THE WHO ‘WHO’S NEXT | LIFE HOUSE’ SUPER DELUXE EDITION 10CD / 1 BLU-RAY SET FT UNRELEASED TRACKS

GRAPHIC NOVEL, DOLBY ATMOS MIXES & MORE

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The suite of songs by The Who on which, more than half a century ago, Pete Townshend foresaw the invention of the internet, of virtual reality and pandemic-style lockdown, is to be heard as he intended for the first time. UMR will release Who's Next/Life House as a lavish, multi-format Super Deluxe edition on September 15.

Featuring 155 tracks, of which 89 are previously unreleased and 57 feature fresh remixes, the set will delight longtime Who fans with its long-sought, complete picture of Townshend's incredibly prescient songwriting, while captivating a new audience with his visionary description of a future that has, in many ways, come true. It features all of his songs, in their many stages of development, from the abandoned, audacious Life House project, started In 1969 as a follow-up to The Who's epic Tommy, and from the undisputed rock classic of 1971 that it evolved into, Who's Next.

Across the course of ten-CD and multiple vinyl sets, Who's Next/Life House sets out Townshend's extraordinary vision of a world beset by climatic catastrophe and pollution, leading to a curtailing of personal freedom that will be all too familiar to the pandemic generation. Decades ahead of his time, he details how the population is then seduced and sedated by access to an entertainment “Grid,” piped into every home via the use of virtual reality experience suits.

In his introduction to the new editions, Townshend describes Life House as “a portentous polemic about the coming of a nation beaten down by climate issues and pollution.” He then explains how “an opportunist and autocratic government enforce a national lock-down in which every person is hooked up to an entertainment grid.” Music itself then becomes an inconvenient diversion, “a very real distraction to the subjugation of the population in suits,” with fascinating consequences. Songs that depicted a dystopian world in which faceless corporations control our lives may have been fiction at the time, but they have come to be more like documentary.

The unfulfilled project, which Townshend conceived as one part film script and one part blueprint for a live musical experiment, brought him to the edge of a breakdown. But, as he writes, “some wonderful music came from the project, and the idea has always held me in thrall, partly because so many of the strands of the fiction seem to be coming true.”

Listeners will hear, for the first time, how that concept folded into Who's Next, widely regarded as not only one of the greatest albums in the band's astonishing catalogue, but a seminal moment in music history. Here, The Who's instinctive, scintillating cohesion reached new peaks, Townshend's brilliant creativity as one of rock's great auteurs brought thrillingly to life by Roger Daltrey's unsurpassed vocal performances, John Entwistle's visceral, fluid basslines and Keith Moon's fiery potency on the drums.

The Super Deluxe edition of Who’s Next/Life House will contain 10 CDs, all remastered from the original tapes by longtime Who engineer Jon Astley, plus a Blu-ray Audio disc with newly-created Atmos & 5.1 surround mixes of Who's Next and 14 bonus tracks by in-demand artist and producer Steven Wilson.

Highlights of the 155-track format include Townshend’s demos for Life House; The Who's 1971 session recordings at the Record Plant in New York; sessions at Olympic Studios in southwest London from 1970-1972; and, for the first time, two newly mixed and complete 1971 concerts from London’s Young Vic Theatre and San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium. Timeless highlights of those sessions and performances include “Baba O'Riley,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” on which Daltrey created the most awe-inspiring scream ever heard. Those classics continue to illuminate Who concerts to this day.

The box set also contains a 100-page hardback book with Townshend's aforementioned introduction and new sleeve notes by Who experts and compilers Andy Neil and Matt Kent. Also included is Life House - The Graphic Novel, a newly commissioned, 170-page hardback book overseen by Townshend that tells the story behind the project. Completing the set are a 20” x 30” poster of a Who gig in Sunderland, England, on 7th May, 1970; a 25.5” x 34.25” poster of a date at Denver Coliseum, Denver, CO on 10th December, 1971; a 20-page concert program from the Rainbow Theatre in London on 4th November, 1971; a 16-page program from the band's October/November 1971 tour of the UK; a collectible four pin button set; and an 8” x 10” colour photo of The Who with printed autographs.

The album will also be available as limited edition 4-LP and 3-LP sets, featuring, respectively, the first-ever complete release of the San Francisco concert from 1971 and vinyl replicas of Townshend’s original Life House. The original Who’s Next album will also be available as a 1-LP half-speed remaster completed at Abbey Road Studios, and in other exclusive single vinyl versions.

