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Quadrophenia is the sixth studio album by English rock band The Who. Released on 19 October 1973 by Track and Polydor in the United Kingdom, and Track and MCA in the United States, it is a double album, and the group's second rock opera. Its story involves social, musical and psychological happenings from an English teenage perspective, set in London andBrighton in 1965.

The name is a variation on the popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia as dissociative identity disorder, to reflect the four distinct personalities of Jimmy, the opera's protagonist – each said to represent the personality of one member of The Who. At the same time, the title is a play on the term quadraphonic sound, then a recent invention. Composer Pete Townshend has said: "The whole conception of Quadrophenia was geared to quadraphonic, but in a creative sort of way. I mean I wanted themes to sort of emerge from corners. So you start to get the sense of the fourness being literally speaker for speaker."

Track listingEdit

Quadrophenia: The Original LP track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written and composed by Pete Townshend

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I Am the Sea"   2:08
2. "The Real Me"   3:20
3. "Quadrophenia"   6:13
4. "Cut My Hair"   3:44
5. "The Punk and the Godfather"   5:10
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "I'm One"   2:37
7. "The Dirty Jobs"   4:28
8. "Helpless Dancer" (Roger's theme) 2:33
9. "Is It in My Head?"   3:43
10. "I've Had Enough"   6:14
Side three
No. Title Length
11. "5:15"   5:00
12. "Sea and Sand"   5:01
13. "Drowned"   5:26
14. "Bell Boy(Keith's theme) 4:55
Side four
No. Title Length
15. "Doctor Jimmy (containing "Is It Me?")" (John's theme) 8:36
16. "The Rock"   6:37
17. "Love, Reign o'er Me(Pete's theme) 5:48

Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut track listing[edit]Edit

On 15 November 2011, a deluxe edition of Quadrophenia was released.[16] The release was also available on Double vinyl, Mini-Deluxe Digi-Pak edition, and as a digital release.

Disc One: Original LP 1
No. Title Length
1. "I Am The Sea"   2:08
2. "The Real Me"   3:20
3. "Quadrophenia"   6:13
4. "Cut My Hair"   3:44
5. "The Punk and the Godfather"   5:10
6. "I'm One"   2:37
7. "The Dirty Jobs"   4:28
8. "Helpless Dancer (Roger's theme)"   2:33
9. "Is It In My Head?"   3:43
10. "I've Had Enough"   6:14
Disc Two: Original LP 2
No. Title Length
11. "5.15"   5:00
12. "Sea and Sand"   5:01
13. "Drowned"   5:26
14. "Bell Boy (Keith's theme)"   4:55
15. "Doctor Jimmy (John's theme)"   8:36
16. "The Rock"   6:37
17. "Love, Reign O'er Me (Pete's theme)"   5:48
Disc Three: The Demos
No. Title Recording date Length
1. "The Real Me"   written and recorded in October 1972
2. "Quadrophenia – Four Overtures"   in 1973
3. "Cut My Hair"   written in June 1972
4. "Fill No. 1 – Get Out and Stay Out"   12 November 1972
5. "Quadrophenic – Four Faces"   in July 1972
6. "We Close Tonight"   in July 1972
7. "You Came Back"   in July 1972
8. "Get Inside"   written in April 1972
9. "Joker James"   in July 1972
10. "Ambition" (track supposedly available on Q-Cloud but finally omitted) written early in 1972
11. "Punk"   18 November 1972
12. "I'm One"   15 November 1972
13. "Dirty Jobs"   25 July 1972
14. "Helpless Dancer"   in 1973
Disc Four: The Demos
No. Title Recording date Length
1. "Is It In My Head?"   30 April 1972
2. "Anymore"   listed as recorded on 10 November 1971, but probably a misprint; actual year would have been 1972
3. "I've Had Enough"   written and recorded on 17 December 1972
4. "Fill No. 2"   12 November 1972
5. "Wizardry"   in August 1972
6. "Sea And Sand"   written and recorded on 1 November 1972
7. "Drowned"   in March 1970
8. "Is It Me?"   20 March 1973
9. "Bell Boy"   3 March 1973
10. "Doctor Jimmy"   27 July 1972
11. "Finale – The Rock"   between 25 March and 1 May 1973
12. "Love Reign O'er Me"   10 May 1972
Disc Five: DVD Quadrophenia 5.1
No. Title Length
1. "I Am The Sea"  
2. "The Real Me"  
3. "Quadrophenia"  
4. "I've Had Enough"  
5. "5:15"  
6. "Dr Jimmy"  
7. "The Rock"  
8. "Love Reign O'er Me""  

Personnel[edit]Edit

The Who
Additional musicians
Production

Sales chart performance[edit]Edit

Album
Year Chart Position
1973 US Billboard Pop Albums 2[17]
1973 UK Chart Album 2[18]
2011 US Billboard 200 110
Singles[19]
Year Single Chart Position
1973 "Love, Reign O'er Me" Billboard Pop Singles 76
1974 "The Real Me" Billboard Pop Singles 92
1973 "5.15" UK Singles Chart 20[18]
1979 "5.15" Billboard Pop Singles 45

Sales certifications[edit]Edit

Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold 29 October 1973[20]
BPI – UK Gold 1 December 1973[21]
RIAA – U.S. Platinum 2 February 1993[20]

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