The Who have released their new single titled I Don’t Wanna Get Wise.
It follows All This Music Must Fade, with both tracks included on the band’s upcoming studio album Who, which will launch on December 6 through Polydor Records.
The single comes just days after fans visiting London’s new Music Walk Of Fame were given access to a preview of the track.
It’s also been revealed that the deluxe edition on the new record will include two ‘lost tracks’ from the 60s: Got Nothing To Prove and Sand.
Guitarist Pete Townshend says: “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 Kit Lambert.
“In 1967, when the song seemed destined for the bottom drawer, I did offer Got Nothing To Prove to Jimmy James and the Vagabonds who used to support us at The Marquee in 1965. I remember playing him the demo at my house in Twickenham.
“They were still managed by Peter Meaden who had been so influential on me in particular in the short period he was our PR man in late 1964.
“Jimmy liked the song, and suggested making it more R&B, in a slower tempo, but nothing happened. 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.”
He adds: “Now, it works. Back then, perhaps it didn’t. Dave Sardy and I decided to ask George Fenton to do a Swinging Sixties band arrangement to make the song more interesting, but also to place it firmly in an Austin Powers fantasy. I love it.”
As for Sand, Townshend says it came from the same period, and adds: “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.”
Townsend reports that some backing vocals and guitar work have been added, along with “a feedback section to properly evoke the era.”
The deluxe edition will also include the tracks This Gun Will Misfire and Danny & His Ponies – both were recorded and sung by Townshend during the new album sessions.
- The Who - Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €23.60 (Back In Stock) (arrived 17-May-2022 15:37)
THE WHO Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy (1972 UK second issue 14-track retrospective LP, an unsual variant that features a stickered correction credits sheet on the internal gatefold, which, although still retaining the 'E.J .Day' printing credit, adds production information & the message that "tracks have been electronically enhanced for stereo reproduction", all details that would appear printed on subsequent pressings. The sleeve shows light wear & the vinyl is excellent with little sign of play)
- The Who - Tommy: The Movie - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £15.00, $18.75, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 02-May-2022 15:34)
THE WHO Tommy: The Movie (1975 UK 31-track double vinyl LP containing music from the soundtrack to the movie, with guest performances from Elton John, Eric Clapton & Tina Turner, vintage price stickered gatefold picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inners. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with minimal scuffing and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play)
- The Who - Who's Next - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 26-Apr-2022 12:56)
THE WHO Who's Next (1983 UK issue of the classic 1971 9-track LP, including Won't Get Fooled Again, Behind Blue Eyes & Baba O'Riley, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve has only minor wear & the vinyl looks barely played SPELP49)
- The Who - Odds & Sods - US - vinyl LP - £30.00, $37.50, €35.40 (New Item) (arrived 26-Apr-2022 14:04)
THE WHO Odds & Sods (Original 1974 US 11-track STEREO LP, complete with gatefold lyric insert & full colour poster. The unique cutaway picture sleeve has a pasted in full colour picture allowed to show through the cutaways. The sleeve shows some edgewear and has a deletion hole while the vinyl remains excellent with light signs of play. Overall an excellent COMPLETE copy of this hard-to-find album! MCA-2126)
- The Who - My Generation - Girl Cover - 180 Gram - Japanese - vinyl LP - £79.99, $99.99, €94.39 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2022 15:13)
THE WHO My Generation (Out of print 2021 Japanese exclusive limited edition 12-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl. This all-time Mod classic was released on 3 December 1965 by Brunswick Records in the United Kingdom, but we know inthe United States, it was released on 25 April 1966 by Decca Records as The Who Sings My Generation, with a different cover & a slightly altered track listing. A little known Japanese version was also released in '66, with a slightly altered tracklist & a beautiful unique cover. Housed in a replica high gloss scalloped flipback card picture sleeve featuring the 'girl' cover photo, with a pinched spine, reproduction of the original lyric sheet and obi-strip. The vinyl is housed in a separate die-cut card sleeve with a barcoded information sticker attached. These remains in a brand-new, shop bought condition, still in the un-opened re-sealable bag! UIJY-75206)
- The Who - Exciting The Who - Japanese - vinyl LP - £79.99, $99.99, €94.39 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2022 15:15)
THE WHO Exciting The Who (Out of print 2021 Japanese exclusive limited edition 10-track Mono LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl. Originally released in 1968, this Japan-only compilation features tracks from '66&'67, including Waltz For A Pig [actually by the Graham Bond Organization], their cover of the Stones' Under My Thumb [released in protest at Mick & Keef's proposed jail sentences in 1967!] and more. Housed in a replica high gloss scalloped flipback card picture sleeve with a pinched spine, reproduction of the original lyric sheet and obi-strip. The vinyl is housed in a separate die-cut card sleeve with a barcoded information sticker attached. This remains in a brand-new, shop bought condition, still in the un-opened re-sealable bag! UIJY-75208)
- The Who - Sell Out - 180 Gram - Japanese - vinyl LP - £69.99, $87.49, €82.59 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2022 15:16)
THE WHO Sell Out (Out of print 2021 Japanese exclusive limited edition 14-track Stereo LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, originally released in 1968. Housed in a replica high gloss flipback card picture sleeve with a pinched spine, featuring the unique artwork different to the UK release, includes a reproduction of the original lyric sheet and obi-strip. The vinyl is housed in a separate die-cut card sleeve with a barcoded information sticker attached. Thisremains in a brand-new, shop bought condition, still in the un-opened re-sealable bag! UIJY-75209)
- The Who - Tommy - 1st - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £295.00, $368.75, €348.10 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2022 15:17)
THE WHO Tommy (Rare 1969 UK first issue limited edition 25-track stereo double vinyl LP, complete with twelve page individually numbered booklet & deluxe front laminated tri-fold picture sleeve) See 'More Info' ...
- The Who - Live At Leeds - 1st Red - Complete - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £150.00, $187.50, €177.00 (New Item) (arrived 02-May-2022 12:51)
THE WHO Live At Leeds (Rare 1970 UK 6-track live vinyl LP on Track Records with blue & white label print and has A1/B1 matrices, housed in the gatefold card 'bootleg' style sleeve with red text on the front, complete with all twelve inserts including poster, photographs, repro band letters, receipts & lyrics. This copy comes with the early variant of the poster which has 'Tuesdays at the Marquee' text along the bottom [reportedly limited to 300 copies]. All inserts remain in a reallynice condition, the hard to find poster has been displayed and has a small amount of wear, otherwise nice. The picture sleeve displays just a little light wear and the first issue vinyl remains excellent with only a few light signs of play)
- The Who - My Generation - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 02-May-2022 16:16)
THE WHO My Generation (1979 UK mono issue of the classic 1965 12-track LP, housed in a replica front glossed picture sleeve. The sleeve displays a little light wear through storage with some discolouring to the unlaminated back and a small area of residual sticker wear whilst the vinyl grades VG with just the odd light scratch not upsetting play. For one of the most celebrated albums ever with many copies played to death at parties, this is a nice copy! V2179)