With the hugely anticipated September 15 release of Who’s Next/Life House, one of rock's great last untold stories is finally about to be recounted in full.

WHO’S NEXT / LIFE HOUSE SDE – 10-CD/BLU RAY

Disc One: Who’s Next (Remastered)
Disc Two: Pete Townshend’s Life House Demos 1970 - 1971 – Part 1
Disc Three: Pete Townshend’s Life House Demos 1970 - 1971 – Part 2
Disc Four: Record Plant, New York Sessions, March 1971
Disc Five: OIympic Sound Studios, London Sessions 1970 - 1972
Disc Six: Singles & Sessions 1970 - 1972
Disc Seven: Live at the Young Vic, London 1971 – Part 1
Disc Eight: Live at the Young Vic, London 1971 – Part 2
Disc Nine: Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco 1971 – Part 1
Disc Ten: Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco 1971 – Part 2
BLU RAY: Who’s Next & 14 Bonus Tracks: Steven Wilson Mixes Atmos / 5.1 Mix / Stereo

CD ONE: WHO’S NEXT (Remastered)

Baba O’Riley
Bargain
Love Ain’t For Keeping
My Wife
The Song Is Over
Getting In Tune
Going Mobile
Behind Blue Eyes
Won’t Get Fooled Again

CD TWO: PETE TOWNSHEND'S LIFE HOUSE DEMOS 1970 - 1971 – PART 1

Teenage Wasteland (Demo)*
Too Much (Demo) *
Going Mobile (Demo)*
There's A Fortune in Those Hills (Demo)*
Love Ain't For Keeping (Demo)*
Bargain (Demo)*
Greyhound Girl (Demo)*
Mary (Alternate Mix) (Demo)**
Behind Blue Eyes (Demo)*
Time Is Passing (Demo)*
Finally, Over (Demo)**
Baba O'Riley (Original Demo)**

CD THREE: PETE TOWNSHEND'S LIFE HOUSE DEMOS 1970 – 1971 – PART 2

Pure And Easy (Home Studio Mix) (Demo)*
Getting In Tune (Alternate Mix) (Demo)**
Nothing Is Everything (Let's See Action) (Demo)*
Won't Get Fooled Again (Demo)*
Baba O'Riley (Demo)*
Song Is Over (2021 Remix) (Demo)**
Pure And Easy (Olympic Studios Mix) (Demo)**
Mary (Original Mix) (Demo)*
Baba O'Riley (First Editing Demo)**
Song Is Over (Original Demo)*

CD FOUR: RECORD PLANT, NYC SESSIONS MARCH 1971

Don’t Do It (aka Baby Don’t You Do It) [Take 2, Unedited, March 16, 1971]**
Won’t Get Fooled Again [Take 13, March 16, 1971]*
Behind Blue Eyes (Version 1) [Take 15, March 16, 1971]**
Love Ain't For Keeping [Take 14, March 17, 1971]*
The Note (aka Pure and Easy) [Take 21, March 17, 1971]*
I’m In Tune (aka Getting in Tune) [Take 6, March 18, 1971*
Behind Blue Eyes (Version 2) [Take 10, March 18, 1971}*

CD FIVE: OLYMPIC SOUND STUDIOS, LONDON SESSIONS 1970-72

Pure And Easy*
I Don’t Know Myself [B-side with Unreleased Count-in]
Time Is Passing [Stereo Mix]**
Too Much of Anything [Original 1971 Vocal]**
Naked Eye [1971 Remake]**
Bargain (Early Mix)**
Love Ain't For Keeping (Unedited Mix)**
My Wife (Unedited Mix)**
Getting In Tune (Take 1 with Jam)**
Going Mobile (Alternate Mix)**
Song Is Over (Backing Track) [with Nicky Hopkins]**
When I Was a Boy**
Let's See Action (Unedited Mix)**
Relay (Unedited Mix) [Alternate Vocal]**
Put The Money Down [Remix with Original Vocal]*
Join Together [Unedited Remix]**

