Coming on the heels of Tommy, Live At Leeds, and Who's Next, Quadrophenia was released in 1973 to high expectations and somewhat mixed reviews. Later described by songwriter/producer Pete Townshend as "an album long My Generation" this two disc "concept album" that chronicles the life of a troubled young mod would eventually go on to become a bonafide classic recording, and it's story would touch not only the youth of England but young people all over the world with it's subjects of frustration, angst, sexual alienation, and misplaced youthful ideals.
With drummer Keith Moon at his best, and with bassist John Entwistle and singer Roger Daltrey peaking after years of performing on the road, Quadrophenia is a feast for all your musical senses as The Who take you on a journey through the life of one kid via loud inspired rock n roll, beautiful orchestral arrangements, lush synthesizer work, and confident vocals by singer Roger Daltrey. Songs like "The Real Me" "The Punk And The Godfather" "Cut My Hair" and "The Dirty Jobs" chronicle a hard life for our young mod (Jimmy) indeed. But as Townshend is known for doing he also tempers the rough edges with spiritual hope as songs such as "Sea And Sand", "I'm One", "Drowned", and "Love Reign O'er Me" offer comfort and redemption however fleeting or short lived.
The characters on this album are also interesting to take note of, as our angst ridden Jimmy tries to live up to those around him whom he can't relate to but tries to fit in with anyway. "Ace Face" (head mod dude) makes an appearance as a lowly bell boy much to our young lads disappointment (Keith Moon does a wonderful job on co-lead vocals on the song of the same name), the girls he always tries to impress show up, his parents, clergy, and of course Jimmy himself. Who seems to have at least a few personalities of his own. And in fact while the album title is related to the "Quadrophonic" sound recording used for the album (a big deal back then) it has more to do with the story, as in the booklet for the album Jimmy explains "I'm not schizophrenic, I'm bloody Quadrophenic!" speaking of his different moods and seemingly different personalities. Yeah. Go Jimmy. On your badass GS Scooter.
You will hear the ocean on this record. Birds, the orchestral pieces "Quadrophenia" and "The Rock". These things are meant to mark a place in the story, but they also serve as a guide for a way of listening to this album that is less direct and a bit more under the skin. An album that cuts deep emotionally and rocks hard musically while inspiring all the while, Quadrophenia is a rock n roll classic for this, that, or any other generation. And thats about as good as it gets and as much as we can ask of any rock n roll record.
ok. this is my really short review of Quad. I was writing a sound off for it and the idiot thing told me it was too long and consider writing a review. although it seemed short to me. so i added the third paragraph, hope you enjoyed whatever the hell this is? a mini review, i guess.....meh....This Message Edited On 09.03.06
thanks everyone. and for pointing out the errors, too. i agree this album deserves more. it's my favorite of all time. but we have two reviews of it already and as i said i was just trying to write a sound off. too long but already written it wouldn\'t let me submit. so i added a paragraph to this and made it a review. i felt anythng more may of read like it was tacked on. perhaps i will work on it, though. i'm a bottomless Pit of Who info so i can add things little by little. make it great. i agree fellow fanboys, the Who deserve it But it's also a tight little review so i might just leave it lol....thanks once again....This Message Edited On 09.03.06
I like the Who, but don\'t own this album. Instead I buy albums by The Forecast. I'm a dumbass...
this may be the greatest moment on record for The Who. At least the grandest. At the time many felt it was too ambitious, and some of the band members say at the time it was. but it has grown well and really sounds very contemparary today. not modern, but certainly not aged. too much, at least. a truly great album, IMO.This Message Edited On 09.09.06