Myth Busters: Pete Townshend's Recording Secrets

Martin Bailey mbailey at
Thu Apr 16 12:21:17 UTC 2009

Brian quoted:

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> Myth Busters: Pete Townshend's Recording Secrets

I'm not usually that interested in what instruments The Who (or anyone) plays.  Bit too nerdy for me.  
It doesn't help that I wouldn't know a Stratocaster from a drumstick.  

But this was a really interesting article.  

> Townshend was the consummate professional, though, and realized from very early in his career
> that that achieving a golden tone for recording and achieving an appropriate tone for 
> live work are two entirely different things.

This goes a long way to explaining why The Who never captured their live sound in the studio. 
Which was always something The Who always complained about. 
Especially for songs like Young Man Blues, Heaven and Hell, Summertime Blues, Naked Eye, etc,
which were never satisfactorily recorded in the studio, and, hence never released (at the time).

> ... the latter-day Who album Psychoderelict.

Ooops.  They were doing so well, up to this point...


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