Live Rock@Facebook!”
The following are some comments at thewholive.net:
I am just right in front of the scene, slightly on the side of Pete! The weather is not that good but it doesnt rain (at least not yet!).
One plunges in the past with “I Can’t Explain” which resounds agreeably to my ears. The Les Paul guitar of Pete circles in any direction. Energetic “Summertime Blues” follows. Then, Entwistle approaches the microphone to sing “My Wife”. Immense crowd really starts to be excited. Who machine is definitively launched, and the titles goes at a tremendous speed: “Baba O’Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain, Won’t Get Fooled Again, Magic Bus, The Relay, Pinball Wizard, See Me Feel Me, My Generation, Naked Eye, Long Live Rock’n'roll”… but all of a sudden, the feast of humanity is in the dark.
No electricity. And it is in an indescribable environment which everyone rises behind me to listen to Pete Townshend who announce in a speaking pipe that The Who will return on stage as soon as the electricity came back. But after 10 minutes the festival was without lights. Then rain started to fall. The festival was definitively finished, but on that special evening, I saw The Who in a dazzling form and few more songs would have filled me.
For the “small history” I’ve read in a French magazine (Maxipop) that during all the concert, a bearded Eric Clapton was on the right side of the stage, invited by Pete.
All the concert has been filmed. I remember that two cameramans were on the left and right side of the stage. All the concerts was organised by Radio TéléLuxembourg (RTL). - Olivier Coiffard
The “open air” concert in Paris was in fact not organized by RTL (although there was a RTL backdrop behind the band). The occasion was a two day “fête” organized by “L’Humanité” which is the daily paper of the Parti Communiste Français. It took place in “La Courneuve” a town in the Paris suburbs.
“La Fête de l’Humanité” is a real institution in France and takes place early September. It has concerts, rock but also everything else, shows, and political debates.
I was present at that Who concert (had travelled from Brittany with the other members of my band to attend) and I thought the concert was brilliant. Everybody loved that concert. Very exciting. - Hugues
Pictures by Olivier Coiffard, posted at thewholive.net - Thanks!
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Track 01. I Can’t Explain (3.0MB)
Track 02. Summertime Blues (5.0MB)
Track 03. My Wife (8.7MB)
Track 04. Baba O’Riley (7.4MB)
Track 05. Behind Blue Eyes (4.6MB)
Track 06. Bargain (14.3MB)
Track 07. Won’t Get Fooled Again (11.9MB)
Track 08. Magic Bus (16.4MB)
Track 09. Relay (10.5MB)
See Me Feel Me
Long Live Rock
Roger Daltrey - vocals, harmonica
John Entwistle - vocals, bass
Keith Moon - vocals, drums
Pete Townshend - vocals, guitar
In November 2011, The Who released a five-disc deluxe edition of Quadrophenia. Buy the set here.
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