by The Who


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Pete Townshend revisited the rock opera concept with another double-album opus, this time built around the story of a young mod's struggle to come of age in the mid-'60s. If anything, this was a more ambitious project than Tommy, given added weight by the fact that the Who weren't devising some fantasy but were re-examining the roots of their own birth in mod culture. In the end, there may have been too much weight, as Townshend tried to combine the story of a mixed-up mod named Jimmy with the examination of a four-way split personality (hence the title Quadrophenia), in turn meant to reflect the four conflicting personas at work within the Who itself. The concept might have ultimately been too obscure and confusing for a mass audience. But there's plenty of great music anyway, especially on "The Real Me," "The Punk Meets the Godfather," "I'm One," "Bell Boy," and "Love, Reign o'er Me." Some of Townshend's most direct, heartfelt writing is contained here, and production-wise it's a tour de force, with some of the most imaginative use of synthesizers on a rock record. Various members of the band griped endlessly about flaws in the mix, but really these will bug very few listeners, who in general will find this to be one of the Who's most powerful statements.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/1996
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811146320
catalogNumber: 11463
Rank: 5126

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Who   Primary Artist,Group
Roger Daltrey   Vocals
Pete Townshend   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Various
Keith Moon   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Entwistle   Bass,Horn,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Stainton   Piano
Chris Stanton   Piano
John Curle   Voices,Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Roger Daltrey   Concept
Pete Townshend   Composer,Sound Effects,Special Effects,Lyricist,Producer
Who   Producer,Audio Production
Jon Astley   Reissue Producer,Remixing,Reissue Remastering,Reissue Remixing
Chris Charlesworth   Executive Producer
Bill Curbishley   Executive Producer,Management
Glyn Johns   Engineer
Rod Houison   Sound Effects,Special Effects
Pete Kameron   Executive Producer
Kit Lambert   Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig   Reissue Remastering
Andy MacPherson   Reissue Remixing
Ron Nevison   Sound Effects,Special Effects,Engineer
Ron Fawcus   Engineer,Continuity
Chris Stamp   Executive Producer
Ethan Russell   Art Direction
Robert Rosenberg   Executive Producer
Andy McPhearson   Remixing
Richard Evans   Art Direction
Ron Houison   Special Effects
Richard Evans   Reissue Design
Ethan A. Russell   Art Direction

