PETE TOWNSHEND's 1st Solo LP Gets 45th Anniversary Re-Issue

Revamped 'Who Came First' to feature unreleased & 'live' songs, etc.

February 15, 2018

© Aaron Settipane |

The WHO's leader/songwriter/guitarist/(sometime) singer PETE TOWNSHEND issued his 1st solo album, 'Who Came First' in 1972, and it marked the beginning of the English musician's 'parallell universe' to that of the already impressive output of The Who. There would be 10 more Townshend solo albums to follow over the years, and now, that first solo outing is set for re-release this April in expanded form. It should be noted that Townshend was a participant in 2 other 'solo' works before this album: those 2 were performed with other musicians as a tribute to (Townshend's) 'spiritual Guru,' Meher Baba. Two of the songs from those albums were re-purposed to appear on 'Who Came First' as well as a few songs from the aborted 'Lifehouse' project. (The 'Lifehouse' Project eventually morphed into the bulk of what became The Who's landmark album, 'Who's Next.') The 'Who Came First' reissue will be released in mid-April and will boast the original, remastered recording, and a second bonus disc that features 8 previously unreleased songs as well as alternate versions, new edits, and live performances. Also featured is 'restored and expanded artwork,' a poster that was originally included with the LP, a book of rare, period photos, and new liner notes from Mr. Townshend. This is not the first time Townshend's solo debut has been re-issued, altho the 'fanfare' for the upcoming release is noticeably more high profile than the previous reissues in 1992 & 2006. For those versions, there was a total of 9 unreleased songs added to the album, and while there's no track listing available yet, it will be interesting to see/hear what other material has been unearthed and added to the upcoming 45th anniversary release. In the meantime, after a triumphant 3-year tour with The Who, Townshend is enjoying a previously announced year-long 'sabbatical.' Rock On Pete Townshend!