Rough Mix [DualDisc] [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
During a respite from the Who circa late 1976 and early 1977, Pete Townshend lent a hand to fellow mod rocker and former Faces bassist Ronnie Lane for this one-off outing. The duo called on a few of their well-known friends throughout, although the only "core" musicians were the co-leads. According to the notes on the LP sleeve, Townshend and Lane are credited as playing "various acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins & bass guitars, banjos, ukuleles & very involved mind games." Despite whatever turmoil may have occurred behind the scenes, when the pair emerged from Olympic Studios in London they had an endeavor that brought together their respective influences...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
During a respite from the Who circa late 1976 and early 1977, Pete Townshend lent a hand to fellow mod rocker and former Faces bassist Ronnie Lane for this one-off outing. The duo called on a few of their well-known friends throughout, although the only "core" musicians were the co-leads. According to the notes on the LP sleeve, Townshend and Lane are credited as playing "various acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins & bass guitars, banjos, ukuleles & very involved mind games." Despite whatever turmoil may have occurred behind the scenes, when the pair emerged from Olympic Studios in London they had an endeavor that brought together their respective influences as well as capitalizing on each other's tremendous talents. Townshend comes out blazing with the energetic opener "My Baby Gives It Away." The number features the economical precision timekeeping of Rolling Stones percussionist Charlie Watts drums, whose hi-hat paradiddles give the rocker a suitable kick-start. Lane counters with the ballad "Nowhere to Run" demonstrating his ability to marry stunningly personal lyrics to a refined rural melody that is likewise marked by Medicine Head member Peter Hope Evans' soulful harmonica. The instrumental "Rough Mix" provides a rowdy example of Townshend and Lane at their finest. Plus, guest Eric Clapton guitar/dobro is given his first of several chances to trade licks with the band, or as he does here, rip off some searing electric leads. "Annie" -- which was co-written by Lane and Eric Clapton -- is a change of pace, as the languid midtempo tune wafts over the slightly Scotch-Irish melody. The real prize though is hearing Clapton acoustic six-string, Graham Lyle acoustic 12-string, Benny Gallagher accordion, and Charlie Hart violin cast out their lines to create an absolutely charming masterpiece. Keen-eared Townshend enthusiasts can also trace the name of his mid-'90s compilation Coolwalkingsmoothtalkingstraightsmokingfirestoking: The Best of Pete Townshend 1996 to the chorus of the jaunty "Misunderstood." His innate ability as an intimate storyteller returns on "Keep Me Turning," and to similar extent on Edwin Astley's elegant string quartet score accompanying Townshend's "Street in the City." The cut might take listeners by surprise, especially those not familiar with such an introverted side of the normally bombastic and periodically caustic artist. Fellow Who mate John Entwistle drops by, providing the brass section for "Heart to Hang Onto," and along with Billy Nicholls, they add support vocals on the cover of Don Williams' "Till the Rivers Run Dry," with Clapton on dobro. In 2006, as part of their complete overhaul of Pete Townshend's catalog, Hip-O Records outfitted Rough Mix with a trio of previously unissued bonuses. Among them is the Townshend composition "Good Question," which hardcore Who heads will no doubt recognize as "Brrr" -- a Quadrophenia-era title that ended up in demo form on his first Scoop 1985 anthology.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498572382
  • Catalog Number: 000684282

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Baby Gives It Away - Ronnie Lane (4:03)
  2. 2 Nowhere to Run - Ronnie Lane (3:17)
  3. 3 Rough Mix - Ronnie Lane (3:12)
  4. 4 Annie - Ronnie Lane (2:56)
  5. 5 Keep Me Turning - Ronnie Lane (3:46)
  6. 6 Catmelody - Ronnie Lane (3:12)
  7. 7 Misunderstood - Ronnie Lane (3:01)
  8. 8 April Fool - Ronnie Lane (3:34)
  9. 9 Street in the City - Ronnie Lane (6:07)
  10. 10 Heart to Hang Onto - Ronnie Lane (4:28)
  11. 11 Till the Rivers All Run Dry - Ronnie Lane (3:54)
  12. 12 Only You - Ronnie Lane (4:29)
  13. 13 Good Question - Ronnie Lane (3:34)
  14. 14 Silly Little Man - Ronnie Lane (3:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Baby Gives It Away - Ronnie Lane
  2. 2 Nowhere to Run - Ronnie Lane
  3. 3 Rough Mix - Ronnie Lane
  4. 4 Annie - Ronnie Lane
  5. 5 Keep Me Turning - Ronnie Lane
  6. 6 Catmelody - Ronnie Lane
  7. 7 Misunderstood - Ronnie Lane
  8. 8 April Fool - Ronnie Lane
  9. 9 Street in the City - Ronnie Lane
  10. 10 Heart to Hang Onto - Ronnie Lane
  11. 11 Till the Rivers All Run Dry - Ronnie Lane
  12. 12 Only You - Ronnie Lane
  13. 13 Good Question - Ronnie Lane
  14. 14 Silly Little Man - Ronnie Lane
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Townshend Primary Artist
Charlie Watts Drums
Boz Burrell Bass
Eric Clapton Dobro, Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Foot Percussion
Julian Diggle Percussion
John Entwistle Brass
Benny Gallagher Accordion
Chris Green Cello
Chris Laurence Bass
Graham Lyle 12-string Guitar
Henry Spinetti Drums
David Marquee Double Bass, String Bass
Charles Vorsanger Violin
Charlie Hart Violin
Technical Credits
Pete Townshend Composer
Jon Astley Mastering
Eric Clapton Composer
Tony Gilbert Orchestra Leader
Glyn Johns Producer, Engineer
Ronnie Lane Composer
James Mackie Contributor
Doug Sax Mastering
Jo Mirowski Art Direction
Edwin Astley Orchestra Score Mixing
Paul Bishow Producer
Matt Kent Producer, Liner Notes
Nick Goderson Producer
Kate Lambert Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stripped Down Townshend

    Those of us who just turned into teens when this album came out had not yet heard the term "unplugged". This album likely qualifies as the first of it's type for two artists that made their fortunes in very loud and plugged in bands...The Who and The Small Faces. Both, however, had acoustic elements with their keen interest in classical and folk music respectively. With these influences they put together what must be called one of the finest side project albums ever! The fact that it wasn't a blockbuster still causes me to scratch my head almost 30 years later. Because it's so good it's very fitting to rediscover it with this new edition. My vinyl version is still very nice, but I'm springing for the new cd remaster in hopes that it is even better sounding and closer to the actual master tapes. As good as early James Taylor was I say listen to this and you won't be able to listen to Mr. Taylor at all. Much more exciting and vibrant stuff here. Miss it at your own loss!

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