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Quadrophenia Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks

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Digitally remastered and expanded Deluxe two CD edition of this 1973 concept album by the British Rock icons. This set gives a unique insight into the creation of this landmark album and features a remaster of the original double album, alongside eight of Pete Townshend's previously unheard demos including songs that didn't make it onto the original album. Also includes two books with unreleased photos and new essays by Pete.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Am The Sea
  2. The Real Me
  3. Quadrophenia
  4. Cut My Hair
  5. The Punk And The Godfather
  6. I'm One
  7. The Dirty Jobs
  8. Helpless Dancer
  9. Is It In My Head?
  10. I've Had Enough
  11. 5:15
  12. Sea And Sand
  13. Drowned

Disc: 2

  1. Bell Boy
  2. Doctor Jimmy
  3. The Rock
  4. Love Reign O'er Me Demos
  5. The Real Me (demo)
  6. Cut My Hair (demo)
  7. Punk (demo)
  8. Dirty Jobs (demo)
  9. Is It In My Head (demo)
  10. Any More (demo)
  11. I've Had Enough (demo)
  12. Drowned (demo)
  13. Is It Me? (Demo)
  14. Doctor Jimmy (Demo)
  15. Love Reign O'er Me (Demo)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 2011)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B005DMNS4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Padgett on November 16, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Taking into account all that has been said here and elsewhere about this reissue, I agree with the positives more than the negatives. The new remaster absolutely sounds cleaner to me than any other version of Quadrophenia, particularly the bass and drums. Yes, the guitars and keyboards are not as prominent, but that may be partially because the rhythm section was never this clear before. I have to hope that since Pete signed off on this, it's the way he envisioned it. After all, his instruments are the ones seemingly lower in the mix.

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.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. D. Montee on December 23, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I hesitated for some time before buying this newest CD version of what is perhaps one of the most sophisticated rock and roll records ever made. The only other version I have is the original--and I mean the original--LP pressing. Yes, I'm that old, and yes, I bought QUADROPHENIA the first week it was released; I was 20 years old, and blown away. WHO'S NEXT was a hard act to follow, but QUADROPHENIA was the Who's crowning achievement.

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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112 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Jeff L. on November 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was very excited to hear that Pete Townsend was remastering the original vinyl mixes for this re-release. The original mixes haven't been available for years on CD, and the original out of print CD version was poorly mastered, leaving the MFSL Gold disc as the only way to obtain a decent copy of the original mix on CD, which is also out of print and costs $200 plus for a used copy on ebay. This was supposed to be the definitive version, I quote from the introduction printed in the booklet that comes with this package "The time has come to for me and my team to honor Quadrophenia with a carefully presented package that features examples of the impact surround sound would have on the music, TO REMASTER THE VINYL MIXES, and to collect and restore my demos." This was also stated in the press release info months before this release. Based on that info I placed my pre-order over a month ago, very happy to finally have a remastered copy of the original mix. To my dissapointment, these are not the original mixes. I believe these are the exact mixes as the 1996 remixes. In "The Dirty Jobs" the "seal" sounds are still missing immediately after the line "you men should remember how you used to fight", that is the most obvious way of telling this is not the original mix, along with various guitar and piano parts that used to be louder and up front are buried in the mix, exactly like the 1996 remix. I'm so glad I didn't spring for the Super Deluxe Edition, and waste more money. The demo versions are interesting, but I don't see myself listening to them more than a few times. I just want the original mixes that I grew up listening to and loving, and this isn't it.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie D. Yapo on November 15, 2011
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I bought the vinyl in 1973, I was only 13 and at the time I couldn't understand it, but I learned to like it. As the years went on I listened and learned more, after hearing all of The Who's albums and Pete Townshend's Empty Glass, I realized Pete was a genius. I bought Quadrophenia in CD format in the late 90's and found the cd a little clearer, actually alot clearer than my vinyl, but by then vinyl was out of the picture, then I burned them to mp3 and it sounded a bit more clearer but today I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. I was wondering if it was going to amaze me as the The Beatles remasters. I didn't have to adjust myself or my stereo to hear all the instruments coming out clearly and distinctively. I guess with 5.1 it brings the music out with clear flavors. I can't believe how the bass came out, how the guitar chimes, how Roger's voice accentuates with his t's and s's. I actually had to sit back in my chair and listen. I'm who can't just sit for 3 minutes, but I was able to actually just sit there for the entire album, well until the demos came out. It's the first time I heard them, so I have to let it sink in, but I mainly bought this for the original. No, it doesn't sound like the original vinyl.... It sounds a hell much better. It brought back lots of memories and sounds I haven't heard before. What can I say, the Who helped me learn how to type. I used Quadrophenia's lyrics for 9th grade typing class and used Quadrophenia for an essay on mental institutions for my 11th grade Social Study class. I could write plenty more on just this new album, but there's no need to. This is a very very good upgrade. Great Job Pete.....
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Once again, The Who screw it up
Hey Marshall,

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
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