The MARK’S VINTAGE VINYL page features something from Mark’s collection of recordings from over the years. Most of it is on vinyl – hence the name – though there will be a few entries from his CDs (remember those?).
White City: A Novel, by Pete Townshend
- Eighth studio album by Pete Townshend released in 1985.
- The record is a concept album that takes place in a low income housing district in London called White City. It tells a story of a conflict of culture, racial tension, and the dreams of youth in the 60s.
- David Gilmour of Pink Floyd contributed to the album, playing guitar on 2 tracks, and co-writing the song White City Fighting.
- The album peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Three singles charted on the Mainstream Rock chart – Give Blood reached #5, Face the Face reached #3 (it also hit #26 on the Hot 100 chart), and Second Hand Love peaked at #32.
- As a fan of the band The Who, I was curious how Townshend’s solo efforts would sound, so I bought the record without any knowledge of the songs. I was not disappointed – the album is excellent, surprisingly “pop-ish.” I really like all the songs – I guess if I have to pick a favorite, I’ll go with Face the Face. Here’s the video of a live version. Funny to watch Townshend just as a frontman, without the windmill guitar playing. This is a kick-ass song!