Quadraphenia

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  1. pypa

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    Was reminded today how great this album was.



    I discovered it as a double CD in '86 which still had some liner notes, but I can only imagine how great listening to a double record album would have been.

    This album had it all:

    Daltry's voice at its peak. Gritty and angry, melting into sad and sweet in the same sentence. He's the best rock singer ever - maybe second only to Freddie Mercury.

    Repeating themes from song to song

    Anthemic individual songs (5:15, Love Reign...)

    Instrumental songs (there's 2 on here!)

    30 second long intros with nothing but the wind and breaking waves

    Stories about specific people and personalities that were deep and insightful w/o being preachy. It was a time.


    Whaling, stadium sized drums.

    Cockney accented rapping (Bell Boy). Really miss this.

    It's just music writing and concept album and rock opera and musicianship and passionate energy all rolled into one.

    Funny thing is this album is generally one of their lesser known. I love me some Tommy and Baba, but Q is where it was at.
     
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    sixstringbastard Friend of Leo's

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    The Real Me is one of the best bass guitarists ever just flat rocking out.
     
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    This is their The Wall to me. A masterwork of musical invention containing some of their peak performances and writing. But, like Pink Floyd and The Wall, I almost always choose to listen to any of their previous albums.
     
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    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    You might like the 2012 documentary, Quadrophenia-Can You See The Real Me? I really enjoyed it.
     
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    Agree. It's a pretty haunting album to me when listening straight through. Haven't done that since back in high school, probably, but still remember it.
     
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    It's a brilliant piece of writing and recording, but the original version had a somewhat muddy mix, with Daltrey's voice being buried on many tracks. One of these days, I have to pick up the '90s remix to compare the differences. (Compare the original version to the mixes of Who's Next and The Who By Numbers -- because Pete wanted to work with Kit Lambert on Quadrophenia as he had done on Tommy, Glyn Johns is largely absent on Quadrophenia, and it shows.) The 1979 film, loosely based on the album, is quite good as well.
     
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    Hard pass, because of Creepy Pete
     
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    When I saw the movie I wished they’d put their mod era stuff on instead, because that’s the only era of The Who that I like.
     
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    It is kind of a strange juxtaposition, the movie. The soundtrack has some great old tracks, but not ones by The Who. I love Quadrophenia as an album, but by the time they made the movie, the mod revival was just barely kicking off and you have extras in the background with beards and long-ish hair. Still, Leslie Ash, eh? Kenney Jones plays on several tracks on the soundtrack, I believe.
     
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    The first time I listened to the entire Quadrophenia album start to finish with headphones on was almost like a religious or spiritual experience for me. It's been one of my favorites ever since, and over the years my appreciation for the different songs has grown and evolved. For instance, the two instrumental tracks are highlights of the album for me, whereas when I first heard them I wasn't as crazy about them. "Sea and Sand" always connects for me, as does the "Is it me for a moment" refrain throughout the album. I think that Pete's writing, the band's playing, and Roger's voice were at all top form.

    Plus, John Entwistle did not know they were recording when he put down the bass part to "The Real Me". He was just messing around, and that was the first (and I guess only) take.

    There's always Keith singing...

     
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    In my top 5 albums of all time. Love driving with it blasting out the windows
     
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    Yes top 10 for sure, the real me is amazing.....
     
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    Hearing that on my Pioneer 949 quad system was a revelation.
     
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    Great album by one of my favourite bands.

    The mix of the original album did sound quite muddy to me. Is the remix an improvement?
     
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    Got to see them play the album in its entirety about 8 years ago. Great show.
     
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    Couldn’t agree more. Quadrophenia is my favorite album of all time (by anyone). My personal neurosis includes only listening to it during the summer, because: that’s when the story takes place when I first heard it. Memorial Day weekend begins my annual nostalgia journey to all past Quadrophenia summers and adventures.
     
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    I saw them twice in 1996 and it was great.

    However, already at the time I thought it a bit sad to see a formerly so creative band reduced itself to recycling the old material, all while Pete Townshend put out a string of very strong solo albums.
     
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    I LOVE Quadrophenia.....the album AND the film. As to why it isn't well remembered or even thought of by too many, may be indicated by the Billboard Top 100 for 1973. I had honestly forgotten just how DISMAL music was that year. See what you think.
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    This is a list of Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1973.[1] The Top 100, as revealed in the year-end edition of Billboard dated December 29, 1973, is based on Hot 100 charts from the issue dates of November 25, 1972 through November 17, 1973.

    No. Title Artist(s)
    1 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" Tony Orlando and Dawn
    2 "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" Jim Croce
    3 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Roberta Flack
    4 "Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye
    5 "My Love" Paul McCartney & Wings
    6 "Why Me" Kris Kristofferson
    7 "Crocodile Rock" Elton John
    8 "Will It Go Round in Circles" Billy Preston
    9 "You're So Vain" Carly Simon
    10 "Touch Me in the Morning" Diana Ross
    11 "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" Vicki Lawrence
    12 "Playground in My Mind" Clint Holmes
    13 "Brother Louie" Stories
    14 "Delta Dawn" Helen Reddy
    15 "Me and Mrs. Jones" Billy Paul
    16 "Frankenstein" The Edgar Winter Group
    17 "Drift Away" Dobie Gray
    18 "Little Willy" Sweet
    19 "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" Stevie Wonder
    20 "Half-Breed" Cher
    21 "That Lady" The Isley Brothers
    22 "Pillow Talk" Sylvia Robinson
    23 "We're an American Band" Grand Funk Railroad
    24 "Right Place Wrong Time" Dr. John
    25 "Wildflower" Skylark
    26 "Superstition" Stevie Wonder
    27 "Loves Me Like a Rock" Paul Simon
    28 "The Morning After" Maureen McGovern
    29 "Rocky Mountain High" John Denver
    30 "Stuck in the Middle with You" Stealers Wheel
    31 "Shambala" Three Dog Night
    32 "Love Train" The O'Jays
    33 "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" Barry White
    34 "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" Tony Orlando and Dawn
    35 "Keep on Truckin'" Eddie Kendricks
    36 "Danny's Song" Anne Murray
    37 "Dancing in the Moonlight" King Harvest
    38 "Monster Mash" Bobby 'Boris' Pickett
    39 "Natural High" Bloodstone
    40 "Diamond Girl" Seals and Crofts
    41 "Long Train Runnin'" The Doobie Brothers
    42 "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" George Harrison
    43 "If You Want Me to Stay" Sly & the Family Stone
    44 "Daddy's Home" Jermaine Jackson
    45 "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" Gladys Knight & the Pips
    46 "I'm Doin' Fine Now" New York City
    47 "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" The Spinners
    48 "Daniel" Elton John
    49 "Midnight Train to Georgia" Gladys Knight & the Pips
    50 "Smoke on the Water" Deep Purple
    51 "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
    52 "Behind Closed Doors" Charlie Rich
    53 "Your Mama Don't Dance" Loggins and Messina
    54 "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" Chicago
    55 "The Cisco Kid" War
    56 "Live and Let Die" Paul McCartney & Wings
    57 "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?" Hurricane Smith
    58 "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)" Johnnie Taylor
    59 "Sing" The Carpenters
    60 "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)" The Four Tops
     
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    I tried to post all 100, but TDPRI put a limit on number of characters.
     
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    One of my all time favs, maybe because of my age when it came out, but whatever the reason, I still really enjoy it.
     
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