Can't Wait to See the Movie

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Can't Wait to See the Movie
Studio album by Roger Daltrey
Released June 1987
Recorded 1986-87
Studio At various studios in London and Los Angeles
Genre
Length 45:45
Label Atlantic (1987 LP and Cassettes)
Rhino (1987 CD format)
Virgin (outside US/Canada)
Producer
Roger Daltrey chronology
Under a Raging Moon
(1985)
Can't Wait to See the Movie
(1987)
Best of Rockers & Ballads
(1991)
Singles from Can't Wait to See the Movie
  1. "Hearts of Fire"
  2. "Take Me Home"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

Can't Wait to See the Movie is the seventh solo studio album by English singer, songwriter and actor Roger Daltrey, the lead vocalist for The Who. The album was released in mid 1987 on the record label Atlantic, and was primarily produced by Alan Shacklock, in association with David Foster, Chas Sanford and Jimmy Scott.[2] Among the songs Daltrey is credited as co-writer on two tracks "Balance on Wires" and "Take Me Home".[3] David Foster co-wrote the track "The Price of Love", which was also featured in the 1987 movie The Secret of My Success starring Michael J. Fox.

Can't Wait to See the Movie is a pop album that incorporates some genres such as funk, rock, and jazz, and it makes prominent use of the synthesizer.

The album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, with some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production as too polished. It was also a commercial disappointment, missing the album charts in Europe and the US. One critic referred to it as "Can't Wait to Sell the Record," while other reviewers noted good points to the recordings. When asked about the album at the time, Daltrey said that "It's amazing after all these years how everything can become new and fun again."[4]

Composition[edit]

Unlike Daltrey's previous album, Under a Raging Moon (1985), there was a move towards a much more polished studio production as Daltrey chose to utilize drum machines heavily instead of live drums. Hence, although Tony Beard is credited as drummer on the album's liner notes, he actually contributed very little drumming.

The album's only UK top 100 hit, "Hearts of Fire", was written by Russ Ballard. Ballard played the guitar on this track, as well as provided background vocals. Ballard also wrote and performed on Daltrey's first two solo albums, Daltrey (1973) and Ride a Rock Horse (1975). Daltrey recorded some other Ballard originals for his McVicar soundtrack and his previous album Under a Raging Moon. This album remains his final contribution from Ballard.

Critical reception[edit]

Review[edit]

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Mike DeGagne wrote of the album "Knowing the potential that is harnessed within Daltrey, his half-hearted attempts at unleashing the pains built up by failed romances doesn't add up to much. Some uplifting sax played by Gary Barnacle keeps the album from being a total write-off as it surfaces here and there, but a lifeless array of synthesizers droning in the backdrop of every song nullifies even the smallest asset, while adding to the pretentiousness."[1]

Track listing[edit]

The original US album track listing is as follows:

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Hearts of Fire" (Russ Ballard) 5:06
2. "When the Thunder Comes" (Damon Metrebian, Chas Sandford) 3:39
3. "Ready for Love" (Kit Hain) 3:28
4. "Balance on Wires" (Daltrey, Don Snow) 6:22
5. "Miracle of Love" (Mark Morgan, Jimmy Scott) 4:38
Side Two
No. Title Length
6. "The Price of Love" (Jack Blades, David Foster) 4:16
7. "The Heart Has Its Reasons" (Jimmy Scott) 4:11
8. "Alone in the Night" (Steve Bates, Larry Lee, Tom Whitlock, Richie Zito) 4:27
9. "Lover's Storm" (Tom Kelly, Gary Usher) 3:53
10. "Take Me Home" (Axel Bauer, Daltrey, Michel Eli, Nigel Hinton) 5:45[5]

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mike DeGagne. "Can't Wait to See the Movie - Roger Daltrey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Jimmy Scott Discography". Jimmy Scott, songwriter. Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Can't Wait to See the Movie". Thewho.net. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  4. ^ "Roger Daltrey - Can't Wait To See The Movie - 1987 USA Press Kit". Thewho.info. 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Can't Wait to See the Movie". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 

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