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The Who - Acetates:


About: Acetates (lacquer coated aluminum discs) are among the rarest recordings. They are pressed in very small quantities to allow band members, producers, record co's to hear the music recorded on their personal turntables. As collectables, they are "hit or miss". Hits include; rare pieces and unreleased recordings. Misses are; worn out acetates (typical acetates only play about 10 times) and bad gambles (i.e. you spent a lot of money and expected to find a rare recording - but the acetate only has a common one). 

Below is my current collection of Who & Who solo acetates. Some are real hits and others are... (pretty pictures). I'm happy to have them all. For the unique stuff, I've provided sound samples so you can listen to them and get a good flavor. Enjoy! 


1964

Title / Country / Format / Label: I'm The Face / UK / 7" 45 RPM / IBC

Comments: In 1963, The Who were known as "The Detours". During that period, they recorded (3) three songs, "Come On" (The Rolling Stones first song, a cover of a Chuck Berry song), "It Was You" (the first recorded version of Pete Townshend's first ever song) and "Please Don't Send Me Home" (another Pete Townshend original, with John Entwistle on lead vocal). Apparently, these (3) three tracks were more "Beatles-sounding" than what The Who evolved into. In February, 1964, The Detours changed their name to The Who. During this period, they recorded (2) two songs, "I'm The Face" (May 11, 1964 - a very different version than <later> The High Numbers version) and a second recording of "It Was You" (June 4, 1964). These (2) two tracks have never been released (although they will most likely end up on a future Who release). Note: This acetate (and it's accompanying one below) are believed to be originally owned by Helmut Gordon (one of the band's original managers).

Sound Sample(s): I'm The Face (Acetate)   I'm The Face (Stereo Mix)   I'm The Face (High Numbers Original Version - Mono)

The Who - I'm The Face - 1964 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: It Was You / UK / 7" 45 RPM / IBC

Comments: As mentioned <directly> above, this is the band's 2nd recording of Pete Townshend's first song (and currently unreleased). This version features Keith Moon, vs. Doug Sandom (their previous drummer, who played on The Detours' recordings). While never released by The Who, the song was released by The Naturals (another UK band which played on the same tour circuit) prior to this June 4th recording. An acetate of The Detours' recording was sent to The Naturals to "learn the song". After The Who began to become well known, respected and successful... an Australia band, Chaos & Co covered the song (in 1966) as well.

Sound Sample(s): It Was You (Acetate)   It Was You (Stereo Mix)   It Was You (The Naturals)   It Was You (Chaos & Co)

The Who - It Was You - 1964 Who 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Zoot Suit / UK / 10" 45 RPM / Fontana

Comments: Shortly after The Who became The Who, they switched their name to "The High Numbers" (which John Entwistle hated). Under that name, they recorded and released one single, Zoot Suit b/w I'm The Face. For many years, it was believed that the single was originally released as "I'm The Face" b/w "Zoot Suit", but after years of research, talking to band members, reviewing record company records, etc., it was never <originally> released that way. The confusion seems to have come from the close proximity between The Who recording "I'm The Face" (above) and then shortly there after, The High Numbers. Perhaps it was intended to be the "a" side and either a last minute change or "bad omen" flipped it. This acetate seems to be the same/similar mix as the original mono release, but includes the count-in. Note "The Who" (written "The Whos") crossed out and "The High Numbers" written above it. Another collector in the UK has a twin of this acetate, so at least (2) two of these have survived.

The Who / The High Numbers - Zoot Suit - 1964 UK (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: I'm The Face / Zoot Suit / USA / 7" 45 RPM / Audiodisc

Comments: Apparently intended for a wider release (and with the titles flipped), they were preparing for a USA release. But, just like the song says, "Here by the sea and sand, nothing ever goes as planned."

