Quadrophenia Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
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First CD release of the complete original soundtrack album, with those rare High Numbers tracks and 20-bit mastering!
During the '70s, Tommy went from being the Who's finest hour to excessive pop-culture cliché--precisely the sort of bloated musical albatross that fueled the decade's punk and new wave reactionaries. Consequently, director Frank Roddam imbued his 1979 version of Quadrophenia (Pete Townshend's 1973 introspective ode to teen angst set against the English mod versus rocker clashes of the early '60s) with a conscious sense of scale and humanity. Unlike the often embarrassing Tommy film spectacle, the band's musical presence on Quadrophenia is both concise and surprisingly fresh. They contribute three new songs ("Get Out and Stay Out," "Four Faces," "Joker James") that help flesh out the story and cut much of the original material down to its musical and emotional essence. Credit Who bassist/film musical director John Entwistle (who'd no doubt perceived the sharp musical changes just then happening around him) with stripping Quadrophenia down to size, in the process underscoring his thunderous, cascading bass lines; Pete Townshend's slashing power chords; Keith Moon's maniacal drum fills; and Roger Daltrey's vocal power. After Tommy, less was indeed more. --Jerry McCulley
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* Quadrophenia [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] -- The Who; Audio CD Double, features only The Who's music. This album is trully amazing, but don't expect to find something very close to Tommy. Yet the album totally rocks!
* Quadrophenia [SOUNDTRACK] -- The Who; Audio CD
1979 version with 25 tracks, including (i think all the) music that is not played by the who but appears on important scenes in the movie. An unbeattable document, to have along the VHS AND the DVD, to understand the mod mechanisms.
* Quadrophenia: Songs From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK] -- The Who; Audio CD
1993 version with 15 tracks. Who fans love it. Remastered versions, rerecorded parts. I think it sounds more powerful, but lack the historic part (which doesn't matter for a die hard Who fan) This is like an action concentrate if that is what you were looking for.
c'mon! save some bucks, get the three of them, plus the vhs plus the dvd.
The sound quality is good except for "Green Onions" which uses an inferior master source. However, in my mind it's not as good as The Who's original 1973 version which was totally remixed and remastered by Jon Astley. Here the source tape was only remastered.
If you're just getting into The Who I recommend getting the double CD version which of course contains the whole original recording. This CD is nice to have to augment the 1973 set.
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this record back in the early eighties. There are several great songs(Dr. Jimmy, The Real Me, The Punk And The Godfather, 5:15). Read morePublished on May 17 2003 by G. J Wiener
I was in high school in the mid-70's in Europe when I first heard Quad. It is a great story and even better music!
Dave "The Bellboy"
In many ways, Quadrophenia is a more mature rock opera than Tommy was, with Pete addressing the issue of a generation in transition. Read morePublished on April 21 2001