THE WHO - SOUNDBOARD HIGHLIGHTS 1969

October 21, 2016 – 4:48 am

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THE WHO
Highlights from forthcoming The Fall 1969 Soundboard Tapes Vol 1-5 [Prof Stoned 2016, 1CD]

Various venues and dates. Very good soundboard. Newly Restored and Mastered.

Thanks to prof_stoned for all the efforts; and for sharing the tracks at Dime.

prof_stoned noted:

This sampler is meant as an appetizer and as a single best-of disc for those who find five volumes a bit too much. It consists of direct-to-stereo soundboard recordings that were made for possible inclusion on a live album during The Who’s 2nd American tour of 1969. The tapes ended up being rejected in favor of what became Live at Leeds. Pete Townshend drastically tried to prevent the 1969 tapes from being bootlegged by destroying them, but some of the material eventually did find its way into circulation, albeit scattered over various poorly compiled/mastered bootlegs and with very little documentation to accompany them.

“The Fall 1969 Soundboard Tapes Vol 1-5″ collects every single circulating recording from this tour with the exception of officially released material. Furthermore, the best available sources have been selected, the speed of all recordings has been corrected and everything has been newly mastered for optimal sonic consistency. A lot of the dates remain a mystery and probably always will, unless previously uncirculated recordings of this tour show up. I have attempted to select the best moments from each volume for this collection. But opinions may vary…

It has been 10 years since I first started this series. As you may know, Vol 4+5 did not get completed at the time, even though the first three volumes were (and continue to be) quite popular. All three ended up being professionally bootlegged on various CDs and Vol 1 even made it to some lavishly packaged colored vinyl release in 2013 (no, I did not buy it).

So why revisit this now? Quite frankly; I felt the mastering work on the 2006 volumes could be improved upon. But that’s not the only reason; the requests to finish the series never really stopped and there was still some great material left that I had received from a few helpful people. Luckily, I kept my notes from 2006 which made it a lot easier to complete Vol 4+5. I pieced Vol 1-3 together again from scratch, rather than using the original unmastered files and this has led to some new insights which helped improving the overall quality.

All original recordings made by Bob Pridden.
Research, Notes & Sound Engineering by Prof Stoned, Sept/Oct 2016
Information & additional audio sources provided by Howard, Everett, Joe, Roland, Tim, Luke.
Special thanks to CG Whitman, whose research inspired this series.

Audio sources:
- Accept No Substitute (CD, Big 011, 1992)
- Who is Tommy? (2CD, Dynamite Studio, DS94-A077, 1993)
- Pure Rock Theatre (CD, Hiwatt ZA59, 1996)
- Electric Factory 1969 (CD, NightHawk NH-02013, 2002)
- Live at Leeds Rejects (CD, Jack Of Hearts JOH 3, 2003)

Lineage (for this share):
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Track 01. Jerry Pompili Introduction 0:36 (1.4MB)
Track 02. Heaven and Hell 4:14 (10.1MB)
Track 03. Can’t Explain 2:38 (6.3MB)
Track 04. Fortune Teller 2:45 (6.6MB)
Track 05. Tattoo 3:18 (7.9MB)
Track 06. Young Man Blues 5:25 (13.0MB)
Track 07. Overture 5:24 (13.0MB)
Track 08. It’s a Boy 0:41 (1.7MB)
Track 09. 1921 2:30 (6.0MB)
Track 10. Amazing Journey 3:21 (8.0MB)
Track 11. Sparks 4:35 (11.0MB)
Track 12. Eyesight to the Blind 1:56 (4.6MB)
Track 13. Tommy’s Holiday Camp 1:00 (2.4MB)
Track 14. We’re Not Gonna Take it 8:16 (19.8MB)
Track 15. Summertime Blues 3:25 (8.2MB)
Track 16. Shakin’ All Over 5:48 (13.9MB)
Track 17. My Generation 10:51 (26.0MB)
67 mins