The High Numbers - I'm The Face - 1964 USA 45 (Acetate) The High Numbers - Zoot Suit - 1964 USA 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: I'm The Face / Zoot Suit / South Africa / 7" 45 RPM / Fontana

Comments: Like its USA counterpart, "I'm The Face" as the "a" side (labeled as "The Face"). This appears to be the same/similar mix as the original UK, but the acetate plays 5% slow (which is easy to correct digitally). I will assume that along with the USA acetate, their original intentions were to initially release this in English speaking countries (perhaps an Australia copy exist?).

The Who / The High Numbers - I'm The Face / Zoot Suit - 1964 South Africa 45 (Acetate) The Who / The High Numbers - I'm The Face / Zoot Suit - 1964 South Africa 45 (Acetate)


1965

Title / Country / Format / Label: Do The Strip / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: This unreleased Pete Townshend demo has appeared on various bootlegs over the years, but in edited form (the full length is 4:27). Intended as a potential Who song either as a single or for the My Generation album, but not used at the time. Musically, it sounds like a less developed version of the 1965 "Sand" demo (which was released on the 2019 Who album as a bonus track with additional parts added).

Sound Sample(s): Do The Strip (Acetate)   Do The Strip (Stereo Mix)   Sand (Original Version)

Pete Townshend - Do The Strip - 1965 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere / Anytime You Want Me / UK / 7" 45 RPM / IBC

Comments: (2) two interesting things about this acetate. 1) The title is printed as "Anyhow, Anyway, Anywhere" and the 2) The "b" side is "Anytime You Want Me", which was how the single was released in the USA, Australia, Canada & New Zealand (vs. The UK and the rest of the world).

 The Who - Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere / Anytime You Want Me - 1965 UK Acetate


1966

Title / Country / Format / Label: I'm A Boy / UK / 7" 45 RPM / IBC

Comments: This is an unreleased, alternate (but similar) to the Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy version. 

Sound Sample(s): I'm A Boy (Acetate)

The Who - I'm A Boy - 1966 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Batman / UK / 7" 45 RPM / IBC

Comments: Part of the single set comprising Ready Steady Who, this particular acetate was previously owned by John Entwistle.

The Who - Batman - 1966 UK 45 (Acetate) 


Title / Country / Format / Label: Boris The Spider / UK / 7" 45 RPM / IBC

Comments: Perhaps considered as a single, this song was issued on (3) three different labels (see below). This particular acetate was previously owned by John Entwistle.

The Who - Boris The Spider - 1966 UK 45 (Acetate) IBC 


Title / Country / Format / Label: Boris The Spider / Circles / UK / 10" 45 RPM / IBC

Comments: "Someone" did something odd with this one and the acetate (below). They took part of the existing songs and added it to the end of the songs to extend them. "Boris The Spider" is extended to 3:48 (vs. 2:28) and "Circles" is extended to 3:18 (from 2:27). The additions don't seem to add any value or make any sense as they don't seem natural and in fact, sound strange.

Sound Sample(s): Boris The Spider (Acetate)   Circles (Acetate) 

Boris The Spider / Circles - 1966 UK 10" 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Heatwave / Run Run Run / UK / 10" 45 RPM / IBC

Comments: Another "artificially extended" version (as above). "Heatwave" is extended to 3:41 (vs. 1:54). "Run, Run, Run" is the length of the A Quick One album version.

Sound Sample(s): Heatwave (Acetate)

The Who - Heatwave / Run Run Run - 1966 UK 10" 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Boris The Spider / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: This version features a different mix.

The Who - Boris The Spider - 1966 UK 45 (Acetate) EMI


Title / Country / Format / Label: Happy Jack / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: This version is slightly different than the released version. Besides recorded 2.5% slow (an easy digital fix), it is missing some Keith Moon vocal overdubs at 1:35:7. Note: The samples <below> start just about at that point.

Sound Sample(s):  Happy Jack (Released Version)   Happy Jack (Acetate)  

 


Title / Country / Format / Label: Whiskey Man / Non-Who Track / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: This version features Keith Moon's backing vocals on a verse (starting about 1:03:7) where as the <released> mono version overdubs the entire verse and the stereo version edits Keith's vocals out, leaving John's original vocal on the right channel only. You can hear Keith's original vocal come in at the very end of the stereo sample on the word, "go". 

