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A Quick One (Happy Jack) [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

The WhoAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 20, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OX3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Who's second album is a mite inconsistent, not least because all four members were encouraged by a business deal to churn out songs. A Quick One nonetheless manages several Who classics, notably "A Quick One While He's Away," Pete Townshend's first longform (10 minutes) piece, and John Entwistle's licensed-to-ill "Whiskey Man" and "Boris the Spider." The band's sense of humor, however, gives way on rote pop tunes like Roger Daltrey's "See My Way." But CD bonus tracks like the great "Disguises" (included in a murkier mix than that on the 30 Years of Maximum R&B boxed set) and the Beach Boys tributes "Bucket T" and "Barbara Ann" are a distinct help. --Rickey Wright

Product Description

The Who took a step toward their rock-opera future with this 1966 LP: the epic A Quick One While He's Away plus Boris the Spider; Run, Run, Run , and more. This reissue adds an unissued acoustic Happy Jack and other bonus cuts plus B-sides and songs from the Ready Steady Who EP!

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to get "A Quick One" in STEREO! March 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Alot of people have had problems finding "A Quick One" in stereo. Here's the deal, your best bet is to buy the Polydor UK version of the CD. The artwork on the US MCA version is unchanged so it's impossible to know if it's the correct CD without taking the shrinkwrap off. Once you do that, you can't return it if it is the incorrect CD. With the Polydor import, all of the artwork on the package is the same (including the 1995 copyright date) EXCEPT for the catalog number on the binding. This will allow you to see if you have indeed received the correct CD without tearing the shrinkwrap off.
Here are the different catalog numbers:
* Polydor 527758-2 - maily mono
* Polydor 589800-2 - mainly stereo
I hope this helps everybody!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic 60's pop album made even better. January 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Like so many mid-60's UK groups the Who saved their best songs for their singles. The group's first two albums are a varying inconsistent mix of great-to-weak originals and cover versions. Despite those drawbacks, "A Quick One" is a legendary British Pop album, and a necessary listen for Who fans to find out how this band quickly evolved to create their later masterpieces. Get around the weaker tracks and you'll discover the amazing title track (foreshadowing "Tommy" by 2 years) and the Power Pop classic "So Sad About Us" which was later covered by The Jam.

This CD has come out in the USA in 3 Versions - all from MCA.

1) The original "A Quick One (Happy Jack)" CD from the late 80's - with a "Compact Disc-Compact Price" ad on the insert and a generic green design back with a simple track listing. The sound quality ranges from tinny to muddy due to MCA's using of the old LP master tape (and some tracks appear in simulated stereo just like they did on the original Decca/MCA album). No bonus cuts, but it does have the original version of "Happy Jack" which SHOULD have been included in the remastered version to keep us American fans happy. If you're curious about this album you can pick this CD up dirt cheap...but I recommend the later versions.

2) The remastered CD with notes and bonus cuts from 1995. But most of this CD used the mono mixes instead, along with some cuts in stereo and simulated stereo. Producer Jon Astley told ICE magazine that he used the mono mixes because he thought they sounded better. The original master tapes were stored at former Who manager Kit Lambert's house in France and were possibly destroyed in a flood decades ago, so Astley couldn't remix them.

3) The remastered album with the same number and packaging, but now back in Stereo.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Go find the LP March 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you like the Who's later work-- the guitar-smashing stuff-- you probably won't like this album. That said, A Quick One is my all-time favorite Who record. The songs are weird and funny and a blast to sing along with. Even though, as others have mentioned, the songs were written by various members of the band, the album has a distinct flavor of its own.
Unfortunately, when the record folks put together the CD, they BUTCHERED the album. The original recording of 'Happy Jack' was not included at all (!!), and a whole bunch of irrelevant tracks were thrown in which completely shattered the mood and sound of the original album. They did pitch in an acoustic version of 'Happy Jack' as if to make up for dropping the original track, but the extras should have been saved for a separate CD. It is jarring to hear the Who singing the Batman theme on the same CD with 'Whiskey Man.'
I love this album and you should hear it and love it too-- so crank up your record player and go find the LP.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stereo Quick One March 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In 1995, the Who's 1st LP for the Reaction label, A Quick One, from 1966, was remastered, remixed in analogue and re-issued in the UK by Polydor (527 758-2), complete with 10 extra tracks and a colour booklet with extensive notes.

A Quick One, featuring a cover by the very fashionable Pop Art graphic artist Alan Aldridge, showed that the Who had developed a unique sound and style of their own. Gone was the profusion of cover versions as found on My Generation, their first album, with all members of the band contributing to the composer credits. Only one cover, Martha and the Vandellas' Heatwave, in an arrangement from an Everly Brothers album, made the final tracklisting (an earlier version had been dropped from the My Generation album, and in America even this new version was replaced by the hit single Happy Jack).

A Quick One lacked the wild savagery soundwise of the first album, but still had all the elements of it including Keith Moon's powerhouse drumming and chaotic creative energy, as showcased on the well-named instrumental Cobwebs And Strange. The songs were in the main light-hearted and enjoyably immature, John Entwistle's Boris The Spider and Whiskey Man in particular showed a unique humour. Pete Townshend's songwriting talents continued to develop. The album opened with his thunderous Run, Run Run, a song that had earlier been given to The Cat to record on a single produced by Pete Townshend. Along the way came So Sad About Us, later to be covered by the Breeders and the Jam (who also revived the Who's version of Heatwave). The album finale was the ten-minute mini-opera A Quick One (While He's Away), which set in motion a whole new direction for his talents, and led, of course, to Tommy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but still better then todays music
Pre-Tommy Who alway sounds a little raw, so it's not for the causal fan. but if you really want to explore how the boys got to Who's Next here are some great hints to future... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Eric Hvisc
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Who
A great collection of songs by the who. Very garage sounding material from a young Who. Have to get this one in your collection.
Published 2 months ago by Ray W. Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect
I have the original American Vinyl record, one of my very favorite albums of all time. I was expecting the CD to be the American Album version with the real hit record "Happy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD!
Remaster sounds great.
Gatefold is very good.
Classic album reissue is nice.
I recommend this LP to all fans of The Who.
Published 13 months ago by Edison Osses Lepin
2.0 out of 5 stars Love The Who, but this album falls short
The Who were still finding themselves when they made this album, and still learning how to record their sound. The album is pretty crunchy and has a poor sound quality. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David J. Klopotoski
4.0 out of 5 stars a decent who cd
A quick one is one of the good albums from the who one of the best british rock bands.this is a decent album and is highly recommended.
Published 16 months ago by Rohit R
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WHO - A Quick One While He's Away
This is the English version of the Happy Jack Album. The majority of these songs are different recordings from the U.S. Version which sadly are now undownloadable. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James Ott
4.0 out of 5 stars The Who took their way ahead!
Good to listen to Run, Run, Run again. They were good but they would reach the top on Who's Next
Published 17 months ago by Luiz A. Caniza
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing impressive here, very drone album.
"This album is terrible. It really stinks. I'm not sure about the Who. They are certainly overrated. I don't think they are in the top ten bands of all time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars Better be nice to an old engine driver...
The Who capped off a successful second year as recording artists with LP number two in Dec. 1966. `A Quick One' is unique in that it is the only Who record in which all four band... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mark H.
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Deluxe Treatment????
I am waiting for a Japanese deluxe 2 CD version in the mail. I was prompted to buy this because my "Quick One" 95 remastered CD is mostly in mono. This Japanese release has both mono and stereo versions. I will post my thoughts after I get to hear it. Hope it's worth it...
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