Live From Toronto is a live album by The Who from their 1982 tour promoting the It’s Hard studio album.
And yes, it was recorded at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada.
The Who Live From Toronto
- My Generation – 2:48 (from The Who Sings My Generation)
- I Can’t Explain – 2:30 (single)
- Dangerous – 3:39 (It’s Hard)
- Sister Disco – 5:13 (Who Are You)
- The Quiet One – 4:22 (Face Dances)
- It’s Hard – 4:57 (It’s Hard)
- Eminence Front – 5:36 (It’s Hard)
- Baba O’Riley – 5:19 (Who’s Next)
- Boris the Spider – 3:22 (A Quick One)
- Drowned – 8:11 (Quadrophenia)
- Love Ain’t for Keeping – 2:40 (Who’s Next)
- Pinball Wizard – 2:47 (Tommy)
- See Me, Feel Me – 4:14 (Tommy)
- Who Are You – 6:28 (Who Are You)
- 5:15 – 6:27 (Quadrophenia)
- Love, Reign O’er Me – 4:47 (Quadrophenia)
- Long Live Rock – 5:06 (Odds & Sods)
- Won’t Get Fooled Again – 10:07 (Who’s Next)
- Naked Eye – 7:00 (Odds & Sods)
- Squeeze Box – 2:52 (The Who By Numbers)
- Young Man Blues – 4:38 Mose Allison that first appeared on Live At Leeds
- Twist and Shout – 3:40 cover of the song made famous by the Beatles
Since The Who didn’t vary their set list much, this is quite an adventurous mixture with songs from It’s Hard and some rarely played oldies like Boris The Spider, Love Ain’t For keeping and Naked Eye.
The original members of The Who – Pete Townshend, Roger Daltry and John Entwistle are joined by Keith Moon replacement drummer Kenney Jones and Tim Gorman plays keyboards. This is a much reduced sound compared to Join Together from 1989.
I haven’t heard this album because it’s not available in the UK except as an import,. I’ve read that the sound is poor.
Here is a video of The Who performing My Generation in Toronto in 1982.
And Love Reign O’er me from the same concert.
And Love Ain’t For Keeping
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3 thoughts on “The Who Live From Toronto 1982”
I have this disc. Unfortunately it’s true that the sound quality is poor, for an official release. If it were a bootleg album, we’d feel differently, and declare that the sound quality is quite good.
The disc has my favourite version of Sister Disco. The ending (where the studio recording has solo acoustic guitar) is quite different, with John contributing some bluesy bass and Pete playing the electric guitar.
It also has my favourite version of Drowned. You can find it on Youtube if you want to check it out. The Who have performed this song in many of their live shows, but I would kill for a recording of this version with superior sound quality. Kenney Jones always got bad press as the poor bloke took on the impossible challenge of filling Keith Moon’s shoes. And yeah, Kenney was too steady on the beat / less wild than is required in a Who drummer. But check out the Youtube of Drowned, and you will see that Kenney was playing some pretty fine drums — he didn’t deserve all the criticism he endured.
The other standout track on this disc is Long Live Rock. The Who played an awesome version of it throughout this tour. The song ends, then it starts up again with Pete doing a Chuck Berry routine!
The performance of It’s Hard is interesting — better than the studio version, in my opinion. Roger plays electric guitar, as he did throughout this tour (but on just a couple of songs, this one and It’s Dangerous if I remember correctly).
Boris the Spider ends with a bit of a comedy routine. Pete yells, “He’s come back from the dead!”, then the band hammers out some chords (stomping noises) as John kills the spider a second time.
I also love the performances of The Quiet One and Eminence Front. Thankfully, those tracks can now be obtained elsewhere, as bonus tracks on the expanded versions of Face Dances and It’s Hard.
The concert ended with Twist And Shout. It never really grabbed me, but then I don’t care overly much for the original version by The Beatles, either. (Lennon’s screaming vocals are awesome, but the song itself grows old fairly quickly, IMHO.) There’s a live version of Twist And Shout on the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxed set — very similar, perhaps from the same tour.
All in all, I’d say these CDs are well worth owning for any Who devotee. I wish another label would re-release it, with the sound cleaned up. It ought to be possible: the Toronto concert was simulcast on TV and in stereo on a local radio station, so you’d think they’d have reasonable audio of it in the vaults. But with so many live Who releases already on the market, and most people unaware of this concert, I doubt we’ll ever see another release of it.
Is it one of their best live albums? Yes, in terms of the song selection and the originality and overall quality of the performances. No, in terms of sound quality. Live At The Royal Albert Hall is much better in that respect.
This was also a historic occasion — or at least, it was supposed to be. The Who retired after this performance: it was the last concert on their “Farewell Tour”. And The Who did vanish for a few years, but only after a second Farewell Tour in 1984, I believe. And eventually of course they came out of retirement yet again, and replaced Kenney Jones with the Zak Starkey, a more adequate stand-in for Keith.
Drowned is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRBika2Fh0E
That’s awesome, man!
Thanks Stephen. I was thinking the same about your review of The Who Live From Toronto.
I think my favourite with the classic 70s songs from Who’s Next etc would be The Blues To The Bush with Zak Starkey on drums.
I still want a great recording from the Quadrophenia or The Who By Numbers tours to appear.
I love The Who but I’d like more variety in set lists. It’s no surprise that Live At Leeds is dominating my poll for the best live album by The Who.