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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.
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.
- 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)
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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)
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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