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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Written by . Published on November 9th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

The Who – Quadrophenia – 14 November –Universal Music
THE band that inspired a generation are back. A special ‘Director’s Cut’ of The Who’s iconic 1973 album, Quadrophenia, will be released next week as a deluxe boxset. The first two CDs will be the original re-mastered Quadrophenia album with the third and fourth showing 25 unreleased demo tracks from Pete Townshend's studio archive, giving a fascinating insight into the band's earlier years. For those of you who don’t know, Quadrophenia is based on a fictional character called Jimmy and his struggle in coming of age in the mid-1960s mod era. As well as reflecting the lives of the four band members, the album is a portrait teenage angst and is seen as one The Who’s most profound albums.

Further bonuses to the boxset include a DVD and a 13,000 word essay from Townshend as well as some collector’s seven inch records.
“This 2011 revisit to The Who’s 1973 Quadrophenia recording is inspired by current and continuing interest in the project,” explains Townshend. “The Who performed a concert version of the piece at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 for the Teenage Cancer Trust with excellent reviews, and the success of that event led to the prospect of a Who tour in 2012 based on the album. The last such tour was between 1996-1997.”

For any self-respecting Who fan, this is surely a must buy.

Pete Townshend Demoing Tracks For Quadrophenia Home Studio 1972Pete Townshend Demoing Tracks For Quadrophenia Home Studio 1972

Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer – 14 November – Merge Records
After a successful gig at the intimate in-store show at Rough Trade last month, The Fiery Furnace’s Eleanor Friedberger is about to embark on a show at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club with her full band. This coincides with the imminent release of her new album Last Summer. Expect slow, thought out vocals over jazzy piano and melodic guitar riffs. If the hype is anything to go by this could be an exciting new talent.

Last Summer cover 

Planes –  EP - 14 November – Virgin Records
After joining alternative rock heavy weights Placebo, drummer Steve Forrest has been playing sold out gigs all over the place as well as recording their new album Battle for the Sun. Amongst all this glitz, Steve has been quietly working on his new project, Planes, with a debut EP out next week. Steve’s childhood musical influences include country, bluegrass, blues and classic rock so expect an interest blend in musical textures.


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