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Pete Townshend - Music from Lifehouse (2002)

Pete Townshend , Phil Palmer , Hugo Currie , Toby Leslie  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pete Townshend, Phil Palmer, John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Peter Hope-Evans, Jody Linscott
  • Directors: Hugo Currie, Toby Leslie
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UQ86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Music from Lifehouse is a lovely record of two instantly famous concerts Pete Townshend performed in the winter of 2000, accompanied by the London Chamber Orchestra and sundry other musicians and vocalists. Undoubtedly the most rewarding failure in rock history, the Who's Lifehouse was kick-started and then abandoned in 1971 as a post-Tommy stage experiment. Composer Townshend's unwieldy dream of bringing together new music and controlled theatrical space with audience interaction sadly burst, but it also scattered song gems through various albums: Who's Next, Townshend's 1972 Who Came First, and Lifehouse Elements (2000).

With passing years, Townshend has sought to unify and celebrate the music of his unrealized project, and this DVD, simultaneously contemplative and hard-charging, refines familiar warhorses ("Bargain," "Pure and Easy," "Baba O'Riley") into works of refreshed beauty and gives Townshend a chance to shine on such lesser-known titles as "Greyhound Girl." Often magical and surprisingly fun, this is a keeper for Townshend fanatics. --Tom Keogh

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Thirty years have passed since Pete Townshend began work on "Lifehouse," but it's only now that the technology exists to make the experimental nature of the piece a reality. This recording of the concerts held at Sadler's Wells in London on February 25 and 26, 2000, is a celebration of the music of "Lifehouse" rather than the culmination of the project. To this day, Pete Townshend is continuing the exciting musical experiments he first pioneered in a small South London theatre back in 1971. Songs: Fantasia Upon One Note, Teenage Wasteland, Love Ain't For Keeping, Greyhound Girl, Mary, I Don't Know Myself, Bargain, Pure and Easy, Baba O'Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Let's See Action, Getting in Tune, Relay, Join Together, Won't Get Fooled Again, Can You Help the One You Really Love?

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but where is the rest? May 10, 2002
This really is a wonderful document of the concerts, with a rare live glimpse of Pete performing his music on his own terms. His guitar work is, as always, superb, and the neck-cam on "Can You Help the One You Really Love?" brings into focus--literally--his underrated skills as an acoustic guitarist.
That said, the CDs (available on his website are much better quality for not containing his false starts, forgotten lyrics, and for the best versions of almost all of the songs over the two performances. The DVD also leaves out almost all the classical compositions, as well as an absolutely wonderful version of "Sister Disco."
The DVD is wonderful and oddly compelling, but it would've benefited from the expanded and more polished contents of the CDs.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance, Poor Recording July 1, 2002
Watching and hearing Townshend play his compositions from 'Lifehouse' with the backing of a full orchestra and others such as John 'Rabbit' Bundrick and Chucho Merchan was a pleasure.
However, I was rather disappointed with the quality of the video recording. Cameras were often making focus adjustments or still searching for their shot when cut to and the picture quality varied greatly between cameras (and I don't mean the cam on the neck of Pete's guitar during on "Can You Help the One You Really Love?" which was great and was, as a miniature camera, understandably of different quality). The camera registration therefore came across as a little amateurish and for a DVD priced at around (this price) I found that rather disappointing.
Some more extra's on the DVD in the form of background info / interviews etc. would, I'm sure, have been warmly received as this is really a DVD for Townshend fans.
Conclusion: The show was great but a DVD should offer more than this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure And Easy March 13, 2002
The Music as said many times by Rodger Daltry is by "Pete Townshend" and he and THE WHO are lucky enough to perform it.
On this DVD you see the core make up of Pete Townsend, his total depth.
Passion comes exuding out of himself and his guitar on the Tracks, watch the song "Mary", followed by "I Don't Even Know Myself", any Pete Townsend Fan is awestruck and emotional as well.
If you are any kind of Pete fan, or Just want to enjoy an amazing Guitar show this DVD will not dissapoint you
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There once was a note...and now you can hear it! February 26, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Pete Townshend's masterpiece is everything you've read about and everything you've dreamed about as a Who fan. WHO'S NEXT was a great album. It could have been the greatest rock album ever had the band been able to capture the magic of LIFEHOUSE on tape. This is the next best thing to hearing the Who perform the music: Pete Townshend with an incredible backing band plowing through LIFEHOUSE like an obsessed train out of control. You will sing along with every WHO'S NEXT song and will be thrilled by all of the "new" songs. If you like this video (and you will), visit and purchase the CDs from the concerts. AWESOME!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best songs Pete Townshend has ever written September 30, 2011
Music From Lifehouse was Pete Townshend live in 2000 backed by a full rock orchestra including John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, Jody Linscott, Chucho Merchan, Billy Nicholls and Peter Hope-Evans. Despite all the musicians on stage, he still relied on the same backing tapes he'd used since 1971.

