April 21, 2011 – 6:08 am

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This Old Lifehouse - The Bootleg Reconstruction Project [BB Chronicles, 2CD]

Various sources, mainly live soundboard, quality good to excellent.

Here is a fan compilation that’s a labour of love that surfaced in 2009. Thanks to BBKron for the efforts. This is what BBKron wrote:

OK, here it is, at along last, my Lifehouse compilation. This compilation gathers together unofficial recordings (live concerts, studio outtakes, and unreleased demos) of songs performed by The Who that were originally written for, intended for, or otherwise associated with Pete Townshend and The Who’s aborted 1971 project, Lifehouse.

All tracks have been previously available from various bootleg sources. This compilation represents, as far as I know, the first comprehensive collection of the Who’s Lifehouse songs. I put this together because, in the 38 years since the initial demise of Lifehouse and the release of Who’s Next in its wake, there has not been any attempt to collect all of the remarkable music written for that project as performed by the Who in a single collection.

So, here it is, my version of Lifehouse, which I have dubbed ‘This Old Lifehouse – The Bootleg Reconstruction Project’. I believe Lifehouse, and this assemblage of songs, represents the greatest rock album never released. I have spent well over a year tracking down, listening, compiling, and sorting through countless available bootleg recordings to find the best assemblage of tracks for this compilation.

I also wanted to try, as much as possible, to use recordings from the original group (Townshend, Entwhistle, Daltrey, and Moon) near the time of Lifehouse itself, so an emphasis is on recordings from 1970-1976. Originally, I wanted to include as much as possible from the original 1971 Lifehouse shows, unfortunately, most of the available recordings from these shows are not very good and, in most cases I had to use other better recordings.

Most of the tracks used come from soundboard recordings, thus the overall sound quality is very good. The one glaring exception to this is the recording of ‘Time is Passing’ which comes from a relatively (compared to the rest of the tracks) poor audience recording. However, this is probably the only live recording of this track (other than the officially released Young Vic show from 4/26/71) in existence, as this song was dropped from the setlist after only a few performances. Thus, it is included here, but is not up to the quality of the rest of the collection.

This set is as complete as I could make it, but unfortunately, there are still a few tracks for which I could not find any unofficial recordings (‘Teenage Wasteland’ was apparently never recorded by The Who, and ‘Going Mobile’ and ‘Put The Money Down’, have apparently, and quite surprisingly, never been played live, and thus no unofficial recordings exist)…

I give a big Thank You to all those that have made these recordings available… The compilation consists of songs compiled from 15 different live concerts and four studio sessions ranging from 1970 to 2006. Seventeen of the 27 tracks come from the core group years (1970-1976) and 22 of the 27 from the 1970s. I hope you like it.

Thanks also to zoso58 who helped to share the music.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

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UPDATED: MAY 3, 2016

Thanks to Dowling for sharing Version 2 of this set at The Traders’ Den. These three tracks were previously unavailable.

Pete Townshend - Demo Recordings
Track 001. Teenage Wasteland 6:46 (11.4MB)
Track 002. Going Mobile 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 003. Put The Money Down 5:51 (9.8MB)

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Disc 1:
Teenage Wasteland (No unofficial recordings – never played live)
Track 101. Love Ain’t For Keeping (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY) (6.5MB)
Track 102. Time Is Passing (1971-05-14 - Liverpool) (5.9MB)
Going Mobile (No unofficial recordings – never played live)
Track 103. Greyhound Girl (2006-7-14 – Locarno) (4.2MB)
Track 104. Mary (Townshend) (2000-3-23 – London) (9.3MB)
Track 105. Keep Me Turning (Townshend) (Alternate Version/Mix - Rough Mix Sessions – 1977) (5.9MB)
Track 106. I Don’t Even Know Myself (1970-07-07 – Tanglewood) (8.3MB)
Track 107. Bargain (1971-12-07 – Phoenix) (10.8MB)
Track 108. Too Much of Anything (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY) (7.5MB)
Track 109. Music Must Change (1979-12-08 – Chicago) (13.5MB)
Track 110. Baba O’Riley (1975-11-20 – Houston) (8.6MB)
Track 111. Behind Blue Eyes (1975-11-20 – Houston) (6.0MB)
Track 112. Sister Disco (Alternate Version/Mix  - Shepperton Studio Sessions 1979) (6.8MB)
Put The Money Down (No unofficial recordings – never played live)
Track 113. Baby Don’t Do It (1971-12-13 – San Francisco) (10.0MB)
Track 114. Pure and Easy (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY) (7.4MB)

