Thursday, May 13, 2010

 

Album of the Day: Roger Daltrey (5/13/77)

A superstar in his own right for his fronting vocals with The Who, Roger Daltrey called on some top-notch songwriters and high-profile friends to support him on his moonlighting solo efforts. His third LP outside the sphere of The Who, One Of The Boys, was released on May 13, 1977. Unfortunately, like all his other solo albums, this one was a worthy effort but mostly a commercial bust.

Roger was not alone in carrying on a parallel solo career during breaks in The Who’s touring and recording schedules. Like guitarist/bandleader Pete Townshend and bassist John Entwistle, Daltrey issued 12 or more albums between the early 70s and mid-90s, and like the other two never found much success with his solo ventures. But for all three, stepping out from the band’s spotlight gave them a chance to go beyond The Who’s generally hard rock style. On One of the Boys Daltrey explores his own world, including a light country-rocker (“Single Man’s Dilemma” written by former Zombie Colin Blunstone and reminiscent of the New Riders), an exuberant pop-rocker penned by Paul McCartney (“Giddy”), a pounding rocker in the title track, and three mediocre tracks which he co-wrote. There’s some very good stuff here, just not enough to form a cohesive album or grab any but the most serious Daltrey fans (or devoted Who-spin-off collectors, if there is such a thing). Roger’s Under The Raging Moon (1985) is a better bet.

There’s a full 25 track playlist for The Who in the Playlist Vault, and One of the Boys can be purchased as a CD or mp downloads at Amazon.

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