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The Fall 1969 Soundboard Tapes Vol 2 [Prof Stoned 2016, 1CD]

Capitol Theater, Ottawa, Canada; October 15, 1969 (First Set). 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.

Audio sources:
- Pure Rock Theatre (CD, Hiwatt ZA59, 1996)
- Wintertime Trip (CD, Dandelion DL 112, 1999)

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Track 01. Heaven and Hell 4:28 (10.7MB)
Track 02. Can’t Explain 2:26 (5.8MB)
Track 03. Fortune Teller 2:37 (6.3MB)
Track 04. Tattoo 3:37 (8.7MB)
Track 05. Young Man Blues 7:18 (17.5MB)
Track 06. I’m Free (cuts in) 0:34 (1.4MB)
Track 07. Tommy’s Holiday Camp 1:00 (2.4MB)
Track 08. We’re Not Gonna Take It 8:16 (19.8MB)
Track 09. Summertime Blues 5:07 (12.3MB)
Track 10. Shakin’ All Over 6:36 (15.8MB)
42 mins

Tr. 01-05: Capitol Theater, Ottawa - October 15, 1969 (1st Set)
Tr. 06-10: unknown place/date

Note: Sourced from “Pure Rock Theatre” except for two tracks which appear in slightly cleaner quality on “Wintertime Trip”. There is some tape warbling on Tr. 01 & 10 and some of the tracks are faded abruptly. I remedied this by flying in some audience response from a different source to maintain the feel of a live-show. The majority of the Tommy section of this show was officially released in 2013 on the Super Deluxe Boxset version of Tommy, none of which had previously circulated on ROIO or bootleg.

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  1. 10 Responses to “THE WHO - THE FALL 1969 SOUNDBOARD TAPES VOL 2”

  2. In my opinion , this period 1969 thru 71 was the who at their peak , Live music just does not get better than this , Hope I don’t get attacked for expressing my opinion as it seems every time anyone has one these days the many trolls and nut cases are ready to pounce , which is why I don’t comment much anymore

    By Chuck in Texas on Oct 23, 2016

  3. That’s right Chuck , the best thing anyone can do here these days is just say thanks for the music and leave it at that ! Don’t offer opinions or get into blabber or storytelling or the attacks will surely come , believe your take is pretty safe though , don’t see how anyone could disagree with what you said

    By G.W. on Oct 23, 2016

  4. Chuck - totally agree with the Who prime years there. Could listen to 1970 Hull and Leeds gig anytime of the day for example.

    By Bobby Keys Tshirt on Oct 23, 2016

  5. Bobby,how about Amsterdam 9/29/69 ? great bootleg and an unbelievable performance ,probably my favorite show by them from that period although they were almost always great back then. Tanglewood 1970 is another killer show with great sound.The Berkley show from 70 is another great one where they do The Seeker for probably the only time,its a rough audience recording though and the sound is muddy too bad

    By Chuck in Texas on Oct 23, 2016

  6. Agreed - 69-71 was a peak era for The Who as a live band, playing as if their lives depended on it with a power and fury many try to emulate and fail. It is a pity about the Berkeley show’s rough quality - I like The Seeker and a pity it was swiftly thrown aside and pretty much forgotten.

    By Bruce Skywater on Oct 24, 2016

  7. Thanks very much for these volumes , Big O. I hope you’ll be able to post the other three. The sound is great so thanks to Prof Stoned , as well!

    Have a good weekend!

    By dr.golgo on Oct 24, 2016

  8. Superior WHO from a prime period!!!!! Can’t wait for the other volumes!!!!!!! Many THANX!!!!!!

    By JEFF on Oct 24, 2016

  9. Can’t get enough of da Who , late 60s early 70s style , keep em comin like dis and you will continue to makes me happy , Rog hittin dem high notes , Da Ox boomin da base , Keith pounding dem skins and Pete smashing dat guitar , Dats when Muzak wuz real and not like da phony fake shit today wit auto tune and lipsinkin , also no old man geezer Muzak either 70s Rock 70s roll 70s rule

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Oct 24, 2016

  10. Wow, the raw power of “Young Man Blues” and “Shakin’ All Over” on this set is overpowering! Maybe the best versions I’ve ever heard. Sort of reminds me of Cream at their peak intensity, both were great groups! Thanks a million to Prof Stoned and Big O!

    By Carson on Oct 27, 2016

  11. It’s absolutely hilarious how these utterly destroy the bland subdued overrated LAL recording in regards sonics/performances/sheer craziness..

    By JAne on Oct 30, 2016

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