Disc 2:
Track 201. Getting In Tune (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY) (6.0MB)
Track 202. Let’s See Action (2000-09-30 – Cleveland) (8.0MB)
Track 203. Slip Kid (1976-03-11 – New York) (6.6MB)
Track 204. Relay (2000-09-30 – Cleveland) (11.1MB)
Track 205. Who Are You Intro Jam (1st Time played – 1976-10-21 – Toronto) (8.3MB)
Track 206. Who Are You (1979-05-17 – Paris) (10.3MB)
Track 207. Join Together Intro Jam (1975-11-20 – Houston) (8.6MB)
Track 208. Join Together (1989-06-27 – New York) (8.4MB)
Track 209. Long Live Rock (1979-12-08 – Chicago) (7.2MB)
Track 210. Water (1970-07-07 – Tanglewood) (14.6MB)
Track 211. Naked Eye (1974-05-18 – Charlton) (12.7MB)
Track 212. Won’t Get Fooled Again (1973-12-04 – Philadelphia) (14.6MB)
Track 213. Song Is Over (Alternate Version/Mix – Olympic Studio Sessions – 4-5/71 London) (10.5MB)

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  2. Always heard about this project. Thanks for giving it “exposure”.

    By Tom on Apr 21, 2011

  3. Thanks Big O…pretty sure Sister Disco and Slip kid were WAY after lifehouse…disco wasn’t even around when who’s next was out

    By stlouielou on Apr 21, 2011

  4. Thanks to BBKron for this fanfest compilation. It is difficult to make a true running order for Lifehouse since Pete was revising this concept right up until the Lifehouse Chronicles concerts at Sandler Wells in 1999 and subsequent multi-media releases in 2000. However, disc 2 of the Who’s Next Deluxe Edition contains a nearly complete show from the Who’s “Lifehouse” tours of 1970 which the band’s historians believe is closest to the original concept. I attended 3 shows the band did at The Auditorium Theater in Chicago in August, 1971 and seem to remember them playing “Going Mobile” at one show, but I could be wrong. Finally, the “Baby, Don’t You Do It” cover, while an incredible performance and amazing Who B-side, was not intended for use in “Lifehouse”. It was a cover that alternated with “Roadrunner” and some other High Numbers era songs in the Who’s set in the 70’s.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Apr 21, 2011

  5. Thank you for the great sounds Big O!
    This will sound great during a late Thompson Saturday afternoon while I grill Italian sausages prior to the Dr. Who season opener. Be well.

    By James on Apr 21, 2011

  6. Wonderful compilation,fantastic job,great sound…what a gift ! Mille grazie!

    By Enrico on Apr 22, 2011

  7. We are getting in tune.

    Thanks for sharing this one.

    By Jaltheimpaler on Apr 22, 2011

  8. Thanks. Townshend is a fuckin’ Genius

    By zombywoof on Apr 22, 2011

  9. Is there a complete bootleg of 3/11/76 in NY –I was there.

    By thor on Apr 22, 2011

  10. Hey BigO,

    Thanks for featuring my Lifehouse Compilation, it is an honor for it to be included here (It’s great to see that it has finally made the ‘Bigtime’ after all). As for the comments regarding inclusion of some ‘non-lifehouse’ songs, let me say that each song does have at least some association to the project. The ‘Who Are You’ songs (’Who Are You’, ‘Sister Disco’, ‘Music Must Change’) as well as ‘Slip Kid’, although not part of the original Lifehouse project in 1971, these songs were written around 1974-75 for a revised, updated Lifehouse, as Townshend had still not given up on the project (and Townshend’s Lifehouse demos of these songs were recorded around 1975). They were then subsequently recorded by the Who for later albums. As for ‘Baby Don’t Do It’, No, it was not originally intended for Lifehouse, as it was a part of their live act even before this time, but it was included in all the 1971 ‘Lifehouse’ live shows, and I believe that it was considered for inclusion in the live Rock ‘n Roll concert portion of the Lifehouse story. Lastly, although many seem to ‘remember’ The Who playing ‘Going Mobile’, there is no documented concert setlist where it was ever played. This was confirmed by Roger Daltrey, as he began including it in recent live shows, and stated that it was never performed live by the Who. Thanks for all your interest. I put this compilation together about 2 years ago now, and I am considering doing an updated 2.0 version, which could include Daltrey’s live version of ‘Going Mobile’ as well as Townshend’s Demo versions of ‘Teenage Wasteland’ and ‘Put the Money Down’ (since Townshend’s Lifehouse Chronicles is now long out of print).
    Anyway, for those interested in a lossless version of this compilation, as well as more complete liner notes and track information about each song, visit my blog, the BB Chronicles (, where this is all still available. Thanks.

