Pete Townshend is working full throttle on the upcoming Who album -- which could be out by this spring. Townshend has been posting on TheWho.com about his current overdub sessions for the album -- and the planning of the album cover art. Townshend even posted a 30-second clip of an unfinished track for the album featuring noted guitarist Gordon Giltrap supplying a flamenco-like nylon string guitar line.

Townshend went on to post on the website about working with famed pop artist Sir Peter Blake -- best known for designing the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as well as the Who's Face Dances -- about providing the artwork for the new Who album:

Townshend wrote, "Today (January 24th) I met with Peter Blake the artist at his studio in London to discuss what he might do to create album art for the next Who album, We are old friends, going back to 1964 when we met on the set of the Ready Steady Go! TV show. Peter also studied with, and knew well, many of the lecturers who taught me at Ealing Art School between 1961 and 1964. It was great to see the amazing collection of art and sculptures he has. It’s colourful, exciting and stimulating. I shot a video with my new Vlogging camera. Sorry about the shaking -- I will get better. By the way, with the help of a friend from Texas who will remain nameless but for the fact that he has a website called theentiref***inguniverse.com gave us an idea for a name for the album. Quite simply ‘WHO’. Might take us right back to the beginning, who knows."

Pete Townshend gave us the back-story on what will be the Who's first new studio set in nearly 13 years: "I had said to our managers that I would like to tour, but only if we had a new album out. And because I had made that condition, I spent from May, June, July -- and quite a chunk of August -- working on 15 tracks and wrestling a few tracks from ancient history, and submitted them in the beginning of September."

Townshend told us he's planning on adding musicians to his studio tracks to flesh out the songs: "Maybe with Pino Palladino on bass and Zak Starkley on drums to replace the bass and drums elements on the recordings that I've made, so that it feels more like a band. We shall see. But we've started, y'know, we're in the process. Roger listened to my songs. He came back with a plan, which is, he's away for six weeks -- or nearly, eight weeks, now -- when he comes back he's going to start working on the vocals."

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