I am a huge fan of progressive rock and darn proud of it. As such, I studiously avoid the blues, and "straight" rock with the all-too-familiar 4/4 rhythm, primitive melodic and harmonic structures, and of course goofy lyrics that mythologize "drugs, sex, and rock n' roll". I used to think (without basis I might add) that The Who was a band that produced such drivel until I listened to the brilliant Quadrophenia. Of course, the music on Quadrophenia is, in comparison to the thematically similar The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Genesis, 1974) pretty tame, it is also extremely sophisticated for a hard rock band. Even the treatment of "drugs, sex, and rock n' roll" is handled carefully and with great intelligence, resulting in a concept work that is "deep", multidimensional, and ever engrossing. In fact, I think I might like Quadrophenia more than The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway! On Quadrophenia, Townshend demonstrates his ability to embellish very simple and brief musical themes with instrumental preludes, interludes and postludes, all of which create the impression of something much larger and complex. In addition, highly melodic vocal, guitar, and synthesizer parts weave and soar above a positively thundering rhythm section to create some of the most interesting hard rock music I have ever heard. (Oh by the way, John Entwistle is a ripping bass player and Keith Moon is right up there with some of the best progressive rock drummers!). In spite of the fact that I was only 5 years old when Quadrophenia was released, I am wistful for times when a piece of rock music this involved and emotionally rich could reach number 2 on both sides of the Atlantic. Highly recommended in addition to Who's Next.