- Number of Discs: 6
- Released: November 14, 2011
- Label: Geffen Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
This box set gives a unique insight into the creation of the landmark album Quadrophenia and features a re-master of the original double album, Pete Townshend's previously unheard demos including songs that didn't make it onto the original album, an exclusive eight track 5.1 sound DVD, a deluxe hard-back book, previously unseen personal notes, photographs, memorabilia and other exclusive material.
Q - 6/00, p.69Ranked #56
in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"
Q - 8/96, p.1435 Stars
- Indispensible - "...it abides as one of The Who's peaks because...its instant, push-button atmosphere is always lifted from the realms of ham by some heartfelt Daltrey shout'n'croon, a bit of comedy Moon...and the anthemic elegance of the last two tracks..."
Q - 4/01, p.1274 stars out of 5
- "...The very essence of The Who in the '70s - gravity-defying bassruns and all....Townshend's heart sounds like it might burst with all that disaffection. Fantastic, still."
Q - 8/96, p.1435 Stars
- Indispensible - "...it abides as one of The Who's peaks because...its instant, push-button atmosphere is always lifted from the realms of ham by some heartfelt Daltrey shout'n'croon, a bit of comedy Moon...and the antemic elegance of the last two tracks..."
NME (Magazine) - 6/29/96, p.548 (out of 10)
- "...it is only now that a fully remastered...full, double CD version has been released....Townshend's windmilling riffing arm has never been busier, John Entwistle remains the finest bass player breathing, and Keith Moon...is truly magnificent..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.1064 stars out of 5
-- "What's initially most striking is how elaborate so many of these tracks are, one man laboriously multi-tracking himself to give his colleagues the fullest possible idea of how the finished songs should sound."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.I Am The Sea
- 2.The Real Me
- 4.Cut My Hair
- 5.The Punk and The Godfather
- 6.I'm One
- 7.The Dirty Jobs
- 8.Helpless Dancer
- 9.Is It In My Head?
- 10.I've Had Enough
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 2.Sea and Sand
- 4.Bell Boy
- 5.Doctor Jimmy
- 6.The Rock
- 7.Love Reign O'er Me
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.The Real Me (demo)
- 2.Quadrophenia - Four Overtures (demo)
- 3.Cut My Hair (demo)
- 4.Fill No. 1 - Get Out and Stay Out (demo)
- 5.Quadrophenic - Four Faces (demo)
- 6.We Close Tonight (demo)
- 7.You Came Back (demo)
- 8.Get Inside (demo)
- 9.Joker James (demo)
- 10.Punk (demo)
- 11.I'm One (demo)
- 12.Dirty Jobs (demo)
- 13.Helpless Dancer (demo)
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.Is It In My Head (demo)
- 2.Any More (demo)
- 3.I've Had Enough (demo)
- 4.Fill No. 2 (demo)
- 5.Wizardry (demo)
- 6.Sea & Sand (demo)
- 7.Drowned (demo)
- 8.Is It Me (demo)
- 9.Bell Boy (demo)
- 10.Dr Jimmy (demo)
- 11.Finale - The Rock (demo)
- 12.Love Reign O'er Me (demo)
Tracks on Disc 5:
- 1.I Am The Sea - 5. 1 surround - sound mix
- 2.The Real Me - 5. 1 surround - sound mix
- 3.Quadrophenia - 5. 1 surround - sound mix
- 4.I've Had Enough - 5. 1 surround - sound mix
- 5.5. 15 - 5. 1 surround - sound mix
- 6.Dr Jimmy - 5. 1 surround - sound mix
- 7.The Rock - 5. 1 surround - sound mix
- 8.Love Reign O'er Me - 5. 1 surround - sound mix
Originally released on Polydor (6235).
Digitally remastered by Jon Astley (Close To The Edge).
The Who: Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards); John Entwistle (vocals, bass, horns); Roger Daltrey (vocals); Keith Moon (drums, percussion, vocals).
Additional personnel: John Curle (spoken vocals); Chris Stainton (piano).
Recorded at The Kitchen, Battersea, England.
Includes a 56-page booklet.
Personnel: John Entwistle (vocals, horns); Keith Moon (vocals, percussion); Roger Daltrey (vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ron Fawcus; Bobby Pridden.
Audio Remasterer: Jon Astley.
Introduction by: Pete Townshend.
Photographers: Ethan A. Russell; Graham Hughes; Richard Evans ; Chris Morphet.
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. [The Director's Cut Super Deluxe reissue included a complete remastering of the original double album, demos from Townshend (including songs not on the original album), an exclusive eight-track, 5.1 sound DVD, a deluxe hardcover book, personal notes, photographs, and memorabilia.] ~ Richie Unterberger