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Pete Townshend Live: Live at the House of Blues Chicago/a Benefit for Maryvilleacademy Double CD

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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Platinum
  • ASIN: B00000JJOZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. On The Road Again
2. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
3. A Little Is Enough
4. Drowned
5. You Better You Bet
6. Now And Then
7. North Country Girl
8. Let My Love Open The Door
9. Won't Get Fooled Again
10. Magic Bus
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Magic Bus
2. Heart To Hang Onto

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The advantage Pete Townshend has over many of his contemporaries is he's found nonmusical outlets for his creative urges. Engaged in publishing in his post-Who semi-retirement, the windmilling guitarist has returned to the stage infrequently, which may partially explain the energy he brings to this performance, a benefit for a treatment center for abused children. The two-disc collection features Townshend backed by a quintet on one disc and stretching out with Eddie Vedder and keyboardist Jon Carvin on remakes of "Magic Bus" and "Heart to Hang Onto" on the second disc. Townshend scatters a couple of unexpected covers (Canned Heat's droning "On the Road Again" and Dylan's "Girl From the North Country") and a few more obscure originals ("Now and Then," "Drowned") among the staples ("Anyway Anyhow Anywhere," "Let My Love Open the Door," "Won't Get Fooled Again"). The original art punk now approaches his material with a certain mature reserve, but he's consistently engaged and in fine voice. Here's one '60s hero who isn't treading the same worn path because he has no interest in arriving at the same old destination. --Steven Stolder

