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Daltrey - UK - 1973 Polydor LP

Laminated cover - Polydor 2406107

Daltrey - UK - 1973 Polydor LP (Label)

Label from Polydor 2406107

Daltrey - UK - 1973 Polydor LP

Non-laminated cover. Polydor Super Track 2406107

Daltrey - UK - 1973 Polydor LP (Label)

Label from Polydor Super Track 2406107

Daltrey - UK - 1973 Polydor 8-Track

Daltrey - UK - 1973 Polydor 8-Track (Slip Case)

Daltrey - UK - 1973 Polydor Cassette

Daltrey - UK - 1995 Polydor CD

Daltrey - UK - 2005 Castle CD

Daltrey - USA - 1973 MCA LP

Autographed by Roger Daltrey

Daltrey - USA - 1973 MCA LP

Sealed copy with 1975 "Roger Daltrey Is Tommy" sticker

Daltrey - USA - 1973 MCA 8-Track

Daltrey - USA - 1980 MCA Cassette (Reissue)

Daltrey - USA - 2006 Hip-O CD

Daltrey - Australia - 1973 Polydor LP

Rock Legends - Australia - 1980 Polydor LP (Reissue)

Reissue of "Daltrey"

Rock Legends - Australia - 1980 Polydor Cassette (Reissue)

Reissue of "Daltrey"

Pop Giants Volume 3 - Brazil - 1974 Polyfor LP

"Daltrey" LP tracks (Yes, that's Polyfor, not Polydor)

Daltrey - Brazil - 1983 Polydor LP

Daltrey - Canada - 1973 MCA LP

Daltrey - France - 1973 Polydor LP

Daltrey - Germany - 1973 Polydor LP

Roger Daltrey - Germany - 1973 Polydor Cassette

Daltrey - Germany - 1973 Polydor LP

2nd pressing

Daltrey - Germany - 1983 Polydor LP

Daltrey - Germany - 1998 Repertoire CD

Remastered

Daltrey - Holland - 1973 Polydor LP

Daltrey - Japan - 1973 CBS/Sony LP

Sealed copy

Daltrey - Japan - 1973 CBS/Sony LP

With OBI

Daltrey - Japan - 1973 CBS/Sony LP

Daltrey - New Zealand - 1973 Polydor LP

Daltrey - Portugal - 1973 Polydor LP

Daltrey - Portugal - 1973 Polydor LP (Promo)

Front cover. Plastic sleeve

Daltrey - Portugal - 1973 Polydor LP (Promo)

Back cover. Plastic sleeve

Daltrey - Russia - 2005 Oldis CD

Daltrey - South Africa - 1973 Polydor LP

Daltrey - Spain - 1973 Polydor LP

Historia De La Musica Rock - Spain - 1982 Polydor LP

Same tracks as "Daltrey"

Historia De La Musica Rock - Spain - 1982 Polydor Cassette

Same tracks as "Daltrey"

Gigantes Del Pop - Spain - Polydor LP

Same tracks as "Daltrey"

Ride A Rock Horse - UK - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - UK - 1975 Polydor Cassette

Ride A Rock Horse - UK - 1975 Polydor 8-Track

Ride A Rock Horse - UK - 2005 Castle CD

Ride A Rock Horse - USA - 1975 MCA LP

Ride A Rock Horse - USA - 1975 MCA Cassette

Ride A Rock Horse - USA - 1975 Sterling Sound LP (Acetate)

Ride A Rock Horse - USA - 1975 Sterling Sound LP (Acetate)

"A" Side

Ride A Rock Horse - USA - 1975 Sterling Sound LP (Acetate)

"B" Side

Ride A Rock Horse - USA - 1980 MCA LP (Reissue)

Ride A Rock Horse - Australia - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Canada - 1975 MCA LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Canada - 1980 MCA LP

Ride A Rock Horse - France - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Germany - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Germany - 1975 Polydor LP (Promo)

Ride A Rock Horse - Germany - 1975 Polydor LP (Promo) (Label Face)

