Pete Townshend's Deep End Live!

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Pete Townshend and the Deep End Band played live for two benefit outings -- November 1 and 2, 1985 at the Brixton Academy -- to help support Townshend's own "Double O' Charities. The performances are excerpted here and were used in a made-for-home-video, also called Pete Townshend's Deep End Live!. Initially, a promotional 12" EP of the show was released to AOR radio stations in August of 1986. However, significant interest in the project would ultimately yield a 10-song LP which was issued to retail a few months later. Townshend guitar and vocals is backed by an ensemble that includes a core band of John "Rabbit" Bundrick keyboards, Chucho Merchán bass, and Simon ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Pete Townshend and the Deep End Band played live for two benefit outings -- November 1 and 2, 1985 at the Brixton Academy -- to help support Townshend's own "Double O' Charities. The performances are excerpted here and were used in a made-for-home-video, also called Pete Townshend's Deep End Live!. Initially, a promotional 12" EP of the show was released to AOR radio stations in August of 1986. However, significant interest in the project would ultimately yield a 10-song LP which was issued to retail a few months later. Townshend guitar and vocals is backed by an ensemble that includes a core band of John "Rabbit" Bundrick keyboards, Chucho Merchán bass, and Simon Philips drums with Peter Hope-Evans harmonica, Gina Foster backing vocals, Billy Nicholls backing vocals, and Jody Linscott percussion as well as an eight-piece brass section. When compared to the Who, the extended instrumentation provides Townshend with a larger sonic pallet to work from. The artist takes full advantage on the stylish update of the R&B classic "Barefootin'," and a suitably dramatic overhaul of "I Put a Spell on You." Plus, perhaps just to demonstrate his top-shelf taste in modern music, the English Beat's "Save It for Later" is a stone gem with the intimacy of an "unplugged" type of backing complete with sax -- by either Tim Saunders or former Stiff Little Fingers member Simon Clarke. Even though it could be considered a Who tune, Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight to the Blind" is given a big city swing that presented the familiar melody in a fresh context. The Townshend originals serve up one offering from the '80s solo albums Empty Glass 1980 "A Little Is Enough", All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes 1982 "Stop Hurting People" and the Who-related tunes "Behind Blue Eyes," "I'm One," and "Pinball Wizard."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075679055323
  • Catalog Number: 90553

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Townshend Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Pete Townshend Producer, Contributor
Dave Wakeling Composer
Jon Astley Remastering
Andy Cox Composer
Barry Diament Mastering
Everett Morton Composer
David Steele Composer
Dennis King Mastering
Roger Charlery Composer
Matt Kent Producer
Nick Goderson Producer
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