Townshend Dredges Archives For 'Scoop 3'

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has finished the third installment of his archival "Scoop" releases, according to a post on his official Web site. The two-CD set, for which a release date has not yet bee

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has finished the third installment of his archival "Scoop" releases, according to a post on his official Web site. The two-CD set, for which a release date has not yet been determined, will comprise what Townshend describes 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."

"Scoop 3" is being mastered by Jon Astley, who co-produced the Who's 1978 album "Who Are You" and has supervised a recent spate of Who reissues. Townshend writes that he has "several dozen 'small' pieces" left over that he will offer as free downloads in the coming months. In addition, he hopes to begin sorting through concert recordings for a future live edition of "Scoop."

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."

While in the midst of examining his archives last fall, Townshend wrote, "so far I have not discovered a single 'perfect' Who song in any of my trawlings through my old stuff or recent stuff." Townshend and Who lead singer Roger Daltrey have hinted that the group may attempt to write songs for a new studio album, but nothing concrete has come to light. The Who has also been tipped to reconvene for live appearances later this year, but as of yet, no dates have been announced.