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Wednesday 28 March 2018

As Long As I Have You: Sussex Resident Roger Daltrey's New Album Features Who Partner Pete Townshend

Roger Daltrey is set to release new solo album, As Long As I Have You, which features Pete Townshend's inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council).

Work on the album started shortly after the top five gold selling Going Back Home was released and continued during breaks on The Who's record breaking 50th anniversary tour The Who Hits 50.

Daltrey says of the album: "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."

As Long As I Have You is a mixture of self-penned tracks along with songs that have inspired Daltrey over the years including Nick Cave's Into My Arms, You Haven't Done Nothing by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills' How Far and the title track originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964; the year that Daltrey, Townshend, Entwistle and Moon changed their name from The High Numbers and became The Who. 


Daltrey continued: "(The Who) 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"

Roger Daltrey's new album, As Long As I Have You, is out on 1st June 2018.

by: Mike Cobley




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