Friday, July 27, 2012

The Who - A Quick One (1966 uk, classic second album, japan SHM-CD double disc box remaster)

The Who weren't always a nostalgia act or merely makers of pleasant Broadway fodder. Their tough, early tracks are a key punk resource, so it hardly matters that they were forever doomed to third place behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the British-pop sweepstakes. At best, the Who's raw power and intelligence offered essential messages to any era.

A Quick One is the second album by English rock band The Who, released in 1966. American record company executives at Decca Records released the album under the title Happy Jack, rather than the sexually suggestive title of the UK release, and due to "Happy Jack" being a top forty hit in the U.S. "Happy Jack" was not included on the UK version of the album, but instead was released as a non-album single. This is widely regarded by fans to have been a pivotal album for the group, due to the departure from the R&B / pop formula featured on the band's first release.

Part of the marketing push for the album was a requirement that each band member should write at least two of the songs on it (although Roger Daltrey only wrote one), so this Who album is the least dominated by Pete Townshend's writing. The album was also the band's first foray into the form of rock opera, with "A Quick One, While He's Away", the title track of the LP, a nine-minute suite of song snippets telling a story of infidelity and reconciliation. The Who would later go on to write and record the full scale rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia.

The Who's second album is a less impressive outing than their debut, primarily because, at the urging of their managers, all four members penned original material (though Pete Townshend wrote more than anyone else). The pure adrenaline of My Generation also subsided somewhat as the band began to grapple with more complex melodic and lyrical themes, especially on the erratic mini-opera "A Quick One While He's Away". Still, there's some great madness on Keith Moon's instrumental "Cobwebs and Strange", and Townshend delivered some solid mod pop with "Run Run Run" and "So Sad About Us". John Entwistle was also revealed to be a writer of considerable talent (and a morbid bent) on "Whiskey Man" and "Boris the Spider".
by Adamus67
Disc 1   Mono 
1. Run Run Run - 2:31
2. Boris The Spider - 2:28
3. I Need You - 2:24
4. Whiskey Man - 2:56
5. Heat Wave - 1:55
6. Cobwebs And Strange - 2:29
7. Don't Look Away - 2:52
8. See My Way - 1:52
9. So Sad About Us - 3:01
10.A Quick One, While He's Away - 9:07
11.Substitute - 3:47
12.Circles - 2:28
13.I'm A Boy - 2:37
14.In The City - 2:22
15.Batman - 1:25
16.Bucket T - 2:08
17.Barbara Ann - 1:58
18.Disguises - 3:10
19.Happy Jack - 2:11
20.I've Been Away - 2:07
21.Substitute (US Single Version) - 2:57
22.I'm A Boy (Alternate Version) - 3:17
23.Batman (Instrumental) - 1:12
24.Happy Jack (Acoustic Version) - 2:52
25.Happy Jack (Alternate Mix) - 2:13

Disc 2 Stereo
1. Run Run Run - 2:43
2. Boris The Spider - 2:27
3. I Need You - 2:22
4. Whiskey Man - 2:56
5. Heat Wave - 1:53
6. Cobwebs And Strange - 2:29
7. Don't Look Away - 2:52
8. See My Way - 1:51
9. So Sad About Us - 2:58
10.A Quick One, While He's Away - 9:09
11.I'm A Boy - 2:36
12.In The City - 2:21
13.Batman - 1:34
14.Bucket T - 2:07
15.Barbara Ann - 1:57
16.Disguises - 3:19
17.I've Been Away - 2:07
18.Man With Money - 2:43
19.My Generation ~ Land Of Hope And Glory - 2:04
20.I'm A Boy (Alternate Version) - 3:43

The Who
*Roger Daltrey – Vocals, Trombone
*Pete Townshend – Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
*John Entwistle – Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Horns, Vocals
*Keith Moon – Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Tuba

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  1. The strange story of "Waltz for a Pig" b-side of Substitute in USA, written by Ginger Baker and played by The Who Orchestra (Graham Bond Organization), now available on CD "Solid Bond". Thanks Marios

  2. Excellent version of a classic record! Thank you very much, Marios. There are two similar japan double disc box sets of "my generatios" and "sell out". Any chance to upload them? many thanks in advance!!

  3. The album was recorded at IBC Studios, Pye Studios and Regent Sound, in London, England in 1966. Produced by Kit Lambert
    Sleeve design by Alan Aldridge [later editor of The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics and designer of the cover for Elton John's Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy]
    [Original liner notes, US album only, by Nick Jones of Melody Maker]
    The album was intended to be pop music, a sonic participant in the pop art movement. The cover was designed by the pop art exponent Alan Aldridge, with the front cover depicting the band playing their instruments. The back cover is a black-and-white photo montage of the band members accompanied by a short personality sketch of each (infamous among Who fans for Keith Moon's humorous assertion that he was keen on "breeding chickens"). A track listing, a couple of paragraphs touting the band, an ad for their first album, and a technical blurb are also crowded onto the back cover. In 2003, the album was ranked number 383 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
    A Quick One was originally released as Reaction 593 002 on December 3rd, 1966. It reached #4 in the U.K. In the U.S. the release was held back until May 1967. The album was retitled Happy Jack because the "Happy Jack" single had been a minor hit [#24] for The Who there and partly because Decca, their record company, objected to the double entendre in the original title. Released as Decca DL4892 (mono), DL 74892 (stereo) it peaked at #51. Happy Jack was the same album as A Quick One except "Heatwave" was replaced by "Happy Jack." [the U.S. album had six tracks in true stereo. The rest were in reprocessed fake stereo. The album was originally to have been called Jigsaw Puzzle and consist of the following tracks: "I'm A Boy" (slow version later released on Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy), "Run Run Run", "Don't Look Away", "Circles", "I Need You", "Showbiz Sonata" (later retitled "Cobwebs and Strange"), "In The City", "Boris The Spider", "Whiskey Man", "See My Way", "Heat Wave" and "Barbara Ann."]
    The Ready Steady Who! EP was released in the U.K. as Reaction 592001 on Nov. 11th, 1966. [It reached #1 on the British EP's chart. The Who did intend to use their live performances on the TV special filmed Oct. 18, 1966 and aired Oct. 21 but they were denied the rights to use audio from the show. The songs performed on the special were "Batman" (lip-synced), "Cobwebs and Strange," "Bucket T," "I'm A Boy," "Disguises," and "My Generation/Rule Brittania." All copies of the broadcast appear to have been lost.]

  4. I think you will not be this hard
    I will be grateful for the type of rip FLAC (image & cue & log)

  5. Hi! I think links for The Who Albums are all dead... If you can reupload them when you'll have the time... Regards.

  6. Thank you for sharing this version Marios. I have both the mono and stereo versions but without bonus tracks. Thank you!