The Who's new album, WHO, will have a total of four new songs — including a pair written way back in 1966. The deluxe CD will have two newly-written tracks "This Gun Will Misfire" and "Danny And His Ponies," with the decades-old "Got Nothing To Prove” also on the deluxe CD. The track "Sand" will be featured on the triple red, white, and blue colored 10-inch vinyl edition.
Pete Townshend spoke about his vintage songs revamped for the new album due out on December 6th, telling Uncut, "Both these songs are from the summer of 1966. They would not have been rejected by the band members but rather by my then creative mentor, Who manager (and producer) Kit Lambert. In 1967, when the song seemed destined for the bottom drawer, I did offer 'Got Nothing To Prove' to Jimmy James & The Vagabonds who used to support us at The Marquee in 1965. Jimmy liked the song, and suggested making it more R&B, in a slower tempo, but nothing happened."
He went on to recall, "I have a feeling Kit may have felt the song sounded as though it was sung by an older and more self-satisfied man than I was in real life. That would have applied to Roger too I suppose. Now, it works. Back then, perhaps it didn’t. (Current Who co-producer) Dave Sardy and I decided to ask George Fenton to do a 'Swinging '60s' band arrangement to make the song more interesting, but also to place it firmly in an Austin Powers fantasy. I love it."
Regarding "Sand," which was written around the same time, Townshend said, "This is a simple idea, about a sunny beach vacation romance that doesn’t last once the lovers get back home to the rain. Again, Kit passed on this, even as an album track, and it simply got filed away. I have always loved it, but have been waiting for computers to get smart enough to fix some of the tape stretch problems that had affected the demo. I also revived this in my home studio by doing roughly what I felt the Who would have done had this ever been recorded by them. So there is added backing vocals, Rickenbacker (electric guitar), and acoustic 12-string, and a feedback section to properly evoke the era."
Pete Townshend told us that when creating the early Who demos, he wasn't dictating what he wanted Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon to play or sing as much suggest a path they may choose to follow: ["When I made demos, I often, I often used to just try and have fun. Obviously, I would try and serve the band — but not always. Y'know, these guys were very good musicians, they didn't need to be patronized, y'know? I was always very pleased if I produced a bassline, which he could use any part of, because, y'know, it felt like a compliment to, to me, to my arranging skills."] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . my arranging skills)
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