Saturday, March 01, 2014

Roger That

Let's get the new month -- and Roger Daltrey's 70s -- off to a flying start with this concert from (who'd have guessed it?) the '70s... more specifically the final night of the Who's 1973 tour. This was the first King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast -- and one of the first for the radio ever -- to feature compatible quadrophonic and stereo sound, once the bleeding edge of sonic technology but now remembered more as mostly a non-starter. Come to think of it, that is going to be my epitaph on my tombstone right there... and it doubles as a perfect description of quad sound: an anachronistic indulgence that never really caught on.
But back to Mr. Daltrey, born this day in 1944. The Who is surely Peter Townshend's band, but no one would dare disagree that it wouldn't at all be The Who minus its singer. Anyone who's ever twirled a microphone around and caught it mid-flight just in time for the next line of the song will forever owe their rock-star profile to this guy. As for this set, it finds the original English destructo-quartet focusing mostly on their then-current concept opus about a Mod named Jimmy, the legendary Quadrophenia.
The Who
Capital Centre
Landover, MD

01 intro - King Biscuit announcer
02 I Can't Explain
03 Summertime Blues
04 My Generation
05 I Am the Sea/The Real Me
06 I'm One
07 Sea and Sand
08 Drowned
09 Bell Boy
10 Doctor Jimmy
11 Won't Get Fooled Again
12 Pinball Wizard
13 See Me Feel Me
14 Pioneer Hi-Fidelity commercial
15 Land Lubber commercial
16 King Biscuit announcer
17 Keith Moon outro

Total time: 1:18:54

Roger Daltrey - vocals
Pete Townshend - guitar, synthesizer & vocals
John Entwhistle - bass & vocals
Keith Moon - drums & vocals

KBFH pre-FM master reels, transferred by Freezer
I left the ads in this one at the end because they were highly entertaining and vintage, so thus worth checking out IMO. There's also a tremendously absurd recitation of the credits for the broadcast by Keith Moon, complete with drum artillery fusillades and guitar feedback. They just don't do radio like that anymore, and they sure don't do vocalists like Roger Daltrey anymore, a newly-minted septugenarian today and looking/sounding as robust as ever. --J.

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