October 28, 2016 – 4:33 am

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The Fall 1969 Soundboard Tapes Vol 4 [Prof Stoned 2016, 1CD]

Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA; October 19, 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. Heaven and Hell (cuts in) 1:47
Track 02. Can’t Explain 2:48
Track 03. Overture 4:36
Track 04. It’s a Boy 0:37
Track 05. 1921 2:28
Track 06. Amazing Journey 3:21
Track 07. Sparks 4:58
Track 08. Acid Queen (cuts off) 2:43
Track 09. Summertime Blues 4:51
Track 10. My Generation 10:58
Track 11. Fortune Teller 4:52
Track 12. Young Man Blues 5:31
49 mins

Tr. 01-10: Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA - October 19, 1969
Tr. 11-12: unknown place/date

Note: Tracks 01-10 are sourced from “Electric Factory 1969″. The recording is marred (or enhanced, depending on your perspective) somewhat by a technical malfunction; the sound of the guitar distorts whenever it is turned up on the PA and, at the very end of the recording, we can hear an English guy mutter “Fucking PA, bad up here”. The Who played two shows - at 4 pm and 8 pm. This portion is sourced from the late show. Tr. 11 and 12 were compiled from “Who is Tommy?” & “Live at Leeds Rejects”; the latter source has superior sound but misses the first 21 seconds of Tr. 12 plus the lengthy announcement by Pete.

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  1. 6 Responses to “THE WHO - THE FALL 1969 SOUNDBOARD TAPES VOL 4”

  2. Thank you for the great show , love the who . P.S see there trolls and attention whores , that’s all anyone needs to say , but I’m sure the maniacs will be commenting soon

    By GW on Oct 28, 2016

  3. Thanks big o great show, short but sweet!! You sound so sincere GW but tell it to your other personas since you’re the one doing it.

    By jon jon on Oct 28, 2016

  4. Thanks for this. I had the first 3 volumes already, but will be great to complete the set with 4 & 5 when available.

    By MisterManiac on Oct 28, 2016

  5. Think what you want to think sir , but you are wrong and I will not be dragged into your troll sespool

    By GW on Oct 28, 2016

  6. all these are better sonically/craziness/performances wise than that that overrated sonically subdued LAL in which they clearly thsubdued far too much their sound and playing etc. for the recording purposes…


    By JAne on Oct 30, 2016

  7. My copy of Vol. 4 lists the unknown date as “Georgetown University, 11-2-69″. It also lists Heaven and Hell and Can’t Explain as from that same show and contains an alternate Summertime Blues.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Dec 27, 2016

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