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The Fall 1969 Soundboard Tapes Vol 1 [Prof Stoned 2016, 1CD]
Stony Brook, State University of NY; October 18, 1969; other unknown venues and dates. Very good soundboard.
Thanks to Prof Stoned for all the efforts; and for sharing the tracks at Dime.
Prof Stoned noted:
This collection 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.
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 3 volumes were (and continue to be) quite popular. All three ended up being professionally bootlegged on various CD’s 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.
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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.
- Pure Rock Theatre (CD, Hiwatt ZA59, 1996)
- Wintertime Trip (CD, Dandelion DL 112, 1999)
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Track 01. Heaven and Hell 3:29 (8.3MB)
Track 02. Can’t Explain 2:24 (5.7MB)
Track 03. Fortune Teller 3:01 (7.2MB)
Track 04. Overture 4:51 (11.7MB)
Track 05. It’s a Boy 0:37 (1.5MB)
Track 06. 1921 2:30 (6.0MB)
Track 07. Amazing Journey 3:21 (8.1MB)
Track 08. Sparks (tape drags within) 4:15 (10.2MB)
Track 09. Summertime Blues 3:28 (8.3MB)
Track 10. Shakin’ All Over 5:48 (13.9MB)
Track 11. My Generation 8:56 (21.4MB)
Track 12. Young Man Blues 7:23 (17.7MB)
Tr. 01-02, 09-11: unknown place/date *
Tr. 03: unknown place/date
Tr. 04-08: State University of New York, Stony brook, NY - October 18, 1969
Tr. 12: unknown place/date
* has been labeled as “McDonough Gymnasium, Georgetown University, Washington DC - November 2, 1969″
Sourced from “Wintertime trip” and “Pure Rock Theatre”. Unlike the 2006 version, the Tommy section has now been put in the middle. I have some doubts whether Tr. 01-02 and 09-11 are actually from the same show, nor have I ever seen convincing evidence that either one of these sections were recorded in DC. This assumption seems to have arisen from Townshend’s comment before the last song: “Before we go back to England, we’d just like to say; why don’t all you fuckers who wanted to cause trouble, and that includes the cops, why didn’t you go to Washington, because this is a rock ‘n’ roll concert”. Why advice someone to go to Washington DC, when you are already there?! Furthermore, it would be another two weeks (and 13 shows) before the band was supposed to go back to England. My uneducated guess is that this section comes from one of the last four shows of this tour (three of which were in the State NY). Tr. 03 does not belong with the so-called “Georgetown” sections. I just put it there on the 2006 version and have decided to let it stay.
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