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The Who Releases Expansive Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut Box Set

Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut Box SetCount The Who’s 1973 rock opera mega-hit Quadrophenia among the new and super-sized box set releases that are in vogue for many bands this year.

Released this week, Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut packs a treasure trove of material that spans five discs and offers up nearly 60 tracks of music. Discs one and two contain the newly remastered version of the album. Discs three and four contain 25 demo recordings from guitarist Pete Townshend’s personal archives. Disc five (DVD) offers the album in 5.1 surround sound.

Rounding out the set is a 7″ single, “5.15”, a deluxe 100-page hardcover book with a 13,000-word essay by Townshend offering an insider’s look at the band during the Quadrophenia sessions, a track-by-track guide for the demo recordings as well as studio diary entries.

The updated Quadrophenia releases are available in various formats, including the Super Deluxe Edition box set, a remastered double vinyl edition and a 2-disc Deluxe Edition CD set.

Quadrophenia is the band’s sixth studio album, offering a English teenager’s perspective on the social, musical and psychological happenings of life in London and Brighton in 1964 and 1965. The original album was released as a 2-LP set. Bassist John Entwistle also contributed horns, backing vocals and a vocal solo on “Is It in My Head?”

Preview and download Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut Box Set:

Here’s the UK version of the promo for the new release:

Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut Box Set Track List:

Disc: 1

  1. I Am The Sea
  2. The Real Me
  3. Quadrophenia
  4. Cut My Hair
  5. The Punk And The Godfather
  6. I’m One
  7. The Dirty Jobs
  8. Helpless Dancer
  9. Is It In My Head?
  10. I’ve Had Enough

Disc: 2

  1. 5:15
  2. Sea And Sand
  3. Drowned
  4. Bell Boy
  5. Doctor Jimmy
  6. The Rock
  7. Love Reign O’er Me

Disc: 3

  1. The Real Me (demo)
  2. Quadrophenia – Four Overtures (demo)
  3. Cut My Hair (demo)
  4. Fill No. 1 – Get Out and Stay Out (demo)
  5. Quadrophenic – Four Faces (demo)
  6. We Close Tonight (demo)
  7. You Came Back (demo)
  8. Get Inside (demo)
  9. Joker James (demo)
  10. Punk (demo)
  11. I’m One (demo)
  12. Dirty Jobs (demo)
  13. Helpless Dancer (demo)

Disc: 4

  1. Is It In My Head (demo)
  2. Any More (demo)
  3. I’ve Had Enough (demo)
  4. Fill No. 2 (demo)
  5. Wizardry (demo)
  6. Sea & Sand (demo)
  7. Drowned (demo)
  8. Is It Me (demo)
  9. Bell Boy (demo)
  10. Dr Jimmy (demo)
  11. Finale-The Rock (demo)
  12. Love Reign O’er Me (demo)

Disc: 5

  1. I Am The Sea (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  2. The Real Me (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  3. Quadrophenia (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  4. I’ve Had Enough (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  5. 5.15 (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  6. Dr Jimmy (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  7. The Rock (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  8. Love Reign O’er Me (5.1 surround-sound mix)

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