19.3.16

WHO'S LAST - Track listing

Responding to requests prompted by yesterday's post, this brief post details the track listing of the aborted Who's Last double vinyl LP, as given to me by someone from the Polydor Records marketing department in 1983.

Side 1
I Can't Explain
Squeeze Box
Tattoo
Boris The Spider
Fiddle About
Baby O'Riley

These tracks recorded at Charlton (May 18, 1974) and Swansea (June 12, 1976) football grounds. They did not specify which tracks came from which show.

Sides 2 & 3
Sister Disco
Music Must Change
Drowned
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Who Are You
Long Live Rock
Dancing In The Street
Can You See the Real Me

These tracks recorded at the Philadelphia Spectrum on either December 10 or 11, 1979

Side 4
Athena
Cry If You Want
The Quiet One
Dangerous
Dr Jimmy
Twist And Shout

These tracks recorded during The Who's final tour of America, November & December 1982 - no further details given. 

6 comments:

  1. That's what I heard. But do you know the details of why it never came about? I'm looking for the interview now but Entwistle was doing it and said that complaints were made that #1 he'd mixed the bass too loud and #2 MCA wanted a 1982 tour only album so John threw up his hands and left it to Dave Langston to cobble together the album as we know and loathe it today.

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    1. John mixing the bass too loud, heaven forbid!

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  2. Q: The live album, has it been treated in any way? The audience sounds too far away, if you know what I mean, like there's no mics for the audience.

    John: No, we try to sort of get a balance between the audience and…there's a lot of audience recorded but usually when you record a live album you push the audience up and you get a nice sort of…you get the actual sound of the group in the hole going as well. But the way this was recorded there wasn't any of that, the audience was very plain on its own so if you pushed the audience up, all you got was audience. You got no ambience from the stage. We had to really sort of concentrate on keeping the audience back because they actually didn't give you anything extra; they didn't give you any room acoustics or anything like that.

    Q: I heard there was a (?) of going back and overdubbing a few things but you feel you left it as it was.

    John: It's pretty well as it was, with a slight sort of (?)

    Q: It sounds pretty rough (both laugh) as a last album. I think that it's quite nice that you ended up with a….

    John: If you start replacing bits and pieces then it's not a live album any more, really. With the Eagles' live album the only thing that was actually live was the audience and Joe Vitali's drumming but I think that was about it. (?) solos were replaced. In just like going in and recording, re-recording your greatest hits; just drop everything except the audience and Joe Vitali's parts. The main band went in and re-did everything.

    Q: Do you feel that those concerts that you captured on the album were quite good? What do you think? I mean they're definitely not your peak.

    John: Some of them are really good. Funnily enough with us, the best concerts never actually get recorded. The best tour the Who ever did was in 1976. Every show was excellent and not one of those got filmed or recorded. The band were absolutely at their peak. After the '76 tour I don't think we actually worked again. We never actually worked as a band with Keith again. After that tour we actually felt like we could go on forever, we could tour forever. But usually the best shows don't get recorded often and you have to make do with what you've got. We did 18 of those concerts on the American tour and a lot of the really good ones just weren't up to it, recording-wise. You really have to rely on whoever was recording the show.

    Q: Maybe it's like I was saying, it plays on your subconcious a bit. If you know that it's being recorded, you pull back a bit. You don't give everything you've got.

    John: No, I seem to remember we were pretty laid back on those tours (both laugh). I think what we got on the album was the best of the concerts we did. We had a lot of trouble with drums. The way the drums had been recorded. I wasn't involved in the final mixes, so I haven't really listened to it.

    Q: This is the first time you haven't been involved in the final mix because I think you're usually involved, aren't you?

    John: That's right.

    Q: You did a couple of compilations…

    John: Yeah, I kind of felt set up in a way. We did the first album, which was some of Keith's stuff on one side and then a Philadelphia concert on the two other sides and then the up-to-date stuff on the other side. But the recording company wanted all our hits from the latest concerts so it went back and started again. I was involved with the mixes of that. Inevitably, everyone said the bass guitar was too loud so it got remixed which I wasn't involved in.

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