Ride A Rock Horse - Germany - 1975 Polydor Cassette

Ride A Rock Horse - Germany - 1998 Repertoire CD

Ride A Rock Horse - Holland - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Ireland - 1975 Polydor LP

UK sleeve, Ireland vinyl

Ride A Rock Horse - Italy - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Japan - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Japan - 1975 Polydor LP (insert)

Ride A Rock Horse - New Zealand - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Portugal - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - South Africa - 1975 Polydor LP

Laminated cover

Ride A Rock Horse - Spain - 1975 Polydor LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Taiwan - 1975 Liming LP

Ride A Rock Horse - Uruguay - 1975 Polydor LP

Lisztomania - UK - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - USA - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - USA - 1975 A&M Cassette

Lisztomania - USA - 1975 A&M 8-Track

Lisztomania - Argentina - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Australia - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Brazil - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Colombia - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - France - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Greece - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Israel - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Japan - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Japan - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Japan - 1987 A&M CD

Lisztomania - Japan - 2003 A&M CD

Limited Edition "Mini-LP"

Lisztomania - New Zealand - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Russia - 1998 RWCD CD

Lisztomania - Spain - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Spain - 1975 A&M Cassette

Translation of "banda sonora de la pelicula" is... "Soundtrack of the Movie"

Lisztomania - Taiwan - 1975 H LP

Lisztomania - Uruguay - 1975 A&M LP

Lisztomania - Venezuela - 1975 A&M Cassette

The Real Lisztomania - UK - 2002 Voiceprint CD

From the 2002 Rick Wakeman "Treasure Chest" limited edition, 8 CD Box Set. This version is original mix, from the original master tapes. (Also available as a single CD)

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DALTREY

Album: Daltrey

LPs (vinyl) Sampled: "Daltrey" [Polydor (UK), Polydor (Germany), MCA (USA)], "Roger Daltrey" [Polydor (Spain)], "Rock Legends: Roger Daltrey" [Polydor (UK)]

CDs Sampled: Polydor (UK), Repertoire (Germany - remastered), UK (Castle - remastered)

Non-album Tracks: "There is Love" (b side of "Thinking" all countries. Also released as a bonus track on the Repertoire CD)

LP Comments: Original Polydor (UK) pressings sound the best. The MCA (USA) pressings sound decent, but suffer from poor vinyl quality.

CD Comments: Unfortunately, the CD versions don't sound that good. The 1995 Polydor (UK) is a little thin sounding (not enough sound to fill the CD) and the Repertoire & Castle remastered CD suffers from remastering which is overly too bright and harsh, rendering it virtually unlistenable (Note: the Repertoire & Castle CDs use the same mastering).

Summary: The best choice for this album is the Polydor (UK) LP. If you don't have a turntable and want the album, then you might try the original UK Polydor CD. It is very clean sounding, but lacks the power of the LP versions.

Other Comments: This album would be a great candidate for remixing and remastering.

About: Daltrey

I used to really like this album when I was in my 20s and early 30s (must be an "age" thing). It was different. As Roger has described it:

"I put together a bunch of ballads as I didn't want to compete with The Who."

Apparently the album made Kit Lambert nervous as he told Roger it was "crap" because he didn't want any success of the album getting to his head and for him to "leave the band"... (That didn't go over well with Roger!)

The album (like any other) has some really good songs and some "weaker" songs. One of the problems with any Roger album is that without Pete Townshend's song writing, you have a great vocal performance, but not the kind of "strong" material that Who fans have come to expect.

My favorite songs on the album are:

* One Man Band
* Thinking
* It's A Hard Life
* Giving It All Away (which Roger performed live in 1985 on his first solo tour)

Back in 1983, I had collected every officially released version of every Who/Who solo song, except...

"There Is Love" - the "b" side to "Thinking"...

However, "Thinking" was a tough one (at the time). Plenty of USA promos (double A side), but no stock copies anywhere to be found. This was before the Internet and you actually had to pick up the phone and call people.

After calling what seemed like every record store in the USA, I came across a store called
Val Shivley's Records in Upper Darby, PA (outside of Philadelphia). He only carried 45s. After a moment of putting me on hold - he had a copy! How much? THREE DOLLARS???? That was it?