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Simon Malia on 20 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Starting with "On The Road Again", Canned Heat's old anthem to the troubadour life, Pete Townshend proves that's there's plenty left in his own tank. He charges through a crackling version of "Anyway,Anyhow,Anywhere", The Who's second single, and gives it a modern edge without sounding mawkish. The whole album is a real gem, but be warned, there are drawbacks. The biggest is that this NOT the complete concert - just cherry-picked highlights - but they're all pretty wonderful. The second, which some may find more off-putting, is that Pete's band has no drummer, so you get the sound of pre-programmed synthetic drums throughout. Some may find that hard to handle, others (like me) - no problem. Feet tapping stuff from a great artist and a great bloke. Buy it while you can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Teresi on 8 Jan. 2013
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I tried for years to have one of this rarities...very good live version of best Pete's songs, magic bus - the two different version - and Anayway Anyhow Anywhere my preferite! Don't miss it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coast guard on 19 Mar. 2013
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excellent album if you are into Pete Townsend, includes vocals by Eddie Veder on Magic Bus so a nice bonus
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4 out of 5 ain't bad 11 Oct. 1999
By Steve Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's been six years since the last Pete Townshend album, the criminally overlooked Psychoderelict. Since then, he took what's left of The Who on the road, performing Quadrophenia--but he's only played a dozen or so solo shows. Excerpts of two of them are captured here. This album finds Townshend performing a couple of choice covers ("On the Road Again," and an excellent version of "Girl From the North Country"), plus a smattering of Who and solo tunes.
Who fans will probably have mixed emotions about this disc. The few people who were fortunate enough to attend the concerts will be disappointed because they know what's missing. The rest will love it. The tracks on the CD and its bonus disc come from Townshend's '97 and '98 shows at Chicago's House of Blues.
Highlights? Let's start with the rarely played "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere." The song starts off with Townshend and a drum machine, then kicks firmly into high gear as he shouts, "nothing gets in my way, not even locked doors." Pete's voice sounds great, and his guitar work is even better. "Now and Then" is the lone track from Psychoderelict. Hopefully, this stellar performance of the song will inspire people to go out and find the original CD.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" wins the prize for `most changed song.' Townshend starts the song on acoustic, then switches to electric for the killer solos. On "Magic Bus," you'll swear it's 1972 all over again when you hear the way he attacks his guitar. Both of these tracks clock in at over 12 minutes. Percussionist Jody Linscott and keyboardist Jon Carin are the star performers on "A Little is Enough," recreating and enhancing all the nuances and effects of the studio version.
The big selling point here is the bonus disc. Taken from the '97 show, Townshend and Carin are joined onstage by "special guest" (a.k.a. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder) for one of the best versions of "Magic Bus" that you'll ever hear, and a great version of the seldom heard "Heart to Hang Onto." Townshend's vocals are outstanding on both tracks, and Vedder turns in an inspired performance as well.
The bad thing about this CD is that you may not be able to find it at your local CD shop. Well, fear not Who fans. You can get it online at Amazon.com. Pete Townshend Live isn't as good as the Deep End disc, but there's enough brilliance here to satisfy any self-respecting Who fan.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What about the rest? 28 Dec. 1999
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is truly Pete at his best live and is a must have for any fan. If you're looking for Eddie, this isn't the album for you. I was fortunate enough to attend the two shows that produced the CDs and unfortunately some of the best songs didn't make the cut. Most notably missing "Save it for Later", "I Put a Spell on You", and "The Acid Queen" (There's a lot of space available on disc 2! ). But what made it, is impressive itself! "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" is worth the price alone, and to think you also get great versions of "Drowned" and "I'm One" to boot. Keep you eyes peeled for the '99 benefit concert with The Who.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
He's a Rock'n'Roll Wizard 16 July 2001
By Omer Belsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've had the pleasure of seeing the WHO live in their reunion tour. It was great fun - huge arenas, great production values, high energy performances - but it was not art. It was 55 year old people performing songs that were mostly written 10 years and more before I was born. They pretended for a while that they were still in the 1970s, and that, Keith Moon or not, the Who were still the people of old, and that nothing has changed. But they were wrong, and so what we got was a great concert - but very little in the way of novelty or excitement. It was a nostalgic act - energetic and capable, but belonging in a museum nonetheless.
But, this - Pete Townshend's Live album - is the real thing. This is the work of an artist, not a historian.
I'm completely unfamiliar with Townshend's solo work, but I love the WHO, and dig live concerts, so, when this was sold at a reasonable price, it was an obvious purchase.
Townshend here presents material roughly equally distributed throughout his career. Fortunately, the reworkings of oldies breath new lives into them - Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere is no longer a proto-punk quickie - rather it becomes a rich, complex and powerful composition testifying for Townshend's youth. Drowned is truly improved upon, getting a more subdude approach. I don't know the original versions of 'Now and Than', ' Let My Love Open the Door', and You Better, You Bet, but they all work wonderfully here, the latter, especially is a great song, containing pop sensability combined with real energy and fine songwriting.
The only disappointments come from the most popular and best songs on this CD - Magic Bus and Won't Get Fooled Again. Those songs suffer from opposite problems: Magic Bus, despite some changed lyrics (Sometimes emberassingly weak 'every bus has two decks - the upper deck, and the lower deck'), is essentially the same song as it was in the album. Won't Get Fooled Again is reworked heavily, but since WGFA is arguably the WHO's best song, it can't be reworked to work any better than the original, and while Pete Townshend is a fine singer, he can't compete with Daltrey's vocals.
Those are especially unnecessary, as various live performances of these songs are available elsewhere - certainly 'Live in Leeds' include the ultimate version of Magic Bus - and non other is necessary.
On the other hand, including some lesser known Townshend songs would probably have been preferable to repeating these ones, and if, they wanted to use classic Who stuff, why not ' The Kids Are Alright' which was apperantly performed in that concert, which is thematically logical to this concert, and which doesn't appear on nearly as many Who live albums.
But those are minor complains. This is a wonderful album. It ends with Townshend's solo performance of I'm One - Solo only if you disinclude the crowd, which recieved Townshend with the enthusiasm the performance deserved.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Still One Of The Finest Live Acts In The Business 13 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pop Kulcher Review: Fortunately, Pete's performance is far more inspired than the album title. Taken from a 1996 Chicago concert (and with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity for abused kids), this album confirms Townshend as an artist whose live performances remain relevant and poignant, not just some old guy making the rounds to pad his pockets. The riveting electric guitar work and bluesy power immortalized on the Who's legendary Live at Leeds is replaced by a more soulful, acoustic sound, livened up by some inspired piano and harmonica work. Yet while the performance is melodic and subdued, the arrangements are actually far more interesting than one might expect. Whereas the Who, in their later years, descended into lackluster, routine performances with predictable setlists, this album has a widely varied assortment of material from Pete's Who years and solo albums, with some extended improvisation and thoroughly re-worked arrangements. Townshend remains incredibly spry and relevant, and while his last few solo albums may leave something to be desired, this album keeps him on the map as an artist not to be missed. A "bonus" disc adds two songs with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder guesting; Pete and Eddie's duet on "Heart to Hang Onto" is among the album's highlights (though, as one of Townshend's finest songwriting achievements, it's all but impossible not to love the tune no matter who happens to be singing it).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great record. Could have been greater. 27 Sept. 1999
By Thomas Kieltyka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having been fortunate enough to have attended both shows that make up this record (Disc 1 is from 1998, Disc 2 from 1997), my only qualm is that I know first hand what's NOT on this record. Some of the finest moments from both shows are left off this record, and in light of the fact that disc 2 only contains 2 songs, the omissions seem all the more glaring. Perhaps Disc 2 was issued simply to feature Ed Vedder, but then why was their duet of "Tattoo" omitted? Some of the notable omissions, in my opinion, include: 1) "I Am An Animal", 2) "Sensation", 3) "I'm A Boy", 4) "Christine's Tune" (G. Parsons), 5) "The Shout", 6) "Acid Queen", and I could go on. The climax of both shows (again, in my humble opinion), was a stirring rendition, dedicated to the Kids of Maryville, of "The Kids Are Alright". At one point, Pete shouts out "What could EVER be wrong with kids?". Indeed.
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