Sound Sample(s): Whiskey Man (Acetate)   Whiskey Man (Mono)   Whiskey Man (Stereo)  

The Who - Whiskey Man - 1966 UK 45 (Acetate) 


Title / Country / Format / Label: I Need You / Non-Who Track / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: This acetate is somewhat disappointing since the unedited master tape extends the song quite a bit... (but this doesn't). It is nothing more than a mirror of the mono version of the song.


Title / Country / Format / Label: Run, Run, Run / Whiskey Man / South Africa / 7" 45 RPM / Trutone

Comments: This is a cool acetate from South Africa. Nothing remarkable, other than the date of 9-2-67. Does this mean September 2, 1967 or February 9, 1967? It's listed in the 1966 section since these songs are from 1966 (for all we know, it was manufactured in 1966 and someone received it in 1967).


Title / Country / Format / Label: King Rabbit / I Can't Reach You / UK / 7" 45 RPM / Essex Music Group

Comments: Pete Townshend's "King Rabbit" demo is a great song that was released on Pete Townshend's <defunct> website circa 2000. "I Can't Reach You" seems to be a forgotten track as if you looked at this acetate at a glance, you would think it might be a one sided disc. However, the <no label> "b" side has groves on it (and another unreleased demo). Unfortunately, they tried to destroy this song by intentionally scratching up the side (a common occurrence with acetates when a song is rejected). However, with much ado, I was able to grab a sound bite. There is another demo of "I Can't Reach You", which is more like The Who version than this organ heavy version.

Sound Sample(s): King Rabbit (Acetate)   King Rabbit (Stereo Mix)   I Can't Reach You (Acetate)   I Can't Reach You (2nd Demo)

Pete Townshend - King Rabbit / I Can't Reach You - 1966 UK 45 (Acetate)

Title / Country / Format / Label: Our Love Was / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: Unreleased Pete Townshend demo (Somewhat close to The Who Sell Out version).

Sound Sample(s): Our Love Was (Acetate)   Our Love Was (Stereo Mix)


Title / Country / Format / Label: I'm Thinking Of You All The While / Miles & Miles / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: "I'm Thinking Of You All The While" is one of three Pete Townshend demos of "Sunrise". The recording from this acetate was used on The Who Sell Out Deluxe Edition (Box Set) as the master tape for the same was unavailable. "Miles & Miles" is a great demo version of "I Can See For Miles" (since released officially).

Sound Sample(s): I'm Thinking Of You All The While (Acetate)   I'm Thinking Of You All The While (Stereo Mix)   Miles & Miles (Acetate)   Miles & Miles (Stereo Mix)

Pete Townshend - I'm Thinking Of You All The While / Miles And Miles - 1966 UK 45 (Acetate) Pete Townshend - I'm Thinking Of You All The While / Miles & Miles - 1966 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: It Was You / Seven Golden Daffodils / Australia / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: Pete Townshend's first song ("It Was You") as performed by Chaos & Co, an obscure Australian band looking to "get a hit" with an unreleased Pete Townshend / Who song, which was previously covered by the UK band, The Naturals in 1964. Quite different in style than The Who or Naturals' versions (and the acetate is the same version as the released version).

Sound Sample(s): It Was You (Chaos & Co - Acetate)   It Was You (Chaos & Co - Stereo Mix)


1967

Title / Country / Format / Label: Someone's Coming / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: John Entwistle's <unreleased> demo version. Both <single sided> copies previously owned by John Entwistle. 

Sound Sample(s): Someone's Coming (Acetate)   Someone's Coming (Stereo Mix) 

John Entwistle - Someone's Coming - 1967 UK 45 (Acetate)John Entwistle - Someone's Coming - 1967 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Silas Stingy / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: John Entwistle's <unreleased> demo version. Previously owned by John Entwistle. 

