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Pete Townshend Live
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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... more »
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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Tom | Chicago, IL | 12/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Townshend in Concert
Pat O'Leary | Kalamazoo, MI | 05/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was able to attend the 1998 concert, which is featured on CD1. Simply put, it was the greatest concert I've ever attended! About half the concert is featured on CD1. What you get here is the unexpected: whether they be reworked versions of old songs, obscure original tunes, or intriguing covers. The passion displayed in Townshend's performance that night is clearly evident as well as the concert's intimate feel. Many Who fans will not like this CD; there's too much experimentation. However, Townshend fans will love it since he's free to try new ways to win you over. The only disappontment was that the entire 1998 concert was not released on 2 CDs; the rest of the concert was just as briliant. The point of this 2 CD set was to raise money for charity; thus, Eddie Vedder is featured on CD2 to appeal to the younger crowd. Overall, it's a great live album! I was lucky enough to have been there."
REPRISE-Older music transformed into mystical new creation!
Pat O'Leary | 10/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pete Townshend,once again,demonstates innovation,cutting edge material which never gets old.This Live recording illustrates Petes ability to communicate though his music the passion,intensity and imagination just as much as when he was creating these songs.This album appeals to ALL ages.Enjoy the amazing journey and learn all you should know."