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Pete Townshend - Lifehouse Elements (NEW )

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I make no apology, I am a lifelong fan of The Who as a group and of individual members. I bought this album (sorry, CD) because I'd missed the Radio 3 broadcast of Lifehouse. I love it as it just adds another dimension to The Who. I know this sounds double Dutch but I'll try to explain (as opposed to "I Can't Explain"). Ouch! Sorry, I couldn't resist that! When you have a band that you like or know, you never can quite accept covers, can you? I'd even go so far as to say that the covers of the two Rolling Stones tracks that The Who did as a benefit when Jagger and Richards got busted sounded dreadful (even though I'm not a great Stones fan) so, as you can see, I'm not too biased! Ok, back to the point. Lifehouse is a wonderful concept and I'm fairly sure that I get the point of what Pete was trying to get across. I would give twenty years of my life to have been at the Young Vic when the band were there trying out the tracks on the general public. I grasped the concept straight away when Pete was explaining it and I find it hard to believe that the rest of the band didn't, especially Roger as he was always clean, and should have been more receptive to Petes ideas. Anyhow, you want to know about the music. Don't think of this as a Pete Townshend album, think of it as Petes demo's for Who's Next and you won't go far wrong. I'm sure that if you're reading this, you must be a bit of a Who fan so you will know the tracks. If you watch the Classic Albums film about the making of Who's Next and listen to Glynn Johns, you will understand. What I will say is this; If money's no object, don't buy this cd, buy Lifehouse. If money's tight, buy this as a start but start saving for Lifehouse because you will want more. You have been warned!
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The version of Who Are You on this album is absolutely awesome. Everyone I have played it to simply find's it jaw dropping. Having lived with Elements since the original release (along with the full box set) I find nothing on this album that is out of place, or inconsistent. You do need to (as we would say in the old days) "get into it". So about five plays.
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HASH(0x9575c0a8) out of 5 stars A Mixed Blessing but Worth Purchasing 25 Jan. 2002
By JD Cetola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pete Townshend's "Lifehouse Elements" is a collection of songs from the 6-cd boxed set "Lifehouse Chronicles" available on his website. As many fans are aware, Townshend's delayed Lifehouse project (ultimately finished in 1999) figured prominently in the Who's masterful "Who's Next" album and several of these terrific songs are performed entirely by Townshend on this release. As is often the case with demo versions and remixes, "Elements'" enigmatic 11-track selection scores (as does the boxed set) more than a few hits and several misses.
The 65+ minute disc opens with the short, spoken word prologue to 'One Note' and is followed by a nearly 10-minute orchestral version of 'Baba O'Riley' performed by the London Chamber Orchestra. Both of these tracks, in addition to a somewhat irritating "Gateway Remix" of 'Who Are You' recently recorded live by Townshend's band and "enhanced" by freestyle rapper Hame, and a grating instrumental entitled 'Baba M1', form the low points of this cd. The remainder of the disc, performed solely by Townshend, is nothing short of delightful.
And there's plenty to enjoy: 'New Song' (not available on the boxed set), 'Getting in Tune', 'Let's See Action', and 'Song is Over' all sound terrific in demo form and are well-recorded. However, the real highlights of this disc (and these three tracks alone make the disc worth purchasing) are a moving and powerful version of 'Pure and Easy', a slightly restrained 'Won't Get Fooled Again', and a brilliant new acoustic version of 'Behind Blue Eyes'.
Overall, a bit of a mixed bag, but the good far outweighs the bad and this disc is an excellent sample to prepare you for the boxed set. Highly Recommended.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9575ac54) out of 5 stars STOP SLAMMING THIS COLLECTION! 29 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
sometimes i wonder if the people who review these CDs have actually heard them! i'll admit, i don't own this CD, but i have purchased the complete set, the Lifehouse Chronicles, from Pete's site.
if you're expecting a remade "Who's Next" or even a full "Lifehouse" from this CD, OF COURSE YOU'RE GOING TO BE DISAPPOINTED! what this is, is a sampler of the Lifehouse Chronicles. these are mostly demos, remember that.
