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October 2, 2022

The Who - Woodstock 1969 - Master Tape Reel-To-Reel (Copy)

With all of the Woodstock samples I recently posted, I thought <perhaps> it was a good time to revisit the "Woodstock Story" from ~3 years ago (and more)...

As far as I can remember, Who fans have always prized the band's Woodstock performance. As much as the band members said they "hated" Woodstock (for various good reasons), they were on absolute fire that day. Unfortunately, there were only a handful of songs officially released and quite a few fair sounding, mono bootlegs (which improved over the years). Who fans could only dream that "one day"...

In 2013 with the construction of Tommy Super Deluxe Edition, there was discussion of remixing and remastering the original Woodstock tapes for release with the box set. Unfortunately, the band did not own the tapes and these things can (and do) get complicated.  Fast forward to 2019, an ambitious project was underway to release the entire (all bands) performance at Woodstock - a big, limited edition, expensive box set. While this was an exciting project, I knew that if it wasn't done just right, The Who performance would come out poorly. As some of you folks know, I've worked with and have been friends with the band's producer's/engineers for many years. I've had conversations regarding the difficulties and limitations with some of these older recordings. For example, in 1996, I was asked specifically what I "thought" about the "Isle Of Wight 1970" release. Ironically, while I really love it today, at the time, all I could think about was that it "didn't sound like Live At Leeds". To me, "Leeds" set a new standard and this was... different. What I came to learn at the time, was that John Entwistle's bass bled into everything. If you think about a "normal" multi-track recording (with separate instruments on each track), you can mix these independent of one another. However, when you have bass bleeding into the other tracks, you are limited by how far you can mix, since the finished mix won't sound right (and this is only one factor)...

I had a vision that something was not going to be right with the new (2019) release and rather than "wait to find out", I reached out to the producer to offer some help and advice. It wasn't well received. What followed became almost "silly" with the producer commiserating with a bunch of <Who fan> strangers in an online forum, complaining about me ...he hasn't even heard it and he's criticizing it! (paraphrasing).

Sadly, while I hoped I was going to be wrong, I wasn't. The finished product was basically unlistenable. The best way to describe the distortion throughout, was that it sounds like John's bass strings became loose and were flapping against the wood of his bass guitar. In their defense, I'm sure they were working hard, tired and against a time frame and budget. However, you don't mess with The Who. At the time, a lot of Who fans took their hard earned money to buy the entire box, just for the Woodstock performance. They were extremely disappointed...

Coincidentally, shortly after the release of the official version, I came into contact with someone that had the original board tapes. Long story short, I ended up with a copy of the same. It sounds wonderful! Below are some sound samples comparing the "official" with the original. This isn't a matter of "I told you so", but to demonstrate that there's still an opportunity to officially release a great Woodstock in the future. We can still hope...

I Can't Explain:

Woodstock Board Mix (1969)   Woodstock 50 (2019) 

Sparks:

Woodstock Board Mix (1969)   Woodstock 50 (2019)

Eyesight To The Blind:

Woodstock Board Mix (1969)   Woodstock 50 (2019)

Acid Queen:

Woodstock Board Mix (1969)   Woodstock 50 (2019)

I'm Free:

Woodstock Board Mix (1969)   Woodstock 50 (2019)

See Me, Feel Me:

Woodstock Board Mix (1969)   Woodstock 50 (2019)

The Who - Woodstock 1969 - Reel-To-Reel-Master_Tape


September 29, 2022

Pete Townshend - Rough Boy - 1980 USA LP

In my quest to update my website, I became astutely aware that some of the vinyl bootlegs which I overlooked (or simply ignored) for 40+ years were lacking some depth. I originally had the black vinyl version of this LP, but traded (or sold) it because I had Pure n Easy (which is a similar LP, different artwork, etc.). So... I recently found this cool splash wax copy from some obscure website for about $50.

Not a bad find.

Pete Townshend - Rough Boy - April 14, 1974 - LP - Splash Wax


September 26, 2022

The Who - Call Me Lightning - 1968 South Africa 45

Pictured here is the incredibly rare "Call Me Lightning" b/w "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" from South Africa, originally sold with a picture sleeve or stock copy. Besides the great cover art, what makes it even more unusual is its the only South Africa Who release on the Coral label. Everything else about it is similar to a standard Polydor release, except it says "Coral" instead.

I picked this record today, as I've been <mostly> out of commission over the last several days due to a severe lightning strike. I was about to upload a new post and BOOM. Like a sonic boom, it was loud, the ground shook violently and the power went out (but for only seconds). When it came back up, the computer and several other odd things were "dead". While only taking a few days to recover (and when booting back up), my "whoge" scanner (12.2" x 17") wouldn't talk to the new computer. Even though it wasn't even on, apparently the surge zapped the USB circuits and poof. Finding/buying a tabloid size scanner "overnight" wasn't an easy task. There were a few listed online locally and I made a deal with someone who had one (~50 miles south of me) and was able to obtain it 7AM on Sunday. All the rare LPs I intended to scan earlier in the week - are now uploaded and online...

It's not "fun" to lose your computer, data (even if temporary) and other equipment, but <Picard> happens. So there you have it (unless you don't).

The Who - Call Me Lightning - 1968 South Africa 45


September 20, 2022

The Who - Live At Leeds 2014 vs. Live At Leeds Complete

In 2014, Live At Leeds, was remixed and remastered once again. Initially available only as a hi-definition download (see www.hdtracks.com) and then eventually making its way onto a triple LP (pictured) in 2016. This <version> is the finest "Live At Leeds" ever released. If you took a journey on Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine, and stopped at 1996, you would be super excited by Live At Leeds Complete. This CD was a result of a created opportunity due to the (2) two record companies (MCA & Polydor) fighting over what the 1995 "Live At Leeds" CD should be. MCA wanted the complete concert on (2) two CDs, Polydor wanted a single CD release (the companies eventually merged). So, the bootleggers in Japan sent this (an unedited version of the concert) to market. I recall the excitement of the time as Who fans were thrilled they now had the full concert and the live "Tommy" that eluded them.

