Who Came First [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Pete Townshend's first solo album was a homespun, charming forum for low-key, personal songs that weren't deemed suitable for the Who, as well as spiritual paeans direct and indirect to his spiritual guru Meher Baba. Who fans will be immediately attracted by the presence of a couple of songs from the aborted Who concept album Lifehouse much of which ended up on Who's Next, "Pure & Easy" and "Let's See Action." The Who did eventually release their own versions of both those songs. But Townshend's own versions aren't the highlights of this record, which shows a folkier and gentler side to the Who's chief muse than his albums with the group. "Sheraton Gibson" is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Pete Townshend's first solo album was a homespun, charming forum for low-key, personal songs that weren't deemed suitable for the Who, as well as spiritual paeans direct and indirect to his spiritual guru Meher Baba. Who fans will be immediately attracted by the presence of a couple of songs from the aborted Who concept album Lifehouse much of which ended up on Who's Next, "Pure & Easy" and "Let's See Action." The Who did eventually release their own versions of both those songs. But Townshend's own versions aren't the highlights of this record, which shows a folkier and gentler side to the Who's chief muse than his albums with the group. "Sheraton Gibson" is a neat tune about rock & roll road life, and "Time Is Passing" takes very subtle inspiration from Baba. Most of the rest of the album contains some of the most unusual pieces Townshend has released: his acoustic cover of Jim Reeves' "There's a Heartache Following Me" recorded because it was one of Baba's favorite tunes, "Evolution" which is actually pretty much a solo track by his buddy Ronnie Lane of the Faces, "Parvardigar" adapted from Baba's Universal Prayer, and "Content" a philosophical poem by Maud Kennedy that Townshend put to music. The 1993 reissue of this LP for compact disc fleshes out the program considerably with six previously unreleased tracks, including Townshend's demo of the Who single "The Seeker." The other bonus cuts are by no means filler; meditative and melancholy originals, they're just as strong as the tracks on the original release. [This edition contains bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Teichiku Japan
  • EAN: 4988004105999
  • Catalog Number: 21459

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pure and Easy (5:33)
  2. 2 Evolution (3:45)
  3. 3 Forever's No Time at All (3:09)
  4. 4 Let's See Action (Nothing Is Everything) (6:23)
  5. 5 Time Is Passing (3:28)
  6. 6 There's a Heartache Following Me (3:22)
  7. 7 Sheraton Gibson (2:38)
  8. 8 Content (2:57)
  9. 9 Parvardigar (6:50)
  10. 10 His Hands (2:08)
  11. 11 The Seeker (4:36)
  12. 12 Day of Silence (2:52)
  13. 13 Sleeping Dog (2:57)
  14. 14 The Love Man (5:01)
  15. 15 Lantern Cabin (4:10)
  16. 16 Mary Jane (2:38)
  17. 17 I Always Say (5:48)
  18. 18 Begin the Beguine (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Townshend Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Ronnie Lane Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Pete Townshend Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Jon Astley Remastering
Darren Westbrook Reissue Production Assistance
Ira Robbins Liner Notes
Graham Hughes Cover Photo
Matt Kent Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Juliet Allcock Reissue Production Assistance
Brian Beaver Reissue Production Assistance
Nick Goderson Reissue Producer
Michael Schmitz Re-Release Coordinator
Jim Reeves and the Circle O Ranch Boys Engineer
Jon Astely Remastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    OK record but not really worth it

    I purchased this album based on all the glowing reviews on Amazon.com and the 30 second samples sounded good. When I listened to the whole disc though I was disappointed. There are a number of good songs "Time is Passing," "His Hands," "Sheraton Gibson," "The Love Man," "Lantern Cabin" and the Townshend version of "The Seeker" but overall the album left me cold. The album has a nice acoustic homespun quality but there is just something about it that disappointed me. The whole album is basically Townshend praising his spiritual guru Mehr Baba, on one track Townshend simply shouts "Go with Baba." The sound quality and packaging are excellent, there is a large booklet of liner notes detailing Townshend's conversion to Baba's teachings and the original recording and distribution process. But I just didn't care for it. Overall this feels like an insiders album released to a bunch of outsiders.

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