Pete Townshend has released a new track, “Guantanamo” – scroll down to hear it.
The song is one of two brand new tracks to appear on the Who songwriter’s new solo compilation, Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend, set for release on June 29, 2015.
Along with “Guantanamo” and “How Can I Help You”, Truancy features 15 other songs from across Townshend’s solo career, including “Rough Boys”, “Let My Love Open The Door” and “Face The Face”.
Discussing “Guantanamo”, Townshend says: “I thought this song might never see the light of day, but now President Obama has relaxed sanctions in Cuba, it is a happy sign he might go further.
“Technically this was created in rather a laborious way. I recorded a long organ drone using my vintage Yamaha E70 organ (used many times by me on Who and solo recordings in the past), and then cut it into something that sounded like a song using a feature unique to Digital Performer called ‘chunks’.
“This creates blocks of groups of tracks that can be assembled and disassembled easily, like cutting multitrack analogue tape with a razor blade, but with less blood. The lyric grew out of the implicit angry frustration in the organ tracks.”
The tracklisting for Truancy is:
Pure And Easy (originally from Who Came First)
Sheraton Gibson (from Who Came First)
Let’s See Action (Nothing Is Everything) (from Who Came First)
My Baby Gives It Away (from Rough Mix)
A Heart To Hang On To (from Rough Mix)
Keep Me Turning (from Rough Mix)
Let My Love Open The Door (from Empty Glass)
Rough Boys (from Empty Glass)
The Sea Refuses No River (from All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes)
Face Dances (Pt. 2) (from All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes)
White City Fighting (from White City)
Face The Face (from White City)
I Won’t Run Anymore (from The Iron Man)
English Boy (from Psychoderelict)
You Came Back (from Scoop)|
How Can I Help You
“I hope it offers a selection that works to introduce new fans to my solo work,” says Townshend. “I am a bit of a dabbler, I’m afraid. I am as interested in building, developing and playing with recording studios as I am with making music.
“The Who has taken up most of my road hours, and in this year of the 50th anniversary of our first significant year in 1965, we are back on the road again.”