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It’s 5:15 Again: The Who Revisit “Quadrophenia” In New Live Box, Release 5.1 Surround of Original Album

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The Who - Quadrophenia LiveFor fans of The Who, Christmas is coming early this year. The band has taken, in recent years, to marking the holidays with super-sized box sets dedicated to such classic albums as Live at Leeds, Tommy and Quadrophenia. The latter, Pete Townshend’s 1973 mod rock opera, was celebrated in 2011 via a multitude of releases including a 4-CD/1-DVD box set with the original album, two discs of demos, and a DVD of selected songs in surround sound. This June, Townshend and Roger Daltrey will follow up that box with the multi-format (that’s seven different formats, for those keeping count!) release of Quadrophenia: Live in London. And what’s most exciting is that this campaign, centered on The Who’s Quadrophenia 40th Anniversary tour, will premiere the full, original 1973 album in 5.1 on Blu-ray.  In the past, only selections from the album have been made available in surround.

After Tommy, there was Jimmy. He’s the protagonist of Quadrophenia, first a 2-LP studio album by The Who, then a 1979 film and most recently a 2009 musical. Never one for small ideas, Townshend intended Quadrophenia as his way to explore the relationship between the band and its fans by telling the story of a prototypical Mod Who fan. The album yielded some of the most beloved songs ever recorded by Townshend, Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon: “The Real Me,” “Love Reign O’er Me,” “5:15.”

In 2012 and 2013, Townshend and Daltrey revisited the material in an acclaimed international series of concerts featuring the original Quadrophenia album sequence and a tight encore set of six Who favorites. That tour wrapped up at London’s Wembley Arena on July 8, 2013, where it was preserved for this audiovisual presentation. Following in the footsteps of other artists including The Beach Boys, The Who used the concerts as an opportunity to reunite with their late bandmates, too. Keith Moon was heard on “Bell Boy” and John Entwistle on “5:15.” Conceived in large part by Daltrey, the concerts (and the film) featured archival footage of The Who as well as images of the historical events that informed the original album and beyond. Appropriately enough for Quadrophenia, the concerts merged rock and theatre into a singular experience.

After the jump, we’ll explore all of the various Live in London releases! Plus: full track listings and pre-order links!

The Who - Quadrophenia Live Box ContentsOn June 10, Quadrophenia: Live in London will become available in various formats, the centerpiece of which is a deluxe metal box set with the concert film in both BD and DVD formats, and the concert audio on 2 CDs, plus the BD release of the original album in 5.1 surround. Extra swag includes a 6-inch Mod Headlight sticker, a Mod Headlight button, and a booklet with liner notes and photos, all housed in a 10-inch metal container embossed with the familiar bullseye logo painted on a Vespa SG scooter headlight.

If you’re in the market for something less expansive (and expensive!), you can still obtain all of the individual components of the metal box piecemeal. The Live in London concert film will be released on the same date separately on Blu-ray, standard DVD, and as a downloadable Digital Concert Video. The complete audio (23 tracks) from the film will be released as a two-CD set and as a digital download. The 5.1 remix of the original Quadrophenia (1973) will arrive as a single-disc Blu-ray Audio release as part of Universal’s Blu-Ray Pure Audio series.

All of these editions of Quadrophenia: Live in London are due in the U.K. on June 9 and in the U.S. one day later on June 10. You can pre-order below, and non-active links will be updated as soon as they become available!

The Who, Quadrophenia: Live in London (UMe, 2014)

Tracks are identical for all formats except Blu-ray of original 1973 album.

  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 (Encore)

  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

Quadrophenia: The Original Album Blu-ray Pure Audio (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. )

  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

Deluxe Metal Box Set: (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. )

  • 10-inch Round Metal Mod Headlight Container
  • 1 Blu-ray Disc: Concert Film
  • 1 standard DVD: Concert Film
  • 1 Blu-ray Audio Disc Format: Quadrophenia (1973) 5.1 Album Mix
  • 2-CD Soundtrack: Concert Audio
  • Mod Headlight Button
  • 6” Mod Headlight Sticker
  • Booklet with photos and liner notes

Single-Disc Blu-ray: (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. )

  • Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Film

Single Disc DVD: (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. )

  • Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Film

Digital Video Download:

  • Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Film

2-CD Soundtrack to the Concert Film: (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. )

  • Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Audio

Digital Download of Concert Audio:

  • Quadrophenia: Live In London – Concert Audio

Written by Joe Marchese

April 17, 2014 at 10:24

7 Responses

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  1. The Amazon link you have for “Quadrophenia: The Original Album Blu-ray Pure Audio ” does not appear to be correct or Amazon’s description is incorrect. It links to “Quadrophenia: Live In London (Blu-ray Pure Audio)” not the studio album.

    Bill B

    April 17, 2014 at 12:24

    • The Amazon description is incorrect; the Blu-ray Pure Audio release is the original album.

      Joe Marchese

      April 17, 2014 at 13:20

      • Thanks for the confirmation. I’m afraid to pre-order until they have it right.

        Bill B

        April 17, 2014 at 15:13

  2. This is “an amazing journey” The amount of deluxe super deluxe editions of classic albums the past year or so is incredible, The Who’s Live At Leeds, their Quadrophenia, Tommy,and now a massive live box set. “Who” can’t forget Humble Pie”s “Performance Rockin’ The Filmore, complete recordings,and the next few weeks will see a huge 6disc’s of Emerson,Lake & Palmer’s “Brain Salad Surgery, and Deep Purple’s Made
    In Japan, Joe Satriani, Alan Parsons, and another massive one due, details aren’t available as yet, this will be the biggest of the lot a 19cd box set of “Free”,

    Peter Chrisp

    April 17, 2014 at 23:26

    • Don’t forget the Small Faces: Here Come The Nice box, which despite it’s hefty price tag and short running time, is quite probably the best set released since, ooh, the Faces: Five Guys Walk Into A Bar box [although I do love them I’m not particularly biased in favour of these two interconnected bands, these two sets are just genuinely great. In between their respective releases, only the two Robyn Hitchcock boxes that Yep Roc put out around ’07 get played as much by me].

      In comparison The Who boxes have ultimately been disappointments, and I say that as someone who considers Quadrophenia to be the greatest album of all time.

      Man On De Sauce

      May 20, 2014 at 10:41

  3. Hm, I’m only in for the 5.1 of the original album here. If they were going to release live Quad material, then why not the two shows from the original 1973 tour that are lying moldering in the vaults? Ach, whatever. I’ve given up trying to fathom the mindset in The Who camp these days.

    As I don’t trust Amazon to pull their finger out and get the listing right for the 5.1, I visited the Universal store itself, and guess what – they can’t seem to figure out what they’re releasing either:
    http://store.universal-music.co.uk/restofworld/pure-audio/the-who-quadrophenia-original-studio-album-blu-ray-hd-pure-audio-2014/invt/0602537808137

    Why can’t someone just plainly state exactly what this thing is before I hand over my cash?

    Man On De Sauce

    May 20, 2014 at 10:25

    • Replying to myself here, but the above link has now been corrected…

      Man On De Sauce

      June 29, 2014 at 16:48


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