Who's Next was an immediate success when it was released in August It was reissued on CD several times, with additional songs originally intended for Lifehouse. By , the Who had obtained significant critical and commercial success, but they had started to become detached from their original audience.
The mod movement had vanished, and the original followers from Shepherd's Bush had grown up and acquired jobs and families. The group had started to drift apart from manager Kit Lambert , owing to his preoccupation with their label, Track Records.
Instead, the group tackled a project called Lifehouse. This evolved from a series of columns Townshend wrote for Melody Maker in August , in which he discussed the importance of rock music, and in particular what the audience could do.
A rebel, Bobby, broadcasts rock music into the suits, allowing people to remove them and become more enlightened. Some elements accurately describe future technology; for example, The Grid resembles the internet and "grid sleep" virtual reality. The group held a press conference on 13 January , explaining that they would be giving a series of concerts at the Young Vic theatre, where they would develop the fictional elements of the proposed film along with the audience.
After the initial concerts, the group flew to New York's Record Plant Studios at Lambert's suggestion, for studio recordings.
Townshend used a Gretsch guitar, given to him by Joe Walsh , during the session; it went on to become his main guitar for studio recording.
The group gave a further series of concerts at the Young Vic on 25 and 26 April, which were recorded on the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio by Andy Johns , but Townshend grew disillusioned with Lifehouse and further shows were cancelled. Years later, in the liner notes to the remastered CD, Townshend wrote that the failure of the project led him to the verge of a nervous breakdown. Although the Lifehouse concept was abandoned, scraps of the project remained in the final album, including the use of synthesizers and computers.
This allowed the band to concentrate on maximising the impact of individual tracks, and providing a unifying sound for them. Although he gave up his original intentions for the Lifehouse project, Townshend continued to develop the concepts, revisiting them in later albums, including a 6-CD set, The Lifehouse Chronicles in The backing track of " Won't Get Fooled Again " was recorded there  before the band decided to relocate recording to Olympic at Johns' suggestion;  the first session was on 9 April, attempting a basic take of " Bargain ".
John Entwistle 's "My Wife" was added to the album very late in the sessions, having been originally intended for a solo album.
In contrast to the Record Plant and Young Vic sessions, recording with Johns went well as he was primarily concerned about creating a good sound, whereas Lambert had always been more preoccupied about the group's image. Townshend recalled, "we were just getting astounded at the sounds Glyn was producing". The synthesizer was used as an integral part of the sound, as opposed to providing gloss as was the case on other artists' albums up to this point.
The group gave him free rein to assemble a single album of whatever songs he wanted in any order. The album opened with "Baba O'Riley", featuring piano and synthesizer-processed Lowrey organ by Townshend. The song's title pays homage to Townshend's guru, Meher Baba , and minimalist composer Terry Riley , and it is informally known as "Teenage Wasteland" from a line in the lyrics.
Townshend later said this part had "two or three thousand edits to it". The track features several overdubbed brass instruments recorded in a single half-hour session. Been on the lookout for a clean Decca pressing but all the copies I see are beat to hell. I'll find one eventually.
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