Pete Townshend has unveiled a new song ‘Guantanamo’ which is one of two new tracks which feature on his forthcoming collection entitled Truancy: The Best of Pete Townshend.
June 30 sees the release of Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend as part of a new deal with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
The 17-track album features two brand new songs and is part of an extensive reissue program for Townshend’s solo material that will see his catalog remastered and reworked running into 2016.
Pete Townshend on “Guantanamo”: “I thought this song might never see the light of day, but now President Obama has relaxed sanctions in Cuba, it is a happy sign he might go further. Technically this was created in rather a laborious way. I recorded a long organ drone using my vintage Yamaha E70 organ (used many times by me on Who and solo recordings in the past), and then cut it into something that sounded like a song using a feature unique to Digital Performer called ‘chunks.’ This creates blocks of groups of tracks that can be assembled and disassembled easily, like cutting multitrack analogue tape with a razor blade, but with less blood. The lyric grew out of the implicit angry frustration in the organ tracks.“