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Album : Quadrophenia – The Who

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One of Babyhead’s all time favorite albums.  Entwistle’s bass and Moon’s drums kick off the whole thing with ‘The Real Me’.  The record revolves around the life of Jimmy.  A kid who is going through the pains of growing up.  His life, environment, girls, drugs, booze, parents, friends.  Basically the guy is fucked up.  Pete Townshend’s idea brought to life by the rest of the Who.  Babyhead could relate to a lot of it.

There’s not a bad song on the album.  ‘5:15’, ‘The Real Me’, ‘Bell Boy’, ‘Doctor Jimmy’, ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ and all the rest.  The album cover, notes, all help set the feel of the record.  Ramblings by the Jimmy guy on the inside jacket gives you an idea where his head is at.  All the mods and rocker shit etc.  Eating eels and getting pissed.  There’s a booklet that came with the record.  It has some photos and images that add to the feel.

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But like i said, all this is great but it’s still the music that did it for Babyhead.  He heard it for the first time driving around with a buddy in his 57 Chevy, listening to it on his quadraphonic sound system.  Man did it sound good.  Crank that shit up!!

CB was a Who fan already but this LP solidified that.  Some of his favorite music.  These tunes still run through his head.  A regular flyer on the listening machine.  Every time CB is at the beach the first couple lines of ‘Sea and Sand’ and ‘Bell Boy’ pop into his head.  The whole album stirs up a bunch of feelings and takes him to that time and place.  Plus it rocks.

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Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon make some good music together.  Did I say how much I like this record.  I like this record. A lot.

“A beach is a place where a man can feel he’s the only soul in the world that’s real..”

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10 comments on “Album : Quadrophenia – The Who

  1. My all-time favorite album. I love every second.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 16, 2016

      If you’re going to have an all-time favorite, this is a good one to have. The proof is in the listening and your personal experience with it. Does it move you? Every second. I have the same experience. Later Ovidiu.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 30, 2016

      Ovidiu. Spreading the word on ‘Quadrophenia’ (and others)is a good thing. Keep up the good work.

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  3. greenpete58
    October 1, 2016

    Hello to a fellow Cincinnatian. This is my favorite Who album. I heard it in ’74 at a boys’ boarding school, and it helped pull me away from Top 40 radio, never to return. Five years later I was on a student trip in London when the stampede happened (a guy I was with actually had had tickets to that concert). During the same visit I saw the “Quadrophenia” movie at Hammersmith Odeon. So there are some serious connections here.

    “Gotta git runnin’ now!”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 1, 2016

      Very cool. I love those kinds of stories. I have a few myself. No doubt ‘Quad’ is a fixture in CB’s shack. Just revisited the film a while ago. I love English cinema and thought the film was well done in that gritty style that they capture over there. Hey Pete thanks for stopping by. I’ll flip over and have look at what you’re up to. (CB is still trying to make it to Cincinnati).

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  4. dcw0731
    October 19, 2016

    Side 4 could rate as one of the top 5 best sides of a record ever. What a great way to end a masterpiece.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 19, 2016

      All the albums (Singles, movies) CB touches on are all ones that grabbed him and never let go. ‘Quadrophenia’ is an easy choice for him. It was like a movie. Endings are hard but The Who nailed it. Agreed

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  5. John W. Leys
    October 26, 2016

    Easily favorite Who album, one of my all time favorites by anyone.

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