THE WHO - OKLAHOMA 1968

March 23, 2014 – 5:21 am

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THE WHO
Oklahoma 1968 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Wedgewood Amusement Park, Oklahoma City, OK; August 24, 1968 (early show). Good to fairly good audience recording.

Here’s another one for the collectors.

Thanks to the original uploader; and to craymcla for sharing the show at Dime.

craymcla’s notes:

This came from the old Long Live Rock website. “Magic Bus” and “Shakin’ All Over” were one continuous track, so I split them into separate tracks, fixed SBEs, and tagged all of the tracks. I also fixed the artwork to match the split tracks.

The Who played two outdoor shows, 3:30 pm and 8 pm, on what must have been a hot summer day. This is likely most of the first show, minus their usual set closer, “My Generation”. This is a really good audience tape once the taper repositions the mic at 1:36 into “I Can’t Explain”. Before that it’s a bit muffled and the guitar is low in the mix. The taper must have been in front of John Entwistle, as the bass is strong throughout the performance.

Original notes:

This is probably the best sounding audience recording from the summer of 1968 tour! According to “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” and, most significantly, to the period poster (as featured on the booklet rear page, kudos to Mike who put it on The Who Concert Guide web), The Who played two shows that day; this is definitely the early show as Pete comments on the sun bearing down on their necks and audience’s eyes, which would be the case of the sun position in that latitude at circa 15:30 in late August (by 8 pm the sun had set).

It is doubtful if this is a recording of the complete show, lasting less than 30 minutes from beginning to end, comprising just six songs. Those days they would end their sets with the highly explosive “My Generation” and it is not probable that they omitted it this time; Magic Bus and Shakin’ All Over were often played right before it. It looks more likely that somebody’s 30-minute side of a tape ran to an end (C-60’s were the standard-length cassettes then, it seems to have run a bit faster during the recording). The quality of the recording is not stellar, but still pretty listenable. Definitely, it is a lot better than the Singer Bowl and a wee better than Jaguar or Fillmore West tapes from the same tour.

Nevertheless, the recording suffered from several problems which needed to be rectified:

1. The speed/pitch was too (s)low because the tape ran a bit faster during the recording, exactly by one whole semitone, and that was easily corrected in Soundforge. Therefore the resulting playing time on the bootleg totalled 30’30”; after the pitch/speed shift it clocks out at 28’48”.

2. Another very common bootleg disease was the channel swap, although stereo separation is not prominent (yet just before the beginning of Substitute, tapping on the right channel mike can be heard as if the taper was trying to check the controls and fiddled with them 15 seconds into the song). Also channel balance adjustment was necessary - the left channel was a lot weaker so I amplified it, but it still sounds a bit muffled.

3. During “I Can’t Explain” there are tape anomalies - it sounds like the tape got chewed up in the player some time later during playback, about half a second is missing, the worst bit probably being cut. Due to the pasting of the tape back together, the head alignment after the anomaly changed and the volume dropped. It stayed considerably lower in both channels so I panned them to the previous recording level. Otherwise I made no other sound adjustments or eq-ing.

Some sources claim this might be a recording of a show The Who played on March 19 or 29, during the previous US tour that year. This is quite improbable, Magic Bus had not been released then and therefore was not played live.

Lineage:
silver disc > WAV+adjustments (Soundforge) > FLAC [level 8]

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Substitute 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 02. I Can’t Explain 2:24 (4.0MB)
Track 03. Boris The Spider 3:38 (6.1MB)
Track 04. A Quick One While He’s Away 10:00 (16.8MB)
Track 05. Magic Bus 7:35 (12.7MB)
Track 06. Shakin All Over 2:13 (3.7MB)
29 mins

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  1. 5 Responses to “THE WHO - OKLAHOMA 1968”

  2. Super!!!
    BigO rocks my weekend again!

    By Benk on Mar 24, 2014

  3. GR-8 I really like the Who, another band from my youth. “I woke up in a Soho doorway the policeman knew my name”! Thanks Tons :)

    By Old Wet Cat on Mar 27, 2014

  4. Great performance….Thanks for sharing!!

    By DanC on Mar 28, 2014

  5. como se faz para baicar estes cd’s??????

    By Jairo on Apr 6, 2014

  6. @ Jairo: Clique com o botão direito no número da faixa e escolha “Salvar Link Como”.

    By Belasco on Apr 6, 2014

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