"Complete" was far from perfect. Crackling noises, "whoooge" dropout on "I Can't Explain and sound wise (while very good), not up to the standard set by the 1995 "Leeds". The band made an attempt to remedy this in 2001, with the release of "Live At Leeds" (Deluxe Edition). However, that version was a disappointment as the newly remixed/remastered CD, didn't hold up to the 1995 version (and included a modern day overdub vocal, which, quite frankly was out of place and didn't fit).

So... in 2014, Live At Leeds was given a fresh life for the HD format and went beyond the 1995 version. Other than the inclusion of Spoonful (which for whatever reason has been edited out of "Leeds"),"Complete" is pretty much obsolete, but certainly worthy due to its history and nostalgia Oddly, there are some people living in a time bubble of sorts, thinking this is still the release. It's not. "Each to their own sewage" I suppose. 

Sound Samples:

Heaven And Hell   I Can't Explain   Young Man Blues   Happy Jack   A Quick One While He's Away   Amazing Journey   Eyesight To The Blind   See Me, Feel Me   Magic Bus

Compare to Live At Leeds (2014 Remix Version):

Heaven And Hell   I Can't Explain   Young Man Blues   Happy Jack   A Quick One While He's Away   Amazing Journey   Eyesight To The Blind   See Me, Feel Me   Magic Bus 

The Who - Live At Leeds 2014 vs. Live At Leeds Complete


September 19, 2022

The Who - I Can't Explain - 1965 Germany 45

The Who have always been very popular in Germany. As a result, the band's records and CDs were produced in great numbers there, making most Germany Who releases (with some notable exceptions) fairly common. One of those exceptions, is The Who's first release in Germany, the I Can't Explain single. Much tougher to find than many of their other singles and even harder to find in good condition. The paper used to print the picture sleeve is somewhat thin and had a tendency to wrinkle and deteriorate if not kept properly. It's a great photo of the band, and also used on the Australia Dance Session EP and several USA 60's ads.

The Who - I Can't Explain - 1965 Germany 45


September 18, 2022

The High Numbers - Dance To Keep From Crying - LP

I spent <almost> the entire last day creating sound samples for the 1st page of my live bootlegs collection. It's a time consuming process, but ultimately, it helps to expand the history of The Who. At the very top of this page sits the "Dance To Keep From Crying" LP (pictured), which I believe was the very first of the various releases (LP & CD) of The 1964 High Numbers Railway Hotel concert (mistaken for The Marquee). I probably haven't played this album since the 1980's (I purchased it when it came out in 1983), but remembered that it sounded really good. So... I recorded the album to HD and then proceeded to create sound samples.

The sound quality on this varies a little and that might be due to the age of the tapes or the playback equipment - but overall, it's an outstanding recording. The crack of Keith Moon's drums was never quite captured like this. I can't tell you how it was recorded (i.e. mics on the stage or connected directly to the mixing board), but it's very captivating as well as historic.

Rather than post sound samples here, I will direct you to the top of the page where this resides, here.

Enjoy!

The High Numbers - Dance To Keep From Crying - LP 


September 15, 2022

The Who - The Kids Are Alright - 1966 Belgium 45

I've always admired this record - The Kids Are Alright, released in Belgium in 1966. The picture of the band almost appears three dimensional against its purple background. Four of the early Belgium Who singles (Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere, My Generation, A Legal Matter and The Kids Are Alright) used the same band photo, but with different surrounding artwork. All of the Brunswick (or Decca) pressings were made outside of Belgium, but exported for sale there.  

The Who - The Kids Are Alright - 1966 Belgium 45


September 13, 2022

The Who - Who's Next - 1971 Venezuela LP

While there are many Who records which feature Spanish titles on the labels or even on the back covers, there are only a few which feature the front cover title in Spanish.

This one is Who's Next from Venezuela. The Spanish title, "Nuevamente los Who"  translated to English, is "Again The Who". It doesn't sound very close, does it?

For a while these seemed to obtainable, but now they are very scarce...

The Who - Who's Next - 1971 Venezuela LP


September 12, 2022

The Who - Live At Leeds - 1971 / 1980 Brazil LP(s)

After a friend's recent post, I quickly realized I never had (or was even aware of) the original Brazil pressing of Live At Leeds (as you can see, I quickly remedied that mistake). I recall the day in 1983, when my friend Bryan and I went to Farfels Records in NY and were shown copies of the Brazil "Leeds" (which we both immediately purchased). Jack (who worked there), sold us many Who records, but this was quite special as the first version of the album we bought with different artwork...  After seeing my <other> friend's post, I scratched my head and then worked to find a great original pressing, so... here it is.

As much as I seem to have, there's always more. I'm sure the original popped up on my eBay feed many times but was dismissed quickly. The other difference is that the reissue is slightly lighter/brighter - something you wouldn't notice until you see them both side-by-side.

The Who - Live At Leeds - 1971 / 1980 Brazil LP(s)


September 11, 2022

Pete Townshend - Live In California - 1993

I recently obtained (2) two new CDs that are absolutely fantastic. While I would place the sound quality only in the "C" range (which is above average for most boots), the performances and setlists are just outstanding. Pete performed about 15 shows in support of his Psychoderelict album. Unfortunately, the one he chose to video and distribute (The August 7, Brooklyn Academy Of Music show), was the weakest from the tour (as a result of Pete having a cold, staying up all night, doing a full dress rehearsal and ending up much stiffer and with a scratchy voice). In comparison, these shows were loose, fun and wildly "over the top" - truly representing Pete at his best. I recall seeing Pete at the Beacon Theater (New York City) and the show being one of the very best concerts I had every seen.

