is an Rough Mix album by The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend and former Small Faces and Faces bassist Ronnie Lane.
The album was released in September 1977 as
Polydor 2442 in the UK and MCA 2295 in the US. 
The album peaked at number 44 on the UK album chart,
and at number 45 on the  . Billboard 200
Content [ edit ]
On 21 October 1976,
The Who closed a brief North American tour in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens, a show that would be the last with Keith Moon before a paying audience. 
The Who's band members then took a hiatus to pursue various individual interests.
Pete Townshend had been initially contacted by Ronnie Lane to produce his next album, the project instead turning into a full-blown collaboration between the pair. Lane expressed an interest in a songwriting collaboration but Townshend, who has very rarely co-written songs, was unwilling.  The instrumental title track is credited to both musicians, however. 
During the recording of
Rough Mix, Lane's multiple sclerosis was diagnosed (in one instance, Lane had an emotional issue related to his MS that caused an argument between him and an unknowing Townshend). Nonetheless Lane toured, wrote and recorded (with Eric Clapton among others) and in 1979 released another album, , which features several songs written by Lane and Clapton. Around this time Lane travelled the highways and byways of See Me England and lived a 'passing show' modern nomadic life in full Gypsy traveller costume and accommodation.
The album featured songs written by both principals in a vein less like that of
The Who or The Faces but instead close to the folk-rock vogue of the early 1970s among various English bands.
A number of famous colleagues appeared on the recording, among them
Eric Clapton, fellow member of The Who John Entwistle, Ian Stewart, and Charlie Watts. Orchestral arrangements for the track "Street in the City" were provided by Townshend's father-in-law, noted British film and television theme composer Edwin Astley.
Rough Mix was remastered in 2006 and released by Hip-O Records, the reissue label for the Universal Music Group, in both 5.1 surround sound format on Dualdisc and standard stereo compact disc. The reissue featured three outtakes as bonus tracks.
Track listing [ edit ]
"My Baby Gives It Away"
Pete Townshend 4:02
"Nowhere to Run"
Ronnie Lane 3:17
Lane, Kate Lambert,
Eric Clapton 2:56
"Keep Me Turning"
2006 reissue bonus tracks
"Silly Little Man"
Personnel [ edit ]
Ronnie Lane and Pete Townshend – vocals, guitars, electric guitars, mandolins, bass guitars, banjos, ukuleles
Charlie Watts – drums on "My Baby Gives It Away" and "Catmelody"
Edwin Astley – orchestrations on "Street in the City"
John "Rabbit" Bundrick – organ, Fender Rhodes on "Nowhere to Run", "Rough Mix", "Keep Me Turning" and "Heart to Hang Onto"
Boz Burrell – bass guitar on "Heart to Hang Onto" and "Till the Rivers All Run Dry"
Mel Collins – saxophones on "Catmelody"
Eric Clapton – guitars, Dobro on "Rough Mix", "Annie", "April Fool" and "Till the Rivers All Run Dry" Julian Diggle – percussion
John Entwistle – horns on "Heart to Hang Onto" and vocal help on "Till the Rivers All Run Dry"
Peter Hope Evans – harmonica on "Nowhere to Run" and "Misunderstood"
Benny Gallagher – accordion on "Annie" Tony Gilbert –
orchestral leader on "Street in the City" Chris Green –
principal cello on "Street in the City" Charlie Hart – violin
on "Annie" Chris Laurence –
principal bass on "Street in the City"
Graham Lyle – twelve-string guitar on "Annie" Dave Markee
–  double bass on "Annie" and "April Fool"
Billy Nicholls – vocal help on "Till the Rivers All Run Dry" Steve Shingles –
principal viola on "Street in the City"
Henry Spinetti – drums on "Nowhere to Run", "Rough Mix", "Keep Me Turning", "Heart to Hang Onto" and "Till the Rivers All Run Dry"
Ian Stewart – piano on "Catmelody" Charles Vorsanger –
principal second violin on "Street in the City"
References [ edit ]
^ AllMusic review
^ Christgau, Robert (31 October 1977). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". . New York The Village Voice . Retrieved . 29 April 2013
^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 404. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
^ a b "Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane . Rough Mix" Acclaimed Music . Retrieved . 10 December 2014
^ Neill, Andy, and Kent, Matt. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of The Who 1958–1978. 2009, ISBN 978-1-4027-6691-6, p. 299.
^ UK Chart Stats
^ The Who. . 1994, Thirty Years of Maximum R&B MCA Records CD-207146, liner notes booklet.
^ Heinz Rudolf Kunze. Rough Mix. 2006, SPV 304852, liner notes.
^ Markee's surname is incorrectly listed as "Marquee" on most editions of the album.
External links [ edit ]