Pete Townshend discography

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Pete Townshend discography
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Pete Townshend with The Who at Manchester Arena in 2014
Studio albums7
Live albums10
Compilation albums8

The following is the solo discography of British rock musician Pete Townshend.


Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
1972 Who Came First 303569
1977 Rough Mix (with Ronnie Lane)4445
1980 Empty Glass 112821405
1982 All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes 3241173326
1985 White City: A Novel 701626153120171126
1989 The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend 3958
1993 Psychoderelict 118
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums

YearAlbumPeak chart positionsNotes
1986 Deep End Live! 98Recorded in 1985 with backing band Deep End.
1999 A Benefit For Maryville Academy Recorded in 1998.
2000 Live: Sadler's Wells Recorded in 2000, from Townshend's Lifehouse concert series.
Live: The Empire Recorded in 1998.
Live: The Fillmore Recorded in 1996.
2001 Live: La Jolla 22/06/01
Live: La Jolla 23/06/01
The Oceanic Concerts (with Raphael Rudd)Recorded 1979-1980.
2003 Live: Bam 1993 Recorded in 1993 on Townshend's Psychoderelict tour.
2004 Live: Brixton Academy '85 Alternate live album taken from the same shows as Deep End Live!
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


2001 O' Parvardigar

Anthologies of previously unreleased work

1983 Scoop
1987 Another Scoop
2001 Scoop 3

Compilation albums

YearAlbumPeak chart positionsNotes
1996 The Best of Pete Townshend Features new song "Uneasy Street".
2000 Lifehouse Chronicles Box set
Lifehouse Elements Sampler of Lifehouse Chronicles.
2001 Jai Baba Box set of Happy Birthday , I Am , and With Love.
2002 Scooped Compilation featuring excerpts from the Scoop series.
2005 Anthology
2015 Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend Features new songs "Guantanamo Bay" and "How Can I Help You".
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsAlbum

1980"Rough Boys"3989 Empty Glass
"Let My Love Open the Door" (b/w "Greyhound Girl, non-album track)468259
"A Little Is Enough"72
"Keep on Working"
1982"Face Dances, Pt. 2" (b/w "Man Watching", non-album track)105 All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
"Uniforms (Corp d'Esprit)" (b/w "Dance It Away", non-album track)48
1985"Face the Face"899141715141181426 White City: A Novel
"Give Blood"7761
1986"Secondhand Love"
"Barefootin'" Deep End Live!
1989"A Friend Is a Friend" (12" b/w "Real World [Can You Really Dance?]", non-album track) The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend
"I Won't Run Anymore"
1993"English Boy" (limited edition b/w "Psycho Montage", German edition b/w "Electronic Wizardry"87 Psychoderelict
"I Believe My Own Eyes"
"Don't Try to Make Me Real"
1996"Let My Love Open the Door" (1996 remix)145 The Best of Pete Townshend
2014"It Must Be Done" (with Nathan Barr)non-album track (digital single from the TV show The Americans)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances

1970"Content" (with Maud Kennedy), "Evolution" (with Ronnie Lane), "Day of Silence", "Mary Jane", "The Seeker" (solo version), "Begin the Beguine", and "The Love Man" Happy Birthday
1972"Affirmation" (with Mike Da Costa & Ronnie Lane), "Baba O'Riley" (solo version), "This Song Is Green" (with Billy Nichols), "Dragon" (with Dave Hastilow)", and "O' Parvardigar" I Am
"Classified" Glastonbury Fayre
1976"His Hands", "Meher" (with Paul Wyld, Greg Sheahan, Gus Fenwick, and Rob McKenzie), "Sleeping Dog", and "Lantern Cabin" With Love
1982"Ascension Two"Music & Rhythm
1986"Life to Life" Playing for Keeps
2012"Corrina, Corrina" Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

Adaptations for film, theater, & classical music

1975 Tommy Soundtrack to Ken Russell's 1975 film, produced by Townshend & Russell.
1993 Tommy Original cast recording of a musical play with music & lyrics by Townshend and book by Townshend & Duff McAnuff. Produced by George Martin. [16]
2015Classic QuadropheniaClassical recording orchestrated by Rachel Fuller featuring guest guitar & vocal work by Townshend. [17]

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  1. 1 2 UK chart peaks:
    • Top 100 peaks, except "English Boy": "Official Charts > Pete Townshend". The Official UK Charts Company . Retrieved 23 June 2017. N.B. This site is missing positions 76–100 between 13 April 1991 and 30 January 1994 inclusive.
    • "English Boy": "Chart Runs for: Pete Townshend (from Chart Histories thread, page 176)". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
    • Top 200 peaks from November 1994 to December 2010: "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 > DJ T – Tzant". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 Australian chart peaks until 19 June 1988: Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 312. ISBN   0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Music Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 19 June 1988.
  3. " > Pete Townshend in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. German albums chart peaks:
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  9. 1 2 " > Pete Townshend in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  10. 1 2 3 US Billboard 200 albums chart peaks:
  11. 1 2 "Gold & Platinum: Pete Townshend". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  12. Archived 2 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  13. "Ultratop > Pete Townsend in Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  14. German singles chart peaks:
  15. Billboard Hot 100 and Bubbling Under chart peaks:
  16. "Various - The Who's Tommy (Original Cast Recording)". Discogs. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  17. "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Robert Ziegler - Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia". Discogs. Retrieved 7 March 2019.