Two Sides of the Moon
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|Two Sides of the Moon|
|Studio album by Keith Moon|
|Recorded||Record Plant Studios, L.A.|
|Genre||Rock and Roll, Surf rock, Rock, Hard Rock|
|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 legendary 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.
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. 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 was not dissuaded by the reviews even after being described as "The most expensive karaoke album in history," and even as that, it was a colossal failure, the perfect expression of "drunken self-indulgence", and started work on another similar album, which was never finished. Two Sides of the Moon was re-released by Repertoire Records in 1997, including the finished songs that Moon had made for his next 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.
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- Side one
- "Crazy Like a Fox" (Al Staehely)
- "Solid Gold" (Nickey Barclay)
- "Don't Worry Baby" (Brian Wilson, Roger Christian)
- "One Night Stand" (Dennis Larden)
- "The Kids Are Alright" (Pete Townshend)
- Side two
- "Move Over Ms. L" (John Lennon)
- "Teenage Idol" (Jack Lewis)
- "Back Door Sally" (John Marascalco)
- "In My Life" (Lennon–McCartney)
- "Together" (Harry Nilsson, Moon, Richard Starkey)
- 1997 bonus tracks
- "U.S. Radio Spot" (Moon, Ringo Starr)
- "I Don't Suppose"
- "Naked Man" (Randy Newman)
- "Do Me Good" (Steve Cropper)
- "Real Emotion" (Steve Cropper)
- "Don't Worry Baby" - U.S. single A-side (Brian Wilson, Roger Christian)
- "Teenage Idol" - U.S. single B-side (Jack Lewis)
- "Together 'Rap'" (Harry Nilsson, Moon, Ringo Starr)
2006 deluxe edition
- Vocals: Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Gerald Garrett, Jim Gilstrap, Ira Hawkins, Ron Hicklin, Augie Johnson, Howard Kaylan, Clydie King, Dennis Larden, Gregory Matta, Sherlie Matthews, Ricky Nelson, Harry Nilsson, Irma Routen, Julia Tillman Waters, Mark Volman, Jay DeWitt White, Andrea Wills, Carolyn Wills, David Bowie.
- Guitars: Joe Walsh, John Sebastian, Jesse Ed Davis, Spencer Davis, Mike Condello, Beau Guss, Paul Lenart, Patti Quatro, Al Staehely, John Staehely, Skip Edwards, Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar.
- Bass guitars: Klaus Voormann, David Birkett, Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, Jean Millington, Jimmie Randall, Paul Stallworth.
- Piano, keyboards, Hammond Organ: Jay Ferguson, Blair Aaronson, Nickey Barclay, Skip Edwards, David Foster, Norman Kurban.
- Drums, percussion: Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, Cam Davis, Miguel Ferrer, Ron Grinel, James Ed Haymer, Mickey McGee, Curly Smith.
- Synthesizers: Joe Walsh, Blair Aaronson.
- Horns: Steve Douglas, Ollie Mitchell.
- Saxophones: Bobby Keys.
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- Press release for the 2006 Deluxe Edition