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The Fall 1969 Soundboard Tapes Vol 5 [Prof Stoned 2016, 1CD]

Outtakes; IBC studios, London, UK; January 1970. 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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Lineage (for this share):
FLAC > Audacity/LAME > mp3

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Track 01. Heaven And Hell 4:20 (10.4MB)
Track 02. Can’t Explain 2:45 (6.6MB)
Track 03. Fortune Teller 2:49 (6.8MB)
Track 04. Tattoo 3:22 (8.1MB)
Track 05. Young Man Blues 5:28 (13.1MB)
Track 06. Summertime Blues 3:58 (9.5MB)
Track 07. Shakin’ All Over 8:30 (20.4MB)
Track 08. My Generation 15:17 (36.7MB)
47 mins

Tr. 01-08: unknown place/date

Note: As mentioned below, these tracks all originate from the reference acetates that were made by Damon Lyon-Shaw at IBC studios in January 1970. Tr. 01-05 & 06-07 are likely from 2 different nights. All are sourced from “Live at Leeds Rejects”. Tr. 08 is of lesser audio quality and comes from “Who is Tommy”. There were two needle skips on this track which I repaired by patching the missing fragments in from “1969 Autumn Acetates”, along with the last five minutes of this song. Funny enough, this ROIO does not have the skips even though it clearly originates from the same scratchy acetate.

Audio source:
- 1969 Autumn Acetates ROIO, Low-fi compilation sourced from a 2nd generation cassette.


Track 01. Can’t Explain 2:53 (6.9MB)
Track 02. Fortune Teller 2:54 (6.9MB)
Track 03. Young Man Blues 7:17 (17.5MB)
Track 04. My Generation (cuts off) 7:00 (16.8MB)
20 mins

Tr. 01-04: unknown place/date (Tr. 4 was reported to be from one of the Fillmore shows)

Note: More from the acetates. All are sourced from “Who is Tommy” except for the last track which was taken from an unknown tape source. There is a small fragment missing on Tr. 02 due to a needle skip, which appears on the “1969 Autumn Acetates” version as well, so I remedied it somewhat by replacing it with a piece from earlier in the song. Tr. 03 is the same version as on Vol 1 but appears in stereo here. I suspect Tr. 01-02 (and possibly 03 as well) are from the same show as Tr. 06-07 from Vol. 5.

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  1. 6 Responses to “THE WHO - THE FALL 1969 SOUNDBOARD TAPES VOL 5”

  2. wow nice job, kudos and thanks to all involved !

    By sluggo on Oct 29, 2016

  3. this is a great series! thanks bigO and prof stoned!

    By barth on Oct 29, 2016

  4. Another fine set, Prof Stoned! Even the “lo-fi” tracks sound good. Thank you so much for your work on this. Hope to hear more of your work in the future.

    By Carson on Oct 29, 2016

  5. Late 60s early 70s live who was rivoting , by far their peak period , Live music does not get better than this , great series

    By Corey M on Oct 29, 2016

  6. Dudes you gots it right again , why not just keep it in da 70s or close , know dat this ain’t quite da 70s yet but close enough , No more fake modern Muzak wit auto tune and lipsinkin or old geezers who can’t cut da mustard no more jus Muzak like dis wit tog hittin da high notes , Da Ox boomin da base Keith pounding dem skins and Pete doin his windmill before smashing his guitar , Oh my god I loves da who Keep makin me happy wit more shows like dis 70s Rock 70s roll 70s rule

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Oct 29, 2016

  7. 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

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