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Quadrophenia- The Director's Cut (Super Deluxe Edition) Box set

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Digitally remastered and expanded Super Deluxe edition of this 1973 concept album by the British Rock icons contains four CDs, a DVD and a vinyl seven inch single. This box set gives a unique insight into the creation of this landmark album and features a remaster of the original double album, Pete Townshend's previously unheard demos including songs that didn't make it onto the original album, an exclusive eight track 5.1 sound DVD, a deluxe hard-back book, previously unseen personal notes, photographs, memorabilia and other exclusive material.

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

Disc: 2

  1. 5:15
  2. Sea And Sand
  3. Drowned
  4. Bell Boy
  5. Doctor Jimmy
  6. The Rock
  7. Love Reign O'er Me

Disc: 3

  1. The Real Me (demo)
  2. Quadrophenia - Four Overtures (demo)
  3. Cut My Hair (demo)
  4. Fill No. 1 - Get Out and Stay Out (demo)
  5. Quadrophenic - Four Faces (demo)
  6. We Close Tonight (demo)
  7. You Came Back (demo)
  8. Get Inside (demo)
  9. Joker James (demo)
  10. Punk (demo)
  11. I'm One (demo)
  12. Dirty Jobs (demo)
  13. Helpless Dancer (demo)

Disc: 4

  1. Is It In My Head (demo)
  2. Any More (demo)
  3. I've Had Enough (demo)
  4. Fill No. 2 (demo)
  5. Wizardry (demo)
  6. Sea & Sand (demo)
  7. Drowned (demo)
  8. Is It Me (demo)
  9. Bell Boy (demo)
  10. Dr Jimmy (demo)
  11. Finale-The Rock (demo)
  12. Love Reign O'er Me (demo)

Disc: 5

  1. I Am The Sea (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  2. The Real Me (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  3. Quadrophenia (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  4. I've Had Enough (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  5. 5.15 (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  6. Dr Jimmy (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  7. The Rock (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  8. Love Reign O'er Me (5.1 surround-sound mix)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 2011)
  • Super Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B005D9B26E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mr. T. Anderson on November 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I love this album. It connects somehow, the frustration of My g-g-g-generation extended to an entire double album, played with the frenetic energy and genius of The Who, and intermingled with a dash of Pete Townshend's mystical leanings. I am the sea.

It is not only the music, the whole package was perfect when it arrived in autumn 1973. The black and white cover with the scooter and the four faces of the band reflected in its mirrors, and a breathtakingly good series of monochrome photographs. If any record deserves a deluxe edition, this one does.

And here it is - or is it? What we have is something half-way between the sumptuous, informative, historic collector's edition which the album merits, and the kind of money grabbing release you get when some record company notices how much people are paying for boxed sets these days and says, "Quick, let's get Quadrophenia out before the CD market disappears completely".

Because there is a lot wrong with this release, though I still cannot give it less than four stars. Still, time to stop rambling and tell you what you get. Within a very solid slipcase you will find a poster advertising the original double album (actually this is a fine reproduction and one of the better things here), a colour envelope holding various bits of memorabilia: reproductions of some of Townshend's draft lyrics, a rather darkly reproduced colour photo of Jimmy (the central character) on a scooter, and a 7-inch single of 5.15 backed with the slightly rare track Water.

Then there is the main event: a 100-page hardback book of photos and an essay by Townshend, within which nestle the original double CD remastered, a DVD with 8 tracks remixed for 5.1 surround sound, and two CDs of Townshend's demos for the album.
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Format: Audio CD
Unlike other reviews of this nicely packaged box set, I can attest, at least IMHO, that the inlcuded 2011 CD remaster of the full album is subtly better that the 95 version. The channel seperation is better and clarity of individual instruments and vocal parts is noticeably better than the prior CD.

This can be found immediately in the I am the Sea -> The Real Me > Quadrophenia suite that begins the album, particulary in the segue from The Real Me into Quadrophenia. All previous digitial versions delivered an extremely trebly experience where the individual instruments, particulary the frenetically strummed acoustic quitar, buried each other in the mix. The 2011 remaster is the first digital version I've heard that matches the vinyls ability to clarify and present a soundstage in which the individual instruments can be heard cleanly.

The biggest complaint I have with this box, especially considering the price, is that only 8 songs from the full album are included in the multi-channel DVD. If, as I understand, only the masters for these 8 tracks were found then some more supplemental material should have been included, perhaps even a copy of the excellent Quadrophenia film that came out in 1980.
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It seems that many of the reviews of this set are from people with no intention of buying it. Which is, of course, their choice, but what they are doing, in essence, is reviewing the listed contents of the box, rather than the box itself. I must admit, I was slightly disappointed to read that the bonus audio would consist entirely of demos, and that only part of the album would be available in 5.1. Still, I ordered the box because, quite simply, this is an album I love.

Having now played the contents of the box a couple of times over, and having read Pete's entire, lengthy liner notes, I can report that a mere list of the contents of this box do not do the box justice. Make no mistake about it--this is not a set where some minion within the Who organization put everything together and then sent it along to Pete's people for his approval. Townshend wrote every word of the liner notes contained within this set--he writes not only of the genesis of the project, but the construction of the studio where it was recorded, the recording of and story behind his demos, and also of what he wanted to achieve with the album's narrative. Call him greedy, call him an egomaniac, or call him what you will, but it is obvious that Pete put a great deal of time and personal effort into this set. Is this an ego project for Pete? For crying out loud, he wrote every note of music and every lyric on this album--who better him to put together a package such as this?

Included in this set is a rather extensive recording diary, along with access to a special web page where one can view the pages and original notations from the actual diary, as well as pictures from the sessions, many taken by Pete himself.
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Here we have the super deluxe treatment of The Who's "third and final masterpiece"...... 1973's Quadrophenia. Pete Townshend has always considered the three studio albums: Tommy (1969), Who's Next (1971) and Quadrophenia (1973) as the band's creative pinnacle in their history.

I've had several people tell me during the last two days that Townshend's comments made a couple months ago that several original 8 track and 16 track masters to Quadrophenia have gone missing ""are simply not true"". The corrected story I'm getting now is that Pete's team simply stopped putting a lot of priority into mixing any further Quadrophenia tracks into 5.1 surround sound. If this is indeed true, it's a major screw-up strategy by Townshend and his team. Anyone that's going to pay whopping $140 for a Quadrophenia box set is going to insist on the ENTIRE album presented in a 5.1 mix. I'll bet this will be addresed soon.
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