THE WHO - TORONTO 1975

January 4, 2012 – 1:37 pm

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THE WHO
Toronto 1975 [Heart Breaker HD-808-1/2, 2CD]

Live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; December 11, 1975; Very good to excellent audience recording.

This show has circulated since 1999 and this is what gsparaco wrote when he reviewed the disc in May 2011:

Toronto 1975… has the same excellent sound quality as Live In Toronto 12-11-75 (Substitute Recordings), but offers the full show for the first time in any format. It rivals the other shows in sound quality and is also among the most intense, fun, and joyful shows from this era. But it starts off rather tight. I Can’t Explain and Substitute are very good, and John Entwistle wows the crowd with My Wife. The people by the taper love shouting out their love for the bassist.

Roger Daltrey calls Baba O’Riley his favorite Who song, and one of the tapers even shouts out ‘Meher Baba,’ Pete Townshend’s guru and half of the song’s title, in appreciation (it’s impressive someone knows that much about the band to know that)…

The real fun in the show stars with My Generation, segueing into Join Together, and Spoonful and a sleazy rendition of Roadrunner (complete with Townshend’s cartoon “beep beep”) before leading back into the blues arrangement of My Generation and the set’s explosive finale Won’t Get Fooled Again.

The Who hit a high point in live performance during this period and Toronto 1975 is one of the better examples… This is now a hard title to find but is worth having.
Click here for the full review.

Thanks to everyone who kept the show alive on the net.

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

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Disc 1
Track 101. I Can’t Explain (4.6MB)
Track 102. Substitute (5.6MB)
Track 103. My Wife (9.9MB)
Track 104. Baba O’Riley (9.4MB)
Track 105. Squeeze Box (6.5MB)
Track 106. Behind Blue Eyes (6.2MB)
Track 107. Dreaming From The Waist (9.3MB)
Track 108. Boris The Spider (6.3MB)
Track 109. Magic Bus (13.6MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Amazing Journey (10.4MB)
Track 202. Sparks (5.8MB)
Track 203. Acid Queen (4.7MB)
Track 204. Fiddle About (3.1MB)
Track 205. Pinball Wizard (4.5MB)
Track 206. I’m Free (3.6MB)
Track 207. Tommy’s Holiday Camp (1.2MB)
Track 208. We’re Not Gonna Take It (5.5MB)
Track 209. See Me, Feel Me (9.5MB)
Track 210. Summertime Blues (5.4MB)
Track 211. My Generation/Join Together/Spoonful/Roadrunner/My Generation Blues (24.7MB)
Track 212. Won’t Get Fooled Again (14.9MB)

In November 2011, The Who released a five-disc deluxe edition of Quadrophenia. Buy the set here.

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  1. 13 Responses to “THE WHO - TORONTO 1975”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! this starts off the new year right. it’s been awhile since i got a who show from here. the last one was minneapolis, mn show on 9.11.09 so awhile. i only remember that cause i downloaded radiohead-berlin 9.11.01 the same morning cause it got restarted.

    it’s nice to have a different year too on the who. this one has all the hits. the only other maple leaf gardens show i have is the zeppelin show you offered that has a soundcheck from met center for the first song. i think, it’s called zoso’s back to rock ‘n’ roll. it’s a good one.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Jan 4, 2012

  3. as the maple leaf gardens was a hockey arena and not a particularly good acoustical concert venue I was curious how this was going to sound.
    Nice surprise!
    thanks

    By sluggo on Jan 4, 2012

  4. Outstanding, looking forward to Pt. 2. Thanks!

    By gemjack on Jan 4, 2012

  5. Splendid. Might get my mind off things this weekend. Peace all, James

    By James on Jan 5, 2012

  6. Great Who show!!! Thanks for sharing this…One of the best versions of Amazing Journey/Sparks that you’ll ever find…anywhere!!!

    By DanC on Jan 5, 2012

  7. As we say out here in the desert-

    Ya-Who !!!

    By Sking on Jan 5, 2012

  8. http://www.archive.org/details/ThePigPaper01

    By Gary Pig Gold on Jan 5, 2012

  9. Although a hockey arena, I saw The Who there in 82 and although without Moon they were stunning. I had third row floors, id lined up in the freezing weather for 2 days to nab :)

    By Happy Jap on Jan 5, 2012

  10. Thank you Big-o,One can never have enough Who.It has been a while since you posted a Who show.

    By Bill H. on Jan 5, 2012

  11. luvverly stuff - Thank You!

    By tony on Jan 5, 2012

  12. Not sure if I ever heard this one but even so sounds like one to have. Thanks

    By Matt on Jan 27, 2012

  13. My son was there handing out hot towels to Keith moon after the show!

    By Darth mother on Aug 12, 2015

  14. I missed this one first time through.. Thanks..

    By Tom on Aug 3, 2017

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