Sound Sample(s): Silas Stingy (Acetate)   Silas Stingy (Stereo Mix) 

John Entwistle - Silas Stingy - 1967 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Pictures Of Lily / UK / 7" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: Single sided acetate. Plays the same as the UK single.

The Who - Pictures Of Lily - 1967 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: I Can See For Miles (Version 3) / UK / 12" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: "Version 3" is an alternate mix of "I Can See For Miles". If I recall, I had trouble with the "b" side (but probably worth revisiting).

Sound Sample(s): I Can See For Miles Version 3 (Acetate)

The Who - I Can See For Miles (Version 3) 1967 UK 12" 45 (Acetate)The Who - I Can See For Miles (Version 3) 1967 UK 12" 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: I Can See For Miles / USA / 8" 45 RPM / Decca

Comments: Edited version (for radio play) of "I Can See For Miles" (which is also found on one of the pink label promo singles).

Title / Country / Format / Label: I Can See For Miles - USA - 12" 45 RPM (Acetate)

Title / Country / Format / Label: Village Green / Little Tommy / UK / 7" 45 RPM / Essex Music

Comments: Unreleased single by The Brood - Produced by John Entwistle & Keith Moon as a deal to receive discounted Bentley's from John Mason (Auto Sales), who managed the band (Keith Moon may be on backing vocals on the "Little Tommy"). This acetate was previously owned by John Entwistle.

Sound Sample(s): Village Green (Acetate)   Little Tommy (Acetate)

The Brood - Village Green / Little Tommy - 1967 UK 45 (Acetate)The Brood - Village Green / Little Tommy - 1967 UK 45 (Acetate)


1968

Title / Country / Format / Label: Summertime Blues / My Way / UK / 10" 45 RPM / EMI

Comments: Aborted 1968 single comprised of studio tracks. "Summertime Blues" (mono mix) is sped up by 8% and "My Way" is the heavy mono mix.

Sound Sample(s): Summertime Blues (Acetate)   Summertime Blues (Acetate-Speed Corrected)   My Way (Acetate)

The Who - Summertime Blues / My Way - 1968 UK 45 (Acetate)The Who - Summertime Blues / My Way - 1968 UK 45 (Acetate) 


1969


Title / Country / Format / Label: Overture / Underture / UK / 8" 45 RPM / Trident Studios

Comments: Labeled as "The Who", but actually Pete Townshend demos for Tommy.

Pete Townshend - Overture / Underture - 1969 8" 45 (Acetate)Pete Townshend - Overture / Underture - 1969 8" 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: The Acid Queen / Sally Simpson / UK / 8" 45 RPM / Trident Studios

Comments: As above, labeled as "The Who", but actually Pete Townshend demos for Tommy.

Pete Townshend - The Acid Queen / Sally Simpson - 1969 8" 45 (Acetate)Pete Townshend - The Acid Queen / Sally Simpson - 1969 8" 45 (Acetate) 


Title / Country / Format / Label: I'm Free / Tommy's Holiday Camp / Welcome / We're Not Gonna Take It / UK / 7" 45 RPM (EP) / EMI

Comments: Pete Townshend demos for "Tommy". Note the titles, "Camp" ("Tommy's Holiday Camp") and "Take It" ("We're Not Gonna Take It").

Pete Townshend - I'm Free / Tommy's Holiday Camp / Welcome / We're Not Gonna Take It - 1969 UK 45 (EP) (Acetate)Pete Townshend - I'm Free / Tommy's Holiday Camp / Welcome / We're Not Gonna Take It - 1969 UK 45 (EP) (Acetate) 


Title / Country / Format / Label: Pinball Wizard / Dog's Part II / Acid Queen / South Africa / 7" 45 RPM (EP) / Trutone

Comments: Odd combination adding "Acid Queen" to the "Pinball Wizard" single...