if you want something more digestable, an album, buy "Who's Next". if you want to fully experience Lifehouse (i don't want to review it here, but it's a real masterpiece), get the Lifehouse Chronicles. if you want to get a view into how Lifehouse came about, but don't want to shell out £40, buy Lifehouse Elements.
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HASH(0x95df4c84) out of 5 stars A Complete Work of Art 7 Dec. 2000
By Alexandra G. Brownrigg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK. I understand why some people might not like this album. It is very progressive, artsy and bridges techno music with classic rock. BUT, it is incredible. If you are a TRUE Who fan, have an open mind and dig Pete Townshend, you will love this album. I also understand that some people don't think it does the original music any justice. Personally, I think that Pete Townshend's lyrics and tunes are brilliant in any shape and form. "Baba O'Riley" orchestrated makes me want to fly... it literally takes my breath away. "Who Are You (gateway remix)" shows what a timeless songwriter Townshend really is. The rapping in this specific song is ENTIRELY necessary, and if you understand Pete Townshend, then you will understand his motivations as an artist. Put your trust in his genius, pop in Lifehouse, and open your mind. Music is changing... but The Who's brilliance never wanes.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9575c258) out of 5 stars A Good Excerpt, From a Fantastic Boxset 25 April 2004
By Brandon Hammell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
LIFEHOUSE CHRONICLES, available exclusively on Pete Townshend's e-commerce site, is an expansive documentation of the composer's lost dream child, "Lifehouse". It works mainly because of its length, at 6 discs - two containing demos, two containing new revisions of old songs, and two containing a BBC radio play.
Naturally, it is exceedingly hard to condense the piece into a single CD. While the demos on ELEMENTS are terrific, the demos excised are even better. Townshend's solo versions of "Relay", "I Don't Know Myself" and "Sister Disco" have to be heard to be believed.
Luckily, the album kept the new versions of "Who are You" and "Behind Blue Eyes". Pete Townshend always managed to sound more sincere as a vocalist than Roger Daltrey and that comes through on both of these tracks. Also, the loud, abrasive guitar on the former is a great compliment to the song.
The reasons for this single CD version are, of course, to provide the mild fan with something - but for Who fans, CHRONICLES is worth the extra scratch.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9575c3b4) out of 5 stars Worth it for "Who Are You" alone 13 Jun. 2008
By Mogulmeister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are very familiar with Pete Townshend's career and The Who, you'll recognize many of the demo tracks on here, which have filtered out in one form or another onto various earlier releases. However, the recording of "Who Are You" is entirely new and COMPLETELY WORTH THIS PURCHASE ALONE.

Over the years, I had read more than once in Pete Townshend interviews that The Who's version of "Who Are You" was a different song than he had intended--while not really understanding what Pete could have meant by that. While Pete's interviews indicated he wasn't unhappy with what the song had become, and certainly understood it was a fan favorite, he lamented that his original song had been lost. This recording, make at the time of this release, is the version he wanted the song to be, and wow--it's not only a completely different "Who Are You", but it's moving in a way that The Who's version is not.

The Who's version, as interpreted by Roger Daltrey, is an extroverted song of defiance. Pete Townshend's version, on this CD, is an introverted song of self-loathing, vulnerability, and inadequacy. While this version uses many of the same "building blocks" of The Who's version, it has been completely re-arranged. The synth harmonies, specifically the elongated chords that run through each of the first two verses, I find to be beautiful beyond words and transformative. The last verse, with Pete's clear enunciation of the lyrics against a hushed and minimalist background, is crushingly powerful and tremendously moving.

I like to keep reviews short and there is much more to say about this CD, but overall I would suggest that this disc is more likely to be meaningful to hardcore Who fans rather than casual listeners.
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