The last album in the Who back catalogue to be given the deluxe treatment, the project is based around the story of the lead character Jimmy; “Quadrophenia” tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s.
"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,” says Townshend. “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.”
Townshend stopped by the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland on Tuesday to perform an acoustic take on “I’m One” from the legendary album.
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