The Who - Pinball Wizard / Dogs Part II / Acid Queen - 1969 South Africa 45 (EP) (Acetate) 


1970

Title / Country / Format / Label: Unreleased Album / UK / LP / EMI

Comments: Somewhat of an Odds & Sods before its time, an untitled album was assembled for release in 1970, but scrubbed. Note the tracks on the label faces. "The Seeker" is unedited version (eventually released on the 2020 RSD "Odds & Sods" LP), "Little Billy" is live from the Fillmore East, '68, "Young Man Blues" is the same studio version as The House That Track Built version. The mono tracks, "Early Morning Cold Taxi", "Jaguar", "Summertime Blues" (8% sped up version) and "My Way" include some mix variations. The songs are connected by unused The Who Sell Out jingles and Pete Townshend's <live> intro to "Little Billy".

Sound Sample(s): The Seeker (Acetate)

The Who - 1970 Unreleased LP - 1970 UK LP Acetate The Who - 1970 Unreleased LP - 1970 UK LP Acetate 


Title / Country / Format / Label: My Way / Summertime Blues / Young Man Blues / UK / 7" 45 (EP) / EMI

Comments: Unreleased (EP) from the Unreleased Album <above>.

The Who - My Way / Summertime Blues / Young Man Blues - 1970 UK 45 (EP) (Acetate)The Who - My Way / Summertime Blues / Young Man Blues - 1970 UK 45 (EP) (Acetate)  


Title / Country / Format / Label: Live At Leeds / UK / LP / IBC

Comments: What makes this somewhat interesting is that the sides are reversed. A label mistake? Or possible original (and rejected) track order? Speaking of mistakes, note that side one is printed "33" and side two is "45".

The Who - Live At Leeds - 1970 UK LP (Acetate)The Who - Live At Leeds - 1970 UK LP (Acetate) 


Title / Country / Format / Label: Backtrack 7 Mixed Bag / UK / LP / IBC

Comments: This acetate mirrors its commercial counterpart. Note the "33" and "45" similar to Live At Leeds (above). The Who songs included are, "The Seeker", "Summertime Blues" (from "Live At Leeds"), "Here For More".

 


Title / Country / Format / Label: Backtrack 14 The Ox / UK / LP / IBC 

Comments: The Who album of only John Entwistle songs - acetate version. Track listing: Heinz Baked Beans, Heaven & Hell, Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Fiddle About, Cousin Kevin, Doctor Doctor, Medac, Boris The Spider, I've Been Away, Whiskey Man, In The City, Someone's Coming, Silas Stingy. 

The Who - Backtrack 14 The Ox - 1970 UK LP (Acetate)The Who - Backtrack 14 The Ox - 1970 UK LP (Acetate) 


Title / Country / Format / Label: Cinnamon Girl / Pick Me Up Big Chicken  / UK / 7" 33 1/3 / Trident Studios 

Comments: "Cinnamon Girl" was originally intended and recorded for Smash Your Head Against The Wall (John Entwistle's first solo album). However, once he wrote "My Size", it was abandoned. When I first sat down with John in January, 1996, I asked him about the song and proposed using it as a "bonus" track for an intended CD release of "Smash Your Head Against The Wall". John's response was:

     "I only write enough songs for an album."  

(hMMM... what does that mean???)  

I questioned him further (knowing that it was intended for the album).. 

     John, your fans want to hear it on your official album!  

     "They can get it on a bootleg. I'm not releasing it!"  

I didn't like that answer. At the time I was close with a lot of folks surrounding John and I asked them one by one to mention it and "bug" him about it. He finally "gave in" and it ended up as a CD bonus track. (Great cover of the Neil Young song.) From John Entwistle's personal collection. 

 


Title / Country / Format / Label: My Size / What Are We Doing Here? / UK / 7" 33 1/3 / Trident Studios 

Comments: Both "a" and "b" side same/similar to the USA mix of "Smash Your Head Against The Wall" (note: The UK and USA albums have mix variations). From John Entwistle's personal collection. 

John Entwistle - My Size / What Are We Doing Here? - 1970 UK 45 (Acetate)John Entwistle - My Size / What Are We Doing Here? - 1970 UK 45 (Acetate)

Title / Country / Format / Label: My Size (2nd Cut) / What Are We Doing Here? / UK / 7" 33 1/3 / Trident Studios 

Comments: "My Size" has a "big swoop" before the dueling guitars (USA Mix) and "What Are We Doing Here?" might be a different performance. From John Entwistle's personal collection. 

