Every leaf must fall, Annie

Annie – Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane (1977) FLAC HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Annie” was released in September 1977 on the collaborative album Rough Mix, by The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend and former Small Faces and Faces bassist Ronnie Lane. This is just a seriously beautiful song. It features clips from Terence Davies’ 2008 “Of Time and the City”….one of the most beautiful (and depressing) documentary films I’ve ever seen. (If you find the footage as compelling as I do, you might enjoy the video I made for The Waterboys’ “Old England” https://youtu.be/j7_3bIM_K94 )

I’ll admit I was never a huge fan of The Who (I do love Tommy and Who Are You), and though I can clearly remember the Rough Mix album being very critically acclaimed at the time it was released, I never bought it because I just never really connected to much of Pete Townshend’s work (here’s “And I Moved” https://youtu.be/4j_ozDnIaHc -:) Maybe 10 years after it was released (and after reading about it being rated one of the best of the 70’s in some magazine….after all those years it would still be mentioned now and again in these best of lists!), I broke down and bought the album. I maybe listened to it maybe 3 times and put it away. A few weeks ago, a Youtube friend mentioned the record in his comments for one of my other videos (The Strangler’s “Always The Sun” https://youtu.be/0mdzwUxjQBI )…and I was decided it was time I gave this record another chance. It’s so strange, but this time the first time I listened to it the record clicked and I understood why it was so highly regarded! I now consider myself a fan of this album and I have been listening to it quite a bit lately….I might video a couple more tracks later. It took 40 years, but I’m thankful a fan’s suggestion intrigued and allowed me to finally find this record’s charms! This video is dedicated to my fellow Youtube music fan Johmathan B. Swift: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC99hFR1JyEinBhsLrQLG6Qw

On 21 October 1976, The Who closed a brief North American tour in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens, a show that would be the last with Keith Moon before a paying audience.

The Who’s band members then took a hiatus to pursue various individual interests.

Pete Townshend had been initially contacted by Ronnie Lane to produce his next album, the project instead turning into a full-blown collaboration between the pair. Lane expressed an interest in a songwriting collaboration but Townshend, who has very rarely co-written songs, was unwilling. The instrumental title track is credited to both musicians, however.

During the recording of Rough Mix, Lane’s multiple sclerosis was diagnosed (in one instance, Lane had an emotional issue related to his MS that caused an argument between him and an unknowing Townshend). Nonetheless Lane toured, wrote and recorded (with Eric Clapton among others) and in 1979 released another album, See Me, which features several songs written by Lane and Clapton. Around this time Lane traveled the highways and byways of England and lived a ‘passing show’ modern nomadic life in full Gypsy traveler costume and accommodation.

The album featured songs written by both principals in a vein less like that of The Who or The Faces but instead close to the folk-rock vogue of the early 1970’s among various English bands.

A number of famous colleagues appeared on the recording, among them Eric Clapton, fellow member of The Who, John Entwistle, Ian Stewart, and Charlie Watts. Orchestral arrangements for the track “Street in the City” were provided by Townshend’s father-in-law, noted British film and television theme composer Edwin Astley.

Rough Mix was remastered in 2006 and released by Hip-O Records, the reissue label for the Universal Music Group, in both 5.1 surround sound format on Dual-disc and standard stereo compact disc. The reissue featured three outtakes as bonus tracks.

Oh, look stand tall, Annie
See the world grow small, Annie
But when will it fall, Annie, when will it be

Winter has come, Annie
No friend in the sun, Annie
And when it’s gone, Annie
Where shall we be?

All those colors have faded
When ol’ Jack comes to call
Don’t tell him no, tell him maybe
Oh now, Annie, may God bless us all
Oh yes Annie, God bless us all

Did the children they call, Annie?
Every leaf must fall, Annie
God bless us all, Annie
Where ever will be