Quadrophenia [The Director's Cut Super Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Quadrophenia has been reissued before, including a notably remixed version in 1996, but it has never been expanded. The 2011 "Director's Cut" makes up for lost time by offering two different expanded editions of the album (presented in its 1996 remix): a double-disc edition rounded out with 11 demos -- all performed solo by Pete Townshend, two of which are songs that didn't make the final cut -- and a Super Deluxe Edition that adds an early version of the album comprised entirely of Townshend demos, a DVD containing 5.1 mixes from selected songs from the album, and a host of extras highlighted by a 100-page hardcover book featuring many photos, memorabilia from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Quadrophenia has been reissued before, including a notably remixed version in 1996, but it has never been expanded. The 2011 "Director's Cut" makes up for lost time by offering two different expanded editions of the album (presented in its 1996 remix): a double-disc edition rounded out with 11 demos -- all performed solo by Pete Townshend, two of which are songs that didn't make the final cut -- and a Super Deluxe Edition that adds an early version of the album comprised entirely of Townshend demos, a DVD containing 5.1 mixes from selected songs from the album, and a host of extras highlighted by a 100-page hardcover book featuring many photos, memorabilia from Townshend's archive, lyrics, and a new, lengthy essay from Pete. While the double-disc edition is quite a handsome thing in its own right -- the two discs may be split at an odd point, between "Drowned" and "Bell Boy," the latter the last song on side three on the original album; the demos more than make up for this quirk -- the Super Deluxe Edition is something special thanks to the alternate version of Quadrophenia, which contains six songs cut from the final album, several containing story lines and characters excised from the narrative. Some of these songs stand on their own merits -- particularly "We Close Tonight," which popped up in a full Who version on the expanded Odds & Sods, and "Joker James" -- and the overall album is stronger without them, and that's part of what makes this rough draft so compelling: it provides insight into Townshend's creative process as he sculpted, edited, and crafted this complex concept album. Also, hearing Quadrophenia as solo recordings from Townshend -- he's responsible for every sound here, all the guitars, drums, piano, and analog synths -- underlines the autobiography at its core, pushing his vulnerability and passion to the center. Some of these recordings have shown up elsewhere, either on Pete's Scoop collections or bootlegs, but context counts: having these demos assembled as a full album gives them weight and force that will prove to be undeniable to any hardcore Who fan. It's such an enveloping experience that they may be able to forgive the occasional oddities and frustrations elsewhere in the Super Deluxe Edition -- most notably that DVD, which puzzlingly contains only eight highlights, not the full album, something that's bound to frustrate anybody shelling out over 100 dollars for this box -- because what is Quadrophenia, anyway, other than a celebration of our human imperfections?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602527778402
  • Catalog Number: 2777840
  • Sales rank: 65,792

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Am the Sea (2:09)
  2. 2 The Real Me (3:20)
  3. 3 Quadrophenia (6:13)
  4. 4 Cut My Hair (3:44)
  5. 5 The Punk and the Godfather (5:11)
  6. 6 I'm One (2:37)
  7. 7 The Dirty Jobs (4:28)
  8. 8 Helpless Dancer (2:33)
  9. 9 Is It in My Head? (3:43)
  10. 10 I've Had Enough (6:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 5:15 (5:00)
  2. 2 Sea and Sand (5:01)
  3. 3 Drowned (5:26)
  4. 4 Bell Boy (4:58)
  5. 5 Doctor Jimmy (8:35)
  6. 6 The Rock (6:37)
  7. 7 Love Reign O'er Me (5:49)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Real Me (4:26)
  2. 2 Quadrophenia: Four Overtures (6:21)
  3. 3 Cut My Hair (3:30)
  4. 4 Fill No. 1: Get Out and Stay Out (1:23)
  5. 5 Quadrophenia: Four Faces (4:04)
  6. 6 We Close Tonight (2:43)
  7. 7 You Came Back (3:18)
  8. 8 Get Inside (3:11)
  9. 9 Joker James (3:42)
  10. 10 Punk (4:56)
  11. 11 I'm One (2:39)
  12. 12 Dirty Jobs (3:47)
  13. 13 Helpless Dancer (2:16)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Is It in My Head? (4:12)
  2. 2 Anymore (3:21)
  3. 3 I've Had Enough (6:23)
  4. 4 Fill No. 2 (1:31)
  5. 5 Wizardry (3:10)
  6. 6 Sea and Sand (4:14)
  7. 7 Drowned (4:15)
  8. 8 Is It Me? (4:39)
  9. 9 Bell Boy (5:03)
  10. 10 Doctor Jimmy (7:29)
  11. 11 Finale: The Rock (7:59)
  12. 12 Love Reign O'er Me (5:11)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I Am the Sea
  2. 2 The Real Me
  3. 3 Quadrophenia
  4. 4 I've Had Enough
  5. 5 5.15
  6. 6 Doctor Jimmy
  7. 7 The Rock
  8. 8 Love Reign O'er Me
Disc 6
  1. 1 5.15
  2. 2 Water
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Vocals
Keith Moon Percussion, Vocals
John Entwistle Bass, Horn, Vocals
John Curle Newscast
Peter Huntington Drums
Technical Credits
Pete Townshend Composer, Special Effects, Producer, Reissue Producer, Concept, Instrumentation, Introduction
The Who Producer
Jon Astley Remastering
Bill Curbishley Reissue Executive Producer
Rod Houison Special Effects
Pete Kameron Executive Producer
Kit Lambert Executive Producer
Ron Nevison Special Effects, Engineer
Chris Stamp Executive Producer
Graham Hughes Cover Photo
Robert Rosenberg Reissue Executive Producer
George Jones Mastering
Richard Evans Art Direction
Rachel Fuller Quality Control
Myles Clarke Quality Control
Ethan A. Russell Art Direction, Concept, Back Cover Photo
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