The setlists are packed with great songs:

Wiltern Theater (July 29, 1993): Cobwebs And Strange, Save It For Later, Eyesight To The Blind, Face The Face, Heart To Hang Onto, I'm A Boy, Eminence Front, English Boy, Meher Baba M3, Let's Get Pretentious, Meher Baba M4, Early Morning Dreams, I Want That Thing, Outlive The Dinosaur, Meher Baba M4, Flame, Now And Then, I Am Afraid, Electronic Wizardry, Don't Try To Make Me Real, Predictable, Flame, Meher Baba M5 (Vivaldi), Fake It, Now And Then (Reprise), Baba O'Riley, English Boy (Reprise), Let My Love Open The Door, Corrina Corrina, A Little Is Enough, You Better You Bet, Rough Boys, Girl From North Country, Naked Eye, Magic Bus*, Let's See Action*, Won't Get Fooled Again*

(*John Entwistle joins Pete on stage and plays bass on these songs)

Berkeley Community Theater (August 3, 1993): Let My Love Open The Door, Rough Boys, Keep Me Turning, Pinball Wizard, Who Are You, Till The Rivers All Run Dry, Sheraton Gibson, Sleeping Dog, English Boy, Meher Baba M3, Let's Get Pretentious, Meher Baba M4, Early Morning Dreams, I Want That Thing, Outlive The Dinosaur, Meher Baba M4, Flame, Now And Then, I Am Afraid, Electronic Wizardry, Don't Try To Make Me Real, Predictable, Flame, Meher Baba M5 (Vivaldi), Fake It, Now And Then (Reprise), Baba O'Riley, English Boy (Reprise), Girl From North Country, Behind Blue Eyes, Face The Face, Won't Get Fooled Again / Let's See Action / Won't Get Fooled Again, Got Love If You Want It, Save It For Later

Some of you might be aware that "Got Love If You Want It" (above) is the song Pete Meaden rewrote the lyrics for, which became "I'm The Face".

Here are 23 sound samples from both shows:

Wiltern Theater: Cobwebs & Strange   I'm A Boy   English Boy   Let's Get Pretentious   I Want That Thing   Outlive The Dinosaur   Don't Try To Make Me Real   Let My Love Open The Door   Naked Eye   Magic Bus   Let's See Action   Won't Get Fooled Again

Berkeley Community Theater: Keep Me Turning   Till The Rivers All Run Dry   Sheraton Gibson   Sleeping Dog   Now And Then   Don't Try To Make Me Real   Predictable   English Boy (Reprise)   A Little Is Enough   Face The Face   Got Love If You Want It

Enjoy!

Pete Townshend - Live In California - 1993


September 9, 2022

The Who - Can't Explain - 1964/65 USA 45 (Withdrawn)

This single was the very first <official> release by The Who (actual release dates have been published of either December, 1964 and January, 1965 - both pre-dating the UK release date of January 15, 1965). The single, with the "missing I" was released in error, quickly withdrawn and replaced with the corrected title.

I bought this particular copy, from a gentleman named Bob in Miami, Florida, circa late 1982. Bob was a huge music fan and collector and he worked in one of my favorite all-time records stores, Yesterday & Today (as well as some of the other great Miami stores of that era). Bob sold me quite a few early USA Who singles, which were in brand new condition, mostly sold at $10 each. When he asked me if I was interested in this single, I immediately said "yes" (but this one was slightly more expensive). I recall picking it up at his apartment, which had many old-style filing cabinets and as he opened the drawers - they were full of singles (immaculate and organized to perfection). Bob explained to me that he bought this on the very day it was released - his first ever Who single.

This single has become super scarce over the years. I was recently reminded that I have a 2nd copy and might consider parting with it for the right offer...  

The Who - Can't Explain - 1964 USA 45 (Withdrawn)


September 8, 2022

The Who - 1966 Holland "Balloon" Pinup / Poster

The look on John Entwistle's face says it all. "What kind of rock star poses like this?" Roger seems to be biting his tongue, while Keith and Pete look like they are "OK" with it. It's different. Some of these old, European magazines have the coolest photos (and centerfold pinups) of the band (if you like this sort of thing).

The Who - 1966 Holland "Balloon" Pinup / Poster


September 7, 2022

The Who - Slip Kid - 1975 (1976) Spain 45 "B" Side

After posting yesterday, a few people asked where they could find this single. As I looked around, I was reminded of what the "b" side looked like. Typically, I post <mostly> front covers Unless I believe there's something there's something truly unique and interesting about the back cover, I feel that there needs to be something another collector gets excited about discovering on their own (vs. just the record itself). It goes back to the record bin days, when you saw something for the first time and said "wow!" to yourself. On one hand, there's a "story to tell" (which has an element of completeness), on the other, leaving room for the excitement of discovery. Perhaps with the introduction of Discogs and their ton of crappy photos, the point is moot and we are now living in a different age... So... as I found some singles for sale, I saw this picture which has been buried in my collection for ~40 years and I said, "wow... why didn't I scan this?" A lot of picture sleeve singles have the same image front and back, some have an "advertisement" for related albums/singles, etc (but graphically boring), some have different titles (i.e. same picture front and back, but each side has the title of the "a" and "b" sides). What I like about this (besides the Spanish), is the reverse picture of "The Who By Numbers". We've seen black covers, filled in line covers and now a reverse cover. I think that's worthy of a scan. So, I grabbed the sleeve, scanned it and here it is...

Also please note that the single (in the very small print bottom left) is dated March, 1976. So, as much as I want it to be a 1975 single, it's actually from 1976.

he Who - Slip Kid - 1975 (1976) Spain 45 "B" Side


September 6, 2022

The Who - Slip Kid - 1975 Spain 45

While very popular amongst Who fans, The Who only played "Slip Kid" live about a half a dozen times in 1976. The common single released from The Who By Numbers was Squeeze Box. However, in Spain, "Slip Kid" was released as the single  (with Squeeze Box as its b side). In the USA and Canada, Slip Kid was released as the 2nd single from The Who By Numbers, but unfortunately, it didn't chart very well.

