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PETE TOWNSEND Anthology SPV304292DCD (2005)

The guitar legend responsible for keeping the British institution The Who going and almost solely responsible for the bandís songwriting has, during his career, found time for seven solo albums. And also like both Oxís and Daltreyís solo careers, often overlooked.

Shame, because thereís some good material here.

More pop than The Who, thereís a leaning on the songwriter. Probably unintentional, but itís what you get if you take away the attitude, and the 3 other band members.

Thereís some good straight rock/pop here, sometimes with new wave leanings. I could go through some of the tracks here, but you either know them already, or should explore them yourself. But if you take such a talent and give it a free reign, an empty board without constraints, attitude of whatever, youíll get something much more experimental, at least compared to The Who.

The material here is different, but thatís the idea. Itís also very packaged double CD in a digipak with an informative booklet containing track by track annotation by Townsend. 34 tracks is good value for money too.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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