A recent argument about this album's variations made me think that it's nigh time to pin down what, exactly, went on with Entwistle's characteristic post-release tampering. A quick primer: the old Sundazed CD (US) and the Repertoire/Castle/Sanctuary CDs (Europe) contain two different versions of the album. Some tracks are radically different, some are mildly altered, and at least a few appear to be mostly the same. Now, the main source of conventional wisdom says as follows: (note that "Polydor" above is meant to refer to the UK Track versions, which were distributed by Polydor) The above history may well be generally correct. At some level, however, it appears to oversimplify, as my U.S. Decca LP seems to match, for the most part, the US Sundazed CD, while my UK Track LP (which sounds wretched, for what it's worth) has some, but not all, of the variations on the Repertoire/Sanctuary/Castle CDs. Also, while the above source refers to the Repertoire/Sanctuary/Castle CDs as having the newer of the two mix versions, the Sundazed disc generally has more processing and/or additional overdubs that the European versions lack. This is, of course, hardly conclusive as to which was done first and which was done second. Finally, neither of my LPs has an exclusive mix of "What Are We Doing Here," with or without a different ending. My US LP contains the version used on "Thunderfingers" and appended as a bonus track to the Sundazed CD, whereas my Track LP contains the version used as Track 3 on every other CD. Again, this isn't determinative: I might just not have any pressing with the variation, as it appears that some of the changes were subbed in gradually (which surprises me; I wouldn't have thought this album would have received multiple pressings). Given the above, and given my limited access to LPs, I was curious to tap the limitless resources of the internet...and to see whether anybody else's LPs differ from mine. Descriptions of the various variations follow, with sample sound clips (in FLAC) when appropriate. My Size The Sundazed disc and the Repertoire disc are completely different. Both of my LPs match the Sundazed version; in other words, neither has the guitar solo that flips between channels. Repertoire Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/wkj62w Sundazed Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/dwpij8 Repertoire Guitar Solo: http://www.sendspace.com/file/734n7a Sundazed Guitar Solo: http://www.sendspace.com/file/n4ro6p Pick Me Up I didn't detect any obvious mix differences. Anybody? What Are We Doing Here? Both CDs use the same mix. Here, my US LP matches the cut found as a bonus track on the Sundazed disc, while my Track LP matches both CDs' Track 3. I suspect that Sundazed decided, for whatever reason, to substitute in the other version instead of going with the US LP version; its transfer isn't very good and appears to contain quite a bit of digital clicking. The above source suggests that one of the LPs contains either a mix or an edit piece of the ending that is otherwise unavailable on CD. Does anybody have something that differs from these samples? Repertoire Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/dtnu8j Sundazed Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/9549a4 Repertoire Ending: http://www.sendspace.com/file/19q4g9 Sundazed Ending: http://www.sendspace.com/file/0axhks Alternative Version intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/8tmsws Alternative Version ending: http://www.sendspace.com/file/azcnkb What Kind of People Are They? Subtle mix variations. One easy point of distinction: the Repertoire has a less-processed vocal (especially in the right channel). I'm not sure which version my LPs have. Repertoire: http://www.sendspace.com/file/xk6rk7 Sundazed: http://www.sendspace.com/file/mc637d Heaven and Hell I didn't detect any obvious mix differences. Anybody? Ted End Generally different mixing. The easiest point of difference is in the horn break: the Sundazed has what is either an additional element in the mix or an additional overdub added. My US LP matches the Sundazed; my Track LP, the Repertoire Repertoire Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/6vaf92 Sundazed Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/8wdht5 Repertoire Horn Break: http://www.sendspace.com/file/3xrj50 Sundazed Horn Break: http://www.sendspace.com/file/i3udgs You're Mine The differences are...somewhat unsubtle? Additional vocal bits and effects galore. Both of my LPs have the version on the Sundazed CD. Repertoire Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/3xeq4o Sundazed Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/927lkt Repertoire "Get Behind Me": http://www.sendspace.com/file/z084w5 Sundazed "Get Behind Me": http://www.sendspace.com/file/lee42t Eternal Youth Different mixing and additional vocal effects. Also, the entrance of the percussion is different, with the Repertoire fading out the main track more quickly than the Sundazed (which also appears to be longer). I'm not sure which version is on which of my LPs. Repertoire Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/paugde Sundazed Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/qed68d Repertoire Before Percussion: http://www.sendspace.com/file/smau00 Sundazed Before Percussion: http://www.sendspace.com/file/xprwkd I Believe in Everything I don't hear a difference. Anybody? Cinnamon Girl Both CDs have this as a bonus track. It's hard to tell whether what I'm hearing is a different mix or simply radically different EQ. Repertoire: http://www.sendspace.com/file/7rbb7r Sundazed: http://www.sendspace.com/file/zvjo12 Again, I'd love to hear people weigh in what they hear between the discs...and also to get an idea of which LPs match which variations (with a special focus on this otherwise-unavailable version/edit of "What Are We Doing Here?"). I really like this album and find it interesting that Entwistle felt like tinkering with it after release--a tendency he would display on more than one occasion to follow.