 


Title / Country / Format / Label: What Are We Doing Here? / What Are We Doing Here? (Phased Version) / UK / 7" 33 1/3 / Trident Studios 

Comments: The "a" side is the same/similar to the UK version. The "b" side is an odd phased version. From John Entwistle's personal collection. 

Sound Sample(s): What Are We Doing Here? (Phased Version) (Acetate) 

John Entwistle - What Are We Doing Here? / What Are We Doing Here? (Phased Version) - 1970 UK 45 (Acetate) John Entwistle - What Are We Doing Here? / What Are We Doing Here? (Phased Version) - 1970 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: What Kind Of People Are They? (2nd Version) / You're Mine / UK / 7" 33 1/3 / Trident Studios 

Comments: Both sides are a little flatter than the released versions. From John Entwistle's personal collection. 

The Who - What Kind Of People Are They (2nd Version) / You're Mine (2nd Version) - 1970 UK 45 (Acetate) The Who - What Kind Of People Are They (2nd Version) / You're Mine (2nd Version) - 1970 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: You're Mine (1st Version) / Do You Believe / What Kind Of People Are They? / UK / 7" 33 1/3 (EP) / Trident Studios 

Comments: All tracks same as the released versions. "Do You Believe" was an early title for "I Believe In Everything". From John Entwistle's personal collection.


Title / Country / Format / Label: You're Mine / No. 24 / UK / 7" 33 1/3  / Trident Studios 

Comments: Both tracks the same as the released versions. From John Entwistle's personal collection.


Title / Country / Format / Label: Lifehouse / UK / LP / Master Room 

Comments: Pete Townshend demos for "Lifehouse". Track Listing: Pure And Easy, Behind Blue Eyes, Love Ain't For Keepin', Mary, Getting In Tune, Going Mobile, Too Much ("Too Much Of Anything"), Time Is Passing, Classified (same version used for the 1970 Glastonbury Fayre LP), Won't Get Fooled Again, Song Is Over, Baba O'Riley (long instrumental version  @ 13.10 minutes). Another, similar Lifehouse acetate was pressed on the IBC Label with less tracks.



1971

Title / Country / Format / Label: Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy / South Africa / LP  / Polydor 

Comments: All tracks mono. Acetate is side 2 only. Track listing: Let's See Action, Pinball Wizard, Boris The Spider, Magic Bus, Substitute, I'm A Boy

Sound Sample(s): Let's See Action (Acetate) 

The Who - Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy - 1971 South Africa LP (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Won't Get Fooled Again / Don't Know Myself / UK / 7" 45 / EMI 

Comments: Both tracks are the same as the single version(s) (Won't Get Fooled Again is edited). 

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again / Don't Know Myself - 1971 UK 45 (Acetate)The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again / Don't Know Myself - 1971 UK 45 (Acetate)  


Title / Country / Format / Label: Who's Next / USA / LP / Track 

Comments: "Guess Who" is crossed off as in "Oops! Wrong band!" The acetate was pressed on June 29, 1971 and the album was officially released on August 14, 1971.

The Who - Who's Next - 1971 USA LP (Acetate)The Who - Who's Next - 1971 USA LP (Acetate)  


1972

Title / Country / Format / Label: Ten Little Friends / Nightmare / UK / 7" 45 / EMI 

Comments: "Nightmare" has an extended ending. From John Entwistle's personal collection.

Sound Sample(s): Nightmare (Acetate)  

John Entwistle - Ten Little Friends / Nightmare - 1972 UK 45 (Acetate) John Entwistle - Ten Little Friends / Nightmare - 1972 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: I Wonder / Who Cares? / UK / 7" 45 / EMI 

Comments: Same as the released versions. From John Entwistle's personal collection.

