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5.0 out of 5 stars A special album for my 500th review, 24 Nov 2011
This review is from: Quadrophenia (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. Listen to John Entwhistle's bass and his peerless brass arrangements; Moon has never been more exuberant yet strangely disciplined as well, and Daltrey's voice reaches new heights. This is emphasised by the demos included in this package which are decent enough songs in their own right but lack the something "extra" the full band effort brings to the party.

And whilst I'm on about the demos whilst they are interesting in a completist sense, and serve as a record of the creative processes Townsend went through they don't add much to the package in their own right. By this I mean you'll probably listen to them once or twice but I am sure you will re-visit the actual album a lot more and that is what gets the 5 stars from me.

As for the super deluxe set it is interesting to read Pete Townsend's essay, but once read are you likely to read it again? Yes some more demos are interesting and one can admire the photos, but at 70 quid? Sorry not for me. I'll stick to the music.
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