The Who to Release "Quadrophenia Director's Cut Box Set"
Thu, 01 Sep 2011 10:05:26
Considered by Pete Townshend himself to be The Who album that he is most proud of, Quadrophenia is the last album in The Who back catalogue to be given the deluxe treatment and is perhaps the most deserving.
After the 1971 album Who's Next, Pete Townshend returned to the rock-opera concept, so dramatically realized through Tommy, with another ambitious double-album masterpiece. Based around the story of Jimmy, Quadrophenia tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s. The story also takes its influence from the band's early fans from the original mod era, and its themes of teenage angst and disaffection still resonate strongly today.
The full details of the forthcoming "Director's Cut" reissue of Quadrophenia are now available and ARTISTdirect.com is sharing them with you! Pete Townshend has opened his personal archive for the very first time for the release.
Townshend said, "The time has come for me and my team to honor Quadrophenia with a carefully presented package that features examples of the impact surround sound (quadrophonic) would have on the music, to remaster the vinyl mixes, and to collect and restore my demos. I am also going to try to shed some light on the way Quadrophenia came about, and how it was inspired by events in my life in 1970 and 1971 when I scribbled or typed the very first notes and lyrics for some of the songs that made it onto the final record."
The super-deluxe limited edition box set will feature the following exclusive content:
• Discs one and two – the original double album – 2011 remaster
• Discs three and four – 25 demo tracks from Pete Townshend's studio archive giving a unique insight into the original vision for this remarkable body of work. Includes songs that were not included on the original album.
• Disc five – The Quadrophenia 5.1 EP - exclusive eight track DVD re-mixed for surround sound.
• Deluxe 100-page , hard-back book featuring a brand new 13,000 word essay by Pete Townshend, shedding exclusive light on the period before and during the creation of the album, explaining some of the technical processes – the startling and progressive use of synthesisers as well as a revealing insight into the story of the album's central character - the mod Jimmy.
• Also features Pete's in depth, track-by-track guide to the demos and revealing studio diary.
• The stunning book also includes a treasure trove of previously unseen personal notes, photographs, handwritten lyrics and memorabilia from the period, all recently uncovered in Pete's archive.
• The package also replicates the striking black and white imagery from the original vinyl LP photography and adds never-seen color out-takes of the famous cover shot.
• A replica 7" vinyl single featuring hit single '5.15' b/w 'Water' in a picture sleeve.
• Set of six facsimile memorabilia 'inserts' housed in a card envelope.
• Limited edition, housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case.
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