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The Who’s Pete Townshend says sessions for band’s new album are “going good” after three days of recording


ABC RadioThe Who‘s Pete Townshend has posted a new video update on YouTube about the sessions for his band’s upcoming studio album, this one focusing on the third day of recording.

At the beginning of the clip, Townshend notes that the sessions currently are taking place without singer Roger Daltrey, who is on vacation, is “getting himself together [and will be] with us soon.”

Pete adds that the recording is “going good,” and that producer Dave Sardy and his assistant engineer, Jim Monti, “are doing great work, mainly with Zak [Starkey] on drums and Pino Palladino on bass.”

The rest of the video features a montage of footage, showing various pieces of equipment in the studio, glimpses of Starkey and Palladino preparing to record tracks, Sardy fiddling with knobs, Townshend’s acoustic guitar setup and a bowl of fruit and cookies there for the musicians and others to snack on.

The album is being recorded at London’s British Grove Studios, which is owned by ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.

Meanwhile, in a new text blog posted on TheWho.com, Townshend reflects on the difficulties he and his band may face in creating a new album that captivates listeners.

“[T]rying to make a record that sounds the way a Who album should, and yet be sharp enough to catch the attention of someone surfing through a bunch of songs online, is a challenge,” he writes. “While this is happening, everything is changing. Apparently young people are starting to listen to radio again, and music podcasts as well.”

He adds, “I remember when single record songs were two minutes long, and we are sort of back to that again. It means you have to squeeze a lot into a short space.”

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