Over the years, many fans were hoping the band would include the song in their set list. In 2008, the band teased us with a one-off performance (which was actually pretty damn good!) and then brought it back again between 2014 - 2016. I recall being excited to hear it live, but I thought these later versions didn't work out as well as I hoped. Not sure why...

Sound Samples:

1976 @ Madison Square Garden   2008 @ Indigo London   2015 @ Tampa Florida (Remixed)

The Who - Slip Kid - 1975 Spain 45


September 5, 2022

The Who - 1967 France (EP) - Cassette

This is what is known as a "lucky find". Without paying too much attention, I thought I was buying another "best of" cassette with an unusual cover. As it turns out, it's an obscure EP from France (circa 1967) featuring Happy Jack, I Can See For Miles, Pictures of Lily and I'm A Boy. The cover is made from the same laminated material as the one's used for the <vinyl> EPs of the period.

The Who - 1967 France (EP) - Cassette (Happy Jack, I Can See For Miles, Pictures of Lily and I'm A Boy)


September 4, 2022

The Who - Bootlegs (Live and Studio)

I just finished updating the <above> sections for the website. What began 20+ years ago as a good idea (picture gallery on the top of the page, detailed descriptions below) started out OK, but... with the expansion of so many LPs, CDs, etc., the pictures became too far away from their descriptions and didn't really work anymore.

The live section has expanded from 16 pages to 25 (to better separate different tours - i.e. the 1981 Face Dances tour was very different than the 1982 It's Hard tour) and the pictures have been relocated from the picture gallery to their respective descriptions (for both live and studio bootlegs). A lot of work, but hopefully a better experience for you, the visitor.

You can find access these sections here:

The Who - Bootlegs Live Directory (Live)

The Who - Bootlegs - Studio - Page 1 (A to E) (Studio)

Enjoy!


September 2, 2022

John Entwistle - Too Late The Hero - 1981 UK 45 Picture Disc

Every time I go to eBay I see tons of "autographed" Who related items with <worthless> COA's (Certificates of Authenticity) *. Some even include a picture of the artist signing the "item". 99% of these are fakes. The Who signed many items. If you want an authentic autograph, you may need to dig around until you find someone that you know who had something personally autographed (and hope they will part with it). Your other option is to track down one of the items where there are no doubts - i.e. the Too Late The Hero picture disc. (John Entwistle autographed every single one.) Seemingly forever, you could buy one of these fairly cheap ($10-$15). However, in recent years, the value (finally) has realized and prices have increased quite a bit. There's only 1,500 of them - so grab one while you still have a chance.

* One of the funniest COA stories I came across was the "fully autographed" copy of It's Hard. Not only did the autographs look fake, but the "fraudster" also signed Keith Moon's name. I wrote to the seller and told him his COA was "worthless" and the signatures were fake. He kept insisting he "bought it from a reliable source". So, I asked him... How did they get Keith Moon to sign the LP (4) four years after he died? That must be some neat trick! (He eventually got the point.)

John Entwistle - Too Late The Hero - 1981 UK 45 Picture Disc


August 31, 2022

The Who Sell Out - 1974 Saudi Arabia Cassette - Vol. 1
 
Over the years I have been accumulating cassettes from Saudi Arabia. Most likely unofficial releases (based on the odd and sometimes competing titles on different labels, these cassettes sometimes feature unique artwork, or an interesting addition of "bonus tracks"... Pictured is The Who Sell Out, Vol. 1. Unfortunately, I don't have the matching Vol. 2. (on this label, but several on other labels). This cassette features the complete album tracks of "The Who Sell Out", and would assume Vol. 2. (on this label) is A Quick One, as packaged by most official record labels in 1974...

The Who Sell Out - 1974 Saudi Arabia Cassette - Vol. 1


August 30, 2022

The Who - My Generation - 1965 Switzerland 45 (Club Edition)

Pictured is a very obscure version of the 1965 My Generation single (45 RPM), released only in Switzerland. To my knowledge, there were only two Who records released in Switzerland (this one and "Happy Jack"). Both are "Club Edition" releases, made in Germany for export and relatively difficult to find. My first copy was pretty worn, but I was fortunate to find a 2nd copy...

The Who - My Generation - 1965 Switzerland 45 (Club Edition)


August 29, 2022

The Who - Tommy - 1970 South Africa LP

Another mystery album... This is a very rare pressing of Tommy from South Africa. I believe that with the world-wide popularity of The Who's Live At Leeds, Polydor South Africa re-released Tommy there, with this "Leeds" style cover in 1970. Someone I met theorized that this was actually the first pressing, and released prior to the record company having the proper artwork. However, if this were true, how coincidental to predate "Live At Leeds" by a year? Either way, a very nice collectable... (Please also note that "Tommy" was also pressed in South Africa with the common cover.)

The Who - Tommy - 1970 South Africa LP


August 25, 2022

Pete Townshend - Hall For Cornwall Truro - November, 1998

Included in my recent CDs was this interesting piece. As some folks might recall, I was not originally enamored with the mini-tour of 1998. I absolutely loved all of Pete's performances in 1996 and had a great time and experience at the NY Supper Club (sans some idiots trying to steal my backstage pass). When my friend got me tickets for the 1998 Boston show, I was equally thrilled. However, (6) six songs in with the <then> dreaded arraignment of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", I had completely lost my mind and as Popeye (the Sailorman) would say, "Can't stands no more!" as in... how did that happen?

