Alfie Boe 'thrilled' to re-record The Who LP
Alfie Boe was "thrilled" to be asked to re-record the classic The Who album 'Quadrophenia'.
The 41-year-old was approached by the group's guitarist Pete Townshend to reimagine the band's sixth album, originally released in 1973, and said he was "couldn't believe" it when he got the call.
He told BANG Showbiz: "I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled, I was beside myself, I couldn't believe he'd asked me to be a part of it."
The English tenor admitted he had to seek advice from both Pete and lead singer Sir Roger Daltrey when singing on the album, 'Classic Quadrophenia', because he wanted to do the original LP justice.
Speaking about Pete's advice, he explained: "He wrote the piece so I needed advice, I needed to know what he wanted from it, what sort of approach he thought I should bring to it, but the biggest advice he could give to me was to make it my own, just use my ability to sing and adapt it to the music."
And although he was excited to be part of such a collection, he confessed he is now taking a break from making albums for the foreseeable future, having released eight albums in eight years.
He said: "I'm going to hold off for a little bit I think. I'm being approached quite often about coming up with concepts for albums, but I think it's time to just sit back and just enjoy being back on stage.
"I feel like I've rushed albums out in the past, it's been one every year, so it'll be nice to slow down, sit back, and take stock of an album, and make sure the songs that are on it, whether they're covers or originals, are done in the right way and presented in the right way."
'Classic Quadrophenia' will be released on Deutsche Grammophon on 8 June 2015. The world premiere performance takes place at The Royal Albert Hall in London on 5 July 2015. For more information, visit www.classicquadrophenia.com