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Quadrophenia: Live in London [CD/DVD]
     

Quadrophenia: Live in London [CD/DVD]

by The Who
 

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When the Who initially attempted to tour Quadrophenia in 1974, the results were a disaster. The band performed the rock opera alongside a series of backing tapes containing synthesizers and sound effects, a decision that put the mercurial Who into a straitjacket and led to uncharacteristically restrained performances. For years, the legend that Quadrophenia<

Overview

When the Who initially attempted to tour Quadrophenia in 1974, the results were a disaster. The band performed the rock opera alongside a series of backing tapes containing synthesizers and sound effects, a decision that put the mercurial Who into a straitjacket and led to uncharacteristically restrained performances. For years, the legend that Quadrophenia didn't lend itself to the stage persisted but things started to change in 1996, when an all-star production was launched at London's Hyde Park. This was such a rousing success that U.K. and U.S. tours followed and, from that point on, the Who returned to Quadrophenia far more often than Tommy, which they essentially retired after it turned into a Broadway musical. Anchored by a July 8, 2013 performance, 2014's Quadrophenia: Live in London pays tribute to the enduring legacy of Pete Townshend's rock opera. The concert is available in a variety of iterations, the simplest containing nothing more than the 2013 show -- this is available as a double-CD set, a Blu-ray, and a DVD, plus a digital download -- the most lavish being a five-disc box that contains the concert in the CD, Blu-ray, and DVD formats, along with the first-ever 5.1 mix of the original 1973 album, a feature many fans wish was included in the 2011 deluxe box set reissue of the album (there, only eight songs were mixed into Surround). If there ever were a record that cried out to be remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, it's Quadrophenia -- it's enveloping enough as stereo, but the synths and sound effects beg for an immersive experience -- so this mix (which is also available separately as a Blu-ray Pure Audio single disc) is a worthwhile enticement on its own terms, but the 2013 show is strong on its own terms, too. Working with their longtime touring band of drummer Scott Devours, bassist Pino Paladino, and rhythm guitarist Simon Townshend, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are tight and assured, substituting a weathered gravitas for the original's roiling teenage angst. Neither singer can hit the high notes he did in the '70s but neither tries, and their deeper voices add a sense of melancholy that contrasts well with the vigorous muscle of the band. An encore of greatest hits (plus "Tea & Theatre," from 2006's Endless Wire) is a nice touch but the focus is where it should be: on Quadrophenia, which upon its 40th anniversary sounds like Pete Townshend's masterpiece, whether it's heard in its original LP version or on this very good live set.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2014
Label:
Ume
UPC:
0602537777921
catalogNumber:
002038900
Rank:
256089

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Am the Sea
  2. The Real Me
  3. Quadrophenia
  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
  11. 5:15
  12. Sea and Sand
  13. Drowned
  14. Bell Boy
  15. Doctor Jimmy
  16. The Rock
  17. Love Reign O'Er Me
  18. Who Are You
  19. You Better You Bet
  20. Pinball Wizard
  21. Baba O'Riley
  22. Won't Get Fooled Again
  23. Tea & Theatre

Disc 2

  1. I Am the Sea
  2. The Real Me
  3. Quadrophenia
  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
  11. 5:15
  12. Sea and Sand
  13. Drowned
  14. Bell Boy
  15. Doctor Jimmy
  16. The Rock
  17. Love Reign O'Er Me
  18. Who Are You
  19. You Better You Bet
  20. Pinball Wizard
  21. Baba O'Riley
  22. Won't Get Fooled Again
  23. Tea & Theatre

Disc 3

  1. I Am the Sea
  2. The Real Me
  3. Quadrophenia
  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
  11. 5:15

Disc 4

  1. Sea and Sand
  2. Drowned
  3. Bell Boy
  4. Doctor Jimmy
  5. The Rock
  6. Love Reign O'Er Me
  7. Who Are You
  8. You Better You Bet
  9. Pinball Wizard
  10. Baba O'Riley
  11. Won't Get Fooled Again
  12. Tea & Theatre

Disc 5

  1. I Am the Sea
  2. The Real Me
  3. Quadrophenia
  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
  11. 5:15
  12. Sea and Sand
  13. Drowned
  14. Bell Boy
  15. Doctor Jimmy
  16. The Rock
  17. Love Reign O'Er Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Who   Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey   Vocals
Pete Townshend   Guitar,Vocals
Keith Moon   Percussion,Vocals
Simon Townshend   Guitar,Vocals
John Corey   Keyboards
John Entwistle   Bass,Horn,Vocals
Pino Palladino   Bass
Frank Simes   Keyboards,Musical Direction
Scott Devours   Drums
Loren Gold   Keyboards
Reggie Grisham   Horn
Dylan Hart   Horn

Technical Credits

Roger Daltrey   Visual Concept
Pete Townshend   Composer,Producer,Effects Engineer
Who   Producer
Bill Curbishley   Executive Producer
Rod Houison   Effects Engineer
Pete Kameron   Executive Producer
Kit Lambert   Executive Producer
Ron Nevison   Engineer,Effects Engineer
Bobby Pridden   Producer
Chris Stamp   Executive Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Will Shapland   Engineer
Robert Rosenberg   Executive Producer
Richard Evans   Memorabilia,Images
Chris Rule   Director
Liz Kessler   Producer

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