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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 24 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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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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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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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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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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It's ironic, I think, that the Who's second LP had no standout hit tune, didn't do too well in the States, and doesn't have the kind of legendary status attributed to some of their later LPs, but may be the most influential of all Who records.
The mix of R&B instrumentation and pseudo-Beach-Boys harmonies popularized on this LP (and a whole series of Kinks records) still makes regular appearances on the UK and USA charts, "A Quick One" formalized the free-form style Cream, Hendrix and 10,000 lesser talents wore out in concerts during the late 1960s and 70s, and Paul Weller has spent his entire career trying to recreate the controlled mayhem of this LP.
Sounds like a bad graduate thesis, don't it?
When this record hit the popular conciousness of my highschool we wore it out in a year-long series of, shall we say, stimulating late night parties. It was the "throw away" stuff that really got us going: "Run Run Run," "Batman," and, of course, "Bucket T."
So there are no big whompin' "My Generation" type hit-anthems. But how can you resist a record where Pete Townshend announces "we have a remedy little girl--I'm gonna make you feel alright," followed by Keith Moon's dead-on tom-tom and splash cymbol imitation of a steam engine?
A QUICK ONE is a bit sloppy, but it's more of a fun 'party' record than anything else the Who ever did. I'll never set it on a pedastal with QUADREPHENIA or WHO'S NEXT, but it's still a very good record.
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Format: Audio CD
The original vinyl was actually better if you lived in the United States,(that's the only time that this happened in the 1960's,)sacrificing "Heatwave" for the big hit "Happy Jack." Oh well-the other nine are pretty good songs. "Run Run Run" may very well be the best album opener since "I Saw Her Standing There." It's one of my top three favorite rock songs of all time, up there with "Surrender" and "You Really Got Me." "Boris The Spider" is next, the Who classic that never was. Moon is in top form, especially since it's his debut-"I Need You" features him singing. He has a good voice, and should have sung more often. "Whiskey Man" follows...[...] I miss John Entwistle. In America you'd now hear "Happy Jack," which rocks just as hard as anything else on side A. Everywhere else, you get the super-lame "Heatwave," which would have fit in better on the first album. That's ok though- "Cobwebs and Strange" more than makes up for it. Moon may have hated drum solos, but he really shines on this. There should have been more contributions from him on subsequent albums...imagine... Next we get three rather docile songs: "Don't Look Away," "See My Way," and "So Sad About Us." The first one is a throwaway, I could take it or leave it. "See My Way" is a good song, just poorly produced (check out 'BBC Sessions' and you'll see what I mean!) and "So Sad About Us" is actually an outstanding song, which sadly fades away into side-a side-b album obscurity, just like "Our Love Was" and "Sunrise" from the next album. It's unfortunate, as Townsend could really turn in some good melodic love songs. Next is the mini-opera. The song, I'll admit, is better elsewhere...this one almost seems tentative at times.Read more ›
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