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Quadrophenia [Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered]

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 (14 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B005DMNS4A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I Am The SeaThe Who 2:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Real MeThe Who 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. QuadropheniaThe Who 6:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cut My Hair (5.1 Mix)The Who 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Punk And The Godfather (5.1 Mix)The Who 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I'm One (5.1 Mix)The Who 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Dirty Jobs (5.1 Mix)The Who 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Helpless Dancer (5.1 Mix)The Who 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Is It In My Head? (5.1 Mix)The Who 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I've Had EnoughThe Who 6:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 5:15 [Explicit]The Who 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sea And Sand (5.1 Mix)The Who 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Drowned (5.1 Mix)The Who 5:280.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Bell BoyThe Who 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Doctor Jimmy [Explicit]The Who 8:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The RockThe Who 6:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Love Reign O'er MeThe Who 5:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Real Me (Demo)Pete Townshend 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cut My Hair (Demo)Pete Townshend 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Punk (Demo)Pete Townshend 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dirty Jobs (Demo)Pete Townshend 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Is It In My Head? (Demo)Pete Townshend 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Any More (Demo)Pete Townshend 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I've Had Enough (Demo)Pete Townshend 6:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Drowned (Demo)Pete Townshend 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Is It Me? (Demo)Pete Townshend 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Doctor Jimmy (Demo)Pete Townshend 7:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Love Reign O'er Me (Demo)Pete Townshend 5:110.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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After the 1971 album ‘Who’s Next’, Pete Townshend returned to the ‘rock-opera’ concept, so dramatically realised through ‘Tommy’, with another ambitious double-album masterpiece. Based around the story of Jimmy – QUADROPHENIA tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s.The story also takes its influence from the band’s early fans from the original mod era, and its themes of teenage angst and disaffection still resonate strongly today. The project was intended to reflect the four characters of The Who and features some of Townshend’s most inspired, personal song-writing - way ahead of its time in scope and purpose. This is one of the most widely recognised albums of The Who’s career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery and the magnificent music and powerful performances. The album is hugely significant in popular culture, influencing many other artists, musicians and film-makers – inspiring the classic 1979 British film by Franc Roddam and the UK ‘mod revival’ of the 1970s.

BBC Review

There are certain albums from the 1970s the brilliance of which must be taken on trust by listeners of today. If you weren’t in the neighbourhood of Ladbroke Grove in 1976, The Clash’s first LP sounds fairly far from revolutionary. If you weren’t around to hear the Ramones emerge as the fastest band in the world – before Bad Brains came along, that is – then the New Yorkers’ self-titled debut sounds slower than a solar-powered milk-float on a December morning. But certain albums of the time have managed to retain their untamed quality. Never Mind the Bollocks is one; Quadrophenia is another.

Available here in an almost pornographically sumptuous box-set edition, featuring the original 1973 album, two CDs worth of demos, a 5.1 surround DVD mix, a poster and a beautifully presented 100-page hardback book which also features a brand-new essay from Pete Townshend (there is also a cheaper two-disc version for anyone not looking to blow 70 sheets five weeks before Christmas – said set’s tracklisting, to the left), this is the album that refuses to die. For while Tommy may have made it all the way to Broadway, it is Quadrophenia which has aced the test of time better than any other album released by The Who.

Thematic if not quite conceptual, the original double-LP – which in freshly re-mastered form sounds both sharp and clear – frames England in an time of uncertainty: the uncertainty of the class system, the uncertainty of youth as it greys into older age, the uncertainty of an economy in its first shudder of industrial decline. As befits an album bursting with conflict and even violence – "I’ve seen my share of kills," sings the narrator of the impossibly brilliant I’ve Had Enough – Quadrophenia’s music is performed by a band who seem to be not just at odds with their country but also at times with each other. These are songs with very little space in which to breathe – when the denouement of a fully-aerated Love Reign O’er Me does arrive, the effect is almost cleansing – all played out to a backdrop of psychiatrists, priests, furious fathers, amphetamine-filled teenagers, fallen idols and enough sharp suits to cut open a whole army of greasers on the seafront at Brighton.

Soon to celebrate its 40th birthday, Quadrophenia is one of the few albums of its time that sounds as good today as it must have done then. For once, the term ‘masterpiece’ is not sold on the cheap. --Ian Winwood

