Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: The Who – Chicago, IL (12/08/79)

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The Who
International Amphitheatre
Chicago, IL

Download: FLAC/MP3

The Who
International Amphitheater
Chicago, Illinois
December 8, 1979


Lineage: Low generation cassette => Stand-alone Pioneer CD burner => EAC => Magix Audio Cleaning Lab => WAV => FLAC front end (level 8)

Disc 1 (74:37):
(1) Substitute (3:34)
(2) Can’t Explain (2:43)
(3) Roger comments (0:37)
(4) Baba O’Riley (5:13)
(5) Roger/Pete comments (1:37)
(6) The Punk and the Godfather (4:58)
(7) John intro (0:49)
(8) My Wife (6:47)
(9) John comments (2:07)
(10) Sister Disco (5:48)
(11) Behind Blue Eyes (3:48)
(12) Banter (1:32)
(13) Music Must Change (false start) (0:56)
(14) Music Must Change (9:46)
(15) Drowned (10:29)
(16) Who Are You (6:51)
(17) 5:15 (6:54)

Disc 2 (69:43):
(1) Pete Comments (0:38)
(2) Pinball Wizard => See Me Feel Me (9:18)
(3) Long Live Rock (5:09)
(4) My Generation (4:08) =>
(5) I Can See For Miles (4:27)
(6) Sparks (5:48)
(7) Won’t Get Fooled Again (9:40)
(8) Encore break (1:04)
(9) The Real Me (1:45)
(10) Dancing In The Streets (3:48) =>
(11) Dance It Away (4:06) =>
(12) Young Man Blues (5:00) =>
(13) Roadrunner (2:05) =>
(14) Big Boss Man (3:29) =>
(15) How Can You Do It Alone (9:11)

Comments from the original uploader:
This came to me in trade in 1994; I can’t prove the lineage although it was represented to me as a 2nd gen. from the soundboard. It sounds as though it comes from the pro shot video source; whether the generation is counted as being from the original video master or whatever source tape was used down the line. In any case, it is a low generation recording — the fidelity is pretty good and there is minimal tape hiss. There is more crowd than one typically hears in a board tape, but I think the crowd was miked pretty loudly.

This show happened at what I think is the peak of the post-Moon era; the performance is great and the band are in great spirits. The show sold out so quickly that the show was broadcast via closed-circuit to movie theaters throughout the Chicago area; Roger, Pete, and John occasionally shout out to the various suburbs with funny comments. I think the heavy crowd miking was for the benefit of the remote audiences to create more a “live” feel.

I burned this onto audio-grade CDRs with a stand-alone CD burner, then used Magix Audio Cleaning Lab to break up the tracks and apply light dehissing. No further processing was done.

The audience version torrented a couple of weeks ago is great for the era; no question. IHMO this version is superior. Perhaps an enterprising person can make a matrix and surpass both.

9 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: The Who – Chicago, IL (12/08/79)

  1. I really apologize for bothering you because I appreciate your posts so much.There’s an error with the two Talking Heads posts. You posted Cleveland 3/15/79 in a separate post. But the zip file for the mp3’s for London 12/8/78 is the same as the Cleveland zip file. Can you post the mp3 zip file for 12/8/78?Thanks so much,Stephen

    1. Can you try it again from the site. I screwed up twice this morning. The show that you are commenting on was initially labeled as a Talking Heads show. It was in fact the show you now see on this post from The Who. I completely grabbed the wrong info file for it when I initially posted.

      The second error was that I posted the wrong download links to the actual Talking Heads show that you can find here


      I believe I have now corrected everything. Sorry for the confusion. And if there is still an error please let me know.

    1. It is there. For some reason the MP3 didn’t get tracked properly which means it is named differently than the others. Scroll to the bottom of the folder and you’ll find it.

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