Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey Set to Release Joint-Album 'Going Back Home'
Wilko Johnson, legendary guitarist with Canvey Island rock pioneers Dr Feelgood, and Roger Daltrey, lead singer of rock giants The Who, are set to release the joint album Going Back Home on March 25, 2014, on the world-famous Chess Records label which was resurrected specifically for this record coming out through Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
Recorded in November of last year, Going Back Home is the first release on the newly re-launched Chess Records, featuring 11 tracks, ten of which are Johnson originals from both his Dr Feelgood days and solo years, plus a version of Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited classic "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window."
The album's roots began in 2010 when
They decided on the spot it would be a great idea to collaborate together on an album but both being busy men, the idea drifted away.
Then in January 2013 Johnson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told he had just months to live. The guitarist, riding high after Julien Temple's acclaimed Dr Feelgood documentary Oil City Confidential, seized upon the opportunity to make the most of his time left.
The album was recorded in a week using Johnson's touring band, Blockheads bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Dylan Howe, with ex-Style Council and Dexys
Going Back Home features re-makes of classic
For Wilko Johnson, who has faced down his cancer with admirable good humor and steely courage, Going Back Home represents a dream fulfilled at the end of his life. "I've had a brilliant year," says Johnson. "I was meant to die in October and now I've recorded this with Roger. I can't keep gushing," he continues, "but I saw
"I'm very proud of this album," adds Daltrey who is donating his royalties from the album to a Teen Cancer charity. "So much music today is over polished. This record has a freshness that can only come from the pressures we're under."
"You mean me dying?" Johnson laughs. "Yes," says Daltrey. "Because of that inconsiderate lump inside you. Who the hell does it think it is?!"
Tracklist for 'Going Back Home'
All Through The City (Wilko Johnson)
Sneaking Suspicion (Wilko Johnson)
Going Back Home (Wilko Johnson)
Everybody's Carrying A Gun (Wilko Johnson)
Keep It Out Of Sight (Wilko Johnson)
Keep On Loving You (Wilko Johnson, Norman Watt-Roy, Salvatore Ramundo)
Some Kind Of Hero (Wilko Johnson)
Turned 21 (Wilko Johnson)
I Keep It To Myself (Wilko Johnson)
Ice On The Motorway (Wilko Johnson)
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window (Bob Dylan)
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