    By BBKron on Apr 22, 2011

  11. Always a charming refuge to hear The Who. Thanx, Big O.

    By Timmy on Apr 22, 2011

  12. Hello BBKron

    Thanks for your comments and, once again, thanks for all the efforts. Much appreciated.

    By bigozine2 on Apr 23, 2011

  13. BBKron - amazing! it’s awesome that there are folks like you who put an effort towards this type of completist - type document. I guess you could call it a missing link in all our collections - definitely mine, anyway. I always kind of considered WHO’s NEXT to be their Greatest Hits, so thank you, and yes, you’ve hit the BIGTIME, as I would think thousands of WHO fans would consider this to be an essential document. WELL DONE!

    By Daniel Kershner on Apr 24, 2011

  14. thanks for the stuff ive not heard before mega job done my man

    By john on Apr 24, 2011

  15. Your efforts are appreciated, this will be interesting to compare to the 6 disc Pete Townsend version I managed to scare up 5 years ago. I too am one of those who remember the Who playing Going Mobile but the second-last thing I find myself losing is eyesight (can’t remember what the first was), I may have taped that in Vancouver with Kenny Jones on drums. Thank you kindly for the upload.

    By HytekFred on Apr 28, 2011

  16. I spent the time to DL this quite a while ago and it sat unconverted and without notations! Bad; very bad.
    WOW, now that it’s completed and I’ve listened to it: WOW AGAIN. Thank you from every fiber of my being.
    Cheers to All & MANY thanks to the BIG O for ALL the efforts. There will be a special place for you in rock & roll heaven.

    By John McNea on Feb 28, 2012

  17. I am too late to comment about anything above but i really appreciate the effort done. I am also one of the Wholiguns!
    Miss Moon and Ox…
    Thanks to the uploader.

    By Srijan Townshend on Nov 24, 2013

  18. Thanks for this, I saw an alternate version on ‘Albums That Never Were’ and then stumbled over this when I was looking for artwork.
    It’s really interesting to see how ‘Who’s Next’ could have turned out.

    By Je Suis Darth on Jun 14, 2015

  19. For anyone who cares at this late date, The Who performed “Going Mobile” live in concert at Kilburn in 1977.

    By Just Bill on Oct 6, 2015

  20. Just Bill: i was wondering about that. Didn’t seem possible they never played it…. Thanks.

    By Rick on Oct 6, 2015

  21. Also, Pete’s done “Teenage Wasteland” (not to be confused with “Baba O’ Reilly,” solo).

    By YogaforCynics on May 3, 2016

  22. That was supposed to say he’s played “Teenage Wasteland” LIVE, solo, in addition to the demo versions.

    By YogaforCynics on May 3, 2016

  23. Great post! Really appreciate it.

    One quick question: Is there a copy of that 1972 live performance in San Francisco available? Baby Don’t You Do It just kills!

    By strickles on May 4, 2016

  24. Strickles- 12/13/71 San Francisco Civic auditorium exists in many bootleg circles. 12/12/71 also is in circulation, as an audience recording. Its all up on Youtube….

    By Dan on May 5, 2016

  25. Just Bill- No Going Mobile was played at Kilburn..sorry
    Also not played at Chicago 1971

    By Dan on May 5, 2016

  26. I was SURE there was a live “Going Mobile” with Keith on drums, so I wasted many hours trying to prove it…couldn’t find one. Fortunately, I was able to listen to lots of other Who performances and get rid of several bottles that were cluttering up the liquor cabinet.

    By Eric (the other Eric) on May 17, 2016

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