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The Fall 1969 Soundboard Tapes Vol 3 [Prof Stoned 2016, 1CD]
Fillmore East, New York, NY; October 22, 1969. Very good soundboard.
Thanks to Prof Stoned for all the efforts; and for sharing the tracks at The Traders’ Den.
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.
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Track 01. Jerry Pompili Introduction 0:37 (1.5MB)
Track 02. Heaven and Hell 4:06 (9.8MB)
Track 03. Can’t Explain 2:41 (6.5MB)
Track 04. Fortune Teller 4:21 (10.5MB)
Track 05. Young Man Blues 8:50 (21.2MB)
Track 06. Overture 5:24 (13.0MB)
Track 07. It’s a Boy 0:41 (1.7MB)
Track 08. 1921 2:30 (6.0MB)
Track 09. Amazing Journey (fragment missing within) 2:54 (7.0MB)
Track 10. Sparks 4:35 (11.0MB)
Track 11. Eyesight to the Blind 2:22 (5.7MB)
Track 12. We’re Not Gonna Take It (cuts in) 1:33 (3.7MB)
Track 13. Summertime Blues 3:23 (8.1MB)
Track 14. Shakin’ All Over 6:30 (15.6MB)
Tr. 01-11: Fillmore East, New York, NY - October 22, 1969
Tr. 12-14: unknown date, assumed to be from the same venue
Note: The Who played eight shows in six days at the Fillmore East Theatre from Monday Oct 20 to Saturday Oct 25, 1969. Tr. 01-11 were recorded during one of these shows for sure, most likely the third one on Oct 22, if we go by the remarks Pete makes after Fortune Teller: (”See, we don’t play the same thing every night”, “Every night the same amplifier is always blown up during the solo of the first song” and “We have only done three shows so far”).We can faintly hear Pete have a tantrum over the malfunctioning amplifier after the first song, so this show should probably be counted as one of those three. The announcer has often been mistaken to be the late Bill Graham (legendary promotor, not the TV preacher), but the voice actually belongs to Jerry Pompili, an associate of Graham’s.
Sourced from “Accept No Substitute” and “Wintertime Trip”. The latter only has a part of the Tommy section from the Fillmore shows and was sourced from a tape with better fidelity. Tr. 12-14 might be from another night. This section runs slower than the rest on the “Accept No Substitute” and there’s no sign of the buzzing in John’s amp which can be heard between interludes on the first part. Also, there is a 50-second fragment of an unidentified version of “Amazing Journey” on “Accept No Substitute” between Tr. 11 & 12 (not included here) which doesn’t match with Tr. 09 or the versions from 1969/10/15, 1969/10/18 & 1969/10/19.
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