CD SIX: SINGLES & SESSIONS 1970-72

The Seeker (Original Single Mix)
Here For More [Original Single Mix]
Heaven And Hell [New Stereo Mix]**
Water [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Unedited Mix]**
I Don't Know Myself [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Unedited Mix]**
Naked Eye [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Unedited Mix]**
Postcard [Eel Pie Sound Studio – Original 1970 Mix]**
Now I'm A Farmer [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Remix]**
The Seeker (Unedited Version)**
Water (IBC Version)**
I Don’t Know Myself (IBC Version)**
Let's See Action (Original Single Mix)
When I Was a Boy (Original Single Mix)
Join Together (Original Single Mix)
Relay (Original Single Mix)
Waspman (Original Single Mix)
Long Live Rock (Original Olympic Mix)

CD SEVEN: LIVE AT THE YOUNG VIC, LONDON – APRIL 26, 1971

Love Ain’t for Keeping*
Pure And Easy*
Young Man Blues*
Time Is Passing*
Behind Blue Eyes*
I Don’t Even Know Myself*
Too Much of Anything*
Getting In Tune*
Bargain*

CD EIGHT: LIVE AT THE YOUNG VIC, LONDON – APRIL 26, 1971

Pinball Wizard**
See Me, Feel Me**
Baby Don’t You Do It*
Water*
My Generation*
(I’m A) Road Runner*
Naked Eye*
Bony Moronie*
Won’t Get Fooled Again*

CD NINE: LIVE AT THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SAN FRANCISCO – DECEMBER 12, 1971

Introduction**
I Can't Explain*
Substitute*
Summertime Blues**
My Wife*
Baba O'Riley**
Behind Blue Eyes*
Bargain*
Won't Get Fooled Again**
Baby Don't You Do It*
Magic Bus**

CD TEN: LIVE AT THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SAN FRANCISCO – DECEMBER 12, 1971

Introduction To Tommy**
Overture**
Amazing Journey**
Sparks**
Pinball Wizard**
See Me Feel Me**
My Generation**
Naked Eye*
Going Down*

BLU-RAY AUDIO:

Steven Wilson Atmos Mix (48kHz 24-bit)**
Steven Wilson 5.1 Mix (48kHz 24-bit)**
Steven Wilson Stereo Mix (96kHz 24-bit)*
Original 1971 Stereo Mix (96kHz 24-bit)

Baba O’Riley
Bargain
Love Ain’t For Keeping
My Wife
The Song Is Over
Getting In Tune
Going Mobile
Behind Blue Eyes
Won’t Get Fooled Again

Bonus Tracks: Steven Wilson Atmos Mix (48kHz 24-bit) & Steven Wilson 5.1 Mix (48kHz 24-bit)

The Seeker (Unedited Version)**
Here For More*
Now I'm A Farmer**
I Don't Know Myself (Eel Pie Sound Version)**
Water (IBC Version)**
Naked Eye (Olympic Sound Version)**
Pure And Easy**
Too Much of Anything**
Let's See Action**
When I Was a Boy**
Join Together (Unedited Version)**
Put The Money Down**
Relay (Unedited Version)**
Long Live Rock**

  • Previously released with new remix
    ** Previously unreleased tracks

WHO’S NEXT / LIFE HOUSE 2-CD

CD ONE: WHO’S NEXT (Remastered)

  1. Baba O’Riley
  2. Bargain
  3. Love Ain’t For Keeping
  4. My Wife
  5. The Song Is Over
  6. Getting In Tune
  7. Going Mobile
  8. Behind Blue Eyes
  9. Won’t Get Fooled Again

CD TWO: Bonus Tracks

  1. Behind Blue Eyes (Record Plant, NYC Sessions – Version 1) [Take 15, March 16, 1971]**
  2. Getting In Tune (Alternate Mix) (Life House Demo)**
  3. Mary (Alternate Mix) (Life House Demo)**
  4. Love Ain't For Keeping (Record Plant, NYC Sessions) [Take 14, March 17, 1971]*
  5. Pure And Easy (Olympic Studios Mix) (Life House Demo)**
  6. I Don't Know Myself [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Unedited Mix]**
  7. Too Much of Anything [Original 1971 Vocal]**
  8. Time Is Passing (Live at the Young Vic, London – April 26, 1971)*
  9. Bargain (Live at the Young Vic, London – April 26, 1971)*
  10. My Wife (Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971)*
  11. Baba O’Riley (Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971)**
  12. Won’t Get Fooled Again (Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971)**
  • Previously released with new remix
    ** Previously unreleased

WHO’S NEXT / SAN FRANCISCO 1971 4-LP LP ONE: Who’s Next (Remastered)

LP TWO: Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971
LP THREE: Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971
LP FOUR: Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971

Limited edition 4-LP set containing the remastered version of Who’s Next and a vinyl version of the acclaimed first-ever complete release of the San Francisco 1971 show with all tracks being newly remixed. Pressed on 180gm black vinyl and housed in a 12 x 12 box. Each album comes in gatefold jackets with printed sleeves and contains notes from Andy Neil.