I asked him for directions and when he heard I was driving from close to NYC, he said, "Are you nuts? I will put it in the mail for you. It's a $3 record!"

Nope. I wanted it immediately. After searching for it for months and months, I wanted it now. He gave me directions; I hopped in the car, drove South West and got my record as he shakes his head at me...

I get home, put it on my father's turntable (no stereo setup at the time) and listened carefully to it...

It's a GOSPEL SONG!

Wow! That was different. It wasn't a bad gospel song, but rather a good one! I really liked the song too! :)

Patience sometimes pays off (other times it doesn't).

The Polydor CD is better than the Repertoire or Castle CDs (too much compression), but even the Polydor is "thin" sounding compared to the best pressing (the UK LP). This is another good candidate to be remastered...    

Track Listing: LP & Polydor CD: One Man Band, Way Of The World, You Are Yourself, Thinking, You & Me, It's A Hard Life, Giving It All Away, Story So Far, When The Music Stops, Reasons, One Man Band (Reprise)

Repertoire & Castle CDs: One Man Band, Way Of The World, You Are Yourself, Thinking, You & Me, It's A Hard Life, Giving It All Away, Story So Far, When The Music Stops, Reasons, One Man Band (Reprise), There Is Love

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RIDE A ROCK HORSE

Album: Ride A Rock Horse

LPs (vinyl) Sampled: Polydor (UK), MCA (USA), Polydor (Germany)

CDs Sampled: Repertoire (Germany - remastered), Castle (UK - remastered) 

Non-album Tracks: None on vinyl. However, the CD has bonus tracks of: You Put Something Better Inside Of Me, Dear John, Oceans Away-alternate version.

LP Comments: The Polydor (UK) uses better quality vinyl and has slightly better sound quality. The MCA (USA) sounds very good, but is noisy due to inferior vinyl.

CD Comments: The mastering on both CDs is very bright and harsh that it makes it difficult to listen to. (Note: the Repertoire & Castle CDs use the same mastered versions.)

Summary: This is a great album, but sadly, sound quality issues between poor vinyl quality or a poorly remastered CD make it difficult to find a good source. Searching for a mint Polydor (UK) LP copy might be difficult.

Other Comments: On the Repertoire (Germany) CD, the 1st two of the CD bonus tracks were put on by mistake, as "You Put Something Better Inside Of Me" was the "b" side of the UK single (however, this version is an outtake version), "One Of The Boys" and the "Dear John" was from the UK (and European) single, "Written On The Wind". These tracks are associated with Roger's 1977 solo album, "One Of The Boys", not this album. An attempt to correct this mistake was made on the Castle (UK) CD, leaving "Dear John" and "Oceans Away" as the bonus tracks. The liner notes explain that "Dear John" was an unused track from this album's sessions, even though it was a "b" side associated with "Written On The Wind" from "One Of The Boys".

This album would make a great candidate for remixing and remastering.

About: Ride A Rock Horse (& Bonus Tracks)

And what???

I played my LP to CDr copy. Way back in the day before all/most of our albums were issued on CD, I would take my "best sounding" vinyl of an unreleased album (on CD) and copy it to CD so I would have a "play" copy. Initially CDrs were only 74 minutes (later extended to 80 minutes) and the blanks were about $2 each. Regardless of the cost, many of these "older" albums were between 9-12 songs and didn't run very long (by today's standards), so I'd like to fill each disc up with "bonus tracks"... Hence a bit of an extended review - with some songs that perhaps you are unfamiliar with...

I original bought "Ride A Rock Horse" (along with "Daltrey" and "One Of The Boys") at a shopping mall in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I'm not sure if I spent more time hunting down records or studying for my MBA - but it sure seems like I spent more time with the records, doesn't it?

During my time in South East Florida (1982/83), I tracked down every record store known to man. It was "an adventure"...

"Ride A Rock Horse" is one of my 2 favorite Roger Daltrey solo albums (the other being
Parting Should Be Painless). While each of his albums has from a few to many great songs, this one is very consistent, as if it were thoughtfully pieced together vs. "a collection of songs".

