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New WHO Deluxe Edition with Live Kingston CD & ‘Beads’ Remix

FEATURING LIVE ACOUSTIC TRACKS FROM THE BAND’S ONLY SHOWS OF 2020 

PLUS A BRAND NEW PETE TOWNSHEND REMIX OF THE NEW SINGLE ‘BEADS ON ONE STRING’

AVAILABLE AS A DOUBLE CD (RELEASED 30 OCTOBER) AND A SIX DISC  7” VINYL BOXSET (RELEASED 4 DECEMBER)

PRE-ORDER WHO DELUXE EDITION HERE

‘BEADS ON ONE STRING (YAGGERDANG REMIX)’ AVAILABLE NOW

On 30 October The Who are to release a new version of last year’s album WHO featuring an updated version of ‘Beads On One String’ newly remixed by Pete Townshend plus a CD of acoustic tracks from the band’s only live shows of 2020.

The extra songs on the deluxe version of WHO were recorded in Kingston-on-Thames on Valentines Day this year, exactly 50 years to the day since The Who’s seminal show at Leeds University which resulted in the phenomenal live album, Live At Leeds.

The deluxe edition of WHO is preceded on 6 October by ‘Beads On One String (Yaggerdang Remix)’.

Pete Townshend:(‘Beads On One String’) is a co-write with Josh Hunsacker who I met on Soundcloud. He wrote the music, I wrote the lyric and vocal melody. In 1932 on a visit to London, the spiritual master Meher Baba said that he had come to draw all the religions of the world together like beads on one string. We wait in hope, with love.”

Of the remix Pete adds, “The ‘Beads On One String’ remix was an adventure to try to recapture some of the subtleties of my first solo demo. I love the studio version, but this remix by Myles Clarke and myself returns to the original synthesiser demo shared with me by my co-writer Josh Hunsacker. I also play bass rather than the genius Pino Palladino (I’ve got some nerve) and we removed the real drums and returned to computer drum tracks programmed by my co-producer Myles Clarke. We also restored Roger’s vocal track to its first incarnation which is more heartfelt. This is a gentler version of this song, less demanding perhaps, less bullying about our need to cut each other space, each on our own path. Why does it need to be more gentle than the album version? Because it must stand alone in a period when each of us is tempted to blame someone else for our troubles, maybe even God whoever we take her/him/both to be. I’m hoping it sounds less rock, and more modern indie-pop to new listeners.”

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR WHO

“Their best since Quadrophenia” 9/10 UNCUT

“The Who will not go quietly”4/5 MOJO

“A powerful, relevant album that does what good art should do: It expresses something about what it means to be alive”5/5 THE TIMES

“This is their best album in 40 years!”4/5 TELEGRAPH

“WHO stands up alongside the classics”4/5 NME

“A return to form, reminding us why they deserve their place in rock’n’roll history . . .”8/10 CLASH MAGAZINE

“This might be their last album, if it is they’re going out the way they came in: as cussed, and awkward and trouble as ever”4/5 THE GUARDIAN

“Their best since The Who By Numbers in 1975”THE TIMES

“A resounding monumental, modern album for all Who fans”4/5 THE EXPRESS

“The old guys are more than alright”4/5 METRO

 

The Who : WHO : 2020 Deluxe CD with CD2 Live At Kingston

Release Date : 30 October 2020

CD 1 WHO

1. All This Music Must Fade
2. Ball and Chain
3. I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
4. Detour
5. Beads On One String
6. Hero Ground Zero
7. Street Song
8. I’ll Be Back
9. Break The News
10. Rockin’ In Rage
11. She Rocked My World
12. Beads On One String – Yaggerdang Remix 

CD 2 Live at Kingston

1. Intro
2. Substitute (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
3. Squeeze Box (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
4. Tattoo (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
5. The Kids Are Alright (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
6. Break The News (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
7. She Rocked My World (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
8. Won’t Get Fooled Again (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)

 

The Who : WHO : Six Disc 7” Vinyl Box Set plus the Live At Kingston CD

Release Date : 4 December 2020

Six 7″ Vinyl Singles

1. All This Music Must Fade
2. Ball and Chain

3. I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
4. Detour

5. Beads On One String
6. Hero Ground Zero

7. Street Song
8. I’ll Be Back

9. Break The News
10. Rockin’ In Rage

11. She Rocked My World
12. Beads On One String – Yaggerdang Remix

CD : Live at Kingston

1. Intro
2. Substitute (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
3. Squeeze Box (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
4. Tattoo (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
5. The Kids Are Alright (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
6. Break The News (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
7. She Rocked My World (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)
8. Won’t Get Fooled Again (Acoustic – Live at Kingston)

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THE WHO UK & IRELAND TOUR MARCH 2021

 

Friday 5 March: 3 Arena, Dublin, Eire

Monday 8 March: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

Wednesday 10 March: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Friday 12t March: Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Monday 15 March: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Wednesday 17 March: Resorts World Arena, Birmingham

Monday 22 March: The SSE Arena, Wembley

Wednesday 24 March: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

Saturday 27 March: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

10 thoughts on “New WHO Deluxe Edition with Live Kingston CD & ‘Beads’ Remix”

  1. Matthew Graziano says:

    Ah! My dreams answered from last year: Live WHO with an orchestra. Pure and Easy? Pure AWESOME!

  2. What a gorgeous song and beautiful remix. Soulful to say the least

  3. wah says:

    thanks boys!!!!!

  4. Steven Page says:

    So the tour is still a go!?

  5. Frank Thiel says:

    Very nice Pete! The catchy tune has become even better now. It is also very pleasant when Roger sings in this style

  6. Michael says:

    So now I should buy another version of the album to get the bonustracks…? 😐 The bonustracks as a single CD would have been nice and kind, but not this way.

    1. The Who says:

      Michael, the new deluxe WHO CD with the second disc Live at Kingston is priced the same as a single album – £10.99 in the Who Store. https://store.thewho.com/*/*/-WHO-2020-Deluxe-CD-w-Live-At-Kingston/6QAS0000000

  7. Loria58 says:

    Brilliant Remix of a brilliant song, I can’t have enough copies of this amazing Album. Looking forward to adding it to my other 6 copies. Thank guys.

  8. James Dalton says:

    I have been looking forward to this remix since Pete posted that he was working on it. It is a gentler, more plaintive version which keeps a great deal of Pete’s demo work, which I never tire of hearing and exploring. I have learnt so much about production and song writing from his demos and studio vlogs. I also like the quality of Roger’s voice and vocal interpretation.

  9. Richard says:

    Great to have this new set… I was lucky enough to get last year’s special edition signed by Pete. Let’s hope the 2021 UK shows go ahead lads. See you on 22nd March at Wembley.x

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