Label: Hiwatt - GS6575-ABCDE • Format: 5x, CD Compilation, Unofficial Release • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Mod, Pop Rock, Classic Rock
The apparent idea behind this five-CD, song bootleg was a sound one: to gather all of Pete Townshend 's best solo demos from the Who 's prime era mid-'60s to late-'70s in one place. But while there's much fine, and some great, music on here and certainly there are a lot of great songsSuccess - Pete Townshend - The Genuine Scoop really isn't the major event it might have been.
First, and most importantly, a lot of this stuff actually came Success - Pete Townshend - The Genuine Scoop on the very-above-board Scoop and Another Scoop compilations, often with better sound. Sure, those double-LPs might be a little hard to come by these days, but are they really harder to come by than five-CD bootlegs such as this one?
Second, on some tracks particularly the earlier onesthe very beginnings or Switchblade - Switchblade ends have been cut -- a small misgiving, but versions on ScoopAnother Scoopand various bootlegs prove that the utmost complete takes have certainly been circulated. Some background noise, much like a tape that's been badly recorded over, mars a couple of the more interesting early demos "Kill My Appetite" and "Do the Strip"which again appear sans distractions on other bootlegs.
And there's not a shred of annotation as to when the Contradanse In C, K.587 < Der Sieg Vom Helden Koburg > - Mozart*, Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Willi Bosk were done, although they're sequenced in a rough chronological order.
Granted, collectors aren't entitled to expect such basic courtesies from bootleggers, but there are plenty of other bootlegs with similar material that do provide such niceties. All that said and done, if you're a devoted Who fan, there's much to enjoy here, some of which isn't easy to come by on legit releases, if not impossible. Another catch, though, is that if you're the kind of wild-eyed Who fan who actually knows where all of this stuff came from, you probably already have all or most of it on bootleg yourself -- including all those TommyWho's NextQuadropheniaThe Who By Numbersand Who Are You demos, which have made their appearances on bootlegs of shorter length.
If you're among those who only have the stuff from Scoop or Another Scoopor don't even have those, this is certainly a treat to be savored. The frustration is that with just a little more effort in the production and packaging, this would be a downright important archival document of Townshend 's creative process, as well as good-to-excellent music in its own right. But then, that's a criticism that could Success - Pete Townshend - The Genuine Scoop levied against many such bootlegs, and not a shortfall that the hapless consumer has any opportunity to redress, in a court of law or otherwise.
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