What does it sound like?:
On April 4th 1968 Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated, the day before The Who were due to play 4 sets over 2 nights at the recently opened Fillmore East. Things didn’t go to plan – 4 sets were reduced to 2 given concerns relating to the reaction to King’s death and the intention to record them for a live release (Kit Lambert had intended to release this set as the Who’s fourth album after “The Who Sell Out” and before “Tommy”) proved redundant when it was discovered the tapes of first night weren’t usable.
The decision not to make an official release paved the way for a bootleg which is often cited as one of the best ever released, it’s soundboard source capturing the full-on attack of the band’s live show. Turns out however that the second night tapes have been retained in one piece and the previously unreleased recordings are now officially available on double CD and triple vinyl.
The album kicks off with a storming “Summertime Blues”. Entwistle’s bass is very much out front and the vocals a little too distant. Pete’s between song chatter is set out against a » Continue Reading.