November 28, 2019 – 5:12 am


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Philadelphia 1973 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA; December 4, 1973. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to the original uploader; and to whotrader for keeping the show alive at The Traders’ Den.

whotrader noted:

I grabbed this off of Dime in Feb 2008, but still appears to be under-circulated, considering this one of the best Who shows circulating in terms of performance and sound quality. This version is mostly intact from the original grab, but I did make a few minor changes. I included the original artwork, but appears to be missing a track.

This does appear to be the complete show - minus Love Reign O’er Me, so for most of you, this should be a nice upgrade with several extra Quadrophenia tracks unavailable on the boot and KBFH versions.

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Original notes:

Here is the Famous “Tales From The Who” show that has been around and incomplete for years. This seems to be the whole unedited show with The Punk and the Godfather, 5:15, My Wife and a great version of Naked Eye. In-between song banter with references to “Philly” and cursing are intact.

I also found a site that had pics of the 16 track tape boxes that these shows were allegedly sourced from. What I am uploading here is from the 3-disc CD-R set.

I have owned various versions of this show on vinyl, silver CD and downloads.This is the most complete version I have ever heard. This is from a different source as the mix is different. The drums seem to be more upfront and the vocals aren’t as echoey. This was recorded for The King Bisquit Flower Hour radio broadcast, and when they got their hands on it they definately mixed/added crowd noise and a bit of echo.They are notorious for that. Makes it easier to trim performances to fit in an hour.

I am assuming this is how it sounded before KBFH got it. I am not positive. Last time this show was posted by “Freezer” it led to a nasty argument about the source tape, was it mixed in Quad, etc. Personally, i’m not too concerned with those details and hope i’ve answered any questions about this recording you may have. I hope I don’t add to the confusion. If an argument should break out, try to keep it down, I am listening to The WHO!!

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Soundboard > CDR> EAC> TLH Flac level6

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Disc 1
Track 101. I Can’t Explain 3:27
Track 102. Summertime Blues 4:03
Track 103. My Wife 7:17
Track 104. My Generation 8:19
Track 105. I Am The Sea 1:43
Track 106. The Real Me 5:51
Track 107. The Punk And The Godfather 6:07
Track 108. I’m One 3:03
Track 109. 5:15 6:33
Track 110. Sea And The Sand 8:10
Track 111. Drowned 9:07
64 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Bell Boy 5:28
Track 202. Doctor Jimmy 8:32
Track 203. Won’t Get Fooled Again (diff source KBFH pre-FM) 9:09
Track 204. Pinball Wizard 2:56
Track 205. See Me, Feel Me 14:08
Track 206. Naked Eye 13:18
54 mins

Pete Townshend - guitar, vocals
Roger Daltrey - vocals
John Entwistle - bass, vocals
Keith Moon - drums

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  1. 19 Responses to “THE WHO - PHILADELPHIA 1973”

  2. Thanks, Bigo!

    By Mark on Nov 28, 2019

  3. His name is Townshend, not Townsend. I was hoping they would perform “Join Together”, “Let’s See Action”, and/or “The Relay”.

    By buster on Nov 28, 2019

  4. Thanks for posting this Show. One of the best Who live shows ever!

    By j c c on Nov 28, 2019

  5. Great! Thanks a lot, BigO!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Nov 28, 2019

  6. Glorious, thank you

    By Chrissy59 on Nov 28, 2019

  7. The Quadrophenia tour with the legendary lineup in their prime . Can’t get much better than this .

    By Bill on Nov 28, 2019

  8. Rock music like this no longer exists. Sad to say .

    By Bill on Nov 28, 2019

  9. One of the best Who boots around… the band was never the same live after the death of Keith Moon. The Loon’s sound was unmistakeable and his was as visually arresting as both Pete and Roger in those days. (The Ox stood very still on the side, providing the one anchor to the chaos).

    By Frederick Miller on Nov 28, 2019

  10. Best drummers all time Bonham and Moon in no particular order

    By Bill on Nov 29, 2019

  11. At least the rock world . Buddy Rich was right there too .

    By Bill on Nov 29, 2019

  12. Thank you Big O Amigos. Beamer, if you’re out there, hope it was a good Thanksgiving. Same to you Darth - wherever you are.
    As always, James from Thompson.

    By James Smith on Nov 30, 2019

  13. and Mr Charile Watts to that list

    By zman on Nov 30, 2019

  14. Damn Big Your rockin it!!!

    By Matches on Dec 1, 2019

  15. this is the best recording i’ve heard yet of the best band i ever saw in concert (Chicago Stadium, 1975, Who By Numbers Tour).

    By drubi on Dec 1, 2019

  16. Great post– and as others have said…one of the best Who shows available with excellent sound. THANK YOU, BIG_O!!!

    By DanC on Dec 3, 2019

  17. I was at that show! Along with a dear now departed friend. Can’t thank you enough for offering this!

    By Mr. T on Dec 4, 2019

  18. Excellent improvement in the sound quality compared to the vinyl version I purchased 40 years ago! I enjoyed this. Thanks for posting.

    By Naked Eye on Dec 9, 2019

  19. The Who has a sad pathetic new album out. Pete, I don’t remember you writing shameful sick lyrics before. Maybe you blurted something out in concert sometimes, but not often. Why use the F word as the ending to your first song, and the “S” word, and the D word. Any good artist doesn’t have to fill their songs with filth. No Warning Label. Unprecended.

    By ScarRad on Dec 10, 2019

  20. At 4:04 in “See Me, Feel Me”, Roger screams “Let me hear it, New York!”

    Is he wrong, or is the location info of the recording wrong?

    By Sigmoid on Dec 29, 2019

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