Date: Feb 18th, 2012 · Tags: Jazz CD Reviews

Tommy (MCA, 1969) brought The Who to a mainstream audience and Who’s Next (MCA, 1971) solidified its position in the pantheon of 1960’s-1970’s artists. But it is Quadrophenia (MCA, 1973) that has grown exponentially in importance–not only in the history of the band, but in the history of rock. Quadrophenia is the second rock opera to be authored by guitarist Pete Townshend (the third, if you count the much more abbreviated “A Quick One,” from the 1966 Polydor album of the same name). The author’s self-effacing essay on this Deluxe Edition radiates a clarity of mind derived from the healthy detachment of hindsight and it is from that perspective that he helped prepare this edition, as well as the larger Director’s Cut (Universal, 2011), including vinyl and more demos)

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The Who: Quadrophenia