The Who Live at The Fillmore East 1968 3LP
50th Anniversary Legendary Unreleased Recordings On Deluxe Triple LP!
Restored, Remixed & Remastered!
Features Color Inners, New Liner Notes & Photos!
The Who were in New York and nearing the end of a gruelling tour on April 4,
1968, the day that Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated. America was already a
country divided; Anti-Vietnam demonstrations, civil rights disturbances and
militant student activism. With this turmoil as a backdrop on Friday and
Saturday, April 5 and 6, 1968 The Who performed two incendiary live sets at Bill
Grahams legendary Fillmore East on the lower East Side of Manhattan. The venue
had only just re-opened in March by Graham from its previous incarnation as the
Village Theatre where the band had played on a couple of occasions the year
before. The Who were the first British rock act to headline the Fillmore East
and were booked to play four shows over the two nights. However, because of
feared social unrest in the wake of Dr King's assassination, it was decided to
compact the shows into one per night.
The Who's time in New York City in 1968 can best be described as "lively". Keith
Moon's antics with cherry bomb explosives had meant that the band had to move
hotels. When installed in the plush Waldorf Astoria he then somehow managed to a
blow a door off its hinges and, they had to move once more. On the morning of
the Fillmore rehearsal, the band were photographed for Life magazine by Art Kane
and legend has it that they were so tired from Moon's antics that they nodded
off under the large Union Jack draped over them at the base of the Carl Schurz
Monument in Morningside Park. This iconic image was later used as the album
cover and poster for The Who's classic film The Kids Are Alright.
Both nights were recorded by Who manager Kit Lambert with the intention of
releasing the results as The Who's fourth album after The Who Sell Out and
before Tommy. Disaster struck when it was discovered that due to faulty
equipment or human error only part of the first night was captured. Thankfully
the second night was recorded and has now been fully restored and mixed by long
time Who sound engineer Bob Pridden (who was the band's roadie on those nights
in 1968) from the original four-track tapes. For the 50th anniversary of these
legendary shows, the unreleased recordings are to be issued on triple vinyl LP
and double CD.
Due to an acetate reaching the bootleg market in the early '70s, The Who's
reputation as rock's most dynamic live act quickly grew. The show is regarded by
fans as something of the "holy grail" of Who live shows equalling the legendary
Live At Leeds album. The tapes have been meticulously remastered for optimum
sound quality and will only serve to enhance The Who's reputation as the best
live act of the time.
The 3LP set includes three Eddie Cochran numbers: "My Way", "Summertime Blues"
and the never before released Who version of "C'mon Everybody". Also featured is
a rare cover version of "Fortune Teller" written by Allen Toussaint, originally
recorded by Benny Spellman but made famous by The Merseybeats, the Rolling
Stones and several English beat groups. These shows also showcased "Tattoo" and
"Relax" from The Who Sell Out as well as stunning extended versions of "A Quick
One (While He's Away)" and "My Generation" which becomes a 30-minute-plus jam
with a climax of guitar-smashing and drum demolition!
The 3LP heavyweight vinyl version has a gatefold sleeve, three printed inner
bags, new liner notes and rare photos.
50th Anniversary Edition
Recorded at the Fillmore East, New York City on Saturday, April 6, 1968
Restored, remixed and remastered for optimum sound quality by Bob Pridden &
Richard Whittaker from the original four-track tapes
Printed inner bags
New liner notes
1. Summertime Blues
2. Fortune Teller
4. Little Billy
1. I Can't Explain
1. I'm A Boy
2. A Quick One (While He's Away)
1. My Way
2. C'mon Everybody
3. Shakin' All Over
4. Boris The Spider
1. My Generation (Part One)
1. My Generation (Part Two)