Under a Raging Moon (album)

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Under a Raging Moon
Studio album by Roger Daltrey
Released September 1985
Studio RAK Recording Studios and Odyssey Studios, London
Length 43:41
Label Atlantic
Producer Alan Shacklock
Roger Daltrey chronology
Parting Should Be Painless
Under a Raging Moon
Can't Wait to See the Movie
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[2]
Kerrang! 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Daily Vault album reviews A[4]

Under a Raging Moon is Roger Daltrey's sixth solo album issued in September 1985. The album reached No. 42 on the US charts, and the single "After the Fire", written by Pete Townshend, reached No. 48. It included a tribute to Keith Moon, former drummer of The Who, who died in 1978, on the track "Under a Raging Moon".[5]

The album was produced by Alan Shacklock, recorded at RAK Recording Studios and Odyssey Studios, London, and released on Atlantic Records in the US. Later the album was also released on CD (Atlantic 7 81269-1) in the US, including the bonus track "Love Me Like You Do".[5]

The track "Under a Raging Moon" was written by John Parr and Julia Downes. The track was a tribute to Keith Moon who died in 1978. It was said that John Entwistle had wanted to play this song instead of "Won't Get Fooled Again" at Live Aid in 1985 with The Who, but Pete Townshend disagreed so Entwistle decided to record his own version on his live solo album Left for Live as a further tribute to Moon.[6]

The album featured Zak Starkey playing drums; this was Starkey's second album that he had worked on, the other being Sun City released in the same year by Artists United Against Apartheid.

Daltrey later recalled "That was the album I really wanted to make ... it got great airplay and sold an awful lot."[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Mike DeGagne of Allmusic wrote about the title track: "Daltrey's thunderous but passionate ode to his former friend and drummer Keith Moon is a fervent downpour of frustration that can be truly felt inside every line of the song. A spectacular drum solo from Mark Brzezicki is a modest tribute to the late Moon and adds depth indefinitely."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "After the Fire" (Pete Townshend) 4:36
2. "Don't Talk to Strangers" (Julia Downes, Kris Ryder, Roger Daltrey) 4:13
3. "Breaking Down Paradise" (Russ Ballard) 4:07
4. "The Pride You Hide" (Alan Dalgleish, Daltrey, Nicky Tesco) 4:33
5. "Move Better in the Night" (Chris Thompson, Stevie Lange, Robbie McIntosh, Daltrey) 3:58
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Let Me Down Easy" (Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance) 4:08
2. "Fallen Angel" (Kit Hain) 4:29
3. "It Don't Satisfy Me" (Alan Shacklock, Daltrey) 3:14
4. "Rebel" (Adams, Vallance) 4:20
5. "Under a Raging Moon" (Julia Downes, John Parr) 6:42

Extra track released on CD only, not LP[edit]

This track was included as track six on the album, But only on the CD version, Not the Record, the track was later released as the B-side to Daltrey's 1986 single, Quicksilver Lightning, The theme track to the Kevin Bacon film Quicksilver.

No. Title Length
6. "Love Me Like You Do" (Andy Nye) 6:05


  • Roger Daltrey - lead vocals, harmony vocals (Track 1), backing vocals (Track 11)), sequencing (Tracks 2, 11), emulator (Tracks 3-5), Hammond organ (Track 7)
  • Mark Brzezicki - drums, triangle and cabasa (Track 2), percussion (Track 3)
  • Tony Butler - bass (Track 1)
  • Robbie McIntosh - guitars (Tracks 1-6, 8-11), Strat-solo (Track 2), solo (Tracks 6, 7), slide solo (Track 10)
  • Bryan Adams - guitars
  • Nick Glennie-Smith - keyboards (Tracks 1-3, 8, 11
  • John Siegler - bass (Tracks 2-11)
  • Mark Feltham - harmonica (Tracks 5, 9)
  • Alan Shacklock - piano (Tracks 1, 6, 10), keyboards (Tracks 2, 3, 11), sequencing (Tracks 2, 11), emulator (Track 3), percussion (Track 4), Hammond organ (Tracks 6, 10), Fender Rhodes (Track 6), tambourine (Track 7), sampling (Track 8), acoustic guitar and sequencer (Track 10), Fairlight (Track 11)
  • Bruce Watson - E-bow (Track 1)
  • Russ Ballard - guitar and harmony vocals (Track 3)
  • Mark Williamson - harmony vocals (Tracks 2, 6), backing vocals (Tracks 3-5, 7, 8, 11)
  • Annie McCraig - backing vocals (Tracks 3-5, 7, 8, 11)
  • John Payne - backing vocals (Tracks 3-5, 7, 8, 11)
  • John Parr - backing vocals (Track 11)
  • Steve Rance - Fairlight (Track 11)

Singles chart position[edit]

"After the Fire" #48, 1985[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b De Gagne, Mike. "Roger Daltrey Under a Raging Moon review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira (5 December 1985). "Album Reviews: Roger Daltrey - Under a Raging Moon". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 25 February 2007. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  3. ^ Simmons, Sylvie (17 October 1985). "Roger Daltrey 'Under a Raging Moon'". Kerrang! 105. London, UK: Morgan Grampian. p. 26. 
  4. ^ "Under A Raging Moon : Roger Daltrey : Atlantic Records, 1985". Dailyvault.com. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Roger Daltrey Discography". Thewho.net. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  6. ^ "The Who - Roger Daltrey Solo Albums". Thewho.info. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Roger Daltrey concert review: Costa Mesa, Calif.". Newwavegeo.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 

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