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.