September 10, 2009 – 3:19 pm

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Minneapolis 1969 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN, June 8, 1969, early show. Very good audience recording.

“The Guthrie Shows were mindblowers. Daltrey’s voice was shot so Pete had to sing nearly all the songs which was actually quite rare and cool experience. Poor Roger mainly twirled his mic the whole night and looked miserable.”

There’s no shortage of souvenirs going round from the Who’s 1969 American tour, and no shortage of great ones either. But still Minneapolis stands as a highlight, not only for the quality of the show, but also for a then-rare opportunity to hear Pete Townshend taking lead vocals on the songs he’d written.

The set list, of course, is what you’d expect, opening with a driving Heaven And Hell, and then on through I Can’t Explain and Fortune Teller (introduced with a wonderfully wry history lesson from Pete); a gentle Tattoo that would have been even gentler if the intro hadn’t fallen apart, and Townshend’s guitar strings hadn’t “suddenly expanded to twice their normal length”; a brutish Young Man Blues… it’s funny, but listening to Townshend’s wordy pre-song chatter, and comparing the set list with what would now be considered a “classic” Who gig, it’s hard to believe that the group was poised so close to the edge of a fabulous future. Because they behave just like a bar band, picking favorite songs out of the air and not caring a hoot for posterity. At least until it’s time for Tommy.

The deaf, dumb and daft boy devours most of the remainder of the show, which is a drag for those of us who really couldn’t care less about him, but there’s no denying the power of the performance, with or without the hapless Daltrey.

Besides, even with Tommy on show, there’s still time for the bar band to come back into view, powering through Summertime Blues and Shaking All Over, then unleashing a 20-minute instrumental maelstrom that takes five tumultuous minutes to even vaguely resemble My Generation, and loses interest in that soon enough.

It’s a magnificent piece of music, the highlight of the show and, if it devours space that could have been gifted to a few more old favorites… well, tough. This was what The Who were really all about, uncontained power, unimaginable energy and unbridled imagination. One for “best of” compilations on iPods everywhere! - Dave Thompson

Thanks to Rev Mike (and the memory of Guy Gimbrone) for sharing the tracks on the internet.

Note: Veteran music writer Dave Thompson is the author of many well reviewed rock biographies, including the recent I Hate New Music and Electric Gypsy: An Unauthorised Biography Of Doctor Who; Virgin Books’ Red Hot Chili Peppers biography, and works on The Cure and Kurt Cobain. He also wrote Cream: The World’s First Supergroup. In the past, Dave has written for Live! Music Review and he is also a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q magazines. Click here to buy Dave’s books.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Pete’s banter (1.5MB)
Track 102. Heaven & Hell (5.4MB)
Track 103. Can’t Explain (3.1MB)
Track 104. tuning/Pete’s banter (2.2MB)
Track 105. Fortune Teller (3.4MB)
Track 106. Tattoo (false start)/tuning (685k)
Track 107. Tattoo (3.8MB)
Track 108. tuning/Pete’s banter (1.6MB)
Track 109. Young Man Blues (9.0MB)
Track 110. Pete’s banter (1.6MB)
Track 111. It’s a Boy/1921 (4.0MB)
Track 112. Amazing Journey (8.3MB)
Track 113. Sparks (4.0MB)
Track 114. Pinball Wizard (3.7MB)
Track 115. Pete’s banter (3.0MB)
Track 116. Go to the Mirror Boy/Smash the Mirror (cuts) (6.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. I’m Free (3.2MB)
Track 202. Tommy’s Holiday Camp (1.4MB)
Track 203. We’re not Gonna Take it (4.8MB)
Track 204. See Me, Feel me, Touch Me (6.1MB)
Track 205. tuning/Pete’s banter (3.5MB)
Track 206. Summertime Blues (5.4MB)
Track 207. Shakin’ all Over (1.9MB)
Track 208. Jam (28.7MB)

Keith Moon
Pete Townshend
Roger Daltrey
John Entwistle

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  1. 12 Responses to “THE WHO - MINNEAPOLIS 1969”

  2. Great idea, having a Who concert with the 2nd download set available on 9/11. The Who’s short set at the Concert for New York in 2001 was one the highlights of the show! Unforgettable and a great last look at John for many people. BigO… guys ROCK!

    By Walter on Sep 10, 2009

  3. hey bigo, thanks, i just got disc 2 and fixed the tags! will play walking. i also have the taking heads jabberwocky, neil young hyde park and get your leeds lungs out all on my ipod to listen to. i keep everything and rotate music.

    i like that radiohead bbc radio theatre show i got last year from bigo. i might get that 9.11.01 show. i’ve seen it offered before and didn’t get it.

    i need to do a backup soon. it doesn’t seem to take long to get 4 + gigs worth of music for me. still like to get that brotzmann/alexander von broadcast, though.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 11, 2009

  4. Thanks!

    By Miguel on Sep 11, 2009

  5. A great Who show…when Pete Townshend nails it—he really nails it (guitar solos). And this is one of those shows. This belongs in a group of The Who’s best.
    Thanks for sharing this!!!

    By Dan on Sep 11, 2009

  6. Sound quality is pretty rough, but it’s The Who. Not “go to” material, but worth hearing. Thanks for the post.

    By Dave C. on Sep 12, 2009

  7. Thanks Big O……. Any Who from this period and just after is always a treasure….. many thanks for posting this one…. love it

    By Kookie on Oct 2, 2009

  8. great show but cant download last track, it says go to the home page , how do I find the track to download. its the great jam that ends the show , thanks

    By will edwards on Dec 29, 2013

  9. @will edwards: will, right-click on the track´s link and choose “open in new tab”, or new window, and you can download the jam.

    By Belasco on Dec 30, 2013

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  11. Small problem with track no 6. Can You fix it please ? Looks promising.

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  12. The Who !! Thanks ;-)

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