Philadelphia 1973: Who's Right?
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Wed Dec 5 12:45:35 CST 2007
By Matt Lundgren AKA Mr.PC of Wolfgangs Vault.
We are very excited to post two exceptional shows by The Who to the Concert
Vault this week. We'd like fans of The Who to read this post completely - we
have a puzzle that we need your help to solve.
As many of you already know, we've had a show up on the Vault for a while
now from The Who identified as the Philadelphia 12/4/73 show. A few Vault
regulars have stated in a separate forum thread that at least some tracks from
this show are actually from The Who's 12/6/73 show at the Capital Center in
Largo, MD, and they are correct. What has been on the Vault was an amalgam that
was created for a single King Biscuit Flower Hour radio broadcast.
We recently uncovered the original master tapes for both of these shows. We
are missing a single track from the Philadelphia show, and the Capital Center
show is complete. Both are high quality recordings of the band's original
Now to the puzzle. It is well documented that The Who played in Boston on
12/3, Philadelphia on 12/4, and Largo, MD on 12/5. It is also well documented
that the latter two shows were recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. In
fact you can hear the band mention "Philadelphia" several times during the
12/4 show on the Concert Vault.
Imagine our surprise, when we found the reels for the Philadelphia show,
that they are all marked 12/3, not 12/4. They are marked consistently this way,
and the studio engineer comments that are captured on tape also reference
12/3. We have included a few images of the tape boxes below.
Have these tapes been mis-dated in our collective understanding for years?
Or did the original engineers just get this wrong when they labeled the
We at the Vault are split on this. Our engineers believe that engineers
would have never made a mistake like this :-) Others among us are certain that
this is the Philadelphia show, and equally certain that the Philadelphia show
took place on 12/4
We would love to hear from you. Images of ticket stubs, other physical
proof, anything that supports one of these conclusions is welcome. Let the debate
Cheers! Mr. PC
Here are the photos below.................
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