The tapes Pete Townshend didn’t want you to hear….
By Uncle Blurt
Everyone knows that the Who’s Live at Leeds is one of the greatest ever live albums, but what some might not know is that originally, the band had soundman Bob Pridden recording the shows on its 1969 American tour in anticipation of culling a live album from the tapes. Pete Townshend, though, decided he didn’t like the results and had the tapes destroyed—or so he thought. A number of them did survive, and even though the official Leeds album was released, documenting a show the band did after getting back home to England, some of the mooted material wound up on such bootlegs as Accept No Substitute, Pure Rock Theatre, Live at Leeds Rejects, etc. (Pure Rock Theatre in particular was a terrific sounding boot, released in ’96 by the astute archivists at the Hiwatt label.)
So anway, the nicely-nicknamed “Prof. Stoned” has apparently been compiling and remastering as many of those surviving tapes as possible in order to create what he is called The Fall 1969 oundboard Tapes, a 5-volume collection (plus a 6th disc, a “highlights” anthology). It’s now available for free download over at the Big O zine, along with downloadable art and liner notes. Below is the tracklisting for the highlights release, along with the links to each of the five volumes. If you’re a fan of the ‘oo, this note’s for you, bubba.
Tr. 03, 15-16: unknown place/date * – Taken from: Vol. 1 “State University of N.Y.”
Tr. 10: State University of New York, Stony brook, NY – October 18, 1969 – Taken from: Vol. 1 “State University of N.Y.”
Tr. 05: Capitol Theater, Ottawa – October 15, 1969 (1st Set) – Taken from: Vol. 2 “Capitol Theater”
Tr. 13-14: unknown place/date – Taken from: Vol. 2 “Capitol Theater”
Tr. 01, 07-12: Fillmore East, New York, NY – October 22, 1969 – Taken from: Vol. 3 “Fillmore East”
Tr. 17: Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA – October 19, 1969 – Taken from: Vol. 4 “Electric Factory”
Tr. 04: unknown place/date – Taken from: Vol. 4 “Electric Factory”
Tr. 02, 06: unknown place/date – Taken from: Vol. 5 “Acetates”
* has been labeled as “McDonough Gymnasium, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. – November 2, 1969″
(NB: Tr 10 is composite of two different recordings which appears only on this compilation.)