The Who – A Quick One (Mono Version) (1966/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Who – A Quick One (Mono Version) (1966/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:29 minutes | 549 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Geffen

The legendary debut album by one of rock’s greatest bands is finally remixed, expanded and seriously updated. Released as The Who Sings My Generation in the U.S. with one track change months after being issued in the U.K. as simply My Generation, this classic album has never been previously released in real stereo anywhere and has never been remastered from the original masters. With the release of this special 2 CD Deluxe Edition, these problems are resolved, and the package has now been expanded from its original twelve tracks to 30

Following on the heels of an album where he repudiated his past with his greatest backing band, Blood on the Tracks finds Bob Dylan, in a way, retreating to the past, recording a largely quiet, acoustic-based album. But this is hardly nostalgia — this is the sound of an artist returning to his strengths, what feels most familiar, as he accepts a traumatic situation, namely the breakdown of his marriage. This is an album alternately bitter, sorrowful, regretful, and peaceful, easily the closest he ever came to wearing his emotions on his sleeve. That’s not to say that it’s an explicitly confessional record, since many songs are riddles or allegories, yet the warmth of the music makes it feel that way. The original version of the album was even quieter — first takes of “Idiot Wind” and “Tangled Up in Blue,” available on The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3, are hushed and quiet (excised verses are quoted in the liner notes, but not heard on the record) — but Blood on the Tracks remains an intimate, revealing affair since these harsher takes let his anger surface the way his sadness does elsewhere. As such, it’s an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it’s a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once. And, in a way, it’s best that he was backed with studio musicians here, since the professional, understated backing lets the songs and emotion stand at the forefront. Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better.

1. The Who – Run Run Run (02:31)
2. The Who – Boris the Spider (02:31)
3. The Who – I Need You (02:26)
4. The Who – Whiskey Man (02:58)
5. The Who – Heat Wave (01:59)
6. The Who – Cobwebs and Strange (02:32)
7. The Who – Don’t Look Away (02:53)
8. The Who – See My Way (01:54)
9. The Who – So Sad About Us (03:04)
10. The Who – A Quick One, While He’s Away (09:12)
11. The Who – Batman (01:28)
12. The Who – Bucket T (02:10)
13. The Who – Barbara Ann (02:02)
14. The Who – Disguises (03:13)
15. The Who – Doctor, Doctor (03:02)
16. The Who – I’ve Been Away (02:10)
17. The Who – In the City (02:25)
18. The Who – Happy Jack (Acoustic) (02:52)


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