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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