PETE TOWNSHEND Lifehouse Chronicles 6CD (2000)

Lifehouse Chronicles (2000)
The 1970 Demos Are Unbelievable!

Pete Townshend’s 2000 6CD online-only box set, Lifehouse Chronicles, has apparently gone out of print. It’s no longer available on Pete’s website, anyway. We posted the first 2 CDs (consisting of those glorious demos) back in ’07. You can read the sell job HERE and listen to “Goin’ Mobile,” below. Here’s the entire box. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Teenage Wasteland
Going Mobile
Baba O’Riley
Time is Passing
Love Ain’t for Keeping
Too Much of Anything
Music Must Change
Greyhound Girl
Behind Blue Eyes
Baba O’Riley (Instrumental)
Sister Disco

I Don’t Even Know Myself
Put the Money Down
Pure And Easy
Getting in Tune
Let’s See Action
Slip Kid
Who Are You
Join Together
Won’t Get Fooled Again
The Song Is Over

Baba M1 (O’Riley 2nd Movement 1971)
Who Are You (Gateway Remix – From Shepherds Bush Empire 1998)
Behind Blue Eyes (New version 1999)
Baba M2 (2nd Movement Part 1 1971)
Pure and Easy (Original Demo Reworked 1999)
Vivaldi ((Baba M5 on Psychoderelict) with Hame 1999)
Who Are You (Live and Uncut at the Shepherds Bush Empire 1998)
Hinterland Rag (Piano Rag for Three Hands – Yamaha Disklavier 1999)
Pure and Easy (New Version 1999)
Can You Help the One You Really Love? (Demo 1999)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (Live and Uncut at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire 1998)

Townshend: One Note – Prologue
Purcell: Fantasia Upon One Note (Quick Movement)
Townshend: Baba O’Riley
Scarlatti: Sonata K:212
Townshend: Tragedy
Corrette: No. 4 Aria
Corrette: No. 2 Giga
Corrette: No. 6 in D Minor
Corrette: No. 3 Adagio and Allegro
Townshend: Hinterland Rag
Scarlatti: Sonata K:213
Purcell: The Gordian Knot Untied
—Rondean Minuet
—Overture (Reprise)
Townshend: Tragedy Explained
Townshend: One Note – Epilogue
Purcell: Fantasia Upon One Note

5 – RADIO PLAY Part 1
6 – RADIO PLAY Part 2


  • LuckyTiger
    October 5, 2009 - 16:35 | Permalink

    EXCELLENT post! Thanks!

  • JBJr.
    October 5, 2009 - 17:16 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for your continued excellence. Your blog is my first stop every single morning when I log in. Thanks again for all of the great stuff!


  • censusloss
    October 5, 2009 - 21:18 | Permalink

    Dear Willard,

    I add my thanks too for this gem of a post -I have heard a few of Petes so-called demo's and agree with you as to their "finished" quality -extremely impressed too how good a singer he is, Daltry -less

    Another magnificent post from your "House"


  • Eddie Riff
    October 5, 2009 - 23:51 | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this amazing work. Great work as always.

  • Chance
    October 6, 2009 - 02:27 | Permalink

    Yay! I had downloaded this on some other blog somewhere, but the bitrate was all over the place. Thank you!

    I agree wholeheartedly, too. The first time I heard the demos, it was like being smacked in the face with the realization, "This is the absolute best music he's ever made. Period. End of story."

    Okay, maybe I'm not giving the band their due, but these demos are shockingly great.

  • Capt. Willard
    October 6, 2009 - 03:30 | Permalink

    Shockingly great was my reaction, too.

  • Art Ducko
    October 6, 2009 - 07:45 | Permalink

    No one should be surprised at the quality of Pete's demos. He is the heart & soul of the Who. Like Hitchcock, this is all planned out well in advance in his head. He just has the knack to translate what he hears & sees very well. By the time it's officially committed to tape, he's through with it, & it's time to move on. A consummate craftsman & artist.

  • Anonymous
    October 6, 2009 - 08:29 | Permalink

    Still Enjoying 07's Selection so these will be a great bonus amazing how good they are without the full band ..such a talent…They sound stronger than ever as a live band in recent years one of this planets finest sounds Thank you Willard a terrific post still can't to p the Dylan posts you did..ha ha


  • Dave
    October 8, 2009 - 08:24 | Permalink

    At last, I've got it! Well worth the wait, Thanks again.

