Can't Wait to See the Movie

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Can't Wait to See the Movie
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1987
StudioAt various studios in London and Los Angeles
LabelAtlantic (1987 LP and Cassettes)
Rhino (1987 CD format)
Virgin (outside US/Canada)
Roger Daltrey chronology
Under a Raging Moon
Can't Wait to See the Movie
Best of Rockers & Ballads
Singles from Can't Wait to See the Movie
  1. "Hearts of Fire"
    Released: June 1987[1]
  2. "Take Me Home"
    Released: 1987[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores

Can't Wait to See the Movie is the seventh solo studio album by English singer, songwriter and actor Roger Daltrey, the lead vocalist for the Who. It was released in June 1987 by Atlantic Records, and was primarily produced by Alan Shacklock, in association with David Foster, Chas Sanford and Jimmy Scott.[4] Among the songs Daltrey is credited as co-writer on two tracks "Balance on Wires" and "Take Me Home".[5] David Foster co-wrote the track "The Price of Love", which was also featured in the 1987 movie The Secret of My Success, starring Michael J. Fox.

Can't Wait to See the Movie is a pop album that incorporates some genres such as funk, rock, and jazz, and it makes prominent use of synthesizers. The album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, with some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production as too polished. It was also a commercial disappointment, missing the album charts in Europe and the US. One critic referred to it as "Can't Wait to Sell the Record," while other reviewers noted good points to the recordings. When asked about the album at the time, Daltrey said that "It's amazing after all these years how everything can become new and fun again."[6]


The album's only UK top 100 hit, "Hearts of Fire", was written by Russ Ballard. Ballard played guitar on this track, as well as providing backing vocals. Ballard also wrote and performed on Daltrey's first two solo studio albums, Daltrey (1973) and Ride a Rock Horse (1975). Daltrey recorded some other Ballard originals for his McVicar soundtrack and his previous studio album Under a Raging Moon. This album remains his final contribution from Ballard.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Mike DeGagne wrote of the album "Knowing the potential that is harnessed within Daltrey, his half-hearted attempts at unleashing the pains built up by failed romances doesn't add up to much. Some uplifting sax played by Gary Barnacle keeps the album from being a total write-off as it surfaces here and there, but a lifeless array of synthesizers droning in the backdrop of every song nullifies even the smallest asset, while adding to the pretentiousness."[3]

Track listing[edit]

The original US album track listing is as follows:

Side one
1."Hearts of Fire"Russ Ballard5:06
2."When the Thunder Comes"
  • Damon Metrebian
  • Chas Sandford
3."Ready for Love"Kit Hain3:28
4."Balance on Wires"
5."Miracle of Love"
Side two
6."The Price of Love"4:16
7."The Heart Has Its Reasons"Jimmy Scott4:11
8."Alone in the Night"4:27
9."Lover's Storm"3:53
10."Take Me Home"
Total length:45:45



Production and artwork


Chart (1987) Peak
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 41

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Roger Daltrey - Hearts Of Fire". Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Roger Daltrey - Take Me Home". Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  3. ^ a b Mike DeGagne. "Can't Wait to See the Movie - Roger Daltrey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Scott Discography". Jimmy Scott, songwriter. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Can't Wait to See the Movie". Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Roger Daltrey - Can't Wait To See The Movie - 1987 USA Press Kit". 13 October 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Can't Wait to See the Movie". Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  8. ^ " – Roger Daltrey – Can't Wait to See the Movie". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2023.

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