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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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There's something about double albums. For a starter - simple 2LP logistics demands a least a gatefold sleeve - and if the band has any clout and their record label has half a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Barry