I like the music, the song writing and especially Roger's vocal performances - which are outstanding...

I like every song on the album, but if I had to just pick one, it would be...

"Come And Get Your Love" (also titled, "Get Your Love") - this is a great song written by
Russ Ballard (who also wrote "Free Me").

Interesting enough... "Walking The Dog" (which has a bit of a "Magic Bus" flavor to it) was performed by The High Numbers and The Who as part of the Young Vic 1971 rehearsals. I suppose Roger finally wanted to record/release a version of this song...

This is a great album - and also a great candidate to be remastered on CD. The CD version that was released was done during the time period where "compression" was in vogue and I personally find it too harsh to play. The LP version(s) sound really good - but I'd bet a newly remastered CD would sound even better...

Now onto the bonus tracks...

Mind you, these weren't added to see what best "fits" as opposed to, "here are some extra tracks I want to listen to, let me see how I can make them fit best at the end of this album"....

* Treachery - This was a
Steve Swindells written track from "Best Bits" (which supposedly was written about the death of Anwar Sadat). Perhaps it was, but if I have to think about it too long, it means that I "don't quite get that". :) I wasn't a real fan of the song when it came out (a bit slower than I normally like) - but it is a really good song that grows on you over time... This may have been an outtake from "McVicar" along with "Martyrs & Madmen"... (Which is not on this CD - but is on "Best Bits").

* Is There Anybody Out There? - I'm not sure why I stuck this on the CD. I recall breaking up "Parting Should Be Painless" and putting its tracks on various "compilation" albums I made of Pete and Roger solo material - this might have been a leftover... Good song.

* Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - This is from "The Lost Boys" soundtrack - Roger's cover of the Elton John song. I never saw the movie, so it might "fit" well with it, but I probably would have produced this a bit differently. The Who version of "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" is incredible - and it shows you what the boys can do when they put some effort into something. This version of the song is a bit slow and dry. A nice rendition, but could be "snappier".

* If I Only Had A Heart - Yes, the song from... "The Wizard Of Oz" - except that this was from "The Wizard Of Oz In Concert". I went to that show (in NY). Roger played the Tin Man. After Jackson Brown's timid and relatively quiet "Scarecrow" performance, Roger came out (in the silver outfit and matching hat) swinging his microphone and sang this song as if The Who were playing it -great performance. The audience was blown away and it certainly was the highlight of a very good show!

* The Pig Must Die - Another obscure song - this one is from Mike Batt's, "The Hunting Of The Snark" (Roger also did "The Boys of Summer" for another Mike Batt album). This is a really cool song and I enjoy it every time I hear it (in this case - it seems that was about 6 years ago!).

* Quicksilver Lightning - This one is from the "Quicksilver" Soundtrack. A movie starring Kevin Bacon (who happens to be a huge Who fan). Some of you may remember the MTV video. I really liked this song a lot when it came out in 1986, but I may have had a bit of a burn out on it - as I like it less today. Still a very good song though...

* Unforgettable Opera - I'm not a real fan of "Rocks In The Head", but I always loved "Days Of Light". Perhaps this was my "next favorite song - so I stuck it on this CD to listen to...

* Break Out - This is an obscure b side from certain pressings of "The Pride You Hide" single. It's an obvious outtake from "Under A Raging Moon" and a fairly "weak" song. I used to love finding this kinda stuff, but this particular song was never well developed and OK for an occasional listen or to be stuck at the end of an album as a "bonus track"... 

Track Listing:

LP: Come And Get Your Love, Hearts Right, Oceans Away, Proud, World Over, Near To Surrender, Feeling, Walking The Dog, Milk Train, I Was Born To Sing Your Song

CD (Repertoire): Come And Get Your Love, Hearts Right, Oceans Away, Proud, World Over, Near To Surrender, Feeling, Walking The Dog, Milk Train, I Was Born To Sing Your Song, You Put Something Better Inside of Me, Dear John, Oceans Away (Alt. version)

CD (Castle): Come And Get Your Love, Hearts Right, Oceans Away, Proud, World Over, Near To Surrender, Feeling, Walking The Dog, Milk Train, I Was Born To Sing Your Song, Dear John, Oceans Away (Alt. version)

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LISZTOMANIA

Album(s): Lisztomania, The Real Lisztomania

LPs (vinyl) Sampled: A&M (USA), A&M (UK), A&M (Japan)

CDs Sampled: A&M (Japan - 1987), A&M (Japan - 2003), RWCD (Russia), Voiceprint (UK)

Non-album Tracks: (see below) 

LP Comments: I find the A&M (Japan) pressing to sound the best.

