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A Quick One (Happy Jack)

The Who Audio CD
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The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, harmonica and guitar), Pete Townshend (guitar, keyboards and vocals), John Entwistle (bass guitar, brass and vocals) and Keith Moon (drums and percussion). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction.The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 ... Read more in Amazon's The Who Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00000844N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Run Run Run
2. Boris The Spider
3. I Need You
4. Whiskey Man
5. Heatwave
6. Cobwebs
7. Don't Look Away
8. See My Way
9. So Sad About Us
10. A Quick One, While He's Away
11. Batman
12. Buckett
13. Barbara Ann
14. Disguises
15. Doctor, Doctor
16. I've Been Away
17. In The City
18. Happy Jack (Acoustic Version)
19. Man With The Money
20. My Generation/Land Of Hope And Glory

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A Quick One (20 Track CD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time great 23 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Skip the remastered versions, or anything with extra tracks.
This just don't need them! The original 10 tracks from 1966 may only last about 33 mins, but, in the course of changing from track 1 to 2, The Who stopped being just another R & B mod cover band, and became Pop Art.
Of course this is slung together and very self-indulgent in spots-who cares? The fun of red-hot pop music, innovation, four young kids discovering themselves and a new sound over the course of half-an-hour or so is still as infective as it has been these last 39 years.
One you MUST not miss!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best version I've heard! 10 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
OK, every serious 'The Who' fan knows that the re-mastered version of this album isn't really that much cop. So much so, that the casual fan could very easily over look this classic. A classic it is however! These limited edition imports of The Who collection are not easy to come by, by if you are able to obtain copies then you must see it on a par with witnessing the second coming. This is the best version of this album that I've ever heard. (And that includes the original vinyl version.) I've no idea what they've done to it, and technical mumbo jumbo is really not my thing, but it sounds so much better than the normal re-master that the high price tag is forgivable. From the opening track to Boris the Spider and all the way through to the title track it's a joy, but then again you could even say that about the 'other' version! I'm very pleased, any 'The Who' fan should be pleased, and the casual fan? Well if you've gotten this far then why stop? Get them all!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten and underrated 15 Mar 2004
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It's a shame that when a band produces a number of great albums that some of their lesser known albums fall by the wayside. This is certainly one of those. It's not that this is their best (but by no means their worst), but it deserves more exposure than it gets.
John Entwistle's greatest song is here for a start, the arachnophobic 'Boris the Spider'. He was apparently stuck for material to write about, and noticed a spider...the rest is history! There is also the best song that Keith Moon's name was put to - the insanely twisted 'Cobwebs and Strange' that could only have come from the head of someone like Keith Moon. It feels like Pete Townsend took a backseat in the songwriting department here, as there's also a rare contribution from Roger Daltrey, and the bonus tracks are covers versions that appeared on the b-sides of singles.
Pete Townsend's outstanding contribution here though is 'A Quick One While He's Away'. It's the first of his 'rock operas', but it stands in the shadows of the overrated 'Tommy' and the excellent 'Quadrophenia'.
This album sits well alongside the classics 'The Who Sell Out', 'Tommy', 'Live at Leeds', 'Who's Next' and 'Quadrophenia', and is certainly better than any of the albums not mentioned above.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick One Box (for collector's only) 17 Dec 2008
By Luke Pacholski - Published on
Format:Audio CD
First off, some details that Amazon is missing:

Catalog #: UICY-93539/40

[disc 1] (mono)
1. Run Run Run
2. Boris The Spider
3. I Need You
4. Whiskey Man
5. Heat Wave
6. Cobwebs And Strange
7. Don't Look Away
8. See My Way
9. So Sad About Us
10. A Quick One, While He's Away
11. Substitute
12. Circles
13. I'm A Boy
14. In The City
15. Batman
16. Bucket T
17. Barbara Ann
18. Disguises
19. Happy Jack
20. I've Been Away
21. Substitute (US Single Version)
22. I'm A Boy (Alternate Version)
23. Batman (Instrumental) (unreleased)
24. Happy Jack (Acoustic Version)
25. Happy Jack (Alternate Version/Mix)

[disc 2] (stereo)
1. Run Run Run
2. Boris The Spider
3. I Need You
4. Whiskey Man
5. Heat Wave
6. Cobwebs And Strange
7. Don't Look Away
8. See My Way (Simulated Stereo)
9. So Sad About Us
10. A Quick One, While He's Away
11. I'm A Boy
12. In The City
13. Batman
14. Bucket T
15. Barbara Ann
16. Disguises
17. I've Been Away
18. Man With Money
19. My Generation - Land Of Hope And Glory
20. I'm A Boy (Alternate Version)

The packaging is quite stunning. The box contains the 2 CDs, a booklet, and high quality reproductions of 7 LP sleeves, 8 EP sleeves, and 12 single sleeves.

For the most part the sound is pretty good. Most of the mono tracks sound as good as they ever have. The stereo tracks (all original mixes except 13-15, 18 and 19) generally sound quite good, although as the liner notes indicate, the somewhat midrange heavy sound of the tapes was basically left alone. The only exceptions are Batman, Bucket T, and a brief spot in Disguises, which do not sound as good.

