Happy April Fools Day! In the Spring of 1977 Pete Townshend and his Faces buddy Ronnie Lane were putting the finishing touches on Rough Mix, one of my favorite albums of the year.
"Basically the album came about because I was in financial trouble," Lane told David Marsh in 1983, "and I went to see Pete, not to ask for anything, just to see him socially. Obviously, we talked about each other's state. Mine came up and he said 'Well, we've talked about working together in the past. Why don't we get an album together?' I said 'That would solve my problem'. It did."
Townshend and Lane weren't the only musicians on the album. In fact, Eric Clapton plays dobro on "April Fool", a song that seems to reflect a certain wistfulness.. During the sessions, Lane discovered he had multiple sclerosis.
The album was released September 16, 1977.