LP ONE: WHO’S NEXT (Remastered)

SIDE A:
1. Baba O’Riley
2. Bargain
3. Love Ain’t For Keeping
4. My Wife
5. The Song Is Over

SIDE B:
1. Getting In Tune
2. Going Mobile
3. Behind Blue Eyes
4. Won’t Get Fooled Again

LP TWO: LIVE AT THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SAN FRANCISCO – DECEMBER 12, 1971

SIDE C:
1. Introduction**
2. I Can't Explain*
3. Substitute*
4. Summertime Blues**
5. My Wife*
6. Baba O'Riley**

SIDE D:
1. Behind Blue Eyes*
2. Bargain*
3. Won't Get Fooled Again**

LP THREE: LIVE AT THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SAN FRANCISCO – DECEMBER 12, 1971

SIDE E:
1. Baby Don't You Do It*
2. Magic Bus**

SIDE F:
1. Introduction To Tommy**
2. Overture**
3. Amazing Journey**
4. Sparks**

LP FOUR: LIVE AT THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SAN FRANCISCO – DECEMBER 12, 1971

SIDE G:
1. Pinball Wizard**
2. See Me Feel Me**
3. My Generation**

SIDE H:
1. Naked Eye*
2. Going Down*

  • Previously released with new remix
    ** Previously unreleased

WHO’S NEXT / PETE TOWNSHEND’S LIFE HOUSE ACETATES – VINYL REPLICA 3-LP
LP ONE: Who’s Next
LP TWO: Pete Townshend’s Life House Demos 1970-1971
LP THREE: Pete Townshend’s Life House Demos 1970-1971

3-LP deluxe remastered edition containing the original album plus vinyl replicas of Pete Townshend’s original Life House acetates, housed in a gatefold jacket holding 3 x 180gm vinyl with printed sleeves containing Andy Neil’s detailed notes on the demos.

LP ONE: WHO’S NEXT (Remastered)

SIDE A:
1. Baba O’Riley
2. Bargain
3. Love Ain’t For Keeping
4. My Wife
5. The Song Is Over

SIDE B:
1. Getting In Tune
2. Going Mobile
3. Behind Blue Eyes
4. Won’t Get Fooled Again

LP TWO: PETE TOWNSHEND'S LIFE HOUSE ACETATES – VINYL REPLICA

SIDE C:
1. Pure And Easy (Home Studio Mix) (Demo)*
2. Behind Blue Eyes (Demo)*
3. Love Ain't For Keeping (Demo)*
4. Mary (Original Mix) (Demo)*

SIDE D:
1. Getting In Tune (Alternate Mix) (Demo)**
2. Going Mobile (Demo)*
3. Too Much (Demo)*
4. Time Is Passing (Demo)*

LP THREE: PETE TOWNSHEND'S LIFE HOUSE ACETATES – VINYL REPLICA

SIDE E:
1. Won't Get Fooled Again (Demo)*
2. Song Is Over (Original Demo)*

SIDE F:
1. Baba O'Riley (Original Demo)**

  • Previously released with new remix
    ** Previously unreleased

Additional physical formats include;

WHO’S NEXT – REMASTERED ORIGINAL ALBUM – 1LP 180-GRAM BLACK
WHO’S NEXT – REMASTERED ORIGINAL ALBUM – 1LP COKE BOTTLE VINYL (Independent stores exclusive)
WHO’S NEXT – REMASTERED ORIGINAL ALBUM – 1LP TRANSPARENT SEA BLUE VINYL (Retail exclusive)
WHO’S NEXT – REMASTERED ORIGINAL ALBUM – 1LP PICTURE DISC (D2C Exclusive)
WHO’S NEXT – REMASTERED ORIGINAL ALBUM – 1LP HALF-SPEED MASTER
WHO’S NEXT 1-CD - REMASTERED ORIGINAL ALBUM

July 18, 2023 10:07am ET by The Outside Organisation  

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