The Who - A Quick One

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Remaster, Reissue

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A Quick One is the second studio album by British rock band The Who, originally released in December 1966 by Polydor Records.

As an albums band, The Who didn't peak until the early Seventies. Their mid-Sixties offerings, A Quick One and Sell Out, are both charming examples of a band shaking off their Mod image.

Before the band began recording A Quick One, their co-manager, Chris Stamp, negotiated a deal providing each member with an advance of £500, on condition they all contributed songs to the album (in 1966 this was a small fortune for any 21-year-old).

So this variety showcase includes Keith Moon's humorous “Cobwebs And Strange”, a wonky marching tune complete with orchestral cymbals, trumpets and sousaphone, and “I Need You”, during which Moon lapses into a John Lennon impersonation.

Daltrey pays tribute to Buddy Holly on the “See My Way”. John Entwistle throws in a couple of songs about whisky and spiders. His creepy ditty “Boris The Spider” remained an audience favourite for years.

The highlight on this album, however, is Pete Townshends sprawling title track, originally the albums closing number. Its almost ten minutes long: extraordinary, in the days of three-minute throwaways. Not even the Beatles had recorded anything as long. The reason for this is less artistic bravado than plain pragmatism.

After the band had cut the available tracks for the album, Townshend, always the primary composer within the group, was requested to fill the remaining minutes to push the running time over half an hour. “A Quick One While He's Away” is Townshend's first attempt at a rock opera, perhaps the first in pop music. It's a suite of six episodes, comprising a simple tale of an unfaithful wife who has a quick leg-over with a lover called Ivor and is happily absolved by her husband. Each is a self-contained song, the whole spliced together in much the same way as Abbey Road's long medley would be, three years later. This was an audacious concept in 1966 and, although the track now sounds clunky and awkward, its fascinating to hear Townshend setting out on the path that would eventually lead to Tommy and Quadrophenia.

There are no hit singles here, A Quick One is the sound of four young lads having fun: slipping into boutique clothes to see what fits and what looks sharp. Above all, this is a fascinating glimpse into a time when pop bands were given free reign to try virtually anything.

Check out the tracks: “Boris The Spider” and “A Quick One While He's Away”.

This LP with remastered audio and reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(602537156085)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Run Run Run

2:31

A2

Boris The Spider

2:29

A3

I Need You

2:24

A4

Whiskey Man

2:56

A5

Heatwave

1:55

A6

Cobwebs And Strange

2:30

B1

Don’t Look Away

2:49

B2

See My Way

1:51

B3

So Sad About Us

3:02

B4

A Quick One, While He’s Away

9:09

SKU 602537156085
Record Label Polydor Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 3715608
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 23 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 09 December 1966
Barcode # 602537156085
Shipping Weight 0.2800kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Plain Inner Sleeve, Remastered Audio, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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