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1. My Baby Gives It Away
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3. Rough Mix [Instrumental]
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5. Keep Me Turning
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7. Misunderstood
8. April Fool
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11. Till the Rivers All Run Dry
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  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000LV63SQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A very fine album that has aged well.
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Ronnie Lane contributes a folksy side that is the perfect balance to Townshend's arty approach.
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I would recommend this CD to anyone who knows and appreciates good music.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on August 4, 2006
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Old friends Ronnie Lane & Pete Townshend join forces in late Winter 76 / Spring 77 and the result was: " Rough Mix".

The Who had been idle in the studio for almost two years at this point. Their last project "The Who By Numbers" was a great record but more than a few folks took it as if it was a Pete Towshend solo record because of the theme of Pete's songs were very personal and Roger didn't sound comfortable singing that batch of songs. The overall sound of "The Who By Numbers" wasn't considered a bold move forward and Pete was writing songs that looked back and his tone was quite angry on that recording. Overall, that project wasn't as popular than if Pete had writen another rock-opera and it wasn't considered worthy to stand next to his greatest works.

That said, a lot of us approached: "Rough Mix" as if was the new "Who" record. Well, it's not that BUT it stands on it's own merit as one of the best projects that Pete was ever involved in. Ronnie Lane, had been on his own for a few years at this time and he is an important partner for Pete on this piece of work. He is of great contrast in style to Mr. Townshend and helps "Rough Mix" work as a balanced record. His tunes: "Nowhere To Run", "Annie" & "April Fool" seem to have had an amazing effect on Pete's writting and playing to free him up from the turmoils of The Who and the results here are some of the best Pete Songs, some of you have never heard.

It all begins with "My Baby Gives It Away" a very loose and happy but raunchy love song that sounds nothing like The Who has done since "Magic Bus", Pete sounds like a new man on a mission and it's a good opener. Ronnie, get's to shine on "Nowhere to Run" & "Annie" and he seems a little more relaxed than Pete, but he sure can write good tunes.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This would be ex-Faces Ronnie Lane's next-to-last record. [He would release only one more solo album, 1979's See Me, before multiple sclerosis no longer permitted him to record.] Together with Pete Townshend they create a memorable album.
Rough Mix kicks off with the most Who-like of the albums tracks--"My Baby Gives It Away," which is propelled by the drumming of Stones' drummer Charlie Watts. Townshend's vocal performance is fine, but he doesn't have the instensity that Roger Daltry could have added to the song.
Only two other tracks rock as hard as the opening track. The instrumental "Rough Mix," which features Eric Clapton's lead guitar and the organ work of John "Rabbit" Bundrick, who would go on to tour with the Who in 1979. The other is Ronnie Lane's "Catmelody," a jumping number featuring Stones sideman Ian Stewart on piano.
The rest of the album is a mostly accoustic affair. One of the album's standout tracks is Lane's absolutely gorgeous "Annie," which features his former Slim Chance members Graham Lyle on guitar and Benny Gallagher on accordian. Equally lovely is Lane's "April Fool" with Clapton on Dobro. Townshend also turns in one of his prettiest melodies and excellent acoustic guitar playing with "Keep Me Turning."
Only the string-laden "Street in the City" seems out of place on this disc, and at over six minutes is too long.
The album closes, however, with the melancholy "Heart to Hang on To" with Lane and Townshend sharing vocal chores, and the Don Williams country classic "Till the Rivers All Run Dry."
This is one of Townsend's strongest non-Who projects and Lane's contributions are stunning. If you enjoy either of these artists you will enjoy this collaboration. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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When Ronnie Lane was having financial difficulty he asked Pete Townshend for a loan. Pete said no. He then suggested that Pete produce his solo album and contribute songs to a solo album Townshend had a counter proposal; they record an album together. The result is the marvelous "Rough Mix" which features both songwriters in top form and meshing to create a unique sythesizer of both their sounds. The album sounds like a collison of these two unique songwriters and their bands (Lane was a member at one time of the Faces and The Small Faces)than just about anything either one of them created by themselves. The production by Glyn Johns and musical contributions from John Entwhistle, Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts and Rabbit makes this marvelous musical confection come together and gel.

Does this album sound better than the previously mastered version? Yeah it's improved but only for the 5.1 mix. The Redbook layer (which sometimes doesn't play in CD players) is brighter, louder and more compressed. We get the original album remastered for CD with video interviews with producer Johns and Townshend on the DVD-audio side of things. There are also stills from Townshend's collection of the recording of the album. The 5.1 mix of the album sounds quite good as well although I find myself listening a bit more to the stereo CD side only because I tend to listen to music much more in the car than I do at home.

The booklet has information on the recording of the album in a brief essay as well as the original lyrics for all the songs. The big find though is three previously unreleased songs two by Lane and one by Townshend. "Good Question" builds on a demo from "Scoop" that Townshend recorded called "Brrr".
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