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New deluxe features 2020 live tracks

Later this month The Who will release a two-CD deluxe edition of last year’s very well received WHO album.

This double CD features an extra track on disc one – an updated version of ‘Beads On One String’ (remixed by Pete Townsend) – and acoustic live tracks from a performance in Kingston, in February. That’s Kingston-Upon-Thames by the way and not Kingston, Jamaica! The acoustic performance – presumably the Banquet Records gig – was on 14 February 2020, exactly 50 years to the day of the ‘Live at Leeds’ show.

It’s worth mentioning that the three bonus tracks on the original deluxe edition are absent from this new edition – perhaps not surprising, since Roger Daltrey came out and criticised their inclusion in the first place.

Pete Townsend has some interesting words on ‘Beads On One String’ remix. It’s really much more than a remix as he explains:

“The Beads On One String remix was an adventure to try to recapture some of the subtleties of my first solo demo. I love the studio version, but this remix by Myles Clarke and myself returns to the original synthesiser demo shared with me by my co-writer Josh Hunsacker. I also play bass rather than the genius Pino Palladino (I’ve got some nerve) and we removed the real drums and returned to computer drum tracks programmed by my co-producer Myles Clarke. We also restored Roger’s vocal track to its first incarnation which is more heartfelt. This is a gentler version of this song, less demanding perhaps, less bullying about our need to cut each other space, each on our own path. Why does it need to be more gentle than the album version? Because it must stand alone in a period when each of us is tempted to blame someone else for our troubles, maybe even God whoever we take her/him/both to be. I’m hoping it sounds less rock, and more modern indie-pop to new listeners.”

This new WHO two-CD deluxe is out on 30 October 2020. There will also be a seven-inch box set edition (it includes the Live at Kingston CD) which is issued on 4 December 2020.

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WHO 2CD deluxe

CD 1 (WHO)

1. All This Music Must Fade
2. Ball and Chain
3. I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
4. Detour
5. Beads On One String
6. Hero Ground Zero
7. Street Song
8. I’ll Be Back
9. Break The News
10. Rockin’ In Rage
11. She Rocked My World
12. Beads On One String – Yaggerdang Remix

CD 2 (Live at Kingston)

1. Intro
2. Substitute (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
3. Squeeze Box (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
4. Tattoo (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
5. The Kids Are Alright (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
6. Break The News (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
7. She Rocked My World (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
8. Won’t Get Fooled Again (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)

WHO 7″ box set with CD

Six 7″ Vinyl Singles

1. All This Music Must Fade
2. Ball and Chain

3. I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
4. Detour

5. Beads On One String
6. Hero Ground Zero

7. Street Song
8. I’ll Be Back

9. Break The News
10. Rockin’ In Rage

11. She Rocked My World
12. Beads On One String – Yaggerdang Remix

CD : Live at Kingston

1. Intro
2. Substitute (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
3. Squeeze Box (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
4. Tattoo (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
5. The Kids Are Alright (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
6. Break The News (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
7. She Rocked My World (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
8. Won’t Get Fooled Again (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)

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