Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Ziegler, Pete Townshend, Alfie Boe, Billy Idol & Phil Daniels
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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"
Formed: 1946 in England
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s