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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
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  • ASIN: B00000013L
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2015
Format: Audio CD
Over forty years on, I still have a great affection for this album.

It's Daltrey in a very non-Who mode, singing songs mainly by Leo Sayer. When the album was first released, Sayer's own recording career hadn't taken off, which meant that Daltrey got some very fine songs which, I suspect, Sayer would have kept for himself if he'd had a contract. They are typical Sayer - musically intelligent, melodically rather beautiful, often yearning and often about the bruising experiences of a young heart. I love them, and certainly tracks like Giving It All Away and Thinking spoke to my bruised and yearning young heart at the time.

No doubt this affects my judgement in <ahem> maturity, but I think the album stands up pretty well on its own merits. Daltrey sings very well with sincerity and genuine feeling, the material is good and the production is well judged to bring out the best of both singer and songs. It's not a seminal classic by any means, but it's a good album with some fine and genuinely affecting songs on it. It's still well worth a try, I'd say.
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here in liverpool we have a thing called the mathew street festival
not only is it a celebration of THE BEATLES but of LIVE music
as a whole hence 100,s of live bands in various venues all ovet the mathew st quarter of liverpool
i stumbledacross two bands one called SHADY who did a fantastic mix of all songs then on stage came THE MAXIMUM WHO who covered all aspects of the who back catalogue
but finishing with a sond called GIVING IT ALL AWAY
i am not the greatest who fan in the world but this song stuck in my head for days
so i hunted it down and found it on this album
played this album solidly its an absolutely fantastic album
i should imagine big who fans will have this
but if not a who fan still get this album
there are some beautiful songs on this album
though listening to it cant figure out who came first
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I have very much grown up with this album as my Mum used to play it when I was a little boy in the early Seventies.

I have now bought my own copy on CD and the memories came flooding back.

It is fair to say that I loved the album as a child of the Seventies, but I now utterly adore it. Roger showed that he wasn't just a rocker, he could deliver songs with love and sensitivity. 'Giving It All Away' is a heartbreaker.

The key to this album is the songwriting. David Courtney is at the helm here and his writing is exquisite.

How about 'Daltrey II' Roger? Perhaps with David again?
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have been looking forward to the CD as had the vinyl for many years, totally satisfied, and good sound quality
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HASH(0x913de960) out of 5 stars Daltrey's 1st Solo CD Displays a Pop Rock Side 5 July 2007
By Jeff Feezle - Published on
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Daltrey's First Solo CD Displays a Pop Rock Side

It was the year 1973, and a plethora of great albums were to come out of that period. Almost forgotten due to the long list of classics, was the first solo album of current Who lead vocalist: Roger Daltrey. '73 was also the year that the Who released `Quadrophenia' which had its own share of success. Daltrey was approached for a solo project that coupled him with Leo Sayer (single: Long Tall Glasses) and Adam Faith. It was the third solo album by a member of the Who.

Leo Sayer had a carnival rock approach to music: a bit tongue in cheek with a lively high energy uplift. Richard Perry often called Leo Sayer the Charlie Chaplin of rock. These were the types of songs that populated the Daltrey self-titled debut cd. Several hard rocker fans of the Who were highly disappointed in Daltrey converting to a more pop-rock style by his own personal choice. Others lauded the great songwriting and singing combination that Sayer and Daltrey made.

The highlights of the cd are: One Man Band, Giving it All Away and You Are Yourself. They allow Roger D to show this emotive vocal range. In one moment, he is jovial, another shouting rock, and the last is a pathos laden voice. If you love his singing voice, like I do, you will definitely enjoy the mastery of feeling that Daltrey is capable of: perhaps stymied a bit by his music partner's ability, Pete Townshend, and thus allowed the freedom on his solo cd to pursue more of his personal experiences translated into song.

It's an overall very satisfying effort, and is one of Daltrey better solo cds. If you are any Who fan at all, you must at least listen to this cd at least once, and hopefully you will enjoy its nuances outside the Who prison. Roger enjoys himself on this cd: that's for sure. I, for one, was glad to just go along with the ride!

