Another Scoop DVD Audio, NTSC, Import
A second collected volume of demo versions of songs destined to be considered for recording by The Who, this 1987 release on Atco Records is as an even stronger collection than it's 1983 predecessor. It (again) contains rough, acoustic workups of many Who standards in their infant form such as "You Better You Bet", "Pinball Wizard", "Happy Jack", "Substitute", "Pictures of Lily", "The Kids Are Alright", and others. The fascination lies in the demo arrangements of songs that were to become associated with a particular time and with Roger Daltry's vocal gymnastics. Here, sung by Townshend himself, one can sense the writer's distinct persona. The comparison to eventual "more famous" versions is fascinating. These stripped down workups reveal how great these songs really are.
"Another Scoop" is a fine follow-up to the demo collection he offered "Scoop," featuring Townshend shoulda-been classics such as "Ask Yourself" and darker ruminations such as "The Ferryman." For the uninitiated: All three "Scoop" collections gather home-recorded "demonstration" or "demo" versions of the songs Townshend has written over the years, many of which (but not all!) went on to be recorded by the Who.
The DVD-Audio version deserves special notice (that's the product I'm reviewing here). Actually, it's one of Classic Records' DADs, or Digital Audio Discs. Essentially, it's a two-sided disc -- one side will be play back on DVD-Video machines, the other side only on DVD-Audio machines or newer combi players (I have a Yamaha BD player that also plays DVD-A and SACD). The audio mixes on this disc are NOT surround, so if that's what you're seeking, don't bother. They are higher-resolution stereo mixes, with the mix on the DVD-A side being the highest available in this package.
Personally, I liked hearing Townshend's demos in the high-quality stereo, rather than surround, format. These songs, elaborate as some of the recordings are, were meant to be sketches -- and what marvelous sketches they are.