Wolfgang's vault downloads

Jim M nakedi at comcast.net
Wed Jun 27 15:20:31 CDT 2007

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim M" <nakedi at comcast.net>

> Has anyone noticed that there are now some concert downloads available
from Wofgang's Vault, including this John Entwistle show...
> http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/ConcertDetail.aspx?id=20052597|3485

Some more about this show...

      Concert Summary

John Entwistle - bass, lead vocals
Mike Deacon - keyboards
Robert A. Johnson - guitar, vocals
Graham Deakin - drums
Jeff Daily - saxophone

John Entwistle had a much more creative role in the Who than he was ever
given credit for. Although he was usually relegated to one or two songs per
album, similar to George Harrison in the Beatles, those songs were always
memorable, usually humorous, and provided a counterbalance to the serious
introspection found in the compositions of Pete Townshend.

Songs like "Heaven & Hell" and "My Wife" were some of the best tracks the
Who cut during the early '70s. "Boris The Spider" is a cartoon song but it
helped establish Entwistle with his macabre personality. "Whiskey Man,"
although not a hit for the Who, was among the best songs he ever wrote for
the band. These tunes are among the highlights of this performance. Another
highlight is the heavy metal anthem, "My Size," which was the opening track
on Entwistle's first solo album. Other songs in the show include material
from what had been the newest Entwistle solo album at the time: "Cell Number
7," "Who Cares?" and the humor-driven "Gimme That Rock And Roll."

After attending art school, Entwistle began his musical career playing brass
instruments and banjo in Dixieland bands, which were very popular in England
a few years prior to the Beatles and the British Invasion scene. He had been
playing in a band called the Detours with a young, working-class singer
named Roger Daltrey. Entwistle recommended another friend, Pete Townshend,
for the role of lead guitarist, and by 1964, with the addition of drummer
Keith Moon, the Who's lineup was solidified. Under the watchful eye of
producer Shel Tamy (the Kinks) and managers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, the
Who merged U.S. R&B with riff rock and British pop sensibilities. The result
was an edgy new sound and rebellious songs like "My Generation," and
"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (I Choose)."

Under the creative drive of Pete Townshend, the Who would go on to become
one of the greatest studio and live bands in contemporary music. Entwistle,
while rarely in the spotlight, was crucially important to the driving power
behind the band's music. He only conducted a handful of tours with his
initial solo band, Ox, and this recording, made in Philly during 1975, was
after the Who's difficult Quadrophenia Tour. Difficult because the band was
going through a bad patch with Daltrey and Townshend going at each other in
the rock press. Entwistle basically decided a solo tour was the best way to
escape the madness.

But none of that really matters. What's important is that this recording
allows the listener to hear just how incredible Entwistle is as a bass
player. His fluid, melodic bass lines revolutionized the way the instrument
was used in standard rock recordings. There are also some neat rare
surprises here, including Entwistle's bombastic version of the old Buddy
Holly classic, "Not Fade Away."

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