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Quadrophenia Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
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As for not using the original vinyl mix as originally announced, there's a post on Amazon UK's page for this item which states that Jon Astley, who coordinated the remaster, found those tapes to be sonically unacceptable when compared to the 1996 CD masters. The decision was therefore made to polish the latter for the re-release. I leave it to others to debate the technical aspects of this.
I really don't get the extreme negativity here; this release's mix sounds much the same as my original LP, only clearer. The vocals were muddy on my original album, and they're much improved here; the sound is also crisper. All of the sound fx (yes, the seal barks on "Dirty Jobs") are here. It would have been nice to have the entire original 2 albums on a single CD--and time-wise, that appears to be do-able--but who really cares? Put both of 'em on your changer, pour a beer (or whatever your pleasure), and enjoy. The orignal LP's were awkward too: sides 1 and 4 backed on one, sides 2 and 3 backed on the other, so that they could stack up on your turntable.
The Townsend demos are also fascinating, and not just padding. In their own way, they're almost as entertaining as the Who's versions. They add more evidence of Townsend's musical genius. And what if there are a few minor changes from the original in this new Townsend mix? Even Shakespeare revised, and often it was an improvement on his original.
So, if you're also from "my generation"--the folks who loved the Who before they became "classic rock"--I'm pretty confident you'll be pleased with this 2-CD "Deluxe Edition" release. Don't let the neo-purist reviews scare you off. QUADROPHENIA is so great, it often brings tears to my eyes, and not just of nostalgia.
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In the UK version of this set, the DELUXE Edition graphic is printed on adhesive plastic tape which completely encircles the cardboard digipak. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Careful shopper 7
It was only recently I came to the realization that "Quadrophenia" was The Who's best record; "Tommy" may have been the first of its kind, and "Who's Next"... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anthony Nasti
I have debated buying this for some time but finally gave in. This is one of my favorite albums of all time and the sound on this version is incredible. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eric N. Blevins
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I share some of your frustration, although I don't think The Who should receive as much hatred (not from you; from others) for their catalog. I think the only reason you see Pete in the promo stuff for "Quadrophenia" is the fact that Daltrey has been on his own solo tour... Read More
Oct 28, 2011 by bass boy | See all 12 posts