Quick One Original recording remastered, Import
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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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Here are the different catalog numbers:
* Polydor 527758-2 - maily mono
* Polydor 589800-2 - mainly stereo
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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.
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....
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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Good music, some duds. I finally bought it on vinyl, which sounds clearer IMHO.Published 13 months ago by Marc Lemaire
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... Read morePublished 18 months ago by spigomars
ordered it for the inimitable Boris track but enjoyed a lot the Barbara Ann and other tracks I'd forgotten about!Published on Dec 16 2013 by Larry M. Fletcher
An odd selection of songs without a good unifying theme but with a peppy exuberance that is entertaining, if not edifying. Read morePublished on May 29 2013 by eeyoore
Love the 'Boris The Spider' tune as well as the rest of the CD, nice reminisence tunes that bring back the party years memoriesPublished on Jan. 4 2012 by SHAKEY
This is the badest of All the who albums with Moon, but stil a very good CD with some great songs you must have so it is essential WHO music whatever it is not thier best. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Tomas