As Long As I Have You 6/10

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West Lon­don soul boy looks back

Dal­trey was buy­ing 45s be­fore soul was named, so this col­lec­tion of cov­ers and a cou­ple of originals is an­other side of max­i­mum R&B. The Gar­net Mimms ti­tle track is from the Who foun­da­tion year of 1964, and roars out of the traps like “5.15”, their pri­mal Mod rem­i­nis­cence. Par­lia­ment’s “Get On Out Of The Rain” ben­e­fits from a scream­ing Town­shend solo, and his old spar­ring part­ner adds guid­ing gui­tar touches al­most through­out. Dal­trey’s own “Al­ways Head­ing Home” draws on his menin­gi­tis scare in 2015, but his voice isn’t built for such poignancy. This is a 74-year-old’s dance record, not an elegy.

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