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bought -finally !love it to bits.,
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This review is from: Quadrophenia (Audio CD)
hi all,i must admit my overdue exposure to this album.i saw the movie when it came out in 79or there abouts.i loved the music so tried to buy the double vinyl,but at the time i just could not find a decent copy anywhere,despite living in Leeds ,not a copy to be found anywhere-i kid you not.
so,i bought the ost version,which of course had a load of important pieces missing and then the final side of the extraneous "side" music.g. high heeled sneakers,green onions etc etc.that was that !until now.i have always had a hankering for this album and about 4 months ago had a look here at amazon to buy a new copy,but prices seemed way too high.
of course,being a classic rock mag. reader i became aware of the reissues ,both super and deluxe versions.initially,the super d. version appealed but after reading that only 8 songs had the 5.1 treatment i reconsidered.as with many of these recent super deluxe boxsets put out over the last few weeks eg jethro tull,u2,pink floyd x 3, et al i have done some researching and opted for the lower priced versions throughout.after all i am not bothered about bono,s specs or 3 marbles or a copy of 5.15 on 7" single.so it the music for me always will be,unless there is something off a musical nature missing off the lower priced version-here i am missing a few of the Townsend demo,s-not a big deal to me.if the while lot had been on blu ray 5.1 then thats a different thing.
so,i am not such a who fanatic to know which version has been used here but what i do know is ;
1.how good the mix/remaster is-excellent by Jon Astley,he has opted to keep the dynamic range and not be drawn into the "loudness war" issue,same with Steve Wilson on the aqualung remix too.
2.after only hearing the ost 30 years ago and nothing else from quadrophenia,what can i say about the actual music.well,firstly can i profess to a disliking of the early "mod" version of the who.as a youngster i had a load of motorbikes inc. a lovely 72 triumph bonnie.and so had an inbuilt disliking of the mod element-i know ,how sad,but in 1980 when you are 18 and in a heavy metal band and a biker-those things mattered alot !?!?!?!,but i always loved progressive rock and boy is this a great example of good "progressive " rock music(note i don,t mean "prog rock"-get the difference ?).the subtle use of synths,brass,violins and even banjos is a very clever move by Pete t.
3. the songs.how awesome are these songs-after all this time i have found myself drawn in to the themes,which keep recurring during the various songs.the use of the sea as a focus,the amazing bass work by Mr Entwistle-(one of the best bass players ever,along with squire,mcartney,bruce and wyman)and the non time keeping drumming by moon.but its the songs of such high quality that make this potentially sprawling concept album work.excellent stuff indeed.
i could not really class myself as a genuine who fanatic as some of you guys are,but i do have whos next,tommy,live at leeds,by numbers and who are you,none of the early stuff,but i have found myself really loving the quality of the remix/remaster here.
its a shame i have discovered this album so late in my/its life.i did try to buy it earlier -to no avail,but better late than never.i hear that there will be a proper newly mixed version on vinyl overseen by Pete.but i wonder if i should buy the classic records version out already ?anyone help on that issue ?
i am sure there will be a proper 5.1 version soon,probably using the blu ray as the carrier,for those unaware the quality of the sound on b/r is amazing ,have a listen to the grace for drowning album by Steve Wilson,-blows your mind-thats the way to go i reckon.
so, all i all i am really impressed with this package,the songs,the good informative liner notes about the creation of the songs and the sound quality,overall 5/5-slight misfire with the previously quality "deluxe"plastic outer covering.this is now just a pathetic thin plassie strip that goes right around the bottom of the whole outer digipak cover.thereby,making it impossible to open the darn thing.i use a razor to cut thru the strip.but then i got so naff-ed off with it i have carefully removed it totally.shame that as the deluxe cover was a sign of something "better"-now its just cheap tat.bag move,but does not effect the overall quality of the music etc etc.