815 708-1 Y-1 Sweet Sound
Produced by Pete Townshend
Released on 1983
US CHART POSITION #169
Find it at GEMM
815 708-1 Y-1 cover
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W ho is Simon Townshend? Why, Pete’s brother of course! Pete, Simon, simple enough. The troubling part is that now we’ve got two talented Townshends mucking about in the musical woods. It would have been easy to dismiss Sweet Sound as opportunism cum nepotism, and in fact I expected to after giving the album cover a gander (maybe he cleans up nice). But Sweet Sound by any name would have smelled sweet. Simon is not his brother’s clone, instead straddling the rock/pop/new wave fence like, I dunno, a male version of Kim Wilde. “Palace In The Air” and “I’m The Answer” are awfully catchy, for example, and you’d hate to think of them never being recorded. Nothing on Sweet Sound is going to rock your world, but I’ve heard a lot worse. A lot (Roger Daltrey, I’m looking at you). While Simon sounds like brother Pete sometimes, his voice is generally deeper and gruffer. His lyrics are, um, not really very good; the arrangements are (credit producer Pete). But the lion’s share of the credit goes to Simon, who writes all of the material, sings it (sometimes very well) and presumably plays guitar and synthesizers, making him something of a triple threat. Released during a relative lull in whomankind, Sweet Sound actually entered Billboard’s Top 200. It could thus be said that Simon Townshend made his mark with this record. Whether the Townshend name helped him or hurt him is a question better left for David Knopfler. However, I will say that this album is a good deal better than most records that clock in at number 169. If you’ve already delved into the solo work of The Who, check this one out. You’re in for a sweet surprise.

815 708-1 Y-1 back cover 815 708-1 Y-1 lyric sleeve
815 708-1 Y-1 back cover 815 708-1 Y-1 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. SWEET SOUND    4:22
  2. I'M THE ANSWER    4:54
  3. ON THE SCAFFOLDING    5:06
  4. MR. SUNDAY    5:13
  5. SO REAL    3:42
  6. PALACE IN THE AIR    4:51
  7. ...AND MORE WITH YOU    3:40
  8. FREAKERS    4:30
  9. HEART STOPS    4:04

    All songs written by Simon Townshend

CREDITS

SIMON TOWNSHEND --
RON ASPERY -- sax
STEVE BARNACLE -- bass
MARK BRZEZICKI -- drums
CHRIS STAINTON -- piano
Ted Astley -- string arrangement
Bill Price -- engineer
Jon Kelly -- additional recording
Jules Bowen -- additional recording
Davies and Starr -- photography
Martyn Atkins, T&C Planning -- design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1983 Polydor LP POLD5128  
US 1983 Polydor/21 Records LP 815 708 lyric sleeve
CAN 1983 Polydor LP PDS1-6383  

 

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