A few years later, some kind fan of my website offered to send me a complete 1998 Woodstock soundboard, which he downloaded off of a satellite feed. At first I didn't want it (even for free), but even under my standards, I was being completely stupid and why insult someone being kind and generous? After listening to it, I came to enjoy it (but always skipped over "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" - which happens to be one of my very favorite Who songs). Long story short, perhaps I was also being stupid in Boston and developed a delayed appreciation for the 1998 performances...

Other than the artwork for this CD, I was intrigued by the setlist inclusion of "Cobwebs And Strange" (which Pete opened with for his 1993 "Psychoderelict" shows). So, what's another CD?

Surprisingly, this one didn't sound half bad and I enjoyed making the samples to present (and preserve) part of the greater history of The Who. Enjoy!

Track Listing: Cobwebs And Strange, On The Road Again, A Little Is Enough, Pinball Wizard, Drowned, Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere, Behind Blue Eyes, You Better You Bet, Baby Don't You Do It, I'm A Boy, Sheraton Gibson (Tease), Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Three Steps To Heaven, Substitute, North Country Girl, Band Introductions, She's A Sensation (listed as "Sensation"), Now And Then, Let My Love Open The Door, Who Are You, The Kids Are Alright, The Acid Queen, Won't Get Fooled Again, Magic Bus, The Lobster Song

Sound Samples:

Cobwebs And Strange   On The Road Again   Baby Don't You Do It   Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand   Three Steps To Heaven   She's A Sensation  

Pete Townshend - Hall For Cornwall Truro - November, 1998


August 25, 2022

Pete Townshend - Brockwell Park London - May 30, 1981 - 2022 UK CD

I received another small batch of boot CDs from the UK over the weekend. I thought this particular one stood out because of the diverse setlist and performances. I've had most of these tracks before, but pretty much ignored them because of the poor sound quality. While this CD is no better (and perhaps worse), it was the entire show (including (2) two performances of "A Little Is Enough"). I don't know if Pete professionally recorded all of his post-Roundhouse (1974) shows, but this CD gives you a hint at how good such a compilation might be.

Here's the sound samples for the entire show (sorry, only the 2nd version of "A Little Is Enough"):

A Little Is Enough #2   Cats In The Cupboard   Big Boss Man   Substitute   Corrina Corrina   Body Language   Join Together   Let My Love Open The Door 

On another note, I'm almost finished with round one of my website refresh. Round 2, will consist of reorganizing all of the boot pages (to place the artwork with the descriptions) and perhaps another rework of the Discography page (which works fine for a computer browser, but just fair for a mobile one...) Stay tuned and enjoy!

Pete Townshend - Brockwell Park London - May 30, 1981 - 2022 UK CD


August 23, 2022

Keith Moon / Various Artists -  All This And World War II - 1976 Japan LP (Promo)

In the various attempts to expand (and complete) Keith Moon's only solo album, Two Sides Of The Moon. there has been a missed an opportunity to add Keith's only other solo vocal performance, "When I'm Sixty-Four" (a cover of the Beatles song) which was only released on the All This And World War II album, worldwide.

The album was also reissued on CD as a limited box set in 2006 (on the Hip-O label) and then again in 2015 (on the Island records label).

Here's an MP3 Sample to hear what you are missing: Keith Moon: When I'm Sixty-Four

LP copies are fairly abundant, but the CDs... pretty rare (and expensive). 

Happy Birthday Keith!

Keith Moon / Various Artists -  All This And World War II - 1976 Japan LP (Promo)


August 22, 2022

The Who - Live At Leeds - 1970 Korea LP

This is one of several different pressings of Live At Leeds from Korea. Most of the Korea Who LPs appear to be pirate pressings that seem to be photocopied from USA pressings on various colored paper (there are at least (5) five different versions of Who Are You). Most likely these records were pressed and sold for the large population of USA Servicemen stationed in Korea. The earliest evidence of "official" LPs in Korea seems to have begun with Face Dances in 1981. This particular version of Live At Leeds apparently was constructed using both cover art and inserts.

The Who - Live At Leeds - 1970 Korea LP


August 21, 2022

The Who - 1979 UK Quadrophenia Soundtrack LP (Alternate Artwork)

Every so often you come across a truly rare find - something that's a one-of-a-kind or just a handful scattered around the world.. Pictured is a rejected album cover for the 1979 Quadrophenia Soundtrack.

This copy was "saved" by an employee who worked at the printing company (who manufactured them - as the other unused copies on hand were destroyed). Without his quick thinking, part of The Who's history was preserved.

Inside the cover, are "program style" glossy pictures and text regarding the movie. It makes you wonder what all of the other rejected album covers looked like! 

Since I bought and published the LP picture many years ago, I've come a cross about 2-3 other folks who also have a copy, including a 2nd copy I purchased from a collector in Germany.

Before he died, Cy Langston and I chatted extensively about his and John's work on the Soundtrack. Cy claims the the entire Quadrophenia album was reworked (i.e. remixed with overdubs, etc.), but since the album was being released world-wide on Polydor, MCA (USA/Canada) saw this as a "competitor" to their own 1973 LP. As a result, the Soundtrack was chopped up and other, non-Who music added to it.

One day, I'd love to see a restored, "Director's Cut" of the Soundtrack released, as John and Cy intended...(and with this artwork)

The Who - 1979 UK Quadrophenia Soundtrack LP (Alternate Artwork)


August 20, 2022

The Who - Happy Jack - 1966 Israel 45 (EP)

Pictured is the 1966 Happy Jack EP from Israel - which I believe uses the earliest photo of The Who from its entire international catalogue of singles and albums.

This record is fairly rare, and was issued with both an orange, Polydor International label (1st pressing) and a red, <common> Polydor label (2nd pressing). I once had both pressings, but traded one to a friend for a record I didn't have...

I paid about $35 for this record in 1983 from a store in New York City... (It's worth a little more than that today...)


