Who frontman Roger Daltrey is returning with a new solo album, As Long As I Have You, on June 1st via Polydor/Republic Records. The project will be available on CD, LP and as a Limited Edition Red Vinyl pressing.
As Long As I Have You was produced by Dave Eringa, best known for his work with the Manic Street Preachers and on Daltrey’s and Wilko Johnson’s album Going Back Home. The 11 track project features Pete Townshend’s inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council) and Sean Genockey on lead guitar (Suede, Shame and The Proclaimers).
Work on As Long As I Have You was started shortly after the top 5 gold selling Going Back Home was released and continued during breaks on The Who’s record breaking 50th anniversary tour The Who Hits 50.
The album is a mixture of self-penned tracks such as “Certified Rose” and the soulful ballad “Always Heading Home,” 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.
“This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That’s what we 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,” Daltrey says of the album.
He continues, “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”
Daltrey will be headlining the Royal Albert Hall on March 22nd in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust.
- As Long As I Have You
- How Far
- Where Is A Man To Go?
- Get On Out Of The Rain
- I’ve Got Your Love
- Into My Arms
- You Haven’t Done Nothing
- Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
- Certified Rose
- The Love You Save
- Always Heading Home
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