An excellent and frequently astonishing album, Quadrophenia
is both more ambitious and less accessible than Tommy
, the first and most well known rock opera. At its simplest level, Quadrophenia
is a coming-of-age story with an awesome soundtrack. The album features some of the Who's finest material, in songs like the enraged "Real Me," the cynical "Punk Meets the Godfather," the wistful "5:15" and "Sea and Sand," and the powerful "Love, Reign O'er Me." The songwriting (courtesy of Pete Townshend) is top-notch, as is the production (the Who actually managed to use synthesizers in an original manner, something few rock bands can aspire to). The mix of powerful songwriting and skillful composition makes this one of the Who's finest moments. --Genevieve Williams
Digitally remastered and expanded Deluxe two CD edition of this 1973 concept album by the British Rock icons. This set gives a unique insight into the creation of this landmark album and features a remaster of the original double album, alongside eight of Pete Townshend's previously unheard demos including songs that didn't make it onto the original album. Also includes two books with unreleased photos and new essays by Pete.