Next Tuesday Toronto '82 streaming on the Wolfgang's Vault



Martin Bailey mobailey at ntlworld.com
Tue Jan 11 16:00:02 UTC 2011


As foretold by Bruce, the Toronto 82 concert has appeared on Wolfgang's site 
today.

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/the-who/concerts/maple-leaf-gardens-december-17-1982.html


Compared to my Live in Toronto CD, there's three extra tracks:

  8. Behind Blue Eyes 3:33
  10. Dr. Jimmy 5:07
  13. Cry If You Want 6:59

Love Ain't For Keeping , Who Are you and Tommy Medley have all switched 
positions.

Having my first listen now.  Quality seems fine (for streaming).  But 
there's an annoying gap between each song.

Full tracklist:


# 1. My Generation 2:58
# 2. I Can't Explain 2:52
# 3. Dangerous 3:45
# 4. Sister Disco 5:28
# 5. The Quiet One 4:30
# 6. It's Hard 5:23
# 7. Eminence Front 5:57
# 8. Behind Blue Eyes 3:33
# 9. Baba O' Riley 5:37
# 10. Dr. Jimmy 5:07
# 11. Boris The Spider 3:55
# 12. Drowned 8:37
# 13. Cry If You Want 6:59
# 14. Who Are You 6:28
# 15. Pinball Wizard 2:55
# 16. See Me Feel Me 4:33
# 17. Love Ain't For Keeping 3:12
# 18. 5:15 6:37
# 19. Love Reign O'er Me 5:03
# 20. Long Live Rock 5:03
# 21. Won't Get Fooled Again 5:03
# 22. Naked Eye 7:01
# 23. Squeeze Box 2:39
# 24. Young Man Blues 4:44
# 25. Twist And Shout 5:17


Full bumpf below.

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Concert Summary

Phase two of the Who's extraordinary career essentially began in 1978, with 
the death of their drummer Keith Moon and ended on December 17, 1982 with a 
pay-per-view television broadcast and global radio transmissions of what was 
billed as the Who's "Final Concert" at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. So 
explosive, suspenseful, and innovative a drummer was Moon that he could 
never be replaced, but with the help of former Faces drummer Kenny Jones, 
the Who soldiered on into the 1980s. Jones was a great, solid rock drummer, 
but his more conventional approach changed the band dynamic and not…entire 
summary

Pete Townshend -Vocals, Guitar
Roger Daltrey - Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar
John Entwistle - Vocals, Bass
Kenny Jones - Drums
Tim Gorman - Piano, Keyboards

Phase two of the Who's extraordinary career essentially began in 1978, with 
the death of their drummer Keith Moon and ended on December 17, 1982 with a 
pay-per-view television broadcast and global radio transmissions of what was 
billed as the Who's "Final Concert" at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. So 
explosive, suspenseful, and innovative a drummer was Moon that he could 
never be replaced, but with the help of former Faces drummer Kenny Jones, 
the Who soldiered on into the 1980s. Jones was a great, solid rock drummer, 
but his more conventional approach changed the band dynamic and not 
surprisingly, things would never be quite the same. Despite releasing three 
more hit albums and touring as successfully as ever with Jones on board, the 
Who planned their 1982 North American Tour to be their last. Roger Daltrey 
had been quoted in the Daily Mirror as saying, "It has been mine and Pete's 
decision to quit touring now. We are getting too old to do kick-arse rock 
and roll every night and it will be a relief when it's all over." To fans 
everywhere, this was sad news indeed, but the performances were generally 
strong throughout the 1982 tour, and fans had the global simulcast of the 
final show still to look forward to.

A CD set titled Who's Last and a home video release were later issued to 
commemorate this event, neither of which contained the entire December 17, 
1982 performance. Presented here is the complete unedited show from that 
evening, sourced from the King Biscuit Flower Hour masters, when The Who 
initially bid farewell to the Toronto audience and to legions of fans 
watching and listening the world over. Despite being recorded before 20,000 
exuberant fans in a sporting arena, this recording sounds considerably 
better than the overly ambient simulcast and will be of interest to Who 
fans, not only for being the entire authentic performance, but for 
containing an ambitious set list. Many Who classics are here to be sure, but 
this performance is also intriguing for containing live performances of four 
songs from the 1982 It's Hard album, which would be the band's last studio 
album for nearly a quarter of a century. This set is also notable for the 
increased presence of John Entwistle, who in addition to his trademark 
"thunderfingers" bass playing, contributes three of his own songs and leads 
the group on the "Twist And Shout" encore.

Serving as warm-up exercises, the set kicks off with loose versions of the 
band's anthem, "My Generation," followed by another early classic, "I Can't 
Explain." Entwistle's "Dangerous" follows, sung by Daltrey, as the band 
begins hitting their stride. The fireworks start on "Sister Disco," from the 
1980 Who Are You album (the last with Moon), a song which seemed to fully 
ripen onstage during this tour. Three strong new songs follow in succession, 
beginning with a rocking read of Entwistle's autobiographical "The Quiet 
One" from the 1981 Face Dances. Two highlights of the It's Hard album 
follow, first with a spirited version of the title track and capped off with 
"Eminence Front," Townshend's rumination on wealth, problem avoidance, and 
recreational drug abuse. Tim Gorman skillfully provides Townshend's 
signature synthesizer parts on the latter, and both feature Daltrey 
uncharacteristically contributing rhythm guitar.

Two classic Who's Next tracks surface next, with a somewhat ragged take on 
"Behind Blue Eyes" and a far more engaging "Baba "O'Riley," The first of 
several Quadrophrenia tracks surfaces next with the rarely performed "Dr. 
Jimmy," before Entwistle delivers the early signpost to his creepy side, 
"Boris The Spider." Further exploring Quadrophrenia material, "Drowned" is 
tackled next, and it's an excellent extended performance, showcasing Daltrey 
on harmonica.

One of the standout songs on It's Hard was Townshend's sociopolitical 
commentary "Cry if You Want," which thankfully is included here. Despite 
being a potent performance from Townshend and including an engaged guitar 
solo, this was edited out of the CD and DVD releases. Perfunctory versions 
of "Pinball Wizard" and "See Me, Feel Me" follow with Townshend sounding 
distracted, but things begin reinvigorating on a rare live performance of 
"Love Ain't For Keeping," and continue escalating through a double dose of 
Quadrophrenia material with "5:15" and "Love Reign O'er Me." They wrap the 
set up with two of their great anthems, "Long Live Rock" and "Won't Get 
Fooled Again" played back to back, which leaves the 20,000-strong audience 
howling for more.

Although now it is obvious that this performance is far from the Who's 
"final" performance, at the time it was perceived as such, and it was the 
last performance prior to the first official breakup. Approached as their 
last ever encore, the Who begins with a slow burning "Naked Eye" that is 
quite penetrating, followed by a quick romp through the humorous "Squeeze 
Box." The Who's cover of Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues" will forever be 
associated with Keith Moon's drumming, but Jones holds his own here, and the 
entire band sounds fully engaged. For the theoretical last live song ever, 
Entwistle leads the way through a number that looks back to the very 
beginning, "Twist and Shout."

Thankfully, this turned out not to be the end of Townshend, Daltrey, and 
Entwistle recording and touring together, nor would it be their final 
performance as the Who. However, it was indeed the end of an era; one that 
lasted nearly two decades, when the Who was one of the most creative and 
powerful forces in all of rock music.



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