CD Comments: (Original Release) The A&M (Japan -1987) seems to come from a tape source at least one generation removed from the master. The sound quality is very clean and there's lots of dynamic range making the CD very "musical" and nice to listen to. However, there is audible hiss during the more quiet passages and the tone is ever-so-slightly on the bright side. The RWCD (Russia) CD versions I've listened to say "remastered", but the sound is a bit on the thinner side - not really up-to-par with the A&M (Japan) or the LP versions. The A&M (Japan - 2003) seems to come from a better source than the 1987 release as the sound quality is improved.

CD Comments: (The Real Lisztomania) This version comes from a recently (2001/2002) unearthed master tape, which was not used for the original "Lisztomania" release (the record company rejected this version). The mixes (and content) is different on this CD (compare track listings below). Unfortunately, an ambitious undertaking was somewhat wasted on a poor mastering job. Roger Daltrey's vocals on "Orpheus Song" sound as if they are underwater. "Love's Dream" (1st version) and "Peace At Last" are too sterile sounding and the 2nd version of "Love's Dream" sounds as if there is a steam radiator hissing steadily in the background.  The box set is limited to 1,000. I'd only recommend this for die-hard Roger Daltrey collectors or Rick Wakeman fans. Note: This version of the album does not include, "Funerailles".

Summary: The A&M (Japan) LP is the best version that I've heard to-date. I give it an edge over the A&M CD (Japan - 2003) due to an overall warmer sound quality.

Other Comments: It took me about 5 years to track down the Japanese A&M (1987) CD. Apparently they were also pressed in limited quantities.

About: Lisztomania

In some circles, the album is referred to as a Rick Wakeman album, in others it's Roger Daltrey and to take it to the extreme, Daltrey and Wakeman...

As you might know, after "Tommy", movie director Ken Russell lured Roger Daltrey into yet another movie, this time, "Lisztomania".

I watched it - once. Once was "enough" to "appreciate" it. :)

So, Roger's name is plastered all over the movie (as it's star) and his picture is prominently on the cover of the album and the singles from the album either say "Roger Daltrey" or "Roger Daltrey and Rick Wakeman" - so... let's just call it a "Roger Daltrey" album...

For all the trouble the is worth, Roger sings on only four songs on the album:

Love's Dream, Orpheus Song, Funerailles, Peace At Last

Nice songs, but more or less something you would put on a "greatest hits" or "best of" album than something you would just grab and listen to.

At one point in 2002, Rick Wakeman released "The Real Lisztomania" (initially as part of his box set) which featured some variations, including an alternate version of "Love's Dream". However, Rick's tapes didn't sound so good and unless you are a completest (like I am), there's no need to go crazy to track this down or spend a lot of money on it...

Track Listing (Original version): (Roger Daltrey lead vocal songs in green) Rienzi/Chopsticks Fantasia, Love's Dream, Dante Period, Orpheus Song, Hell, Hibernation, Excelsior Song, Master Race, Rape, Pillage & Clap, Funerailles, Free Song, Peace At Last

Track Listing (The Real Lisztomania): (Roger Daltrey lead vocal songs in green) The Scene, The Metronome, The Country Sword Dance, Free Song, The Freudian, Dante Period, Orpheus Song, For The Chop, Hell , Wagner's Dream, The Dream Of Hell, The Inferno Ride, Master Race, The Ride Of Thor, Excelsior Song, The Guardian Virgins, Rape, Pillage And Clap, Love's Dream, The Suffering, Peace At Last, Love's Dream (This is a very rare mix of Roger Daltrey and solo piano that was never used)

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