The Who took a step toward their rock-opera future with this 1966 LP: the epic A Quick One While He's Away plus Boris the Spider; Run, Run, Run , and more. This reissue adds an unissued acoustic Happy Jack and other bonus cuts plus B-sides and songs from the Ready Steady Who EP!
The Who's second album is a mite inconsistent, not least because all four members were encouraged by a business deal to churn out songs. A Quick One
nonetheless manages several Who classics, notably "A Quick One While He's Away," Pete Townshend's first longform (10 minutes) piece, and John Entwistle's licensed-to-ill "Whiskey Man" and "Boris the Spider." The band's sense of humor, however, gives way on rote pop tunes like Roger Daltrey's "See My Way." But CD bonus tracks like the great "Disguises" (included in a murkier mix than that on the 30 Years of Maximum R&B
boxed set) and the Beach Boys tributes "Bucket T" and "Barbara Ann" are a distinct help. --Rickey Wright