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Quadrophenia [Deluxe Edition]

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B005DMNS4A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 13 tracks on this disc
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)
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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.

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall the Smoothest Sounding Version Yet 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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baffled by the negativity 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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106 of 120 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Original Vinyl Mixes, Dissappointing! November 15, 2011
By Jeff L.
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Improvement! November 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've got the MFSL Gold; I bought this version for the demos. I've compared both on my fairly high end system. To each his own, but in my opinion this new release wins hands down. I'm happy to have added it to my collection.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Brought Back To Life November 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album
Published 16 days ago by VERNON R ENGLAND III
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Foursome Ever!
In many respects this is a better 'Who' song cycle than 'Tommy'; this 2nd 'rock-opera' which, in fact, is less an opera than was 'Tommy'. Read more
Published 26 days ago by RJ Nuzzi
5.0 out of 5 stars A sonic masterwork of Townsend and The Who.
Quadrophenia. A sonic masterwork of Townsend and The Who.

I got Quadrophenia originally on the double LP when it came out (nice book). Read more
Published 1 month ago by John R Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars ... vinyl back in 1973 & the CD is even better. The Who
I bought it on vinyl back in 1973 & the CD is even better.
The Who. Greatest band ever.
Published 2 months ago by Barry Greatorex
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the who's best
Another great rock opera put together by the Who in there heyday which still holds up today. " Can you hear the real me".
Published 5 months ago by Led Zep Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Argentina Edition From Some Sellers
Quadrophenia is a 5-star album and the deluxe edition is good to have for the demos, so I won't assign a 1-star rating to the album, but I recently noticed that my deluxe edition... Read more
Published 8 months ago by musicfan28if
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
It was a Christmas gift for my son who has been a fan of the Who for many, many years.
Published 8 months ago by Carol D Valenti
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO is Worth the Wait in the USA
Wow! It was DEFINITELY worth the wait. The entire package was amazing. These items just CANNOT be found in America. I am so glad I ordered it. Thank you!
Published 9 months ago by Sharon Epstein
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love this album?
Only thing better than the album was seeing it performed live. This is an album that should be played from start to finish!
Published 9 months ago by B. Fales
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
It's Quadrophenia so no complaints on the material, but the recording just doesn't sound completely right to me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ridge Runner
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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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