McVicar (album)

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Studio album by Roger Daltrey
Released June 1980
Recorded Advision Studios, London and Air Studios, Montserrat, West Indies
Genre Rock, hard rock, soft rock
Length 36:36
Language English
Label Polydor
Producer Jeff Wayne
Roger Daltrey chronology
One of the Boys
Best Bits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits 5/10[2]

McVicar, Roger Daltrey's fourth studio album, Peaking at #22 in the UK and is also the soundtrack album of McVicar, the film of the same name. The film was a bio-pic of English bank robber John McVicar, was produced by Daltrey and also featured him in the starring role. Because all members of The Who played on the album, it is often considered to be an unrecognized Who album although there was no participation by the band in the songwriting. And this was Roger Daltrey's highest charting non-Who project, and for a mainly one reason: it sounds a lot like The Who, On his three previous solo albums, Daltrey had gone out of his way to avoid the hard rock sound of The Who. But here, using a set of backup musicians that included all the other members of the group only this time having Kenney Jones on drums.

The album was released in June 1980, on Polydor PD-1-6284 in the USA. It was produced by Jeff Wayne and recorded at Advision Studios, London. Daltrey's vocals were recorded at Air Studios, Montserrat, West Indies. The album reached #22 in the U.S. charts and produced Daltrey's highest charting single, "Without Your Love."[3]

In 2001 Swedish HipHop group Infinite Mass used Daltrey's song "My Time is Gonna Come" (as well as the bass line in the song) for their International hit "Bullet". The music video for "Bullet" is a composite of clips from the film McVicar and new footage.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Bitter and Twisted" (Steve Swindells) 4:07
2. "Just a Dream Away" (Russ Ballard) 4:17
3. "Escape, Part One" (Jeff Wayne) 4:00
4. "White City Lights" (Billy Nicholls, Jon Lind) 3:17
5. "Free Me" (Ballard) 3:59
6. "My Time Is Gonna Come" (Ballard) 3:17
7. "Waiting for a Friend" (Nicholls) 3:24
8. "Escape, Part Two" (Wayne) 4:00
9. "Without Your Love" (Nicholls) 3:18
10. "McVicar" (Nicholls) 2:50[4]

Singles chart position[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (August 21 – September 3 1980): 30. 
  3. ^ a b "Roger Daltrey Discography". 
  4. ^ "Amazon listing". 
  5. ^ "Roger Daltrey Discography".