  • H. P. L.
    October 8, 2009 - 09:41 | Permalink

    Got to add my thank you for this very precious set. The word "emotional" as used by you says it all.

  • Anonymous
    December 11, 2009 - 03:54 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this holy grail.

  • Anonymous
    December 11, 2009 - 04:02 | Permalink

    I also would like to add that it's weird how Pete can ultimately cover Roger Daltrey's vocals and make it his own.

    • Willard
      November 7, 2011 - 10:27 | Permalink

      Actually, it’s the other way around. These are the “original” vocals, Daltry’s are the covers.

  • Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 - 13:26 | Permalink

    The holy bible for Who and Townshend freaks,thanks so lot sire!

  • W
    February 28, 2011 - 22:50 | Permalink

    Find it all HERE.

  • gregmag
    July 17, 2013 - 11:07 | Permalink

    Willard – I’m pretty much of a file sharing novice, so I hope this isn’t a stupid question, but what are these file formats? They don’t appear to be zip folders like everything else I’ve downloaded here, and I can’t figure out how to open them. I’d appreciate any guidance you can offer. Thank you!

    • Willard
      July 17, 2013 - 11:33 | Permalink

      They shouldn’t be any different. They’re all ripped the same way. What do they look like? They should read either .zip or .rar

      One trick you can try is just changing the suffix to .zip or .rar and then try opening it. I’ve done that many times and it’s worked OK.

  • gregmag
    July 17, 2013 - 12:02 | Permalink

    They looked visually like RAR files (which I actually don’t know how to open), but they didn’t have a .rar extension in the file name. Your trick to add .zip worked perfectly. Thanks for the help!

    • Willard
      July 17, 2013 - 12:06 | Permalink

      Cool, thanks for the follow-up.

  • Harry
    November 24, 2013 - 14:59 | Permalink

    Many Many thanks for the link at 15.
    I’ve been after this set for a long long while.

  • gregs1ofus
    February 20, 2014 - 16:38 | Permalink


  • Dr DeBoze
    July 15, 2014 - 01:25 | Permalink

    Simply the BEST version of “Let’s See Action”…period…

  • LeSamourai
    September 28, 2014 - 20:54 | Permalink

    Thanks, Capt. Willard!

  • rockymustard
    September 29, 2014 - 11:49 | Permalink

    WOW! I am being blown away by this.
    Thanks Willard.

  • VSOP
    September 29, 2014 - 16:36 | Permalink

    who are you?..willard!!..thanks

  • rockymustard
    September 29, 2014 - 21:42 | Permalink

    BRILLIANT post. Can’t thank you enough for this one.

  • Anonymous
    January 30, 2015 - 19:56 | Permalink

    Thanks a lot W, much much appreciated x

  • April 21, 2015 - 23:56 | Permalink

    Willard, thanks so much for this incredibly rare piece of work. Pete Townshend is a genius songwriter and he has inspired me a lot as a songwriter and storyteller. I was wondering, do you have these files in FLAC? I would love to get my hands on a lossless copy of this, and listen to every detail on my headphones. If it’s too much work then you don’t have to worry about it, but if you can get it in FLAC for me that would not only make my day, but my year. Thanks again for providing us with this rare glimpse into the Who’s rock opera that never was; you are the only one on the net!

    • Willard
      April 22, 2015 - 00:00 | Permalink

      Sorry, don’t deal with FLAC.

  • May 22, 2015 - 18:26 | Permalink

    A must have….thank you very much.

  • June 8, 2015 - 17:31 | Permalink

    After hearing Pete’s original ‘Tommy’ demos (i think Entwhistle is on one or two but that’s it, everything else is Pete) and ‘Scoop’ series I realized that he had always been up to quite a lot in his home studio all by himself so I bought ‘Lifehouse Elements’ single disc when I saw it, but this 6 disc set was what I was really after. He’s a workaholic mad genius like Zappa and a few of my other faves, I think the guy must always be composing and recording. Even his book that I read, Who I Am was I think edited by about half his original intended length he said. Holy smokes!
    Thanks for this monumental share!

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