Tr. 03, 15-16: unknown place/date * - Taken from: Vol. 1 “State University of N.Y.”
Tr. 10: State University of New York, Stony brook, NY - October 18, 1969 - Taken from: Vol. 1 “State University of N.Y.”
Tr. 05: Capitol Theater, Ottawa - October 15, 1969 (1st Set) - Taken from: Vol. 2 “Capitol Theater”
Tr. 13-14: unknown place/date - Taken from: Vol. 2 “Capitol Theater”
Tr. 01, 07-12: Fillmore East, New York, NY - October 22, 1969 - Taken from: Vol. 3 “Fillmore East”
Tr. 17: Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA - October 19, 1969 - Taken from: Vol. 4 “Electric Factory”
Tr. 04: unknown place/date - Taken from: Vol. 4 “Electric Factory”
Tr. 02, 06: unknown place/date - Taken from: Vol. 5 “Acetates”

* has been labeled as “McDonough Gymnasium, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. - November 2, 1969″
(NB: Tr 10 is composite of two different recordings which appears only on this compilation.)

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  1. 13 Responses to “THE WHO - SOUNDBOARD HIGHLIGHTS 1969”

  2. Thanks Big O!

    By Tom on Oct 21, 2016

  3. thanks love it a must have

    By phil on Oct 21, 2016

  4. Glad to hear this, great Who performances and in great quality. Thanks to prof_stoned and Big O!
    On another subject, hoping sometime to see Cat Stevens’ “Catnip” Chicago 1971 show featured, and Randy Newman’s “Boston”/”Paul’s Mall” August 1972 FM radio recording. I had both of those bootlegs years ago and they were great.

    By Carson on Oct 21, 2016

  5. Thanks for this. I have very fond memories of staggering out of the Fillmore East into the dawn after a 1969 Who Late Show (Albert King and Chuck Berry opened!) And for that period, there was no better band than The Who… and there has never been a more exciting rock drummer than Keith Moon. Sound quality on this boot is great… The only thing missing is the amazing visual impact: Townshend windmilling and jumping. Daltrey using his mike cord as a lariat and prancing like a rock God. And Moon, with the biggest drum kit imaginable and his constant effort to hit every thing in it all at once while sticks flew off in every direction. And then Entwistle standing stock still, as if he expected to be the one survivor after the madness.

    By Fred on Oct 21, 2016

  6. What a great job done, prof_stoned! And not all the usual stuff. Thanks BigO for putting it up at 320 kpbs - it deserves it!

    By ScarRad on Oct 21, 2016

  7. tanks dudes,dont get no better dan dis,rog hittin all da high notes,da ox boomin da base,keith poundin dem skins and pete smashin his guitar da who one of da grest all time bands keep em comin lije dis and you will make me happy no geezer musak please or modern day fake muzak wit autotune and lipsinkin 70s rock 70s role 70s rule

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Oct 21, 2016

  8. Mancini…you make no sense whatsoever, what the hell are you babbling on about now? Brainless idiot!

    By Mancini Is A MORON on Oct 21, 2016

  9. First song i had to hear was Tattoo. Oddly enough I just listened to the Who Sell Out earlier this week and Tattoo and Sunrise are my favourites from that disc. Thanks for sharing this…ps is this a better line than the opener from Sunrise.
    “You take away the breath I was keeping for sunrise
    You appear and the morning looks drab in my eyes..”

    By sluggo on Oct 21, 2016

  10. meant to say is there a better opening line than the one from sunrise,early morning typing error.

    By sluggo on Oct 21, 2016

  11. Many thanks, BigO! Great!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Oct 22, 2016

  12. ….and the complete set of 5 CDs are forthcoming?

    By JamWel on Oct 22, 2016

  13. Wow! Terrific sound from a long gone period. The Who destroyed my hearing. The loudest band I ever heard so turn it up to eleven to get the full effect. Thanks BigO.

    By Richard43 on Oct 23, 2016

  14. Wilmar wants to know - any chance of hearing The Who @ Desert Trip from this month? Just to torture that Boom-Boom guy!

    By Wilmar Wants To Know on Oct 23, 2016

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