August 19, 2022

The Who - Join Together Rarities - 1982 Australia LP

Sometime in 1982, I was shopping for records in the infamous electronics (and music) store, Crazy Eddies. Low and behold in The Who section, I pull out the LP (pictured), The Who: Join Together Rarities. At first it appeared as it might be a bootleg, but I quickly found the Polydor logo and sure enough it was a legitimate release. What made this record so special at the time, was that prior to its release, the only way you could buy any of the music contained on it, was via rare singles or bootleg LPs like Who's Zoo. Apparently, the LP was released by Polydor Australia (without permission). However, it did get Polydor (UK) to think a little harder, resulting in the following year's new series of Who Rarity LPs.

Track list: Join Together. I Don't Even Know Myself, Heaven & Hell, When I Was A Boy, Let's See Action, Relay, Wasp Man, Here For More, Water, Baby Don't Do It

The Who - Join Together Rarities - 1982 Australia LP


August 18, 2022

The Who - The Ox - 1970 Holland LP

In 1970, someone at Track Records, UK came up with a great idea - A Who album comprised of all John Entwistle songs! It was called, Backtrack 14: The Ox. In the same year, The Ox (pictured) was released in Holland. Essentially the same album (as its UK counterpart), but with a much nicer cover. Unfortunately, no other country released it.

The track listing is: Heinz Baked Beans, Heaven And Hell, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Fiddle About, Cousin Kevin, Doctor, Doctor, Medac, I've Been Away, Whiskey Man, In The City, Someone's Coming, Silas Stingy    

The Who - The Ox - 1970 Holland LP


August 17, 2022

Pete Townshend - All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - 1982 USA Promo Playing Cards

In 1983 (shortly after I first started collecting), I used to make frequent visits to buy records in New York City. The small shops there would always have new collectables and every weekend I would come home with "new stuff". One of those shops (It's Only Rock n Roll)  had a memorabilia case. At the time I was only interested in records and promotional posters. However, I always had my eye on this All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes card set. I never bought it (probably too expensive) and one day the store closed. Over 20 years later, I was able to find another one of these rare card sets. Who knew?

Pete Townshend - 1982 All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Promo Playing Cards


August 15, 2022

The Who - Instant Party / A Legal Matter - 1966 Sweden 45

One of the more elusive records I have ever come across is the 1966 45, Instant Party / A Legal Matter from Sweden. I originally saw it at the Utrecht Record Fair in 2004. I was told it was the rarest Who record from Sweden and the asking price was very steep. By the time I thought it over and decided to buy it, the record was already gone. Occasionally, a copy would show up again at a subsequent show (in Utrecht) and typically sell out very quickly before I had even a chance to see it. In 2008, I had the opportunity to bid on a copy via <non eBay> auction and while I thought my bid was very generous and I got seriously outbid. Then, out of nowhere, the nice person who ran the previous auction contacted me and offered me another copy he found...  ...and then my want list had one less entry...

The Who - Instant Party / A Legal Matter - 1966 Sweden 45


August 14, 2022

The Who - Rough Boys - 1984 Brazil LP (Promo)

This is a cool, one-of-a-kind LP promo, which uses a Pete Townshend solo song for its title.

The track listing is: Overture, My Wife (live), Sister Disco, Eminence Front, Drowned, The Seeker, Magic Bus, Baba O'Riley, Substitute, Another Tricky Day, It's A Boy, Run, Run, Run

I think the nice folks in Brazil got this one right... I believe I bought this at the Utrecht Record Fair in 2001. Copies are still around online fairly cheap. Best to "scoop" them up before they are all gone... 

The Who - Rough Boys - 1984 Brazil LP (Promo)


August 13, 2022

Various Artists - Jem Records Celebrates Pete Townshend - 2022 USA CD

This CD/LP/Download just came out about a week ago and I just had the opportunity to preview it. It's a pretty good album of covers, but given the title, a little disappointing that the only Pete Townshend solo song included is, "Let My Love Open The Door" leaving the other (13) thirteen song as Who covers. Solo vs. The Who aside, the track listing is still very good, drawing from Who songs written between 1964 and 1971 (but with a Tommy Soundtrack version of "I'm Free") and the single solo track from 1980.

Track listing: Baba O'Riley, I'm Free, Let My Love Open The Door, The Seeker, Glow Girl, I Can't Explain, The Kids Are Alright, So Sad About Us, A Quick One, I Can See For Miles, Mary Ann With The Shaky Hand, Let's See Action, The Good's Gone, Substitute

Sound Samples: Baba O'Riley   Let My Love Open The Door   I Can't Explain   The Kids Are Alright   So Sad About Us   A Quick One While He's Away   Mary Ann With The Shaky Hand   Let's See Action   The Good's Gone   Substitute

Overall, this is a well-produced and balanced album of cover songs. I really liked the female lead on "Baba O'Riley" and the jazzy "I Can't Explain". If you like Who cover versions - this is a good album. Enjoy!

Various Artists - Jem Records Celebrates Pete Townshend - 2022 USA CD


August 12, 2022

The Who - Who's Next - 1971 Spain LP (x2)

Can you see the real me? (Sorry, wrong album...) Just a small cover reversal here.. On the left is the original Spain Who's Next, which was released (and censored) during the Franco administration. Not only is Won't Get Fooled Again and "Love Ain't For Keeping" deleted from the album, but the track order (as printed on the back cover) has been changed to:

Side 1: Baba O'Riley, Sargain (correctly spelled as "Bargain" on the label), Song Is Over

Side 2: Getting In Tune, Going Mobile, My Wife, Behind Blue Eyes

(No small change!)

As to the nice cover art... They reversed the picture! (Note John Entwistle left and Pete Townshend right). The picture on the right has been photoshopped to demonstrate what the cover would have looked like had the photo not been reversed. Believe it or not, there's a tiny faction of Who fans who reject this particular album because they feel that this mistake is too large for them. For me? Another collectable story...

