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Pete Townshend: New Who album being made the same way the band’s done it since 1971


ABC RadioThe Who‘s Pete Townshend has posted another update on TheWho.com about the first studio sessions for the band’s planned upcoming album, this one recapping the seventh and last day of the initial proceedings.

“We managed to complete drums and bass overdubs on seven songs in as many days,” Pete reports, reiterating that the sessions “were based on tracks that I produced in my home studios, mainly between May and August of last year.”

Townshend notes that the process of overdubbing onto his home-studio recordings “is how The Who albums have been made since [1971’s] Who’s Next, when we first overdubbed on my home studio tracks of ‘Baba O’Riley’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.'”

He reports that at the current sessions, “we added real drums, real bass guitar, some guitar from me, various percussion elements and anything that our producer Dave Sardy felt might make my basic home recordings come to life.”

Townshend says Sardy “has done a great job,” adding, “He’s very sensitive to the amount of work I already did on a lot of these recordings, and has just made them better.”

He also praised the work that drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino did, describing them as “just superb.”

Pete also posted an accompanying video featuring footage from the seventh day of the current sessions. One segment shows Starkey taking notes for a tune titled “Street Song.” The three-minute clip also includes brief glimpses of Townshend chatting with Sardy and other studio personnel, as well as footage of the equipment being packed up and carted out of the facility.

As previously reported, the sessions were held in London at British Grove Studios, whose owner is ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.

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