October 24, 2020

Bargain

The most electrifying of at least nine different takes recorded at Olympic on April 12, and June 5, 18 & 19, 1971. Pete’s lead guitar was played on a vintage Gretsch gifted by Joe Walsh. Played at the Young Vic shows and long retained in the stage act.

[Pete: "This song is simply about ‘losing’ one’s ego as a devotee of Meher Baba. I constantly try to lose myself, and find him. I’m not very successful I’m afraid, but this song expresses how much of a bargain it would be to lose everything in order to be one with God."

Pete’s demo version was later released on his 1983 solo LP Scoop and his 1999 LP Lifehouse Chronicles. One live version from 1971 can be found on Who’s Next Deluxe Edition and another live version from 1971 on Who’s Missing and in an edited form on the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxset and a 2000 version on The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall video.]