Two Sides of the Moon

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Two Sides of the Moon
Studio album by Keith Moon
Released March 1975 (1975-03)
Recorded Record Plant Studios, L.A.
Genre Rock and Roll, Surf rock, Rock, Hard Rock
Length 32:21
Language English
Label MCA/Polydor (1975)
Repertoire (1997)
Sanctuary (2006)
Producer Keith Moon, Mal Evans, Skip Taylor, John Stronach, Steve Cropper

Two Sides of the Moon is the debut and only solo album from the original drummer from English rock band The Who, Keith Moon. Rather than using the album as a chance to showcase his drumming skill, Keith Moon sang lead vocals on all tracks, and played drums only on three of the tracks ("Crazy like a Fox", "The Kids Are Alright" and "Move Over Ms. L"), although he played percussion on "Don't Worry Baby". The album features contributions from Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Jim Keltner, Bobby Keys, Klaus Voorman, John Sebastian, Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles), Spencer Davis, Dick Dale, Suzi Quatro's sister Patti Quatro and future actor Miguel Ferrer.[1]

Background[edit]

Moon was inspired to release a solo album after bandmate John Entwistle had released Smash Your Head Against the Wall (with Moon playing percussion and singing backing vocals) and Whistle Rymes (also with Moon), and Roger Daltrey released his hit album Daltrey.[citation needed] With Pete Townshend soon to do his own solo album, Moon decided to make one as well. Moon, a big fan of The Beach Boys-style surf rock decided to make a cover album, with help from Ringo Starr of The Beatles.

Moon subsequently started work on a second solo album, which was never completed. Two Sides of the Moon was re-released by Repertoire Records in 1997, including the finished songs that Moon had made for his second album. Two Sides... was again re-released by Castle Music and Sanctuary Records in July 2006, as a two-disc Deluxe Edition, featuring the original 10 songs plus 41 bonus tracks.

Originally recorded for his own album, but not released on it, John Lennon gave Moon the track "Move Over Ms. L" and later did his own version.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (B) link
Rolling Stone (negative) link[dead link]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Crazy Like a Fox" (Al Staehely)
  2. "Solid Gold" (Nickey Barclay)
  3. "Don't Worry Baby" (Brian Wilson, Roger Christian)
  4. "One Night Stand" (Dennis Larden)
  5. "The Kids Are Alright" (Pete Townshend)
Side two
  1. "Move Over Ms. L" (John Lennon)
  2. "Teen Age Idol" (Jack Lewis)
  3. "Back Door Sally" (John Marascalco)
  4. "In My Life" (Lennon–McCartney)
  5. "Together" (Harry Nilsson, Moon, Richard Starkey)
1997 bonus tracks
  1. "U.S. Radio Spot" (Moon, Ringo Starr)
  2. "I Don't Suppose"
  3. "Naked Man" (Randy Newman)
  4. "Do Me Good" (Steve Cropper)
  5. "Real Emotion" (Steve Cropper)
  6. "Don't Worry Baby" - U.S. single A-side (Brian Wilson, Roger Christian)
  7. "Teenage Idol" - U.S. single B-side (Jack Lewis)
  8. "Together 'Rap'" (Harry Nilsson, Moon, Ringo Starr)

2006 deluxe edition[edit]

Disc one[edit]

The original 1975 album
1. "Crazy Like A Fox" (Staehely)
2. "Solid Gold" (Barclay)
3. "Don't Worry Baby" (Wilson/Christian)
4. "One Night Stand" (Larden)
5. "The Kids Are Alright" (Townshend)
6. "Move Over Ms. L" (Lennon)
7. "Teenage Idol" (Lewis)
8. "Back Door Sally" (Marascalco)
9. "In My Life" (Lennon–McCartney)
10. "Together" (Nilsson/Moon/Starkey)
Outtakes from the album
11. "Lies"
12. "I Don't Suppose"
13. "Hot Rod Queen"
The original 1974 U.S. single
14. "Don't Worry Baby" (Wilson/Christian)
15. "Teenage Idol" (Lewis)
The Mal Evans mixes
16. "Back Door Sally" (Marascalco)
17. "One Night Stand" (Larden)
18. "Crazy Like A Fox" (Staehely)
19. "In My Life" (Lennon–McCartney)
20. "Move Over Ms. L" (Lennon)
21. "Solid Gold" (Barclay)
The Unreleased Xmas '74 Single
22. "We Wish You A Merry Xmas" (Traditional)
The 1975 Clover masters
23. "Do Me Good" (Cropper)
24. "Real Emotion" (Cropper)
25. "Naked Man" (Newman)

Disc two[edit]

Record Plant, L.A., August - November 1974
1. "Keith & Ringo 'Together' session dialogue #1"
2. "Don't Worry Baby" - John Sebastian guide vocal (Wilson/Christian)
3. "Don't Worry Baby" - Keith lead vocal (Wilson/Christian)
4. "Teenage Idol" (Lewis)
5. "Crazy Like A Fox" (Staehely)
6. "Solid Gold" (Barclay)
7. "A Touch Of The Moon Madness" - link piece
8. "Move Over Ms. L" (Lennon)
9. "Lies"
10. "My Generation" (Townshend)
11. "The Kids Are Alright" (Townshend)
12. "Keith & Ringo 'Together' session dialogue #2"
13. "Together" - take one (Nilsson/Moon/Starkey)
14. "Together" - Keith & Ringo vocals (Nilsson/Moon/Starkey)
15. "Together" - Harry Nilsson ending tag (Nilsson/Moon/Starkey)
16. "I'm Not Angry"
17. "Hot Rod Queen"
18. "Solid Gold Ad-libs #1"
19. "Teenage Idol" (Lewis)
20. "Solid Gold Ad-libs #2"
Clover Recorders, L.A., August 1975
21. "Real Emotion" (Cropper)
22. "OK Mr. Starkey"
23. "Do Me Good" (Cropper)
And finally...
24. "Keith & Ringo - Together (Again)" - Record Plant session (Nilsson/Moon/Starkey)
25. "In My Life" - Record Plant session - Keith solo (Lennon–McCartney)
26. "The Kids Are Alright" - hidden bonus track (Townshend)

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Who - Keith Moon Album(s)". Thewho.info. 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  2. ^ Blaney, John (2005). "1973 to 1975: The Lost Weekend Starts Here". John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-9544528-1-0. 

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