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Quadrophenia (Remastered)

The Who

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Grand concepts have always fueled the muse of Who guitarist Pete Townshend. Comprehending those concepts has often eluded all but the most ardent Who fanatics. Townshend's concept for Quadrophenia has something to do with a young British mod growing up in the '60s, who has not merely a split-personality, but a four-way disorder (hence, QUAD). Thankfully, whether one follows this narrative thread or not, the album itself contains several of the group's finest songs ("The Real Me," "The Punk Meets the Godfather," "Love Reign O'er Me") which are so incredibly dynamic — drummer Keith Moon holds nothing back — that they continue the rewriting of the hard rock playbook the group began with Live at Leeds and solidified with Who's Next. There isn't a hard rock group worth hearing that didn't learn something from the breathless screams of Roger Daltrey and the innovative power chords of Pete Townshend. Recording technology was finally catching up with their ambitions, allowing them to capture their innate savagery and raw energy without sacrifice. Quadrophenia is a modern marvel, consistently thrilling as it defines an era with innovation and ambition.

Customer Reviews

Perfect album!

Quadrophenia is The Who's sixth album and their second rock opera. Their first rock opera Tommy was a great album, but Quadrophenia tottaly owns all of The Who's other albums! The pacing in this album is absolutely perfect, it never changes abruptly, every song is a masterpiece, and the album ends beautifully with "Love reign o'er me". The songs on this album are a bit more obscure than albums like Who's Next or Tommy, but that's part of what makes this album so great because if you haven't heard this album yet, a lot of the songs will be new to you and will not sound repetitive because a lot of these songs aren't much played on the radio. Please, do not hesitate, just click buy, it is 100% worth the money!

The greatest double album of all time!

Ask any hardcore Who fan what their favorite Who album is and "Who's Next" and "Tommy" will come in 2nd and 3rd - it's "Quadrophenia" that will come in #1. It combines all the things that people love about The Who. It's a great conceptual double album written entirely by Pete Townshend. Daltrey's best vocal performances in songs like "Love, Reign O'er Me", Entwhistle's great bass performances in songs like "The Real Me", Moon's great drum performances in songs like "Bell Boy", Townshend's great guitar performances in songs like "5:15". This is another rock opera like "Tommy" - the storyline and the music is better than Tommy, although it didn't sell as well as Tommy because of technical difficulties when The Who tried to play to recorded synthesizer and orchestra parts during concerts and the technology in 1973 wasn't quite there yet. In 1996 and again in 2012 - The Who (with Zak Starkey who did an awesome Moon-like performance on drums) did a Quadrophenia tour - which were huge successes.

What the hell happened to Helpless Dancer?

Great mix, but… Why would you delete the bit of The Kids are Alright from the end of "Helpless Dancer?" It's part of the song, so why would you cut it from your version of this masterpiece? Absolutely mystifying.


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...
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