The Who details ‘Quadrophenia’ 40th anniversary releases

In 2012/2013, The Who embarked on the Quadrophenia and More Tour, performing their landmark rock opera in its entirety, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1973 release of this double-album masterpiece. The critically acclaimed and highly successful tour closed at London’s Wembley Arena, with the cameras rolling, to record the closing night of this historic anniversary tour.

Filmed on July 8, 2013, Quadrophenia: Live In London features The Who in peak form, performing Quadrophenia from front to back, in its entirety, plus a special set of some of their all-time greatest hits. The film captures the band’s dynamic performance in front of their hometown crowd and features blistering performances of “The Real Me,” “The Punk And The Godfather,” “Doctor Jimmy” and a powerful performance of “Love Reign O’er Me.”

With HD screen backdrops, archival footage and today’s advanced technology in sound, Quadrophenia: Live In London reunites The Who with bandmates John Entwistle, for “5:15,” and Keith Moon for his signature song “Bell Boy.” In addition to their performance of Quadrophenia, the band tear through classic tracks such as “Pinball Wizard,“ “Who Are You,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Tea & Theatre,” from their 2006 release Endless Wire,” with the intensity and power only The Who can conjure.

On June 10th, Quadrophenia: Live In London will be available in various configurations including an expanded 5 disc Limited Collector’s Edition Metal Box which includes the High Definition Blu-Ray and standard DVD of the concert film, both in 5.1 Surround Sound audio; a two-CD soundtrack of the show; and for the first time, a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the entire 1973 album release of Quadrophenia on Blu-Ray Pure Audio. Extras include a 6” Mod Headlight sticker, a Mod Headlight button, and a 32-page booklet, all housed in a 10” metal container embossed with the movie-inspired, iconic, Mod bullseye logo painted on a Vespa SG scooter headlight.

Quadrophenia: Live In London will also be made available separately on high definition Blu-ray, DVD, and a downloadable digital concert video, with the complete audio from the concert film being released as a two CD soundtrack and a downloadable digital album. The 5.1 remix of the original Quadrophenia (1973) will be released as a single-disc Blu-ray Pure Audio.

Based around the story of Jimmy – double-album masterpiece Quadrophenia tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s. The project was intended to reflect the four characters of The Who and features some of Townshend’s most inspired, personal song-writing – way ahead of its time in scope and purpose and is one of the most widely recognized albums of The Who’s career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery and the magnificent music and powerful performances. Newly envisioned by Roger Daltrey, the concert film combines archival footage of The Who and images of historical events that have rocked Jimmy’s world over the past 40 years giving this magnum opus an enlightened modern twist.

2 CD | Blu-ray | DVD

*All formats except 1973 version

  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
  11. 5:15
  12. Sea And Sand
  13. Drowned
  14. Bell Boy
  15. Doctor Jimmy
  16. The Rock
  17. Love Reign O’er Me

Bonus Performances:

  1. Who Are You
  2. You Better You Bet
  3. Pinball Wizard
  4. Baba O’Riley
  5. Won’t Get Fooled Again
  6. Tea & Theatre

Blu-ray Audio Disc (5.1 Mix)

  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
  11. 5:15
  12. Sea And Sand
  13. Drowned
  14. Bell Boy
  15. Doctor Jimmy
  16. The Rock
  17. Love Reign O’er Me

5 Disc Limited Edition Collector’s Edition

– 10” Round Metal Mod Headlight Container
– 1 Blu-ray Disc: Concert Film
– 1 Standard DVD: Concert Film
– 1 Blu-ray Pure Audio Format: Quadrophenia (1973) 5.1 Album Mix – First Time Ever
– 2 CD Soundtrack: Concert Audio
– Mod Headlight Button
– 6” Mod Headlight Sticker
– 32 Page Booklet with photos and liner notes

Author: Buddy Iahn

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