Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Who: "Young Vic Blues" (April 26, 1971)

I found this one down at Buzzard's, sometime in 2002. I'd found a few good Who bootleg CD's there before in the past few years, and finding yet another new one was always a treat. This one was interesting. I hadn't really heard much live stuff from the 1971 era, and I noticed that this one had some songs on it, such as the openers: "Gettin' In Tune" and "Too Much Of Anything".

It's a soundboard recording of the April 26 show at the Young Vic Theater, from when they were rehearsing songs for Pete's new concept piece, Lifehouse. They threw open the doors to the place, and let whomever wanted to come in off the streets and hear them play.

It's a great show, although this CD only has the latter half of the show. This was superseded by the Deluxe Edition of Who's Next, which was released in 2003 with the same Young Vic show, only professionally recorded. There are some songs that aren't on the bootleg, and vice-versa, so it's nice to have both of them for completeness' sake.

One interesting thing is that a couple of the songs are played at the tempo at which Pete wrote and recorded them. A number of songs into the show, Keith Moon apparently gets bored with the medium tempos, and kicks "Bargain" from a slow, mid-tempo ballad into the fast-paced rocker we all know it as. This includes the first performance of "Won't Get Fooled Again", on which Keith had again stepped up the tempo, turning into another hard-edged rocker. It's still kind of a work in progress, as he didn't quite get the drum breaks in toward the end of the organ-snyth solo. All in all, a great performance, and well worth seeking out both versions.

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