PETE TOWNSHEND The Meher Baba LPs: Happy Birthday (1970), I Am (1972) & With Love (1976)

PTPete Townshend’s rarest official releases, issued between 1970 and 1976 to celebrate his spiritual mentor, Meher Baba. Originally, only about 2,500 of each of these Lps were pressed on the Universal Spiritual League label (and later re-issued on the Meher Baba Organization label). Out of print for decades, they were gathered into a 2CD set and made available at Townshend’s Eel Pie website. Each release features Townshend’s demo work from the Lifehouse sessions and his first solo album, Who Came First, along with the music of friends and fellow converts, Ronnie Lane, Ron Geesin, Mike Da Costa, Billy Nichols and others. With the spoken word segments, chants, random sitar backing and instrumental offerings, you’ll get your share of psychedelic moments from these LPs – along with some great work from Townshend in his prime. Ancient shares, thanks to whomever. There’s plenty more Townshend in the archives, HERE.



Happy Birthday (1970)
Content (2:56) – Pete Townshend, words by Maud Kennedy
Evolution (6:06) – words and music: Ronnie Lane, peformed w/ Pete Townshend
Day Of Silence (2:47) – words and music: Pete Townshend
Allan Cohen Speaks (2:17) – Meher Baba’s Universal Players, Sitar: Vytas Serelis
Mary Jane (2:34) – words: Michael Westlake, music: Pete Townshend
Allan Cohen Speaks (0:23) – Meher Baba’s Universal Players, words: Meher Baba
The Seeker (4:34) – words and music: Pete Townshend
Begin The Beguine (4:46) – by Cole Porter, peformed by Pete Townshend
With A Smile Up His Nose… (3:43) – instrumental, music by Ron Geesin
The Love Man (4:58) – words and music: Pete Townshend
Meditation (
9:54) – poem by Mike Da Costa

I Am (1972)
Forever’s No Time at All (3:06) – Billy Nicholls, Katie Mclnnerney, Caleb Quaye
How To Transcend Duality And Influence People (1:20) – poem: Mike Da Costa
Affirmation (3:52) – Mike Da Costa
Baba O’Riley (9:49) – instrumental by Pete Townshend
This Song Is Green (2:54) – Billy Nicholls
Everywhere I Look This Morning (4:49) – Hank Mindlin
Dragon (4:54) – David Hastilow
O’Parvardigar (
6:48) – Meher Baba’s Universal Prayer, music: Pete Townshend

With Love (1976)
Hail Avatar Meher Baba (0:34) – Last Qawali Group
Give It Up (4:10) – Billy Nicholls – Steve Humphries
Without Your Love (1:50) – Billy Nicholls
His Hands (2:08) – Pete Townshend
Just For A Moment (2:55) – Ronnie Lane – Ronnie Wood
Baba Blues (1:59) – Lol Benboiu
Meher (3:10) – Paul Edgar Wyld
Contact (2:08) – Peter Hope-Evans
Gotta Know Ya (3:16) – Billy Nicholls – Steve Humphries
Sleeping Dog (2:57) – Pete Townshend
All God’s Mornings (3:23) – Sidney Jordan
Lantern Cabin (
4:05) – Pete Townshend

20 Comments

  • 1
    wardo
    October 23, 2009 - 18:33 | Permalink

    Essential listening for Who fans.

  • 2
    lemonflag
    October 23, 2009 - 19:54 | Permalink

    Thanks.

  • 3
    Art Ducko
    October 24, 2009 - 02:33 | Permalink

    In 1970, Pete Townshend wrote a lovely article in Rolling Stone about his discovery of the teachings of the silent Indian mystic, Meher Baba. The first tribute lp, Happy Birthday, was mentioned, & now I'm able to enjoy it along with the other releases. This gentle music & praises to Meher reflects very well on Baba's philosophy of love & happiness. Very simple to hear, very hard to practice. Thanks.

  • 4
    Jobe
    October 24, 2009 - 18:53 | Permalink

    Great Post. Thanks

  • 5
    rdnzl
    October 24, 2009 - 19:39 | Permalink

    thanx again.
    Pete Townshend is god

  • 6
    Anonymous
    October 31, 2009 - 22:24 | Permalink

    great music, thanks man.. arwen

  • 7
    terribletee56
    December 11, 2009 - 13:49 | Permalink

    I've been looking for these for a while. Thank you so much. Your blog is absolutely outstanding.

  • 8
    Capt. Willard
    December 11, 2009 - 13:50 | Permalink

    Many thanks for all the comments. They're very appreciated.

  • 9
    Anonymous
    February 5, 2010 - 16:04 | Permalink

    Much appreciated – not quite the same as owning the vinyl but the next best thing :) Thanks.

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    W
    February 17, 2011 - 00:51 | Permalink

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    • 11
      Anonymous
      September 23, 2012 - 01:49 | Permalink

      thanks a lot !!!!!!!!!!

  • 12
    Ashley Plath
    February 19, 2011 - 22:45 | Permalink

    Wonderful stuff, this. cheers!

  • 13
    Anonymous
    August 11, 2013 - 16:48 | Permalink

    I always like the homegrown charm of Who Came First so hearing these should be interesting. I wasn’t really aware he had made these albums so I’m glad you posted them up on here for people like me to discover.

  • 14
    laughinggravy
    March 30, 2014 - 21:29 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this. And for all else you do as well.

  • 15
    zappahead
    March 31, 2014 - 09:07 | Permalink

    So, these were hiding in your blog ….somewhere….glad someone decided to bring it back…especially for me…some lovely tracks on here and much appreciated…cheers.

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    Bob Mac
    April 2, 2014 - 07:09 | Permalink

    Just out of interest, the Paul Edgar Wyld listed on With Love (1976) is Australian blues/rock pianist Paul “Doggie” Wyld who played with the great Aussie group Blackfeather in the early 1970s. Blackfeather were best known for their number 1 hit record “Boppin’ The Blues”.

    Paul Wyld was a stunning musician, I saw Blackfeather perform many times in Melbourne in 1972 and Paul always left me (and everybody else in the audience) absolutely gobsmacked.

    Unfortunately Paul passed away some years ago from a rare lung disease.

  • 17
    Hank
    April 3, 2014 - 16:05 | Permalink

    Thank you vey much Captain. These make a nice comparison to the Who Came First Album. In Pete’s words, there once was a note.

  • 18
    Anonymous
    April 3, 2014 - 19:19 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. I also was unaware of the existence of these.

    • 19
      Willard
      April 3, 2014 - 19:24 | Permalink

      Thanks for your comments.

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    Nick
    April 14, 2014 - 19:08 | Permalink

    Thanks for these

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