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A worthy revisit,
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This review is from: Quadrophenia (Audio CD)
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. The fact that my volume control could be turned up considerably without having my eardrums shredded was proof that the music has been treated with the respect it needs and deserves and that the listener has been granted the right to choose their own volume level. All credit to Jon Astley for a terrific job. Maximum dynamic range equals maximum enjoyment of the music and how pleasant it is to actually get the feeling of the music instead of having to fight to hear it. Proof that CDs CAN sound good when prepared correctly.
If you're hesitant about buying this as a replacement for the 1996 version then don't be. They actually sound like different albums, both relevant. But this is the purest and best sounding issue ever and the most rewarding to listen to.
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Initial post: 20 Nov 2011, 15:39:37 GMT
Mr. P. N. Cairns says:
Good review,However with regard to your comment regarding that "No member of the who could ever really admit to making a classic solo album" I agree with you that Townshend came close, But i also feel that Daltrey's "Under a raging moon" is close to being a "Classic solo album", Still i suppose it's all about opinions,Many thanks for your thoughts.
Posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:51:25 GMT
A fantastic review. I will buy the cd now, thank you.
Posted on 23 Nov 2011, 08:38:54 GMT
Gerald Kraft says:
This review whets my appetite, and if I hadn't already purchased the CD before I read it, I would hurry to the next store RIGHT NOW...
Fun to read, and leaves you with a feeling like after a good conversation.
Posted on 23 Nov 2011, 08:51:23 GMT
Thanks for the comments and your interest.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011, 22:19:03 GMT
This is a remaster of the 96 remix, not the original mix. Other than that a good review.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011, 11:47:16 GMT
Positive..... It has a new whistle sound added to the start of 5.15, but it's definitely the 96 remix. The 96 remix was missing a few sound affects from the original mix like the seal noise on Dirty Jobs.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011, 04:52:56 GMT
Thanks for that Marc. I will amend my review. Must be that the remastering has given it a totally different sound or my mind has a different perception all these years later. The 96 master was pretty good already so I am quite surprised they didn't go back to the original for this version. But, all things considered, this hits the right notes as far as i'm concerned. Only the purists will feel put out.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011, 12:29:22 GMT
I agree, it's an excellent remaster and in many ways I prefer the remix, although I love the Classic Records vinyl reissue of the original mix. Considering though every Who deluxe edition used the original mixes , I do wonder why they chose not to here.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011, 13:24:22 GMT
On one of the reviews for the super deluxe edition one of the comments states that Jon Astley initially worked on the original mix but found it needed too much doing to it to get it sounding right. Perhaps also the thought that the 96 remix did the project more justice - I can certainly accept that.