John Entwistle - I Wonder / Who Cares? - 1972 UK 45 (Acetate)John Entwistle - I Wonder / Who Cares? - 1972 UK 45 (Acetate)  


Title / Country / Format / Label: I Wonder / Who Cares? / UK / 7" 45 / EMI 

Comments: Single sided acetates. Same as the released version. From John Entwistle's personal collection.

John Entwistle - Who Cares? - 1972 UK 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Whistle Rymes / UK / LP / EMI 

Comments: Same as the released version. Track list: Ten Little Friends, Apron Strings, I Feel Better, Thinkin' It Over, Who Cares?, I Wonder, I Was Just Being Friendly, The Window Shopper, I Found Out, Nightmare (Please Wake Me Up) CD (Castle Music (UK), Sanctuary (USA), Strange Days (Japan)): Ten Little Friends, Apron Strings, I Feel Better, Thinkin' It Over, Who Cares?, I Wonder, I Was Just Being Friendly, The Window Shopper, I Found Out, Nightmare (Please Wake Me Up). Previously owned by John Entwistle's friend, Alan Ross (who played guitars, backing vocals and tambourine on this album).  

John Entwistle - Whistle Rymes - 1972 UK LP (Acetate) John Entwistle - Whistle Rymes - 1972 UK LP (Acetate) 


Title / Country / Format / Label: Forever's No Time At All / UK / 7" 45 / N/A

Comments: Billy Nicholls' song from Pete Townshend's Who Came First. The song was the only single released from the album (backed with "This Song Is Green" - which Pete does play on). Seems to be the same as the album version.

Pete Townshend / Billy Nichols - Forever's No Time At All - 1972 UK 45 (Acetate) 


Title / Country / Format / Label: I'm Free / UK / 7" 45 / EMI

Comments: Roger Daltrey's London Symphony Tommy version. Same as the released version.

Roger Daltrey - I'm Free - 1972 UK 45 (Acetate) 


1973

Title / Country / Format / Label: Rigor Mortis Sets In / UK / LP / EMI

Comments: Same as the released version. Track list: Gimme That Rock'n Roll, Mr. Bass Man, Do The Dangle, Hound Dog, Made In Japan, My Wife, Roller Skate Kate, Peg Leg Peggy, Lucille, Big Black Cadillac. Previously owned by John Entwistle's friend, Alan Ross (who played guitars, and lead vocals ("Mr. Bass Man") on this album).    

 


1974

Title / Country / Format / Label: The Who Sell Out / USA / LP / MCA

Comments: Same as the released version (which was part of a 1974 double LP set, combined with "A Quick One"). Track list: Armenia City In The Sky, Heinz Baked Beans, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Odorono, Tattoo, Our Love Was, Is, I Can See For Miles, I Can't Reach You, Spotted Henry, Relax, Silas Stingy, Sunrise, Rael

The Who - The Who Sell Out - 1974 USA LP (Acetate) 


Title / Country / Format / Label: When I'm A Man / I Wonder Who She'll Be / UK / 7" 45 / EMI

Comments: Simon Townshend's first single, written/released when he was only 13 years old. Same as the released version.

Sound Sample(s): When I'm A Man (Acetate)   When I'm A Man (Stereo Mix)

Simon Townshend - When I'm A Man / I Wonder Who She'll Be - 1974 UK 45 (Acetate) Simon Townshend - When I'm A Man / I Wonder Who She'll Be - 1974 UK 45 (Acetate) 


1975

Title / Country / Format / Label: Ride A Rock Horse / USA / LP / Sterling Sound

Comments: Same as the released version. The date of this acetate is May 21, 1975 and the album was released in the USA on July 4, 1975. Track list: Come And Get Your Love, Hearts Right, Oceans Away, Proud, World Over, Near To Surrender, Feeling, Walking The Dog, Milk Train, I Was Born To Sing Your Song  

Roger Daltrey - Ride A Rock Horse - 1975 USA LP (Acetate)Roger Daltrey - Ride A Rock Horse - 1975 USA LP (Acetate) 


