The Who releases a new remix of “Beads On One String”, a bonus track on the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 2019 album, “Who.”
The tune “is a co-write with Josh Hunsacker, who I met on Soundcloud,” explains guitarist Pete Townshend. “He wrote the music, I wrote the lyric and vocal melody. In 1932 on a visit to London, the spiritual master Meher Baba said that he had come to draw all the religions of the world together like beads on one string. We wait in hope, with love.
“The ‘Beads On One String’ remix was an adventure to try to recapture some of the subtleties of my first solo demo,” he continues. “I love the studio version, but this remix by Myles Clarke and myself returns to the original synthesiser demo shared with me by my co-writer Josh Hunsacker. I also play bass rather than the genius Pino Palladino (I’ve got some nerve) and we removed the real drums and returned to computer drum tracks programmed by my co-producer Myles Clarke. We also restored Roger’s vocal track to its first incarnation which is more heartfelt.
“This is a gentler version of this song, less demanding perhaps, less bullying about our need to cut each other space, each on our own path. Why does it need to be more gentle than the album version? Because it must stand alone in a period when each of us is tempted to blame someone else for our troubles, maybe even God whoever we take her/him/both to be. I’m hoping it sounds less rock, and more modern indie-pop to new listeners.”
The track is expected to be included in the expanded reissue of “Who” due on October 30.
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