These songs (mostly written between 1970 and 1972) were some of the best he had ever written.

Long live rock!

01 - Fantasia Upon One Note
02 - Teenage Wasteland
03 - Time Is Passin'
04 - Love Ain't For Keepin'
05 - Greyhound Girl
06 - Mary
07 - I Don't Even Know Myself
08 - Bargain
09 - Pure And Easy
10 - Behind Blue Eyes
11 - Let's See Action
12 - Gettin' in Tune
13 - The Relay
14 - Join Together
15 - Won't Get Fooled Again
16 - The Song Is Over
17 - Can You Really Help The One You Really Love?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It is not widely known that Who's Next, known as one of the greatest rock albums of all time, was actually the most disappointing failure of Pete Townshend's career. A much more vast and grandiose project called "Lifehouse" had been envisioned, but Townshend couldn't pull it all together, and finally settled for a meager Best of Lifehouse collection which was called Who's Next. Pete never finished Lifehouse as a rock opera, but the music remains. In 2000, he decided to make a decent production of the songs. The result is a performance that showcases Townshend at the peak of his instrumental and vocal talent, performing some of his greatest songs as well as some amazingly beautiful rarities and reconstructions of greatest hits. The acoustic performance of "Mary" is shocking in its instrumental virtuosity, worth the price of the DVD all by itself. Townshend is accompanied by a tight, competent and spirited back-up band as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the catalog live solo performances by Pete Townshend, including Deep End and Psychoderelict, this is the strongest and most inspired.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Primarily for Pete Townshend Fans November 19, 2004
The production quality is well above average for capturing a live performance. Pete fetches a newly tuned guitar/Capo combination for almost every song. Keyboards and percussion are excellent, lighting is good, sound is good to very good. The violin soloist on "Baba-O-Riley" was note-on perfect, it was the highlight of the show, and Pete's guitar and "Rabbit's keyboard" were right there too. Backing vocals were good to great. The London Chamber Orchestra was very professional. I think Pete poured a lot of energy into getting this right and it really shows.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concert of a piece of rock 'n' roll history.
The DVD video is very good, for a DVD of course. The sound (pcm 2.0 and Dolby Digital 5.1) for this review the 5.1 is very good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! The dvd came in wonderful condition and really fast shipping,...
Pete Townshend is the man!! I really enjoy listen to this Who songs with Pete singing, the real voice of the Who
Published 9 months ago by vitor_bastos123
5.0 out of 5 stars A Who fans' must have
fantastic live video. very impressed and love the "new" arrangements for some favorite tunes. The Who should have done Lifehouse!!
Published 10 months ago by Russell Q. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Solo Pete
Excellent renditions of Townshend's prolific Who's Next period. Pete and longtime associate & musical director Billy Nichols assembled a devoted cast of musicians who interpret... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Vern Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance
These acoustic renderings of Pete Townshend's originals for what became classics for The Who are sensitive, passionate and deeply felt. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nicholas Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Townshend solo stuff
Yes, this is very nice and I did enjoy it. I gotta say that I do enjoy, say, "Live at Kilburn" much more. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JBP
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad He Wasn't Allowed to Complete This Back in 1971 with the Who
I bought this hoping to gain insight into the story. What I got was a concert of some selections from the rock opera. Luckily the included booklet has a synopsis of the story. Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by Mr. Stephen L. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of Art
I cant really call this music for its beyond that, its Art, from a truly gifted Artist.

This is pretty much "Who's Next" by Pete Townshend with full Orchestra. Read more
Published on January 3, 2009 by </><
5.0 out of 5 stars Who? Pete Townsend, that's Who!
Have to agree with most of the observations about "Music from Lifehouse." While a few editing cleanups and some bonus features may have been niceties, this is really just about the... Read more
Published on October 24, 2008 by Andrew Geisel
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but not fantastic
Ok. I was at one of the Lifehouse concerts in London. It was really great. However the DVD does not convey the dynamics of the whole project as Pete Townshend and co-workers did on... Read more
Published on February 24, 2006 by Lovblad
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