Progrography

Pete Townshend
To utter the name Pete Townshend is to invoke memories of The Who, one of the great rock & roll bands. Townshend was the lifeblood of that band, its driving creative force and the pillar on which that band's greatness rested. In the shadow of The Who's achievement lies the solo career of Townshend: the early and often tentative albums made while the band was in its heyday, the works recorded after Keith Moon's death that sought to appropriate The Who's sound for Pete's own profit, and infrequent concept albums that found the singer/guitarist grasping for the once-abundant straws of greatness. Nothing in Pete's solo catalog could hope to eclipse the accomplishments of The Who, and yet he has released a few albums that surpass anything in the band's catalog after Who Are You. Empty Glass, White City and, to a lesser extent, All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, are a fair approximation of what fans could expect from a latter-day Who. He is far too talented a songwriter to suffer silence, though better to exhaust The Who's supply of classic albums before venturing into Pete's sometimes lonely wilderness.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1970 HAPPY BIRTHDAY
1972 I AM
1972 October WHO CAME FIRST
1977 September My Baby Gives It Away
1977 September ROUGH MIX
1977 November Street in the City
1977 Keep Me Turning
1979 December The Secret Policeman's Ball (The Songs)
1980 March Rough Boys
1980 April EMPTY GLASS
1980 June Let My Love Open The Door
1980 September A Little Is Enough
1980 October Keep On Working
1982 May Face Dances Part Two
1982 June ALL THE BEST COWBOYS HAVE CHINESE EYES
1982 August Uniforms (Corp d'Esprit)
1983 April Bargain
1983 April SCOOP
1985 October Face The Face
1985 November WHITE CITY
1986 January Secondhand Love
1986 April Give Blood
1986 October PETE TOWNSHEND'S DEEP END LIVE!
1986 Barefootin'
1986 After The Fire
1987 July ANOTHER SCOOP
1989 June THE IRON MAN
1989 July A Friend Is A Friend
1989 November I Won't Run Anymore
1989 AN EYE FOR AN I
1993 June PSYCHODERELICT
1993 July English Boy
1996 April THE BEST OF PETE TOWNSHEND: COOLWALKINGSMOOTHTALKINGSTRAIGHTSMOKINGFIRESTOKING
1996 Let My Love Open The Door (E. Cola Mix)
1999 September PETE TOWNSHEND LIVE: A BENEFIT FOR MARYVILLE ACADEMY
2000 Who Are You (Gateway Remix)
2000 May LIFEHOUSE ELEMENTS
2001 SCOOP3
2004 March 23 MAGIC BUS: LIVE FROM CHICAGO
2005 November 15 GOLD
2007 January 23 THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION

SEE ALSO...
THE WHO discography
David Bowie: Scary Monsters
Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert
David Gilmour: About Face
Paul McCartney: Press To Play
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Playing For Keeps
Wings: Back To The Egg

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