The Who ‎– Quadrophenia 

Pete Townshend revisited the rock opera concept with another double-album opus, this time built around the story of a young mod's struggle to come of age in the mid-'60s. If anything, this was a more ambitious project than Tommy, given added weight by the fact that the Who weren't devising some fantasy but were re-examining the roots of their own birth in mod culture. In the end, there may have been too much weight, as Townshend tried to combine the story of a mixed-up mod named Jimmy with the examination of a four-way split personality (hence the title Quadrophenia), in turn meant to reflect the four conflicting personas at work within the Who itself. The concept might have ultimately been too obscure and confusing for a mass audience. But there's plenty of great music anyway, especially on "The Real Me," "The Punk Meets the Godfather," "I'm One," "Bell Boy," and "Love, Reign o'er Me." Some of Townshend's most direct, heartfelt writing is contained here, and production-wise it's a tour de force, with some of the most imaginative use of synthesizers on a rock record. Various members of the band griped endlessly about flaws in the mix, but really these will bug very few listeners, who in general will find this to be one of the Who's most powerful statements. - 5 Stars! R. Unterberger


A1      I Am The Sea  
A2 The Real Me  
A3 Quadrophenia  
A4 Cut My Hair  
A5 The Punk And The Godfather            
B1 I'm One  
B2 The Dirty Jobs
Piano – Chris Stainton
B3 Helpless Dancer  
B4 Is It In My Head
Co-producer, Engineer – Glyn Johns
B5 I've Had Enough  
C1 5:15
Piano – Chris Stainton
C2 Sea And Sand  
C3 Drowned
Piano – Chris Stainton
C4 Bell Boy  
D1 Doctor Jimmy  
D2 The Rock  
D3 Love, Reign O'er Me


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Brand Rock/Pop

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