by The Who

Original Release Date: 1973-10-26


Quadrophenia is the sixth studio album by the English rock band the Who, released as a double album on 26 October 1973 by Track Records. It is the group’s third rock opera, the two previous being the “mini-opera” song “A Quick One, While He’s Away” and the album Tommy. Set in London and Brighton in 1965, the story follows a young mod named Jimmy and his search for self-worth and importance. Quadrophenia is the only Who album entirely composed by Pete Townshend. The group started work on the album in 1972, trying to follow up Tommy and Who’s Next, both of which had achieved substantial critical and commercial success. Recording was delayed while bassist John Entwistle and singer Roger Daltrey recorded solo albums and drummer Keith Moon worked on films. Because a new studio was not finished in time, the group had to use Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio. The album makes significant use of Townshend’s multi-track synthesizers and sound effects, as well as Entwistle’s layered horn parts, in addition to the group’s typical playing styles, especially from Moon. Relationships between the group and manager Kit Lambert broke down irretrievably during recording and Lambert had left the band’s service by the time the album was released. Quadrophenia was released to a positive reception in both the UK and the US, but the resulting tour was marred with problems with backing tapes replacing the additional instruments on the album, and the stage piece was retired in early 1974. It was revived in 1996 with a larger ensemble, and a further tour took place in 2012. The album made a positive impact on the mod revival movement of the late 1970s, and the resulting 1979 film adaptation was successful. The album has been reissued on compact disc several times, and seen a number of remixes that corrected some perceived flaws in the original.


  1. The Original Album : 2011 Remaster
  2. I Am The Sea (2:10)
  3. The Real Me (3:21)
  4. Quadrophenia (6:13)
  5. Cut My Hair (3:45)
  6. The Punk And The Godfather (5:11)
  7. I’m One (2:38)
  8. The Dirty Jobs (4:29)
  9. Helpless Dancer (2:34)
  10. Is It In My Head? (3:43)
  11. I’ve Had Enough (6:16)
  12. 5.15 (5:01)
  13. Sea And Sand (5:01)
  14. Drowned (5:27)
  15. Bell Boy (4:58)
  16. Doctor Jimmy (8:36)
  17. The Rock (6:37)
  18. Love Reign O’er Me (5:50)
  19. The Demos
  20. The Real Me (Demo) (4:27)
  21. Quadrophenia - Four Overtures (Demo) (6:21)
  22. Cut My Hair (Demo) (3:30)
  23. Fill No. 1 - Get Out And Stay Out (Demo) (1:23)
  24. Quadrophenic - Four Faces (Demo) (4:04)
  25. We Close Tonight (Demo) (2:44)
  26. You Came Back (Demo) (3:19)
  27. Get Inside (Demo) (3:11)
  28. Joker James (Demo) (3:42)
  29. Punk (Demo) (4:56)
  30. I’m One (Demo) (2:39)
  31. Dirty Jobs (Demo) (3:48)
  32. Helpless Dancer (Demo) (2:16)
  33. Is It In My Head? (Demo) (4:13)
  34. Anymore (Demo) (3:22)
  35. I’ve Had Enough (Demo) (6:23)
  36. Fill No. 2 (Demo) (1:32)
  37. Wizardry (Demo) (3:11)
  38. Sea And Sand (Demo) (4:14)
  39. Drowned (Demo) (4:15)
  40. Is It Me? (Demo) (4:39)
  41. Bell Boy (Demo) (5:04)
  42. Doctor Jimmy (Demo) (7:30)
  43. Finale - The Rock (Demo) (8:00)
  44. Love Reign O’er Me (Demo) (5:12)
  45. 5.1 Surround-Sound Mix
  46. I Am The Sea
  47. The Real Me
  48. Quadrophenia
  49. I’ve Had Enough
  50. 5.15
  51. Doctor Jimmy
  52. The Rock
  53. Love Reign O’er Me
  54. Seven-Inch Vinyl Single
  55. 5.15
  56. Water

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrophenia
Format Box Set Deluxe Edition Limited Edition (Director’s Cut), CD 2× Album Reissue Remastered, CD 2× Album, DVD DVD-Audio Multichannel, Vinyl 7" 45 RPM Single Reissue
Label Polydor
Catalog Number 2777840
Notes “Super-Deluxe” limited edition 5 CD/DVD box set. Discs 1 & 2 feature the 2011 remastered album. Discs 3 & 4 feature 25 demo tracks from Pete Townshend’s studio archive, including songs that didn’t make the finished album. Disc 5 - The Quadrophenia 5.1. EP - is an exclusive eight-track DVD-A re-mixed for 5.1 surround sound. Also includes a replica 7" vinyl single featuring the hit single “5.15” b/w “Water” in a picture sleeve. (Note: The mix of “5:15” on this replica single is actually the 1979 remix from the “[m=68480],” not the 1973 UK single mix.) This set is presented in a package replicating the striking black and white imagery from the original vinyl LP photography and adds a never-seen colour out-take of the famous cover shot. Includes a set of six facsimile memorabilia “inserts” housed in a card envelope; deluxe 100-page, hard-back book featuring a brand new 13,000-word essay by Pete Townshend; previously unseen personal notes, photographs, handwritten lyrics and memorabilia from the period. Also features Pete’s in depth, track-by-track guide to the demos and studio diary. Disc 1 label and book contains instructions to access bonus “Q-Cloud” material online for this release. On discs: Made in the E.U. On box, book: Made in the EU Sticker affixed to box shrink: Disc Made In Germany Title on book: “Quadrophenia : Director’s Cut” Catalog number on book: 2777847 Insert packet catalog number: 2777849 Hype sticker with catalog number 2777840 describing full package contents affixed to box shrink. 5.1 mixes at FX Rentals. Demos recorded on 8-track analogue tape at Pete Townshend’s home studio No 2 The Embankment, Twickenham between March 1970 and March 1973. Demos mixed using Digital Performer software at 192Khz-24BIT at Woody Studios, Richmond, London in May, June and July 2011. Box, book: ℗ 2011 Polydor Ltd. (UK) © 2011 Polydor Ltd. (UK). A Universal Music Company. Discs 1, 2, 5, 7" vinyl single: ℗ 1973 Polydor Ltd. (UK) Discs 3, 4: ℗ 2011 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under license to Polydor Ltd. (UK) Track 7"-A title on replica label: “5 : 15”
Discogs URL The Who - Quadrophenia