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Daltrey [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Roger DaltreyAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000H4VV8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Man Band
2. The Way Of The World
3. You Are Yourself
4. Thinking
5. You And Me
6. It's A Hard Life
7. Giving It All Away
8. The Story So Far
9. When The Music Stops
10. Reasons
11. One Man Band
12. There Is Love

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered reissue of the 1973 debut solo album from Who vocalist Roger Daltrey including bonus tracks. Featuring the songwriting talents of the then-unknown Leo Sayer, Key tracks include the hit single 'Giving It All Away' plus 'One Man Band'.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daltrey's 1st Solo CD Displays a Pop Rock Side July 5, 2007
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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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! Ageless! (For me anyway) July 20, 2001
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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!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introspective and personal, a great album! November 3, 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". Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and powerful! February 23, 2000
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Daltrey Album
This has some great songs that are my all time favorite Its a Hard Life and Giving it All Away.
Published on March 13, 2012 by Brad
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Solo Outing
Daltrey's first venture into a full solo album began as a vehicle to help friend Leo Sayer and his writing partner David Courtney land a recording deal. Read more
Published on August 21, 2008 by Bmonster
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun guilty pleasure
I admit that the only reason I got this album at my favorite used record store back in my college town was because it was only three dollars and Roger looks so beautiful on the... Read more
Published on January 10, 2008 by Anyechka
3.0 out of 5 stars Roger Daltrey - 'Daltrey' (Repertoire)
Originally released in 1973, as this was Daltrey's first ever solo outing. Thank goodness he stuck with The Who, I have to say. Read more
Published on July 5, 2007 by Mike Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Daltrey steps into the spotlight for solo outting.
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(! Read more
Published on January 17, 2007 by Wayne Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good
I really enjoyed this album and will be playing it for years to come. Lots of great, catchy tunes and folk melodies. Read more
Published on November 29, 2002 by Grant H
3.0 out of 5 stars High Schmaltz
Don't buy this album expecting a bunch of Who-like performances from Roger Daltrey. Let the fact that Leo "All By Myself" Sayer was one of Daltrey's primary... Read more
Published on December 13, 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall
2.0 out of 5 stars Limited Appeal at Best
Other than "Hard Life" and "Giving it all Away", which are terrific, there's not much here to recommend.
Published on January 21, 2000
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