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The Who - A Quick One (Happy Jack) [Remastered]

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Reviewer :
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Release date: 1995-06-20 Year: 1995
Label: UMG Recordings
Genre: Rock
Producer: Kit Lambert
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The Who showed really well that they were an artrock band on their 2nd album "A quick one" from 1966, while the U.K version didn´t contain any hit singles. The U.S version featured the hit single "Happy Jack", this is also the album with least Townshend compositions. All members contributed with songs, "See my way" by Daltrey, "Boris the spider" and "Whiskey man" by Entwistle, "I need you" and the weird "Cobwebs and strange" by Moon plus 4 songs by Townshend that were the best ones ofcourse. "So sad about us" is a real lost gem by The Who and the opener "Run run run" is real nice 60´s pop song while the 9 minute rock opera "A quick one while he´s away" was the start of Townshend´s path down the rockopera lane.

This album also includes the cover of Martha and The Vandellas "Heatwave" which feels rather misplaced here even if it´s a good song, each member got £500 in advance of making the album which I think is one of their weakest efforts. Sure "Boris the spider" is a cool song and a couple songs more are worthy mentioning but it could´ve been a bit better if they had included the song "Pictures of Lily" which was only released as a single.

Remember The Guess Who? The Canadian band featuring Randy Bachman, well they formed in 1963 and approached The Who while playing in London to meet them face to face and tell them to change their name. Townshend wasn´t too happy about the idea and told them "-There´s the Yardbirds and The Byrds, so bugger off!".

Tracklisting 1. Run Run Run
2. Boris the Spider
3. I Need You
4. Whiskey Man
5. Heatwave
6. Cobwebs and Strange
7. Don't Look Away
8. See My Way
9. So Sad About Us
10. A Quick One, While He's Away (Mono Version)
11. Batman
12. Bucket T
13. Barbara Ann
14. Disguises
15. Doctor, Doctor
16. I've Been Away
17. In the City
18. Happy Jack (Acoustic Mono Version)
19. Man with the Money (1995 "A Quick One" Version)
20. My Generation/Land of Hope and Glory ("Ready Steady Go" Live Version)


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Did you know that?

The Who were originally called The Detours, then changed their name to The Who after a suggestion by Townsend´s friend Richard Barnes. Their first manager, Pete Meaden, renamed them The High Numbers, and they released one unsuccessful single, Zoot Suit, under that name. When EMI dropped them the band sacked Pete Meaden and went back to being called The Who.

It is said another possible reason was because of Peter Townshend´s grandmother, who would always refer to popular bands as "The Who?" mainly because of hard hearing.

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