1977 

Title / Country / Format / Label: Rough Mix / USA / LP / MCA / The Mastering Lab

Comments: (2) Two single sided discs. Same as the released version. There is another version that is 2-sided, single disc. Track listing: My Baby Gives It Away, Nowhere To Run, Rough Mix, Annie, Keep Me Turning, Catmelody, Misunderstood, April Fool, Street In The City, Heart To Hang Onto, Till The Rivers All Run Dry

Pete Townshend - Rough Mix - 1977 USA LP (Acetate)Pete Townshend - Rough Mix - 1977 USA LP (Acetate)


1978

Title / Country / Format / Label: Who Are You / USA / LP / Sterling Sound

Comments: Same as the released version. Track list: New Song, Had Enough, 905, Sister Disco, Music Must Change, Trick Of The Light, Guitar And Pen, Love Is Coming Down, Who Are You

The Who - Who Are You - 1978 USA LP (Acetate)The Who - Who Are You - 1978 USA LP (Acetate)


1979

Title / Country / Format / Label: The Kids Are Alright / USA / LP / Polydor / The Mastering Lab

Comments: Side 4 only. Same as the released version. Track listing: Join Together, Road Runner, My Generation Blues, Won't Get Fooled Again.

The Who - The Kids Are Alright - 1979 USA LP (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: My Generation / UK / LP / Portland Recording Studios

Comments: Same as the 1980 UK Virgin Label released version.

The Who - My Generation - 1979 UK LP (Acetate) The Who - My Generation - 1979 UK LP (Acetate)


1980

Title / Country / Format / Label: McVicar / USA / LP / Sterling Sound

Comments: Same as the released version. Track Listing: Bitter & Twisted, Just A Dream Away, Escape Pt. 1, White City Lights, Free Me, My Time Is Gonna Come, Waiting For A Friend, Escape Pt. 2, Without Your Love, McVicar

Roger Daltrey - McVicar - 1980 USA LP (Acetate)Roger Daltrey - McVicar - 1980 USA LP (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Free Me / USA / 10" 45 / Sterling Sound

Comments: Same as the released version. Original title, "Set Me Free".

Roger Daltrey - Free Me - 1980 USA 10" 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Escape Part 1 / USA / 10" 45 / Sterling Sound

Comments: Same as the released version.

Roger Daltrey - Escape Part 1 - 1980 USA 10" 45 (Acetate)


Title / Country / Format / Label: Without Your Love / USA / 10" 45 / Sterling Sound

Comments: Same as the released version.

Roger Daltrey - Without Your Love - 1980 USA 10" 45 (Acetate)


1981

Title / Country / Format / Label: Face Dances / USA / LP / Sterling Sound

Comments: Same as the released version. Track Listing: You Better You Bet, Don't Let Go The Coat, Cache Cache, The Quiet One, Did You Steal My Money, How Can You Do It Alone?, Daily Records, You, Another Tricky Day

The Who - Face Dances - 1981 USA LP (Acetate)The Who - Face Dances - 1981 USA LP (Acetate)


1988

Title / Country / Format / Label: Who's Better Who's Best / USA / LP / MCA / Artisan Sound Recorders

Comments: Same as the released version. (4) Four single sided discs. Track list: My Generation, Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere, The Kids Are Alright, Substitute, I'm A Boy, Happy Jack, Pictures Of Lily, I Can See For Miles, Who Are You, Won't Get Fooled Again, Magic Bus, I Can't Explain, Pinball Wizard, Iím Free, See Me, Feel Me, Squeeze Box, Join Together, You Better, You Bet, Baba O'Riley

 The Who - Who's Better Who's Best - 1988 USA LP (Acetate)The Who - Who's Better Who's Best - 1988 USA LP (Acetate)The Who - Who's Better Who's Best - 1988 USA LP (Acetate)The Who - Who's Better Who's Best - 1988 USA LP (Acetate)


Please note that this page does not include any CD acetates, or single and LP acetates post 2000 (which you will find scattered around this website).

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