“This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls” - Roger Daltrey 2018
Roger Daltrey has announced details of his latest solo album 'As Long As I Have You', slated for release on 1st June 2018. Despite being a solo album features fellow Who founder Pete Townshend guitar on seven tracks and also boasts guest performances from former Style Council member Mick Talbot on keyboards and Sean Genockey on lead guitar who recently produced Shame's debut 'Songs Of Praise'.
As well as some new original songs the album includes some surprising covers including a recording of Nick Cave's 'Into My Arms'. The album's title track is also a cover, Garnet Mimms 'As Long As I Have You' chosen for the significance of its original recording date in 1964, the year in which Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon changed their name from The High Numbers and became The Who.
Of course, The Who were no strangers to cover versions even throughout the band's heydey. From their 1967 cover of The Rolling Stones 'Under My Thumb' hat tipping their fellow hellraisers of the period, through to the theatrical ramblings on their version of Edvard Grieg's 'In The Hall Of The Mountain King', The Who didn't shy away from appropriating the obvious or the obscure. The band's versions of James Brown's 'I Don't Mind' and 'Please Please Please', and Martha And The Vandellas' 'Dancing In The Street' and 'Heatwave' are perhaps the songs that will spring to mind for many regarding soulful Who moments that hint at the band's musical roots.
Roger Daltrey explains: “This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That’s what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in. I’ve always sung from the heart but when you’re 19, you haven’t had the life experience with all its emotional trials and traumas that you have by the time you get to my age. You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice. You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that’s soul. For a long time, I’ve wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won’t have heard before. It felt like the right time. It’s where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment.”
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