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Rough Mix: Deluxe Edition [Original recording remastered]

Pete Townshend, Ronnie Lane, ronnie Lane Pete Townsend Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: SPV Yellow
  • ASIN: B000EMSU6A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By doublegone TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
1977, and at the height of punk, a Face and the Who's Townsend turn in a record laden with country ballads, singersongwriterism and blues jams. Talk about wrong time and wrong place!

Back in the day I got this out of the library on vinyl and committed it (naughty naughty) to cassette tape. Always a favourite, it was disappointing when it was released on CD originally - sounding really dreadful - worse even than my manky old tape. Here however I am delighted to see it had been remixed brilliantly for CD with some added tracks that are valuable additions rather than cold leftovers from the original sessions. The tracks are a mixture of really very wonderful songs (poignant, funny, witty and moving) and jamming grooves. Eric Clapton amongst others are on the guestlist, and I actually think he plays better here than on most of his own albums from this era.

Ronnie Lane seems to bring out the gentler side of Townsend. A wonderful affair all round and well worth checking out in this edition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The story behind this album is that Ronnie was having trouble persuading record companies to allow him to release a solo album. He turned to Pete and asked him to produce it in the hope that the album might be picked up if it had the words "Produced by Pete Townshend" on it. Pete refused as Ronnie was a friend and he did not want a "producer - performer" relationship to get in the way of their friendship. He suggested they record the album as a Townshend-Lane effort instead.

As others have said, it's half PT songs and half RL songs. As a fan of both performers this appealed to me from the start. I think it was the late John Entwistle who once compared The Who to a large spaceship and the individual members to smaller shuttle craft. The smaller craft could explore territories that were off-limits to the large craft, and so it is with this album. Pete's contributions include Street In The City, which has orchestral arrangements from his then father-in-law Edwin Astley. Another of Pete's songs, Misunderstood, contains timbales (tight metallic sounding drums) which, to the best of my knowledge, have never been used by The Who! Some Who fans might be disappointed at how un-Who like Pete's contributions are, but I am pleased by them - and there isn't a single one that I can imagine Roger singing, so a solo album was the only place for them.

Ronnie's contributions are similar to other stuff in his solo back catalogue (and rest assured, that's praise not criticism). Nowhere To Run, Annie, and April Fool all rank alongside his better-known songs How Come and The Poacher. Catmelody is a weak link but still enjoyable.

One thing that initially delighted me about the deluxe package is the booklet that contains the lyrics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Mix - REview 31 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album is a fantastic buy - Pete Townsend at his accounstical finest with rumbling blues riffs and harmonica licks like Jerry Portnoy. Altogether a brilliant album.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I first listened to this album over TWENTY(am I old or what! ) years ago and the sheer variety of tracks and the intrinsic quality of Pete and Ronnie`s musical ability is perfectly captured on this one album. You can almost see them enjoying the recording and each track has a different focus with a special memory(for me, anyway)of those halcyon days gone by. One happy marriage, three beautiful daughters and four houses later,it still has a grip on me which proves quality continues down the years and I can honestly say this has got to be one of the best compilation albums produced which has not received the credit it deserved and some critical acclaim now would be the perfect tribute to Pete and Ronnie, especially bearing in mind Ronnie`s tragic illness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little-known gem 4 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've long forgotten how I first heard this wonderful album; it was probably in the wake of my belated acquaintance with The Who's output, and Townshend supplies some of his prettiest songs. But it is in fact Lane's contribution to which I keep returning, particularly "April Fool", one of the loveliest songs around, period.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourselves a favour - buy now! 27 Dec 2002
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As someone who loves The Who, The Faces - and great music in all of its myriad manifestations - but has little time for Pete Townshend's largely self-indulgent, pointless solo output, I didn't hear this album until a German friend tipped me off in 2002. Holy mother of god! What a fantastic record this is. This is music of such delicacy and beauty, and a fair old deal of rhythm and swing, that it's hard to see how it isn't more widely celebrated in popular mythology.
Lane and Townshend play on eachother's songs, rather than collaborate on the writing, but who cares how they got these results? Get past the weak Townshend opener "My Baby Gives It Away" and there are just so many highlights.... Lane's reading of Clapton's "Annie" and - probably the best track of the album - his own "April Fool", Townshend's wonderful "Keep Me Turning" and "Heart To Hang Onto". I could go on, but time is pressing.
This is an album of magical, poignant moments, great tunes and dynamic performances. Who would have thought that there was still something this outstanding to discover from two musicians so famous? If you have enough interest in either of them to be reading these reviews, you should definitely buy this album immediately. You'll thank me later.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy!!!
Bought this on cassette (due to my travelling days) when it was 1st released in `77 - was looking for something different and refreshing at the time in conjunction with punk etc -... Read more
Published 5 months ago by geoff shenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Lane,Marriot a must have!
Got it on cassette a few years ago from a charity shop. Had to upgrade to cd cassette died.
Anything by the Lane has got to be worth it!
Not sure about the other feller
Published 8 months ago by Nick Chalk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
One of the best albums in my collection - I lost my original vinyl, and then my cd. This is a great album with great artists.
Published 11 months ago by PK Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough mix
What a band - they should be good - the deluxe version is the one to get though - worth the little extra
Published 13 months ago by Yrret M Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear this again
Being a big Who and Faces fan, I bought Rough Mix on vinyl when it first came out in 1977. Lovely to hear it again after many years, perhaps even more enjoyable for the mature me... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eddie Castellan
5.0 out of 5 stars i never knew about this.
i like the sound of this with the harmonica. and pete. as im a who fan. i will be buying this one soon.
Published on 22 July 2012 by tango
4.0 out of 5 stars an adventurous album
Pete Townshend's Who Came First, from a few years before, is a personal favourite of mine. 1977's Rough Mix is a fascinating document. Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by fraxinus
5.0 out of 5 stars Belter Album
I bought the CDs of Who Came First and Rough Mix together after not listening to them for at least 20 years on vinyl. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by Billy The Kid
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought out of Interest, it grows on you
As an over 60's low level guitar player, I am obviously a Townsend Fan (see his accoustic Pinball Wizzard on the Policemans Ball) and Small Faces - Faces admirer. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by PJJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Ronnie Jekyll meets Pete Hyde
Recorded in 76/77 I expect Townsend's stock was doing a little better than Ronnie's at the time. One of the great under rated uk artists of the 70s teams up with with one of the... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by Gizmophobic
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