Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Who - This Old Lifehouse - The Bootleg Reconstruction Project (Compilation)

------------- a BB Chronicles Exclusive Custom Compilation--------------

The Who
This Old Lifehouse
The Bootleg Reconstruction Project
Various sources, mainly soundboard, quality good to excellent
available in Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (@ 320 kbps) versions
Custom Artwork and liner notes included

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 it’s 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). Full details, compilation notes, and individual track notes are included. For further descriptions and the listing of the officially released versions of the Lifehouse songs, see my previous post on 'This Old Lifehouse - The D.I.Y. Compilation'.
I give a big Thank You to all those that have made these recordings available. I have prepared two versions of this collection, a lossless version (in FLAC), and an mp3 version (@320 kbps). The tracks contained in each version are identical, with the exception that the FLAC set does not include ‘Mary', as I could not find a lossless source for that track. The compilation consists of songs compiled from 15 different live concerts and 4 studio sessions ranging from 1970 to 2006. 17 of the 27 tracks come from the core group years (1970-1976) and 22 of the 27 from the 1970’s. I hope you like it. --BBKron

Track List:
Disc 1:
Teenage Wasteland (No unofficial recordings – Never played live)
01. Love Ain’t For Keeping (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY)
02. Time Is Passing (1971-05-14 - Liverpool)
Going Mobile (No Unofficial recordings – Never played Live)
03. Greyhound Girl (2006-7-14 – Locarno)
04. Mary (Townshend)(2000-3-23 – London) Note: FLAC version does not contain this one track, as no lossless source was found
05. Keep Me Turning (Townshend)(Alternate Version/Mix - Rough Mix Sessions – 1977)
06. I Don’t Even Know Myself (1970-07-07 – Tanglewood)
07. Bargain (1971-12-07 – Phoenix)
08. Too Much of Anything (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY)
09. Music Must Change (1979-12-08 – Chicago)
10. Baba O’Riley (1975-11-20 – Houston)
11. Behind Blue Eyes (1975-11-20 – Houston)
12. Sister Disco (Alternate Version/Mix - Shepperton Studio Sessions 1979)
Put The Money Down (No Unofficial Recordings – Never Played Live)
13. Baby Don’t Do It (1971-12-13 – San Francisco)
14. Pure and Easy (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY)

Disc 2:
15. Getting In Tune (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY)
16. Let’s See Action (2000-09-30 – Cleveland)
17. Slip Kid (1976-03-11 – New York)
18. Relay (2000-09-30 – Cleveland)
19. Who Are You Intro Jam (1st Time played – 1976-10-21 – Toronto)
20. Who Are You (1979-05-17 – Paris)
21. Join Together Intro Jam (1975-11-20 – Houston)
22. Join Together (1989-06-27 – New York)
23. Long Live Rock (1979-12-08 – Chicago)
24. Water (1970-07-07 – Tanglewood)
25. Naked Eye (1974-05-18 – Charlton)
26. Won’t Get Fooled Again (1973-12-04 – Philadelphia)
27. Song Is Over (Alternate Version/Mix – Olympic Studio Sessions – 4-5/71 London)

Compiled by BBKron exclusively for The BB Chronicles (
This compilation gathers together unofficial recordings of songs originally intended for the Who’s abandoned Lifehouse project. All tracks have been previously available from various bootleg sources. To be freely shared with others, but please always include all related files and give credit to this source.

Updated and expanded Version 2.0 now available, see new post and links here:


Jobe said...

Great job. Thanks

Unknown said...

i love this stuff. i TOO have always been fascinated by the Lifehouse project!

PJVermont said...


Johnny Pierre said...

Very Enjoyable post--thanks!

Anonymous said...

Another great post!!! I have a vast collection of boots of the who and this one is going to be one of my favs. Thanks again!!!

lazy said...

You ROCK!! thanks alot!

A-Mfan said...

I just came across your blog and this Who post. Thanks for sharing it.Keep up the great work and shares.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to hear this one. I just discovered your site a few days ago. Also thanks very much for "A Perfect Echo". Great blog!

pinkie said...

What an amazing post..You've put so much time,energy and care into this thing - I'd like to shake yer hand!! Thankyou.

Unknown said...

This file I've downloaded from torrent, that's why I didn't know its source, sorry you were right in your comment.
The link is already corrected,
I hope you enjoy it.
I'll be always working hard to avoid problems like this.