It isn't perfect, but it is still a very impressive set, and possibly the best place to get most of these tracks on CD.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Version? 26 Dec 1999
By Edward B. Hanel Jr. - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a highly desirable release for hard-core Who collectors! For those interested in such details, this is Japanese Polydor POCP-9194. It is one of 12 recent Who releases, all of which lovingly focus on giving the fan definitive packaging for the Who LP in question. The music is the same as that found on the 1995 re-mastered version. Who fans have argued over the merits of that effort, and can decide for themselves if they like or dislike the results. So why pay for this limited edition import while domestic versions are still available? Because the Japanese have issued this with a miniture cardboard "LP" sleeve, as well as two booklets with the usual Japanese flair for marketing (One in color reproduces the liner notes for the 95 re-master, and one in black & white includes a lyrics book and as expected, a Japanese translation.) Finally, there is an insert that is part of a detailed Who song discography. Listing songs alphabetically, with details about where recorded, if and when released, and other details, this is potentially a good overall start for a fan's easy to assemble comprehensive Who discography. The world is not perfect, of course. There are some mistakes and the section in A Quick One covers songs from "Bank Holiday" through "Disquises". So where is "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" and "Athena"? Apparently, Polydor in Japan has the first section prepared for a release of the first Who LP, My Generation.
Subsequent CD's in this series (Sell Out, Tommy, Live at Leeds, etc.) include miniture copies of posters and inserts found in the original UK releases. In view of those efforts, this version of A Quick One could prove to be part of the definitive Who CD catalogue for sometime to come.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Great! Buy for the Who Collector-includes ten bonus tracks 17 Mar 2014
By Joseph Eastlack - Published on
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I really love the old music of The Who. Every single and lp of that period was the "BOMB!" From "I Can't Explain" to the rock opera "Tommy" they did not miss a step. Besides the original lp, there are 10 Bonus Tracks. Among these tracks is an Everly Brothers tune called "A Man With Money". I just love that song! I also have this song by a group called A Wild Uncertainty. The version by AWU is great but, does not hold a candle to The Who. I purchased this Japanese import a couple years ago and found it to have great audio output. It sound really great. I have the original cd version on MCA and the quality of sound is just really poor. I really didn't pay a really steep price for it, so I decidede to purchase the Japanese expanded version of My Generation and The Who Sell Out expanded version as well. I had a particular thing for the original LP when I purchased that way back in 1966. With that all being said, the original album and 10 bonus tracks-it is fantastic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Serious, Light and Dark 3 Dec 2012
By Dave "Fever Tree" Sigmon - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The primitive hard rock power of their debut album gives way to tough-sounding pop. The remake of Martha and the Vandellas "Heatwave" is the only vestige of any ties to their "maximum R&B beginnings. It's way more understated than the original but their choirboy harmonies make it kind of funny.

There are no Mod anthems here like "My Generation" or "The Kids Are Alright", but the original songwriting is more fascinating with lots of humor or drama underneath. The three-part (and occasional four-part) harmonizing is more ethereal, giving the songs more of a complexity in their sound. The music itself flirts with more rhythms, which is especially apparent with guitarist Pete Townshend. The band is more democratic too: every member contributes compositionally. Singer Roger Daltrey's sole track doesn't quite cut it, however, the other three writers compensate and they dig deeply into the freak in all of us. Drummer Keith Moon's frenetic instrumental, "Cobwebs and Strange", spotlights his sloppy-but-tight drumming and some marching-band brass to the fullest effect. It's so Moony! Bassist John Entwistle is the unmasked hero on two even greater tunes. He brings in his quirky humor with his made-up prison mate, "Whiskey Man", accenting it with his even quirkier French horn. And with "Boris the Spider", he unleashes a stranger (and very warped) sense of humor right down to its repulsive details. Townshend's use of feedback here has never shown such subtlety. Speaking of Townshend, the expected hero shores up five songs. None disappoint and at least three offer ample proof that Townshend is no simpleton either. There's the string of misfortune in the disturbing "Run Run Run". There's a sense of irony with the misfit in "Happy Jack", who's defiantly happy. But the crown jewel is "A Quick One While He's Away", the nuttiest narrative of infidelity stuck together by a series of six vignettes. This is the quickest (forgive the wretched pun) nine minutes of your life. It's so great that it's not long enough. It represents Townshend's best song to this point and this album shows the band taking giant artistic leaps.

*This review is based on the 11 tracks that are listed under this link, not the bonus cuts from the 1995 edition. I've heard those bonus cuts and almost all of them are superfluous.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick One & Happy Jack 22 May 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Track Listing: Run, Run, Run, Boris The Spider, I Need You, Whiskey Man, Heatwave, Cobwebs and Strange, Don't Look Away, See My Way, So Sad About Us, A Quick One While He's Away, Happy Jack.
I had been after this version of A Quick One a long time and when I found it, It was great! Although the remastered has bonus tracks, this one has 'Happy Jack' one of the Who's Greatest hits. 'Boris The Spider' is a greatest hit to, but doesn't appear as much on the older compilations. All these songs are great and I would reccomend this album to any Who fan.
Side note: This version is MCAD-31331. The remastered is MCAD-11267. Both sound great, but this version has Happy Jack.
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