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Album Review

Pete Townshend revisited the rock opera concept with another double-album opus, this time built around the story of a young mod's struggle to come of age in the mid-'60s. If anything, this was a more ambitious project than Tommy, given added weight by the fact that the Who weren't devising some fantasy but were re-examining the roots of their own birth in mod culture. In the end, there may have been too much weight, as Townshend tried to combine the story of a mixed-up mod named Jimmy with the examination of a four-way split personality (hence the title Quadrophenia), in turn meant to reflect the four conflicting personas at work within the Who itself. The concept might have ultimately been too obscure and confusing for a mass audience. But there's plenty of great music anyway, especially on "The Real Me," "The Punk Meets the Godfather," "I'm One," "Bell Boy," and "Love, Reign o'er Me." Some of Townshend's most direct, heartfelt writing is contained here, and production-wise it's a tour de force, with some of the most imaginative use of synthesizers on a rock record. Various members of the band griped endlessly about flaws in the mix, but really these will bug very few listeners, who in general will find this to be one of the Who's most powerful statements.

Customer Reviews

Who's Greatest

This was the album made by the Who at the pinicle of thier careers. Townshend's writting has never been better, Daltrey's vocal's have never been stronger, the Ox's bass driving everything with his effortless power and the Moon should have been jailed for gbh to his kit ! just listen to him in Doctor Jimmy. This was made by a band of individuals who have competed with each other to make one of the greatest rock albums ever. Wherever and however you listen to it, PLAY LOUD !


Not just another remaster, this has been remastered to perfection and coupled with the Who's best album, is a must must buy

Wow wow wow

What an amazing album. For me best to listen in the car if possible. Here The Who are at there best Pete Townend you are my hero. For me the best track off this album is The real me Rogers vocals Powerful Johns bass amazing Petes power cords wow and last but not least Keiths drums just blow me away. What you must listen to is Keiths drumming on drowned bell boy dr jimmy, that man was from another planet. Buy buy buy you won't regret it.


Formed: 1964 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few rock & roll bands were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notorious live performances demonstrated: Keith Moon fell over his drum kit while Pete Townshend leaped into the air with his guitar, spinning his right hand in exaggerated windmills. Vocalist Roger Daltrey prowled the stage as bassist John Entwistle stood silent, the eye of the hurricane. They clashed frequently, but these frictions resulted in a decade's worth...
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