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Remaster of a remaster not the master 5 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
i will brief this is a remaster od the 1996 version so is still missing various sound effects and is not then taken from the maater tapes . Packaging is nice with clearer art but thats all that is clearer the music has been tweaked with some odd sounds on 515 coming to the fore whilst the drums are muffled as is the guitar. Those expecting a revelation will be disappointed. Stick with an original vinyl copy or if you can find one the original german polydor cd which remains the best sounding digital version.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the remastered sound? 30 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've got to put my twopeneth worth in on this one. I've had the 1996 release for some years now and was completely unfamiliar with the album when I first bought it, but quickly came to recognise the quality of the album. Full of great songs, better than 'Tommy' (IMHO)and it sounded great as well. I've had varying experiences with remasters over the years (Who hasn't?)and wondered whether or not to buy this one, but in the end I succombed and forked out the readies for it. I've got to say I'm somewhat disappointed. As the title to my review suggests I cannot hear any difference, and believe me I've tried, and if you've got to listen that hard is it worth buying for a second time? The Pete Townsend demos are interesting without being essential, you won't feel any great desire to revisit them that often. If you've already got the 1996 release then my advice is wait until this comes down in price. Oh, and one last thing, it's still a classic album!!!!!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy revisit 20 Nov 2011
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Touted by many as the last great Who album (I disagree - The Who By Numbers is that one for me) this really must be listened to as a whole to appreciate the amazing work of art that it is. The sheer creativity alone is worth the admission fee. I'm always amazed at how something like this can be created but if you look at the evolution of the Who up to this point you can appreciate how remarkable Pete Townshend had become not only as a songwriter but as a storyteller. Quadrophenia beats Tommy in the respect that it portrays a way of life that was recognisable. Of course, it's not necessary to know the stories behind the creation to appreciate the music. In today's climate of airbrushing, pro-tooling and autotuning it is easy to forget the ability of the musician. Alone they may not be up to much (none of the Who could ever really admit to making a classic solo album although Townshend came close) but put the parts together and you have a potent mixture that quite simply just worked.
We've been here before in terms of releases. The 1996 remaster was remixed. A subtle remix, yes, that certainly lifted elements of the mix that had perhaps been buried due to the style of production of the time. The majority of the Who's catalogue was remixed around this time and although it was done respectfully I was alarmed that they discarded the originals. I have to admit to being worried that the loudness war would strike again and hearing that Jon Astley was in charge also concerned me as he has been responsible for the destruction of several artists' repertoire over the years (Abba, Judas Priest, Boomtown Rats). However it was apparent immediately, as the waves crashed across the stereo spectrum, that the sound was pure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album BUT !! 28 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
I had some spare vouchers and waited eagerly for this re-release.Firstly de-luxe editions now have no de-luxe packaging just a annoying sticker labelled deluxe instead of the plastic wallet which keeps everthing together(the same was done with the kinks re-issued deluxe editions)we are spending money here and expect better.Now the sound difference to the 96' version is hardly if at all noticable to my ears and the demo's are poor and add nothing to the album.I took the cd back and have started to enjoy my 96'version again and what the re-release has done is make me listen to this fantastic record again.If you already own Quadrophenia there really is no need to shell out again if you do not already have the album then buy with confidence the music is great.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A special album for my 500th review 24 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
I thought that I'd celebrate my 500th review on Amazon by reviewing my favourite album of all time, probably the only one that I know all the lyrics and every musical squiggle and squonk on. Yes indeed let my add my voice to the chorus of praise for Quadrophenia. The words "classic" and "masterpiece" are often misused - but they are not in this instance and I would go even further to call this album "quite literally the best piece of music ever released". The new edition is better than the original as a listening experience as well, clarity and precision have been added with no diminution of power especially on tracks like Dr Jimmy (How much do I like that track? - I'm swooning as I type). This is just Soooo good.

However there is a fair bit of extra "baggage" attached to the re-release and the question is; is it worth getting the 2 disc version or even the bumper super deluxe one?. Well the fact that this review is on the 2 disc version gives away the answer. This is a Must Buy, not just for fans of the Who but also for fans of rock of all ages as this is and was a truly momentous release, up there with Sgt Pepper, Led Zep IV and never Mind the b*ll*cks as era defining and as the BBC review re-printed above suggests hasn't aged a bit. The relevance of the subject matter is as true today as it was in the early 70's when this was originally released or the 60's when it is "set" or in any decade before or since. Teenage "angst" has never been as well described as on this album and many of the issues documented here are as pertinent now as then.

Although very much Pete Townsend's album, I believe it has more of his vocals than any other album, they other 3 excel here as never before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album
Classic album , what else is to say
Published 3 days ago by brian johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 days ago by emily halpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophenia ,a way of life
Had to replace this , quite simply the best concept album ever made , outstanding piece of music from start to finish , the demo's are outstanding aswell
a must have for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Murdoch
4.0 out of 5 stars Who deluxe
This is one of my favourite who LP's which I had to renew as it was falling to bits and this package has Pete's demo's of the songs which also sound great as they are.
Published 5 months ago by Mr A T Milner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who at their best!
Just simply love this cd. Having seen the documentary on how this album etc came about I just had to get the cd version. I already have the album vinyl version. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alan Mcconnachie
5.0 out of 5 stars as valid today as it was then
Stunning grand opus from the pen of Pete Townsend, dissafected youth, drugs, booze, fun and tragedy. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mr robin c barham
5.0 out of 5 stars quadrophenia
A must for all quadophenia fans. The extras are worth the money. If you don't have this album you need to get it as it is one of the best albums ever made.
Published 17 months ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Saw the film and decided to buy the CD - very enjoyable. Would recommend it. Smashing songs on it. Makes me a bit sad though when thinking about the film to go with it!
Published 23 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
When you read this review, just remember that i am a huge Who fan. Pete Townshend was the reason why i picked up a guitar in the first place. Read more
Published 24 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest albums ever made, but more extras needed
Certainly one of the greatest albums ever made and a my personal favourite. I have bought this on vinyl, then a couple more remastered cd versions; now the deluxe version. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by H. Storey
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