Pete Townsend and Ronnie Lane - Rough Mix

The Who: Rough Mix

Episode 33

Episode date - May 17, 2019

How Music Changed

    It’s strange to note that every bandmember in the Who – including Keith Moon – seemed more than happy to pursue a solo career away from the band, while Pete Townshend maintained a sense of resistance to work away from the band.

    Until this point, his solo career consisted of a few ‘friends only’ releases for Meher Baba followers and a modest “official” album that compiled the Meher Baba stuff with a few demos. Even at this point, more than a dozen years into the band’s career, he still approached the idea with caution, agreeing to help his friend Ronnie Lane by recording a group of songs together.

    Again, the plan was modest, but this time, the results were fantastic. “Rough Mix” was the best ‘solo’ product released by a Who member to date, and it provided Townshend with a sense of what it might be like to work outside of the Who bubble.

    Featured tracks include:

    My Baby Gives It Away

    Nowhere to Run

    Rough Mix


    Keep Me Turning



    April Fool

    Street in the City

    Heart to Hang Onto

    Till the Rivers All Run Dry

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