Quadrophenia

Label
Geffen
Release date
15 Nov 2011
Running length
42 tracks
Running time
185:00

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Who - I Am the Sea 2:09 101,754
2 The Who - The Real Me 3:31 155,555
3 The Who - Quadrophenia 6:14 96,545
4 The Who - Cut My Hair 3:45 88,591
5 The Who - The Punk and the Godfather 5:11 85,764
6 The Who - I'm One 2:38 98,505
7 The Who - The Dirty Jobs 4:29 76,525
8 The Who - Helpless Dancer 2:33 76,987
9 The Who - Is It in My Head? 3:44 16,990
10 The Who - I've Had Enough 6:15 74,592
1 The Who - 5:15 4:51 145,697
2 The Who - Sea and Sand 5:02 68,981
3 The Who - Drowned 5:27 69,669
4 The Who - Bell Boy 4:55 69,881
5 The Who - Doctor Jimmy 8:37 61,602
6 The Who - The Rock 6:38 60,608
7 The Who - Love Reign o'er Me 5:48 131,997
1 Pete Townshend - The Real Me (Demo) 4:26 366
2 Pete Townshend - Quadrophenia - 4 Overtures (Demo) 6:19 20
3 Pete Townshend - Cut My Hair (Demo) 3:28 172
4 Pete Townshend - Fill No' 1 - Get Out And Stay Out (Demo) 1:22 10
5 Pete Townshend - Quadrophenic Four Faces (Demo) 4:02 13
6 Pete Townshend - We Close Tonight (Demo) 2:41 10
7 Pete Townshend - You Came Back (Demo) 3:16 16
8 Pete Townshend - Get Inside (Demo) 3:09 13
9 Pete Townshend - Joker James (Demo) 3:41 17
10 Pete Townshend - Punk (Demo) 4:54 259
11 Pete Townshend - I'm One (Demo) 2:37 20
12 Pete Townshend - Dirty Jobs (Demo) 3:45 240
13 Pete Townshend - Helpless Dancer (Demo) 2:16 14
1 Pete Townshend - Is It In My Head? (Demo) 4:12 249
2 Pete Townshend - Any More (Demo) 3:19 216
3 Pete Townshend - I've Had Enough (Demo) 6:21 248
4 Pete Townshend - Fill No' 2 (Demo) 1:30 11
5 Pete Townshend - Wizardry (Demo) 3:09 13
6 Pete Townshend - Sea And Sand (Demo) 4:13 16
7 Pete Townshend - Drowned (Demo) 4:14 233
8 Pete Townshend - Is It Me? (Demo) 4:37 216
9 Pete Townshend - Bell Boy (Demo) 5:03 15
10 Pete Townshend - Doctor Jimmy (Demo) 7:28 225
11 Pete Townshend - Finale - The Rock (Demo) 7:59 9
12 Pete Townshend - Love Reign O'er Me (Demo) 5:12 284

About this album

Quadrophenia is the sixth studio album by the English rock band The Who. Released on 19 October 1973, by Track, Polydor in the United Kingdom and Track and MCA in the United States, Quadrophenia is a double album, and the group’s second rock opera. Its story involves social, musical, and psychological happenings from an English teenage perspective, set in London and Brighton in 1964 and 1965.

The name is a variation on the popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia as dissociative identity disorder to reflect the four distinct personalities of Jimmy, the opera’s protagonist—each said to represent the personality of one member of The Who.

Quadrophenia was originally released as a two-LP set with a butterfly jacket and a thick booklet containing lyrics, a text version of the story, and photographs illustrating the tale. MCA Records re-released it as a two-CD set in 1985 with the lyrics and text story line on a thin fold-up sheet but none of the photographs. The original Polydor CD issue included the complete booklet in miniature, as did the remastered MCA and Polydor CD reissues of 1996.

Quadrophenia was originally released in the U.K. as Track 2657 013 on October 26, 1973. However, it appears that due to a vinyl shortage caused by the OPEC oil embargo, only a limited number of copies got to stores before production had to be halted. Most British Who fans failed to find a copy until after The Who’s U.

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  • Abomination317

    Insanely good. A masterpiece of prog rock (and yes, it's totally prog, even moreso than The Lamb for instance)

    4 Apr 5:38pm Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    "The music is the best music that I've ever written, I think, and it's the best album that I will ever write."--Pete Townshend

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • njokmo413

    while i admit, i do like tommy more... this is still a truly amazing album, both are masterpieces

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • pteronophobic

    I agree wth gokunirvana. No other album has effected my life my life like Quadrophenia. This remains my favorite album of all time.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    no idea how this is so far behind in plas compared to led zeppelin. incredible records - equal with tommy.

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • netoroch4

    There's something magical about this.

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • metawirt

    @gokunirvana: No, it's not just you!

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    There isn't another album that had so much impact in my life as Quadrophenia. Maybe it's just me, but I think Jimmy's story is almost universal. Everybody has passed at least one moment in life that is described on this album. Also, the composition, the lyrics, the playing of the four guys that bring this to life. Pete, every song you write is something unique and majestic, but with this album you surpassed yourself, and the rest of mankind.

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    I'm starting to like 'Quadrophenia' more than 'Tommy' ...

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    One of the most unjustly ignored albums in rock. On some tracks this album is great beyond words.

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • mtw900

    In 2008 I used to listen to this album at least once a day.

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • zepp69

    wow

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • Drazba

    if not their best--then 1B next to who's next-great on all levels but some how lost sometimes

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • DonPinguin

    Would pay big bucks to see it performed live by the original band members. [2] yeah, bring moonie back from the dead!

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • DonutDuDe1212

    I keep getting surprised by how insanely good this is every time i listen to it.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Taco_Chopper

    Listened to it for the first time tonight, it tore me a new asshole. First album I have ever heard on the first go that's hit me like a train and become one of my favourite albums ever instantaneously.

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    Would pay big bucks to see it performed live by the original band members.

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • iSkiapod

    I always like to picture Jimmy Cooper and Ray Lomas meeting up in the 21st century to talk over old times. Personally I think Ray would be the happiest. Never too old to Rock'n' Roll :)

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • merc82

    Jimmy jumps off the scooter.

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
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