|One of the Boys|
|Produced by David Courtney and Tony Meehan|
|Released on May 13, 1977|
|UK CHART POSITION #45 . . . US CHART POSITION #46|
|Find it at GEMM|
R eleased one year before Who Are You, light years removed from it musically. One of the Boys is one for the formaldehyde files, a curio for fans of the ‘70s singer/songwriter phase released on the eve of the punk revolution. If you heard the single “One of the Boys,” that wasn’t the tip of the rock & roll iceberg, it was the iceberg. The remaining tracks travel the lowlands between country and light rock (and even a little disco on the chorus to “Giddy,” which Ringo Starr frankly could have done better). Given that the mid ’70s was sort of a musical morass for everyone (Cat Stevens, Elton John, John Lennon), One of the Boys is one of the last Daltrey albums you need to own. I know, you’re wondering about “Say It Ain’t So, Joe” and “Avenging Annie.” Aren’t they better than that? Yes, they are, but they’re not unique to this album; songwriters Murray Head and Andy Pratt have dibs on those songs respectively. Daltrey does a good job on them, but he did as much with the material on McVicar, and it doesn’t hold a candle to the way he torched up Townshend’s material. (For UK fans: note that the US release featured “Say It Ain’t So” in place of “Written On The Wind.” Both songs plus a pair of tracks appear on the expanded CD reissue.) Now for the gratuitous namechecking: Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, John Entwistle, Mick Ronson, Rod Argent. They all contribute something to the final product, and yet it actually amounts to very little. I buy Daltrey albums because (1) I’m a collector, (2) I genuinely like his voice, and (3) I’ll slip a dog like Cat Stevens’ Foreigner or Elton John’s Caribou onto the turntable just to calibrate my sense of smell. There are weak moments when I think Daltrey’s work is adequate, usually when I crave any morsel from The Who’s bounty, but then I think of the all the hard-working people out there who might blow ten bucks on this instead of springing for The Who Sell Out or White City, and I find strength. Just kidding with the melodrama, but really this isn’t one of the better boys in Daltrey’s dugout.
|37031 back cover||37031 lyric sleeve|
ROGER DALTREY -- vocals
ROD ARGENT -- keyboards
STUART CALVER -- backing vocals
JOHN ENTWISTLE -- bass
JIMMY JEWELL -- saxophone
PHIL KENZIE -- saxophone
PAUL KEOGH - guitar
JIMMY McCULLOCH -- guitar
BRIAN ODGERS -- bass
JOHN PERRY -- backing vocals
TONY RIVERS -- backing vocals
STUART TOSH -- drums
Eric Clapton -- guitar?
Andy Fairweather-Low -- guitar?
Alvin Lee -- guitar (3)
Hank B. Marvin -- guitar? (1,5)
Mick Ronson -- guitar
Tony Meehan -- arrangements
Phil McDonald -- engineer
Graham Hughes (with thanks to Magritte) -- photography & design
Ian Murray -- typography
Mike Mann Studio -- retouching
|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||May 13, 1977||Polydor||LP/CS||2442 146||lyric sleeve|
|US||May 13, 1977||MCA||LP||MCA-2271||lyric sleeve|
|US||MCA||LP||37031||"Platinum Plus" reissue of MCA-2271|
|EUR||1998||Repertoire||CDX||4643||digital remaster w. bonus tracks|
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