I bought this piece of vinyl for its curiosity value. I’ve never played it. It’s from Townshend’s 1982 album “All the best cowboys have chinese eyes”. I doubt he ever actually used the guitars he’s posing with but maybe he has a collection.
The album was panned by most music critics upon its release. In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau found it “pretentious at an unprecedented level of difficulty” and said that Townshend twisted “such long words into such unlikely rhymes and images and marshal arrangements of such intricate meaninglessness.”
Stereo Review called it an “ambitious failure” and felt that Townshend tends to indulge in his ideas on rock music and life on his songs.
In a positive review for Rolling Stone, Jon Pareles called the album “a mess of contradictions”, but an exceptional listen because of Townshend’s arrangements, which “surge and subside as gracefully as anything in rock; they’re neither static nor jolting.”
Anyway have a listen for yourself