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HASH(0x913e2d14) out of 5 stars Introspective and personal, a great album! 4 Nov. 2005
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Roger Daltrey's first solo effort, "Daltrey", features eight songs written by Leo Sayer and David Courtney, and another two by Adam Faith and David Courtney, and one "bonus" track ("There Is Love"). This is an introspective album revolving around joint themes of loneliness and alienation. While the songs stretch their emotional sensibilities to the point where they could have lapsed into melodrama, they are saved by the sheer honesty and piercing emotional expressiveness of the lyrics. In the opening "One Man Band" we find Daltrey proclaiming "I'm a one man band, nobody cares or understands", which sets the emotional tone for the following nine tracks. Throughout, the album always returns to the main theme of the loner adrift in and overwhelmed by a frightening world. The songs run the gamut from initial expressions of loneliness ("The Way Of The World" and "You Are Yourself"), to tentative emotional contact ("Thinking" and "You And Me"), then back again strongly to the alienation theme with the song pair "It's A Hard Life" and "Giving It All Away", possibly the two strongest songs in the entire set, where we find the defeated Daltry pronouncing "It's a hard life/When you're alone/Cramped in your lonely little room", then despairing "Worked hard and failed now all I can say is I threw it all away". "The Story So Far" frames the dissolution of love found, while the sentimental but beautiful "When The Music Stops", enveloped entirely in quartet-like string arrangement, expresses a heart rending yearning to regain love lost. The succeeding "Reasons" is chillingly defensive and accusatory, with Daltrey's lament "Well I pick up my life and I turn and walk away". The album ends, fittingly, with a recap of its opening notes, "One Man Band". There is a cohesion and unity in these 11 tracks that suggest more than a mere collection of unrelated songs. Daltry proves here that he can function quite well outside the bounds of The Who and, with some help from Leo Sayer's songwriting, gives an emotional tour de force. This is most definitely NOT a Who album. The heavy Who sound is here replaced on several tracks with piano and strings arrangements and a much lighter sound, though electric guitar and drums are present on other tracks and Daltrey proves himself quite the rocker on a number of the cuts. The emotional depth of the songs on this album is quite impressive, making "Daltrey" a classic in its own right. The only negative to this album, in my opinion, is the addition of the bonus track "There Is Love". This is a gospel song which in almost every respect does not fit with the overall feel of the other songs, and seems to be simply an add-on, which I feel only detracts from the album as a whole. In every other respect, though, "Daltrey" comes out a winner.
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HASH(0x913e2ce4) out of 5 stars Great! Ageless! (For me anyway) 21 July 2001
By Since Birth - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I find Daltrey in his own to be a brilliant diversion from the WHO's work. I grew up listening to both and except for the purposes of this review, i don't really compare the two. The first couple of tracks were soundtracks to my growing up, so i have particular affinity for them. What can i say, it's comfort music!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9165c1bc) out of 5 stars Creative and powerful! 23 Feb. 2000
By J Mathews - Published on
Format: Audio CD
On this disc, Daltrey gives us a better understanding of why the WHO has such staying power. The power of vocals like "You Are Yourself" and the creative genius of songs like "One Man Band" show us a great rock musician at work. This is a disc to listen to over and over.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91785690) out of 5 stars Unusual first solo effort from Daltrey--worthwhile but very different from his work with The Who 20 Jan. 2007
By Wayne Klein - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Roger Daltrey's first solo album sounds little like The Who but that's to the album's advantage--this release features some top notch songs co-written by Leo Sayer(!) who was then a member of a duo called Patch. Daltrey like the material and decided to record it as a solo album produced by UK music legend Adam Faith. The album sounds extremely good in this re-release remastered by Jon Astley with one bonus track the gospel flavored b-side "There is One Love". The album proves Daltrey's versatility as a singer. Filled with music that has echoes of folk-rock, country rock the album still stands tall in the Who solo discography.

The reissued CD also features liner notes discussing the making of the album. This is one of Daltrey's finest solo albums with its hints of folk music (some of the tracks wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Fairport Convention album from the era), more traditional rock ballads and even gospel on the bonus track. A pity there's only one bonus track but it's still a terrific album. It's well worth checking out for Daltrey and Who fans just keep in mind that it sounds little to nothing like The Who.
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