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Under a Raging Moon is Roger Daltrey's sixth solo album issued in September 1985. The album reached No. 42 on the US charts, and the single "After the Fire", written by Pete Townshend, reached No. 48. It includes a tribute to Keith Moon, former drummer of The Who who died in 1978, on the track "Under a Raging Moon".[9] In Canada, the album reached No. 33 on the RPM Magazine charts,[10] and "After the Fire" reached No. 53.[11]

Under a Raging Moon
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1985
StudioRAK Recording Studios and Odyssey Studios, London
ProducerAlan Shacklock
Roger Daltrey chronology
Parting Should Be Painless
Under a Raging Moon
Can't Wait to See the Movie
Singles from Under a Raging Moon
  1. "After the Fire"
    Released: September 1985[1]
  2. "Let Me Down Easy"
    Released: November 1985[2]
  3. "Under a Raging Moon"
    Released: February 1986[3]
  4. "The Pride You Hide"
    Released: May 1986[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[6]
Kerrang!4.5/5 stars[7]
The Daily Vault album reviewsA[8]

The album was produced by Alan Shacklock, recorded at RAK Recording Studios and Odyssey Studios, London, and released on Atlantic Records in the US. Later the album was also released on CD (Atlantic 7 81269-1) in the US, including the bonus track "Love Me Like You Do", written by Andy Nye.[9]

The track "Under a Raging Moon" was written by John Parr and Julia Downes. The track was a tribute to Keith Moon who died in 1978. It was said that John Entwistle had wanted to play this song instead of "Won't Get Fooled Again" at Live Aid in 1985 with The Who, but Pete Townshend disagreed so Entwistle decided to record his own version on his live solo album Left for Live as a further tribute to Moon.[12]

The album featured Zak Starkey playing drums; this was Starkey's second album that he had worked on, the other being Sun City released in the same year by Artists United Against Apartheid.

Daltrey later recalled "That was the album I really wanted to make ... it got great airplay and sold an awful lot."[13]


Critical receptionEdit

Mike DeGagne of Allmusic wrote about the title track: "Daltrey's thunderous but passionate ode to his former friend and drummer Keith Moon is a fervent downpour of frustration that can be truly felt inside every line of the song. A spectacular drum solo from Mark Brzezicki is a modest tribute to the late Moon and adds depth indefinitely."[5]

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."After the Fire"Pete Townshend4:36
2."Don't Talk to Strangers"Julia Downes, Kris Ryder, Roger Daltrey4:13
3."Breaking Down Paradise"Russ Ballard4:07
4."The Pride You Hide"Alan Dalgleish, Roger Daltrey, Nicky Tesco4:33
5."Move Better in the Night"Chris Thompson, Stevie Lange, Robbie McIntosh, Roger Daltrey3:58
Side two
6."Let Me Down Easy"Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance4:08
7."Fallen Angel"Kit Hain4:29
8."It Don't Satisfy Me"Alan Shacklock, Roger Daltrey3:14
9."Rebel"Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance4:20
10."Under a Raging Moon"Julia Downes, John Parr6:42

Extra track released on CD and cassette, not LPEdit

This track was included as track six on the album, but only on the CD and cassette editions, not the record. The track was later released as the B-side to Daltrey's 1986 single, "Quicksilver Lightning", the theme to the Kevin Bacon film Quicksilver.

6."Love Me Like You Do"Andy Nye6:05


  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmony vocals (Track 1), backing vocals (Track 11)), sequencing (Tracks 2, 11), emulator (Tracks 3–5), Hammond organ (Track 7)
  • Mark Brzezicki – drums, triangle and cabasa (Track 2), percussion (Track 3)
  • Tony Butler – bass (Track 1)
  • Robbie McIntosh – guitars (Tracks 1–6, 8–11), Strat-solo (Track 2), solo (Tracks 6, 7), slide solo (Track 10)
  • Bryan Adams – guitars
  • Nick Glennie-Smith – keyboards (Tracks 1–3, 8, 11
  • John Siegler – bass (Tracks 2–11)
  • Mark Feltham – harmonica (Tracks 5, 9)
  • Alan Shacklock – piano (Tracks 1, 6, 10), keyboards (Tracks 2, 3, 11), sequencing (Tracks 2, 11), emulator (Track 3), percussion (Track 4), Hammond organ (Tracks 6, 10), Fender Rhodes (Track 6), tambourine (Track 7), sampling (Track 8), acoustic guitar and sequencer (Track 10), Fairlight (Track 11)
  • Bruce Watson – E-bow (Track 1)
  • Russ Ballard – guitar and harmony vocals (Track 3)
  • Mark Williamson – harmony vocals (Tracks 2, 6), backing vocals (Tracks 3–5, 7, 8, 11)
  • Annie McCraig – backing vocals (Tracks 3–5, 7, 8, 11)
  • John Payne – backing vocals (Tracks 3–5, 7, 8, 11)
  • John Parr – backing vocals (Track 11)
  • Steve Rance – Fairlight CMI (Track 11)
  • On track 10, drummers in order of performance:
  • Will Gosling – recording
  • Graham Hughes – sleeve concept, photography

Singles chart positionEdit

"After The Fire" No. 48, 1985[9] "Let Me Down Easy" No. 86, 1986

See alsoEdit


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  5. ^ a b De Gagne, Mike. "Roger Daltrey Under a Raging Moon review". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  6. ^ Robbins, Ira (5 December 1985). "Album Reviews: Roger Daltrey – Under a Raging Moon". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 25 February 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  7. ^ Simmons, Sylvie (17 October 1985). "Roger Daltrey 'Under a Raging Moon'". Kerrang!. 105. London, UK: Morgan Grampian. p. 26.
  8. ^ "Under A Raging Moon : Roger Daltrey : Atlantic Records, 1985". Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d "Roger Daltrey Discography". Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  10. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums – December 14, 1985" (PDF).
  11. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles – November 9, 1985" (PDF).
  12. ^ "The Who – Roger Daltrey Solo Albums". Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Roger Daltrey concert review: Costa Mesa, Calif". Retrieved 29 August 2014.

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