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Stevie Nicks has dedicated a rare demo of “Touched By An Angel” to the lives lost in Orlando. 🌹 “Sometimes~ In a difficult situation, a song from the past will call out to me. Concerning what happened in Orlando~ I hope these words might be comforting to those involved. I dedicate “Touched by an Angel” to all those lost~ and all those left behind. I have included the original demo because it is my favorite version. This was my mothers favorite song~ All my love, Stevie Nicks,

Sometimes~ In a difficult situation, a song from the past will call out to me. Concerning what happened in Orlando~ I hope these words might be comforting to those involved…

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This is a fairly rare Pete Townshend demo of “I Can See For Miles”. Inexplicably he left this off his fantastic “Scoop” series of CD’s released over the past 30 years.It was Pete Townshend’s ace in the hole; to use his own words, “the ultimate Who record,” and the one he felt certain would be the band’s first #1 hit single. Though he’d written and recorded a demo version of “I Can See for Miles” as early as 1966, Townshend decided not to have the Who record it right away, partly because he didn’t think Who producer Kit Lambert’s production skills had reached a level where he would be able to do it justice, and partly because “It was the number we’d been saving, thinking that if the Who ever got into trouble, this would be the one that would pull us out.”

Recorded over a period of four months at studios in London, New York and Los Angeles during the spring and summer of 1967, “I Can See for Miles” was finally released as a single in the United Kingdom on October 14th, 1967. It is today widely regarded as the Who’s greatest single, arguably one of the best 45 rpm records ever made by anyone, but Townshend’s masterpiece not only failed to top the British charts, it’s peak position of #10 failed even to match the chart success of most of the Who’s previous UK singles. In fact, no fewer than six of the Who’s previous singles had charted higher.

Interestingly, it’s nearly identical chart performance in the United States, where it peaked at #9, was considered the Who’s major commercial breakthrough in America, where “I Can See for Miles” remains their only Top 10 hit (though Townshend himself would crack the Top 10 as a solo artist in 1980, when “Let My Love Open the Door” also reached #9).

Still, it was the rejection in his native country of what he considered to be his best song that may well have caused Townshend to forever give up on the idea of the three-minute single as his principal mode of musical expression. From that point forward, he would begin to think in terms of a far larger canvas, with four LP sides barely enough to contain the sprawling ambitions of his greatest conceptual works.

Here’s Pete’s seldom-heard 1966 demo recording of “I Can See for Miles.” Though several volumes of his “Scoop” series of demo collections have been released, this particular track, surprisingly, has not appeared on any of them.