PS: Spain later reissued the LP with it's common artwork and full track listing...

The Who - Who's Next - 1971 Spain LP (x2)


August 11, 2022

The Who En Numerous - 1975 Argentina LP

Translated from Spanish:

"Escapate Muchacho!" ("Escape Boy"), "No Importa Cuanto Tome" ("It Doesn't Matter Much It Takes"), "Caja De Sorpresas" ("Surprises Box"), "Sonando Sesde La Cintura" ("Ringing From The Waist"), "Imaginate Un Hombre" ("Imagine A Man"), "Historia De Exitos" ("Success Story"), "Todos Ellos Estan Enamorados" ("They Are All In Love"), "Azul Rojo Y Gris" ("Blue Red And Grey"), "Cuantos Amigos" ("How Many Friends"), "En Una Mano O Cara" ("On A Hand Or Face") 

Interesting translations (and only 50% correct)...

Gotta love it...

The Who En Numerous - 1975 Argentina LP


August 10, 2022

Roger Daltrey - Walking In My Sleep & Parting Would Be Painless - 1984 UK 12" (EPs)

While I always loved non-album tracks on singles, I never understood the concept of not reissuing them as bonus tracks in whatever the current media of the day is. Below are (2) two great examples. These are 1984 UK 12" EPs (or "maxi singles") from Roger's 1984 album, Parting Should Be Painless. These EPs each contain a unique track - both of which are fantastic.

Walking In My Sleep features Roger's rendition of the Spencer Davis Group classic, Gimme Some Lovin'.

Parting Would Be Painless * features a great Billy Nicholls written song about the breakup of The Who, I Won't Be The One To Say Goodbye.

Both of these songs may have been part of Roger's scrapped album, "Pop Songs" (an unreleased album primarily of hit covers).

If you don't have these <now 38 year old> songs in your collection, you should - they are great.

* For whatever reason, Roger named his album, "Parting Should Be Painless", but the single's name is "Parting Would Be Painless" (which has always caused confusion among fans).

Please also note, that there are also 7" versions of these singles, which do not feature the bonus tracks above...

Roger Daltrey - Walking In My Sleep & Parting Would Be Painless - 1984 UK 12" (EPs)


August 9, 2022

Pete Townshend - Hiding Out - 1986 Germany 12" (EP)

One of my favorite Pete Townshend singles/EPs... This special 12" contains (2) two rare tracks: Hiding Out (Extended Version) and Hiding Out (Instrumental Version).

Both of these tracks are variations of each other, but a completely different performance than the album version. Not only that, but for whatever reason, these (2) two tracks appear to be recorded better (i.e. wider mix, much more open sound).

(20) twenty years later, the "extended version" made its way onto the 2006 White City Reissue - but the instrumental version was <unfortunately> left off.

If you want a really great EP, seek this out. Copies appear to be available online, but don't confuse this with the 7" 45 version (which does not have the "Instrumental Version").

Pete Townshend - Hiding Out - 1986 Germany 12" (EP)


August 8, 2022

A Bunch Of New Boots (1970 - 2022)

I spent the last <almost> 3 days updating my website with a lot of "new stuff". Some of those items included the boots you see pictured. I had been recently contemplating creating a whole new website in order to make something that's more functional for mobile users. In the process, I got hooked on making some <hopefully> cool changes to this one.

Boots are a lot work. Scan the pix, listen to some/all of the tracks, create 30 sound samples that either represent the concert (or in some cases, rare tracks often or never played otherwise). While most of these boots sound pretty bad, the sound quality is good enough for computer speakers and with all the performances, helps create a representative history of the band - which is a good thing. If John Entwistle were still alive, he would have liked this a lot.

So... what is there to say about this weekend's batch? Mixed results. Cleveland 1970 was pretty bad, The Forum '73 OK, (2) two of the (3) 1975/76 pretty decent and lastly - Roger's 2022 decent and great performances (God bless Roger Daltrey!).

If you go to the New Stuff link, you can find the specific pages where the track listings and sound samples are hiding in plain site... Enjoy!

The Who - A Bunch of New Boots (1970 - 2022)


August 4, 2022

The Who - Who Are You - 1978 UK LP Proof Copy

This unique item is a <rejected> proof art cover for the Who Are You album. They had their band photo finalized, but couldn't decide on the lettering apparently. What's interesting here, is that "The Who" was used for their Japan pressing (but with the same yellow print color as the final UK copy) and they retained the <orange> color of the print for the USA and Canada markets (in a no good idea shall go unused scenario).

I bought this on eBay after much ado (that lasted a long time). The seller initially had this listed for ~$1,500. I contacted him, told him I was interested but that collectors are generally nervous over such items and don't pay a lot *. He asked me what I thought it was worth (I told him I thought it was worth his price, but in the marketplace - nobody is going to pay that much, so I would give him $100). That didn't go very far... So, he kept listing and re-listing the sleeve and over time, gradually reducing the price. About a year (or two) later, the price was a lot closer to what I wanted to pay. I contacted him again and expressed my continued interest. By this time, he saw that I was right, but he had paid more than what I initially offered. So we worked out a price and that was that. Just like Archie Bunker used to say, "Patience is a virgin."

* I've noticed over the years, that many collectors are "risk adverse" as in... ...they don't want to be the first to make a mistake and overpay for something that may turn out to be a fake. Sometimes I will get the "what do you think?" email or, "well if it's on Fang's site, then..." (Of course this seems to be completely out the window lately as a few misguided numbskulls are paying ridiculous prices for fake Mexico sleeves, but that's a different story...)

The Who - Who Are You - 1978 UK LP Proof Copy


August 3, 2022

Electric Tommy - 1971/1975 USA LP(s)

I used to see these LPs in the Who record bins in the late 1970's. I had no idea what they were, but saw them everywhere. Then (naturally), the day I decided to buy a copy... all gone!

