Two dozen recordings the Who made in 1965 with producer Shel Talmy will soon be available in true stereo for the first time. Through an agreement with Talmy, who owns the original three-track tapes of
Two dozen recordings the Who made in 1965 with producer Shel Talmy will soon be available in true stereo for the first time. Through an agreement with Talmy, who owns the original three-track tapes of such classic songs as "My Generation," "I Can't Explain" and "The Kids Are Alright," the songs will be remixed to stereo and released by MCA as a deluxe edition of the band's 1965 album "The Who Sings My Generation" and other packages beginning in spring 2002.
Talmy was an independent producer who delivered the monaural mixes of the songs to MCA's predecessor label, Decca Records, and most of the songs were issued in faux stereo. When group and producer went their separate ways, Talmy retained possession of the tapes, which also contain previously unissued alternate takes of some songs.
"The first time I saw the Who, they were rehearsing at a church hall and I loved what I heard from the get-go," Talmy said in a statement. "Now people will be able to hear those first exciting, ferocious recordings we did together in the best possible sound quality -- and in stereo."
Trained as a recording engineer in Los Angeles, Talmy moved to England in 1962 where he produced the likes of the Kinks, Manfred Mann, the Easybeats, Small Faces, and others, including David Bowie when he was still known as Davy Jones. He moved back to Los Angeles in the late '70s and has recently returned to music production.
Other songs to be remixed to stereo from Talmy's tapes are "Anyhow, Anyway, Anywhere," "Anytime You Want Me," "Bald Headed Woman," "Circles," "Daddy Rolling Stone," "Heat Wave," "I Don't Mind," "I'm a Man," "Instant Party Mixture," "It's Not True," "Leaving Here," "La-La-Lies," "A Legal Matter," "Lubie," "Motor-vating," "Much Too Much," "Please Please Please," "Shout and Shimmy," "The Good's Gone," "The Ox," and "You're Going To Know Me."
Meanwhile, Who guitarist Pete Townshend has made available soundboard-sourced, double-disc albums from his June 22-23, 2001, solo benefit shows in La Jolla, Calif., via his Eelpie.com Web site. The shows feature Who classics such as "Pinball Wizard," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and "Eminence Front" alongside more rare cuts such as "St. James Infirmary" and "Collings."