Throwback Thursday – The Who’s Quadrophenia

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Quadrophenia_(album)

In late 1973 the Who released their second rock opera, a two LP album set titled Quadrophenia. It is about the four personalities of a kid named Jimmy who is caught up int he turbulence of Britain’s youth wars of Mods vs Rockers which happened around the original of The Who as a band. Although he album was successful and received critical praise from most reviewers. it was perhaps the most difficult and ambitious project the band had ever undertaken.

Following on the tails of success for the rock opera Tommy and Who’s Next the band struggled to find a music direction. For Quadrophenia they constructed a new studio and went about creating the album in a quite different way. Of the album, Pete Townsend, lead guitarist for the band, said that it was the last great album the band did. It epitomizes what The Who was and could be…

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