Pete Townshend Who Came First 150g LP
Pete Townshend's first solo album is 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.
This record shows a folkier and gentler side to The Who's chief muse. "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). Transferred from the two track 1/4 analog masters on
the Bernie Grundman all tube cutting system.
1. Pure & Easy
3. Forever's No Time At All
4. Let's See Action
5. Time Is Passing
7. Sheraton Gibson