A Quick One (Stereo Version) The Who

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Label: Geffen Records

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Classic Rock

Artist: The Who

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  • 1Run Run Run02:32
  • 2Boris The Spider02:32
  • 3I Need You02:27
  • 4Whiskey Man02:58
  • 5Heat Wave01:59
  • 6Cobwebs And Strange02:33
  • 7Don't Look Away02:53
  • 8See My Way01:55
  • 9So Sad About Us03:04
  • 10A Quick One, While He's Away09:12
  • 11Batman01:28
  • 12Bucket T02:11
  • 13Barbara Ann02:02
  • 14Disguises03:14
  • 15I've Been Away02:09
  • 16In The City02:25
  • 17Man With Money02:47
  • 18My Generation / Land Of Hope And Glory02:05
  • Total Runtime50:26

Info for A Quick One (Stereo Version)

This HighResAudio reissue of 'A Quick One' includes the original British album along with three B-sides (I've Been Away' and 'In The City') tracks. 'A Quick One' was first released in the U.S. in 1967 under the title 'Happy Jack', with the single 'Happy Jack' replacing the British album track 'Heatwave.' A pivotal album in the early career of The Who, 'A Quick One' is the bridge between the band's original incarnation as a hard rockin' mod pop group and its subsequent, more ambitious, experimental phase.

The album is also notable because it's centerpiece, 'A Quick One, While He's Away,' represents Pete Townshend's first attempt at 'rock opera,' a form which he and The Who would later perfect on TOMMY and QUADROPHENIA. The ten-minute track contains all the elements of the trademark Who style--complex arrangements and vocal harmonies, alternating heavy electric and light acoustic passages and a preoccupation with issues of morality and sexuality.

Also interesting is the fact that 'A Quick One' includes, in addition to several Townshend masterpieces, one Roger Daltrey tune and two excellent songs each from both John Entwistle and Keith Moon. The Entwistle-penned tracks ('Whiskey Man' and 'Boris the Spider') are among his best and introduced fans for the first time to the virtuoso bassist's dark, twisted sense of humor. Although prior to 'A Quick One's' release The Who had several hit singles, it was this album that put the music world on notice that Townshend and crew were far more than simply a high energy rock & roll band.

Roger Daltrey, vocals
John Entwistle, bass, French horn, trumpet, vocals, backing vocals
Pete Townshend, guitars, penny-whistle, keyboards, vocals
Keith Moon, drums, percussion, tuba, vocals

Recorded from September – November 1966, IBC Studios and Pye Studios in London
Produced by Kit Lambert

Digitally remastered

There are four names always on or near the top of the list of all time great Rock ‘n’ Roll bands: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who.

The Who was formed by sheet-metal worker Roger Daltrey in 1963. The the line up, after a couple of adjustments, established itself with Daltrey on lead vocals, Keith Moon on drums, John Entwistle on bass and Pete Townshend on lead guitar. Townshend, honouring his art student credentials, wrote (and still writes) music famous for having an ‘edge’, complemented by the wildly creative performance techniques of each member of the band.

It is generally acknowledged among rock aficionados that The Who in their heyday were the most exciting live band on the planet, with their Live at Leeds album (1970) hailed as the greatest live album of all time. The compositional skills of Townshend have always been way beyond the conventional, as is proven not only in classic songs like ‘My Generation’ and ‘Baba O’Riley’ but also in his two great rock operas (a form he more or less invented single-handed) Tommy and Quadrophenia.

Today, despite the deaths of Keith Moon and John Entwistle, The Who remain a potent force on the rock music scene. Their Concert for New York City appearance after the tragedy of 9/11 was a classic, as have been their annual performances at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. In 2006, Pete Townshend wrote The Who’s first studio album for the new millennium, Endless Wire and the band toured Europe and the U.S. during 2006 and 2007.

The Who are still highly active, with Townshend continuing to write and seek new musical challenges and Daltrey still the charismatic frontman he’s always been. The Who have recently launched their very first official website, www.thewho.com.

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