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Quick One Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (June 20 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002OX3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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1. Run Run Run
2. Boris The Spider
3. I Need You
4. Whiskey Man
5. Heatwave
6. Cobwebs And Strange
7. Don't Look Away
8. See My Way
9. So Sad About Us
10. A Quick One, While He's Away
11. Batman
12. Buckett
13. Barbara Ann
14. Disguises
15. Doctor, Doctor
16. I've Been Away
17. In The City
18. Happy Jack (Acoustic Version)
19. Man With The Money
20. My Generation/Land Of Hope And Glory

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Product Description

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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
Alot of people have had problems finding "A Quick One" in stereo. Here's the deal, your best bet is to buy the Polydor UK version of the CD. The artwork on the US MCA version is unchanged so it's impossible to know if it's the correct CD without taking the shrinkwrap off. Once you do that, you can't return it if it is the incorrect CD. With the Polydor import, all of the artwork on the package is the same (including the 1995 copyright date) EXCEPT for the catalog number on the binding. This will allow you to see if you have indeed received the correct CD without tearing the shrinkwrap off.
Here are the different catalog numbers:
* Polydor 527758-2 - maily mono
* Polydor 589800-2 - mainly stereo
I hope this helps everybody!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on July 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
For a 1966 sophomore album, this is pretty good. Regardless of each of the bandmembers having to contribute songs to this album, it's still only a sophomore album, and in 1966 the majority of albums, whether they be debut albums, sophomore efforts, or later releases, were nothing more than a couple of hit singles or popular album tracks mixed together with about ten junky throwaways so that an entire album could be filled out and boost the sales of the hit singles. How can you expect most of any band's early songs to be perfection or as classic as their later songs would be?
This is one of those albums I had to give a second listen to for the songs to really sink in and for me to fully appreciate what this album is all about, and I wouldn't recommend it to a new fan. Still, perhaps because I'm a female fan and most Who freaks are men, I've always viewed these songs as cute and campy instead of embarrassing or something that makes one want to vomit when listening to it. And you can hear that this is their transition album, going from the bubblegummy sound of the 1966 Pop Art culture that inspired it to more mature things, as evidenced in songs like the title track (how many songs in 1966 were over three minutes in length, to say nothing of nine minutes and ten seconds long?), which was their first mini-opera, as well as the other better tracks like "Boris the Spider," "Whiskey Man," and "So Sad About Us." It wasn't meant to be a masterpiece like their later albums, it was just meant as a fun slice of 1966 pop paradise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 2 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase

This Japanese CD (Polydor) is most impressive. They take the rematered CD (old MCA version) with all the bonus tracks and give us impressive stereo mixes of all the original songs (with the possible exception of "See My Way". It seems not quite mono, yet not quite true stereo but is different from the original remastered (MCA version)). It is worth every penny. The sound is more dynamic and "larger", the stereo mixes are superb! There are added bits to some songs. "I need You" has a longer harpsichord bit with the vocals coming in at a different point. " Whiskey Man" has the distinct "flend-fwend" vocal in the clear stereo mix. "So sad about us" has a unique "tag" vocal by Pete at the very end of the song that is not on any other version. And many, many more. The improved Stereo lets you hear bits you have never heard before....especially with headphones on. A 10 out of 10....
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If you are looking for a compilation of EARLY who material ( for the most part ) but do not want to go through the expense of picking up all the very early Who discs, which ( lets face it ) contains a lot of dead material. Then this is by far the best disc to by there are a couple of other Who discs out there that try to do the same thing...Who by Numbers, and Meaty Beaty big and Bouncy, as well as Odds and Sods all to one degree or another approach the topic of early hits of The Who Some pick up unreleased numbers, others simply do the same as this but this disc is the best IMO. It covers the entire library and hits more numbers from each stop along the way. It is by far NOT a QUICK ONE but rather a Milk Run stopping at every stop along the road of the Who's extended Career. The only reason it does not have all 5 Stars is because it does not have ALL the stops, and that is impossible because of its release date. Oh and by the way, KEITH MOON is obviously the drummer of record ( pardon the pun ) on this Disc which would make it the another reason to purchase this disc IF NOT the best reason to purchase this wonderful record / CD. Spigomars
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
Cuando un grupo se basa casi únicamente en el talento de su principal figura, puede ser por dos cosas: o el resto no tiene la capacidad para aportar ideas o el líder sencillamente lo acapara todo. A Quick One es el único álbum de The Who en el que todos componen y por lo mismo es el de mayor variedad, pero no necesariamnete el experimento es del todo exitoso. Al parecer no se trató de un ataque de generosidad por parte de Pete, sino más bien a la presión impuesta para que todos compusieran.
Contrario a lo que se podría pensar, es Entwistle quien da la sorpresa más grata, con 2 temas que pueden competir con los de Townshend, la críptica Boris The Spider y el mod pop de Whiskey Man. Keith Moon se atreve con la rockera I Need You, con toques de clavecín y en la que su batería suena más estruendosa que nunca, mientras la circense Cobwebs and Strange la da al disco un toque bizarro. Roger Daltrey por su parte demuestra en la mediocre See My Way que lo suyo es definitivamente el canto, manteniendose en el futuro alejado de las letras.
De los 4 temas de Pete, Run Run Run es pura energía mod y deja claro que el sonido My Generation no está olvidado; So Sad About Us es más melódica pero de igual forma poderosa, Don't Look Away es la más floja de todas con sus aires country y la controversial A Quick One, While He's Away es lejos lo más elaborado del disco y también un preámbnulo para sonoridades venideras. El tema es una suite multiparte con un sonido más pop, en la que se notan algunos toques Beach Boys y complejos arreglos además del uso de otros instrumentos que amplían el sonido Who.
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