The Who‘s Pete Townshend has shared an orchestral version of ‘Love, Reign O’er Me’.
The recording will feature on the upcoming ‘Classic Quadrophenia’ album, which will be released on June 9. British tenor Alfie Boe sings on track. Watch a video for the track below, which features clips of the 1979 Quadrophenia film and new footage shot on Brighton beach.
Townshend recently confirmed details of a “classical” version of his band’s ‘Quadrophenia’ album. The original LP was released in 1973, with an orchestral re-recording of the album coming out to mark the influential band’s 50th anniversary.
The recording features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London’s Oriana Choir, the aforementioned Alfie Boe, conductor Robert Ziegler, singer-songwriter Rachel Fuller, plus Townshend on electric guitar. It was recorded at London’s Air Studios last October. Townshend and co will perform the reworked album at the Royal Albert Hall in London on July 5.
“A lot of major symphony orchestras are in trouble because their audience is getting old and the younger audiences prefer softer stuff, such as film soundtrack music,” Townshend recently explained. “I think that ‘Quadrophenia’ would reinvigorate their audiences and bring in people who might not otherwise go to see a symphony orchestra perform without lights and fireworks and a movie screen.”
Townshend will be honoured for his charity work with a Stevie Ray Vaughan Award next month. The guitarist will be presented the award by Bruce Springsteen at a special benefit concert in New York on May 28. Townshend will also perform live at the event, with Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Foreigner’s Mick Jones also set to appear. Townshend has been a drug addiction recovery activist since the 1980s, particularly supporting the MusiCares MAP Fund.
Meanwhile, Tho Who singer Roger Daltrey recently claimed that Townshend wants the group to record another album. The band released their last studio album ‘Endless Wire’ in 2006.
Daltrey told Rolling Stone: “He’s just talking about it. I’ve heard a couple of tracks, which are great. There are loads of things we can do in the future, but we can’t keep doing this sort of tour. This bit of our career is closed, but maybe two more doors open up. Pete is an incredibly vibrant musician. I could see us playing acoustically in some ways.”