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The Who - Quadrophenia (2LP, Reissue, Remastered)


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Description

Quadrophenia is the sixth studio album by the English rock band The Who, released as a double album on 26 October 1973 by Track Records. It is the group's second rock opera. Set in London and Brighton in 1965, the story follows a young mod named Jimmy and his search for self-worth and importance. Quadrophenia is the only Who album entirely composed by Pete Townshend.

The group started work on the album in 1972, trying to follow up Tommy and Who's Next, both of which had achieved substantial critical and commercial success. Recording was delayed while bassist John Entwistle and singer Roger Daltrey recorded solo albums and drummer Keith Moon worked on films. Because a new studio was not finished in time, the group had to use Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio. The album makes significant use of Townshend's multi-track synthesizers and sound effects, as well as Entwistle's layered horn parts, in addition to the group's typical playing styles, especially from Moon. Relationships between the group and manager Kit Lambert broke down irretrievably during recording and Lambert had left the band's service by the time the album was released.

Quadrophenia was released to a positive reception in both the UK and the US, but the resulting tour was marred with problems with backing tapes replacing the additional instruments on the album, and the stage piece was retired in early 1974. It was revived in 1996 with a larger ensemble, and a further tour took place in 2012. The album made a positive impact on the mod revival movement of the late 1970s, and the resulting film adaptation, released in 1979, was successful. The album has been reissued on compact disc several times, and seen a number of remixes that corrected some perceived flaws in the original.

Release info

Label: Track Record 2780504
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: Europe
Released: 2011
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Mod

Tracklist

A1 I Am The Sea
A2 The Real Me
A3 Quadrophenia
A4 Cut My Hair
A5 The Punk And The Godfather
B1 I'm One
B2 The Dirty Jobs
B3 Helpless Dancer
B4 Is It In My Head
B5 I've Had Enough
C1 5:15
C2 Sea And Sand
C3 Drowned
C4 Bell Boy
D1 Doctor Jimmy
D2 The Rock
D3 Love, Reign O'er Me

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