This morning I was reminded of this album when scrolling on Facebook. My friend, Isao is doing a Tommy special and had a copy displayed. So... why not do a post on this album?

There are (2) two different versions of the LP - Viva label (left) and Chelsea label (right). Same track list and contents, different cover art and label...

There's also some confusion regarding the release date(s). Some sources list 1971 and others, 1975. Apparently the Viva pressing was released in 1971 and the Chelsea pressing is the1975 reissue. What's interesting is... the music arraignments sound more like Tommy Soundtrack versions (1975) than the original "Tommy" (1969)... go figure...

The album itself is actually pretty cool. Synthesizer, drums, guitar and keyboards. Never available on CD, but apparently you can buy this as a digital download...

Track listing: Tune Up / Overture, Pin Ball Wizard, Amazing Journey, Christmas Tommy, Tommy Can You Hear Me?, Fiddle Around, Sally Simpson, Sparks, Welcome, Go To The Mirror Boy

 Sound Samples:

Amazing Journey   Christmas   Go To The Mirror Boy


Electric Tommy - 1971/1975 USA LP(s)


August 2, 2022

John Entwistle - Reboots Solo Career - Part 2B

The fax... In late 1995, Mrs. Fang was working with John designing his Left For Dead Tourbook. Occasionally, there was the late night call. On this particular night, I was fast asleep at 2AM, only to be woken up with,

     "Where can I find the sheet music for '905'?"

Whaaaaaaat? Apparently John had looked all over Quarwood looking for an LP of Who Are You to rehearse "905" for the upcoming tour. Since he couldn't find it (extremely large mansion with a lot of "stuff"), he knew I would have a copy of the sheet music. I did (it was included within the Who Are You song book).

What John wants, John gets. I scanned in the (7) seven pages, added the text and page numbers and faxed him the sheet music...

I somehow thought at the time (even while mostly asleep), that this would make a good story one day...

John Entwistle - Sheet Music - 905


August 2, 2022

John Entwistle - Reboots Solo Career - Part 2A

Well lookee lookee here! While searching for something else, I accidentally found this! This is the track list of the tape I sent John (& Co) in December, 1995.

Several songs were never played (i.e. "Dr. Jekyll" and "I Can See For Miles"). Some of these songs, John said, "...impossible to play live." (i.e. "When I Was A Boy", "One At A Time" & "Dancing Master").

For some reason, I thought I had hand written this with the tape, but... (obviously not!)

I also recall (and perhaps will find), a "part 2" to this. "905" is not included here, but John needed me to fax the sheet music to him at 2AM!

John Entwistle Band - Rehearsal Tape Track List - December, 1995


August 2, 2022

John Entwistle - Reboots Solo Career - Part 2

Just prior to joining Rat Race Choir on the road in 1987, John had finished recording another solo/solo band album in 1986... The Rock. This album was a departure from John's previous solo albums as he wanted it to be a "band album" (of which he was a member), vs. a solo album (which was all about him). The album was set to be released in 1988. I recall being out to lunch one day and hearing John on the Scott Muni Show playing tracks from and promoting the "soon to be released album". Unfortunately, just prior to the release, the record co was "busted by the FBI". John had already assembled a new band, comprised mostly of band members that played on the album (but substituting Zak Starkey for the drummer from Rat Race Choir).

I was fortunate enough to see this band on July 2, 1988 at the Stone Pony in Abury Park, NJ. One of the first in the door, I planted myself right in front of John. It was a tight, powerful show, with a set list mostly comprised of songs from "The Rock", as well as some of John's Who and solo songs. I will never forget the bass lines belted out from "Love Is A Heart Attack" - a fantastic rendition. Lead singer, Henry Small sang most of songs.

The 1988 band didn't hold together. The Who reunion of 1989 and stories of band member "infighting", left many bad feelings.

John's next attempt at a band, was a very short lived "superstar" band called The Best (band members included, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Simon Philips, Joe Walsh and Keith Emerson). Not exactly sure what happened here, but they really sounded good.

In 1995, a new John Entwistle Band was being formed. A member of that band popped into my Who forum and announced himself. Nobody responded, but I immediately sent him a private message asking him what the plans were. Basically, they was looking to recreate the 1987 set list of Who covers. I explained to him that John's fans didn't want a "Who Cover Band" and were greatly disappointed with that concept in 1987. We discussed set lists at length and I created a "set list tape" of what I thought would be a great fit for the band - most of the songs were adopted (with a few exceptions that John later told me, "...were impossible to play live.").

The newly formed band got off to a great start, initially supporting "The Rock" (again), but this time, copies of the newly released CD were for sold at the shows. Fans were thrilled over this version of the band, but the band was not without its share of problems... (Stay Tuned For Part 3)

Sound Samples:

Love Is A Heart Attack 1988   You 1988   Bridges Under The Water 1988   Bridges Under The Water 1996   Life After Love 1988   Life After Love 1996
 

John Entwistle - Reboots Solo Career - Part 2


August 1, 2022

The Who - The Beat - 1967 Germany LP

Before the days of eBay and easy Internet shopping, "The Who - The Beat" was considered a rare and expensive item. In the late 1980's through the 1990's, prices were typically between $100 and $250 (if you could find one). I found this copy in 1995 at a small record show for only $80. I couldn't have been happier. One of the best Who LP covers (and check out Pete's tie).

Essentially, this is a colorful Germany reissue of My Generation. Note the big "stereo" print on the label. Back in the 1960's, there were several methods to simulate stereo, but none of them any good. For this album, they drowned it in reverb.

Here's a sound sample of My Generation

Thanks to eBay (and similar), copies of this album can be obtained for even a fraction of what I paid. It may not sound great, but you can't beat the cover...

The Who - The Beat - 1967 Germany LP


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