Townshend 'Scoops' Back Into The Vaults

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has begun selling the third installment of his archival "Scoop" releases via his Eelpie.com Web site. "Scoop 3," which is not expected to be made available in traditional

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has begun selling the third installment of his archival "Scoop" releases via his Eelpie.com Web site. "Scoop 3," which is not expected to be made available in traditional retail outlets, comprises what Townshend last year described as "a really surprising and delightful collection of tracks ... less really old demos than usual perhaps. There is a lot of new music from the last 10 years."

The two-disc, 34-track set includes everything from demos for the Who's "Eminence Front" and "Can You See the Real Me" to a host of solo piano pieces. "Listeners who are visitors to my Web site will be familiar now with the experimental piano writing on which I began to concentrate after a cycling accident in 1991," Townshend writes in the liner notes. "So the recent instrumental tracks are peppered mainly with various song demos from the fertile days when I had to write songs for the Who AND myself."

The first "Scoop," released in 1983, featured Townshend's original demos for "Bargain," "Magic Bus," "Love Reign O'er Me," and other Who favorites, as well as short instrumental pieces and previously unreleased cuts. The two-disc "Another Scoop," issued in 1987, sported demos for "You Better, You Bet," "The Kids Are Alright," and "Substitute," plus such oddities as the intense, synth-heavy "Ask Yourself," "Cat Snatch," and "Girl in a Suitcase."

As previously reported, the Who kicks off a North American tour June 28 in Las Vegas. Counting Crows and Robert Plant will support on various dates.