The Who – Quadrophenia (1973)

Quadrophenia is the sixth studio album by English rockers The Who, released in October 1973 on Track/MCA. As with the earlier Tommy, the album is a rock opera spread over four LP sides.

A1. “I Am the Sea” (2:08)
A2. “The Real Me” (3:22)
A3. “Quadrophenia” (6:15)
A4. “Cut My Hair” (3:46)
A5. “The Punk and the Godfather” (5:10)
B1. “I’m One” (2:39)
B2. “The Dirty Jobs” (4:30)
B3. “Helpless Dancer” (2:32)
B4. “Is It in My Head” (3:46)
B5. “I’ve Had Enough” (6:14)
C1. “5:15” (5:00)
C2. “Sea and Sand” (5:01)
C3. “Drowned” (5:28)
C4. “Bell Boy” (4:56)
D1. “Doctor Jimmy” (8:42)
D2. “The Rock” (6:37)
D3. “Love, Reign O’er Me” (5:48)

John Entwistle – bass, horns, vocals
Roger Daltrey – lead vocals
Keith Moon – percussion, vocals
Pete Townshend – guitars, keyboards, banjo, cello, vocals, sound effects

Jon Curle – newsreader voice on “Cut My Hair”
Chris Stainton – piano on “The Dirty Jobs”, “5:15”, and “Drowned”
Kit Lambert, Pete Townshend – pre-production
Chris Stamp, Pete Kameron, Kit Lambert – executive producers

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  1. Who’s Next vs. Quadrophenia… Quadrophenia, no contest. Townshend’s towering chèvre d’oeuvre. One of the grandest, most epic creations in all of rock. Who’s Next was merely a stepping stone along the path towards The Who’s ultimate achievement, and it’s also an incomplete hodgepodge, since it’s merely the whittled-down remnants of the aborted Lifehouse project. Quadrophenia captures Townshend at his pinnacle as a composer, arranger and conceptualist.

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