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Quadrophenia: Live In London (5-Disc Limited Collectors Edition, Metal Box) [Live]

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The Who are a four-piece mod/rock band whose first album, My Generation, bristled with attitude; the lyric "I hope I die before I get old" tapped into the disaffection felt by post-war baby boomers, helping to secure a loyal fanbase and establish the band at the forefront of the mod movement.

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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Live
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B00JOWHV3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Am The Sea (Live in London's Wembley Arena) (Blu-Ray)
2. The Real Me (Live in London's Wembley Arena)(Blu-Ray)
3. Quadrophenia (Live in London's Wembley Arena)(Blu-Ray)
4. Cut My Hair (Live in London's Wembley Arena)(Blu-Ray)
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Disc: 2
1. Same as Above Except it is a DVD
Disc: 3
1. I Am The Sea (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
2. The Real Me (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
3. Quadrophenia (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
4. Cut My Hair (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Sea And Sand (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
2. Drowned (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
3. Bell Boy (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
4. Doctor Jimmy (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
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Disc: 5
1. I Am The Sea
2. The Real Me
3. Quadrophenia
4. Cut My Hair
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Editorial Reviews

In 2012/2013, The Who embarked on the Quadrophenia and More Tour, performing their landmark rock opera in its entirety, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1973 release of this double-album masterpiece. The critically acclaimed and highly successful tour closed at London's Wembley Arena, with the cameras rolling, to record the closing night of this historic anniversary tour.
QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON: 5-Disc Limited Collector's Edition includes the High Definition Blu-RayTM and standard DVD of the concert film, both in 5.1 Surround Sound audio; a two-CD soundtrack of the show; and for the first time, a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the entire 1973 album release of Quadrophenia on a Blu-Ray Audio DiscTM. Extras include a 6' Mod Headlight sticker, a Mod Headlight button, and a book with liner notes and photos, all housed in a 10' metal container embossed with the movie-inspired, iconic, Mod bullseye logo painted on a Vespa SG scooter headlight.
Filmed on July 8, 2013, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON features The Who in peak form, performing Quadrophenia from front to back, in its entirety, plus a special set of some of their all-time greatest hits. The film captures the band's dynamic performance in front of their hometown crowd and features blistering performances of 'The Real Me', 'The Punk And The Godfather', 'Doctor Jimmy' and a powerful performance of 'Love Reign O'er Me'. With HD screen backdrops, archival footage and today s advanced technology in sound, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON reunites The Who with bandmates John Entwistle, for '5:15', and Keith Moon for his signature song 'Bell Boy'. In addition to their performance of Quadrophenia, the band tear through classic tracks such as 'Pinball Wizard', 'Who Are You', 'You Better You Bet' 'Baba O'Riley' 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and 'Tea & Theatre', from their 2006 release 'Endless Wire', with the intensity and power only The Who can conjure.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW. The 'Real' Director's Cut June 11, 2014
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This review is for the deluxe 5 disc set. I also own the 'Director's Cut' that came out last year, and that set really left me wanting. That was a great package, except for the 5.1 mix DVD-A 'sampler' of tunes from the album. My two thoughts then were: 1. why bother if you're not going to mix the whole album in 5.1, and 2. I hope that when it does get mixed it's a lot better than those samples.

This version of Quadrophenia, as the title states, features a live version performed in 2013 at Wembley. You get a Blu-Ray, a DVD and audio CDs. WOW, the band sounds great. Roger's voice is strong, and Pete is a rhythm power house. I went to see them perform Quadrophenia in 1997, so I passed on the chance to see them in 2012. I am now kicking myself big time. The band is clicking, it's typical Who on a great night. They start off a little stiff (I mean this is a complex piece to play), but get better and better with each song. Scott Devours is great on the drums. Of course he's no Keith Moon, but Keith does appear via film singing "Bell Boy". Pino Palladino's bass sounds better on this mix than any other live performances I own. Of course he's no John Entwistle, but John also appears via film playing the bass solo on "5:15".

It's great to hear a full band performance of "Drowned" again. The videos playing during the songs have been updated since the 1996-97 tour, there is still a lot of the post-war Britain films, but there are more pictures of the band and a montage near the end that goes up through modern times. Hard to believe these guys are still this good.

So what else do we get with this? Oh disc number 5...almost forgot. WOW again. The 5.1 mix on the Blu-Ray with this exceeded all my expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The way it was meant to be heard June 10, 2014
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So you can buy the blue ray live disc,or the compact disc audio live,but the meat on the bone here is the blue ray 5.1 surround of the original album.we had a taste on the box set in 2011,I have listened to this album 100's of times and this time I heard horns,guitars and vocals missing from original mix.This is a little pricey,but Who fans will love this!so when do we get Who's Next box set?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember When Stars Were in Reach... June 20, 2014
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Let's be honest - we're among friends, after all: the studio version of 'Quadrophenia' is the greatest album of the rock era to emerge from the UK. No need to expand on or justify that claim - it's a fact that anyone with any taste will immediately accept.

This version, live in 2013 and consequently missing half of the band that put it all in place, could never hope to match the impact of the original.

What it does do, and it does it wonderfully, is celebrate the original - bring out the majesty and excitement and poignancy and spirituality of the original.

And Keith singing the funny/sad 'Bell Boy'? Oh, just buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 2, 2014
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Rogers voice sounds fantastic, its abot time they have the original album in 5.1 surround sound.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice release, but July 27, 2014
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Nice release, but, an expensive way to get the full original release in a surround mix.
I would imagine that will eventually be released on its own.
Package looks nice, but, another one that does not fit traditional storage solutions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection! July 19, 2014
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Tough not to like as a Who fan.....great show captured in many formats and presented in this collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Fans of The Who July 15, 2014
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I was able to see The Who perform Quadrophenia on this tour in Atlanta. This set of Blu-Ray, etc. help relive that event and the special nature of the performance of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Especially how the band incorporated John Entwistle and Keith Moon into the show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Power and Passion and Precision--Again July 12, 2014
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One might argue that when only two of the original four members of The Who are left, that any new recording is not truly The Who. I disagree. The tunes are all by the group and Pete Townsend (the genius behind the group) and Roger Daltry (perhaps the greatest of all rock vocalists) perform admirably--with one exception to be noted later. Quadraphenia is performed in its entirety, with a few new features and jams included. Five other Who classics are offered as well.

The boys are supported ably by not only bass and drums, but organ and horns. This adds depth to the music without cluttering it up in an overproduced fashion. The drummer provide the needed energy, a hard task in light of the memory of Keith Moon (d. 1978), who played on most the bands hits.

What is remarkable, besides the tightness of the large group, is the vocal power of Daltry. Yes, his voice is deeper now, but he has really lost no power and little range. I imagine the shirt is now buttoned, but the pipes are in fine shape. No one could match the feel and pathos of Daltry's vocals: pleading, screaming, questioning, strutting. I was nearly in tears at the end of Quadraphenia. The memories of forty years ago were rekindled by a superb and emotional performance.

My one complaint is Townsend's performance on "Won't Get Fooled Again." He seems bored with the tune and plays with it more than plays it with any conviction. The strong power chords of the original version are often missed, thus robbing maybe the best rock and roll song ever of much of its drama. The strutting pulsation of the original is all but wiped out. No other instrument can carry that but the guitar. I listened a second time to see if I missed something, but I did not. Pete did.
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