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Quadrophenia 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
cblou2000 More than 1 year ago
This review is confined to the topic of the vinyl version(s) of 'Quadrophenia.' First things first though - there are at least three vinyl versions of this title: 1) The regular reissue on MCA, (2) The 'Classic Records' limited edition, all analog mastered, 180 gram, virgin vinyl, audiophile quality pressing, and 3) The Polydor label (B&N says it's on the MCA label but it isn't) all analog mastered, 180 gram, virgin vinyl, audiophile quality pressing. When you order 'Quadrophenia' on vinyl from B&N, it's the Polydor version you get. I listened to it without interruption and sat stunned for a few minutes at the quality. I have the 'Classic Records' version, which cost an arm and a leg, and there is no audible difference between the 'Classic' and Polydor versions. One would have to have been in the studio for both masterings to tell a difference between the two. Every subtle nuance is captured on the vinyl versions. Everything on this album is top notch. It has everything the original had including the photo album in the center and the original cover (but there is a tiny bar code on the back cover). Sometimes it's a crap shoot when you buy vinyl records. It may be scratched or have debris from the pressing plant that causes undesirable clicks and pops. However, usually, top end pressings like the 180 gram virgin vinyl pressings are relatively problem free when you buy them. At B&N if your record is scratched or damaged in any way, THEY pay the return postage. Also, any purchase over $25 gets free shipping on most items. Also, if you pay the $25 to be in the club, you receive a 10% discount automatically. It's a win/win situation. If you get a bad copy, they'll either replace the item or refund your money with no questions asked - the customer is always right. I know - that's an old-fashioned concept. I don't work for B&N, I just like to write reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Bell Boy" is also a cool track because Keith Moon shouts out just before the chorus begins ("I've got a good job/And I'm newly born/You should see me dressed up in my uniform!..." and "People often change/But when I look in your eyes...") It's his theme, and the complete title of this song is "Bell Boy (Keith's Theme)."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Classic rock stations in my area only play 3 cuts from "Quadrophenia". "The Real Me", "5:15", & "Love Reign or Me". What a shame! I play this work at least once a week either by cd or vinyl. Imagine taking your favorite movie and splicing out 3 segments from it and expecting yourself to be satisfied with that. No way! "Quadrophenia" should be played in it's entirety with NO interruption! This piece tells a story which the listener needs to follow & unwind with. Particular songs I like are "Sea & Sand" & "Is It In My Head?" A wonderful lp for all generations of rock & roll fanatics. Maybe someday radio will bring back the "midnight album" and treat the have-nots to something very cool. Until then, buy it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tommy, Who's Next, The Who Sings My Generation, Who are you, the albums that define The Who. But one album stands out to me more than these four, Quadrophenia. Having recently viewing The Who on tour (ST. Paul) I was unaware of this albums full potential to being one of my favorites (my past favorites being The Who's Tommy and The Beatles Let It Be)but once I saw The Who perform some songs off the album I realized I needed to buy it, so I did. I listen to it constantly, every song fits perfectly in the flowing order that is quadrophenia. If you don't own or have listened to this album it is a MUST for any Who fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
snazzy beyond all ratioinal thought and inquiry. A great album for anybody with multiple personalities, let's you know there's someone out there who knows what it's like... but really, a tremendous effort, a brilliant result.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quadrophenia is a very essential album for any who fan. Quadrophenia, along with The Who's Tommy, it is a rock opera. Although a few songs are not that great, I would recommend this baby to anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have listened to the songs, Cut My Hair, 5:15, and Love, Reign O'er Me, over the past 25 years as they are regularly played on 'classic rock' radio, with thorough enjoyment. I purchased this double album two years and did not listen to it in it's entirety until about a month ago. To summarize my feelings about Quadrophenia - the most beautiful stream of music storytelling interwoven with the emotion of teenage angst, the transition to adulthood, and the realization to journey through life with love. You must be 'ready' in your own life to fully appreciate the genius of this rock opera and be 'moved' by the closing anthem. This album was a 'classic' from it's conception because it reaches and embraces all emotions sung in a manner easy to relate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Quadrophenia'' is an incredible collection of songs, one of The Who's finest moments. I don't need to repeat what others have said, but I assure you that you will not be disappointed with ''Quadrophenia''!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I listened to this album for the first time, I wanted to listen to it in its entirety. My favorite cuts are not only the popular "The Real Me," "I'm One," "5:15," and "Love Reign O'er Me," but also for my listening enjoyment "The Dirty Jobs," "Sea and Sand," "Bell Boy," "Dr. Jimmy" and "The Rock." "Dr. Jimmy" is in fact a gem itself as well as "Sea and Sand" and "The Rock." We'll start off with "Dr. Jimmy" first, because of one synth track that sounds like a violin. And in the middle it features "Is It Me?" (John's theme). Near the end Pete slides on his synthesizer as it approaches to the following track "The Rock." In "Rock," (the last of two instrumentals) the same violin track is used but combines the overall melody of this album's title track (which is also instrumental). And in "Sea and Sand" (I could probably label this song as the rarest gem on "Q." Belinda Carlisle's 1988 hit "Circle in the Sand" could have probably been influenced from this) The High Numbers' single "I'm the Face" is quoted. "The Dirty Jobs" is such a cool track! Pete's synth-violin track is wondeful. And near the end of this song--you hear the voices of the working miners! The dog-like sounds are really intended to be the sound of a bus starting up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album when it was first released in 1973; I was fifteen. It was a wonderous piece of music then and now. Being familiar with all of the Who's music, this is my favorite. Here we see why Keith Moon was probably the best all-time rock drummer; with him is John Entwhistle, maybe rock's best bassist; Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend are at their absolute best. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE ALBUM! BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never really liked quadrophenia as much as other albums. After seeing the concert with Brian Rosemeyer (check above review) it changed my mind. I listened to them perform some songs off the album,and I realized it was actually very good. I went home and listened again, and realized what a piece of art it really is.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This one may not have been as popular or as influential as their Tommy album but it is an excellent Rock opera and has aged even better than its predecessor. It is another dark vision into the psyche of Pete Townshend but enjoyable none-the-less.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently bought this album, and I was amazed to see how this could capture you. John Entwhistle is without a doubt the best bass player that ever lived, and this album just shows it. Keith Moons drumming is outstanding. Pete Townshend does some of his best guitar playing. Roger Daltrey's singing is also good. I always listened to rock for the musical part of it and not for the story, and in my opinion, this one is better than Tommy (although Tommy is also a good album). Quadrophenia seems to be stronger in the musical standpoint, while Tommy is stronger at telling a story.
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