Pete Townshend

Scooped

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There's no faulting the music on the 2002 collection Scooped -- after all, it contains 35 highlights from Pete Townshend's Scoops, his superlative series of demos and home recordings. And it's not just that it contains hits and well-known songs -- it stays true to the intent of the series by offering instrumental snippets, unknown songs, soundscapes, and early versions of classics. It captures the feeling of a true Scoop collection, while offering a bunch of great songs, but it's hard not to wonder why it exists. After all, if you've decided that you're big enough of a Townshend fan to buy demos, why not get all three double-disc sets instead of one, especially since they're all of extremely high quality? But if you decide you want a sampling, or need an introduction, this does its job perfectly.

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