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Brilliant music; a must have for any Quad fan

This record is awesome from start to finish. Being such a strong fan of The Who, I was very skeptical hearing another singer take on the role of Roger Daltrey. Let’s get that straight: no one can touch Roger’s emotion and brilliant vocal performance on the original recording. I feel a lot of the emotion in the original Quadrophenia was through Roger’s voice, while in this version, the emotion is mostly through the orchestrations. This is definitely an album that needs to be played from start to finish, with no interruptions, in order to be most appreciated. Alfie Boe has a magnificent voice, and the smooth beat of the orchestra is amazing. I also love the appearances from Billy Idol as the Ace Face/Bell Boy (for anyone that remembers, he played the same role in The Who’s Quadrophenia show back in the 90s), Phil Daniels (the man who played Jimmy Cooper in the Quadrophenia movie), and from Pete himself. Rachel Fuller does a brilliant job orchestrating, and certainly shows her remarkable talent here. The reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I am so attached to the original. Pete, Roger, Keith, and John all sound their best on it in my opinion. However, musically this album is humongous in sound, and certainly is a must-have for any fan of The Who, Quadrophenia, Pete Townshend, opera, or classical music in general.

appreciator of all music

Some folks just don't get it…to hear all of the orchestral pieces performing Townsends (and Rocks) greatest works is fantastic! Alfie Boe sing with the operatic style is great and such perfect tone and power in his voice. This album is made for a symphony!!! Bravo Bellisimo!!!

A welcome production

While I dont think anything will ever beat the original Quadrophenia WHO album I applaud productions like this. I was also a big fan of the Broadway version of Tommy. So far, Love Reign O'er Me sounds powerful and huge - listen with a good set of studio headphones for best results. "Listen to Tommy with a candle burning and you will see your future...listen to Quadrophenia and you will celebrate your past"

Biography

Formed: 1946 in England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Indelibly linked to its founder, Sir Thomas Beecham, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is considered one of the four major orchestras based in London. Established in 1946 in connection with the Royal Philharmonic Society, the orchestra's title was directly approved by King George VI. Although it has often had to fight for its survival, the RPO remains one of the busiest ensembles in Great Britain. The orchestra annually offers a set of concert series in three London venues (Royal Festival Hall,...
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