Pete Townshend - Who Came First



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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 songs. This record shows a folkier and gentler side of The Who’s chief muse. "Sheraton Gibson" is a neat tune about rock and 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).



1. Pure & Easy
2. Evolution
3. Forevers No Time At All
4. Let's See Action
5. Time is Passing
6. There's A Heartache Following Me
7. Sheraton Gibson
8. Content
9. Parvardigar
10. His Hands
11. The Seeker
12. Day Of Silence
13. Sleeping Dog
14. The Love Man
15. Lantern Cabin

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