As Long as I Have You (album). As Long as I Have You is the tenth solo album by Roger Daltrey, released on 1 June 2018. Work on As Long as I Have You was started shortly after Going Back Home was released in March 2014. Following his seven-month battle with viral meningitis, Daltrey planned on shelving the project until Pete Townshend heard the early mixes and expressed interest in playing rhythm and lead guitar
Before long, though, they progressed into an arty hard-rock group with operatic ambitions. On As Long as I Have You, Roger Daltrey’s ninth solo outing and first in more than a quarter century, he goes back to belting out soul numbers like he did half a century ago. The title track, a pleading, horn-accented R&B barnburner by Garnet Mimms that kicks off the collection, is even a tune he sang with the Who when they were called the High Numbers in the early Sixties. It’s all part of something grander for him. Even the album’s closing track, Always Headed Home – another Daltrey original – is a big, orchestral ballad that would also work as a Broadway torch song. Sometimes the album verges on melodrama but he has a way of selling it where it never sounds like he’s acting. It’s not all R&B, but it is Maximum Daltrey. In This Article: Roger Daltrey.
On June 1, a week before Roger Daltrey begins a tour where he'll perform Tommy with an orchestra, the Who singer will release As Long as I Have You. This will be Daltrey's first record since Going Back Home, his 2014 collaboration with Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson. As Long as I Have You includes covers of songs written by Stephen Stills ("How Far"), Stevie Wonder ("You Haven't Done Nothing"), Nick Cave ("Into My Arms") and Garnet Mimms (the title track).
As Long as I Have You was a long time coming for Roger Daltrey. Set aside the fact that it's his first solo album since 1992's Rocks in the Head: the album was nearly four years in the making, started after his 2014 Wilko Johnson collaboration, Going Back Home, and not released until June of 2018.
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The last time the classic rock legends the Who released an album was way back in 2006, with Endless Wire. Since then, it’s been what you might expect from aging greats: tours, more (maybe-goodbye) tours, compilations, revisiting the glory days in various forms, but not too much more fresh material. Along the way, frontman Roger Daltrey did find the opportunity to release a collaboration with Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, 2014’s Going Back Home
Roger Daltrey says of As Long As I Have You: This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete 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. Daltrey has sold over 100 million records including 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles. He’s played over well over 2000 gigs in a career spanning over 50 years including venues such as Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Glastonbury (twice), Hyde Park (four times), The Isle Of Wight (three times), Desert Trip, Shea Stadium, The Superbowl half time show and Live Aid to name but a very few.
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