When I wrote my Eric Clapton series, a train of thought led me to think about his buddy Pete Townshend. I started thinking I should write something about Townshend’s 1977 collaboration with Ronnie Lane, ‘Rough Mix.’ But maybe three days later, fellow blogger Cincinnati Babyhead wrote a nice review which some of you who also follow him have already seen.
He asked me to put my “spin” on my reblog but the only thing I want to add is that I always believed Townshend agreed to do this album because of Lane’s MS diagnosis. In fact, Ronnie was diagnosed during the making of this album. Fortunately, he went on for another 20 years. And in addition to his great legacy with the Faces, we have this excellent album.
Didn’t know what to expect from this album. Bought it because I liked the Who and also Townshend’s solo album ‘Who Came First’.
‘My Baby Gives It Away’ is a little rocker that opens the album. Pete takes the vocals. Second cut is the first time CB knowingly heard Ronnie Lane (Had listened to the Faces but was unaware of the connection). It didn’t take long to like the song or Lane. Some good harp and violin help it along. Liked the lyrics and Lane’s vocals. Title cut is an instrumental with some help from Eric Clapton and some guy named Rabbit playing some mean organ.
Fell in love with ‘Annie’ on the first listen. What a beautiful song, sung with subtle passion and feeling. Charlie Hart’s violin didn’t hurt. From this point on Ronnie Lane was on CB’s favorite list. Not to be out done, Pete comes next with…
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