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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:25 AM
Which do you like better? I think 'Quadrophenia' is the better of the two but 'Tommy' seems a little more popular.



 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:42 AM
I vote Quadrophenia !

The 515 part of my id is because 5:15 is one of my favorite Who songs.

Tommy reached the masses no doubt, but Quadro is my favorite without a doubt.

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:43 AM
Either one -- they're both so brilliant. Two of the greatest albums of all time -- same thing with AFE & EAP

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:47 AM
both great---but TOMMY was my teenage album of particular memories so it is a personal favorite........

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:49 AM
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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:55 AM
"Tommy" for me without a doubt.... I've worked a
lot over the years learning all this stuff on guitar. I love
how Pete created the "overture".... all those different
musical themes briefly appear ... and then are explored
individually later. Other than listening to Duane .... it don't
get much better for me.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 11:19 AM
being a big who fan ,both albums are great in their own right, Tommy was unique at the time,a rock opera enjoy the music, but Quad,, not of the same commercial success or notoriety rocks from start to finish and right behind Who's next, my 2nd favorite album, quad.. ps why did they ever do that stupid ass movie "Tommy"? what was that???

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 11:22 AM
"Quadrophenia," though both are brilliant. For years I considered "Quadrophenia" my favorite album, though I guess in recent years "Exile" and "LAFE" have pulled ahead.

I was listening to Tommy recently, and an interesting note is that while it contains some very cool chord progressions and strumming patterns and picking patterns, and the guitar part of "Capt Walker/ It's a Boy" in particular slays me, there is not much electric lead guitar playing, no Pete gone wild on leads.

This is pretty much in line with the PREVIOUS Who albums, but what makes it remarkable is a listen-through to the expanded "Live at Leeds" or especially "Live at the Isle of WIght," where Pete is clearly exulting in electricity. You can FEEL the guy loving the power of amplification as he rides the feedback and wields such fat, crackling tone, soloing at will. While more recent live Who shows have Pete more integrated into the band's whole sound, the 1968-1970 live shows have the band following Pete whereever he chose to lead. A good example is the "Naked Eye" on "Isle of Wight," which only last one verse and one chorus before Pete decides to take it ino ther directions.

But yeah, the "Tommy" album is restrained on lead playing. By contrast, Pete has the thin, biting, searing lead guitar filigreeing throughout "Quadrophenia." That album really shows how much artisier The Who had gotten in a mere 5 years, how much more they understood the studio and all of the musical weapons at their disposal. And perhaps as a result, I don't think the live versions of those tunes transcend the studio versions as radically as the "Tommy" songs do.

Learning Who songs on guitar is a serious education, by the way! And I don't mean "Can't Explain," either. "Quadrophenia" has some fascinating compositions. - Jim

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 11:28 AM
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being a big who fan ,both albums are great in their own right, Tommy was unique at the time,a rock opera enjoy the music, but Quad,, not of the same commercial success or notoriety rocks from start to finish and right behind Who's next, my 2nd favorite album, quad.. ps why did they ever do that stupid ass movie "Tommy"? what was that???


Aw man ... that is a cult classic. Great cast.... where else ya gonna hear
Jack Nicholson sing as "the doctor" ... Clapton walking down that aisle
flanked by Townsend and Entwhistle... playing "Eyes for the Blind" ... or
an opportunity for Moon to show his "Uncle Ernie" alter-ego. Amazing stuff
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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 11:33 AM
I love both of them but to me who's next is the best album of its kind of all time....the allmans are my favorite band but the who come a close second...
 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 12:14 PM
Quadraphenia.

I never really got into Tommy and I didn't like the movie.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 12:35 PM
Both albums are great but I go with Quadrophenia. One of the greatest Rock albums of all times. I agree with Yankweed regarding Who's Next too. As much as I love Tommy, I would have to pick Who's Next. Now betwwen Quadrophenia and Who's Next I do not think I can choose on that one. Both amazing albums.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 12:47 PM
That's a tough one for sure.
I'm leaning towards Tommy,but saw the Q tour the second time around and it was fantastic!

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 02:12 PM
I am huge Who fan and I'll Take the "Q", it's in a class by itself, it's a desert island disc.
 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 02:29 PM
Love both but I'll vote Tommy. This is the album that introduced me to the Who.
 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 02:43 PM
While Quadrophenia may have more rocking songs, you can't beat Tommy for the catharsis achieved at the end of that piece of music. I don't even know if I'm using that word correctly but it certainly feels like a friggin catharsis at the end of that album.

Especially to a 15 year old kid going to his first rock concert at Radio City Music Hall in 1989. The Who peforming a full Tommy for the first time in 20 years. I'll never forget that night. A good friend who posts on this site alot's father got us the tickets. How, I have no idea but we were both completely hooked on Rock N Roll from the second Pete strummed the first chords of Overture.

Before that, we were into the Who heavily since 8th grade. I must of walked around with a tape of Who's Next in my walkman for a year straight. We thought the Who were done for good and there we were seeing them play Tommy. It was insane.

I saw the Who do a full Quadrophenia at MSG in 96 or 97 and that was insane as well but Tommy had the bigger impact on me.

The ABB and Dead would later take the place of the Who as my musical obsession but what a great band to start the long strange trip with......

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 04:14 PM
Pitting the two studio albums against each other I'd have to go with Quadrophenia. It seems that studio sound improved (at least for whatever location and equipment The Who were using) in the 5 years or so between the two records. The result is that Quadrophenia is MUCH more powerful and dynamic sounding than Tommy. The production is just so vastly superior, and the horns very well done on Quad, resulting in a more complex sound than the sometimes simplistic sounding Tommy. I also personally feel that Daltrey's singing is far superior on Quad, but that may be partly due to production as well, hard to tell. That doesn't necessarily mean that the music is any better on Quadrophenia. Just listen to some of the Tommy songs performed live by the band, either on "Live at Leeds" or "Woodstock". "We're Not Gonna Take It" from Tommy is probably the most exciting segment I've ever heard at a Who show.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 06:52 PM
Have always loved the Who (Baba O'Reilly takes me back to my youth so much). I think both Tommy and Quadrophenia are excellent but would have to go with Quadrophenia as my favorite of the 2 albums. Has anybody seen the Quadrophenia film?

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 08:03 PM
They released these five albums in a row. Who's Next was an amazing transition between the two. I have a hard time comparing Tommy with Quadrophenia since I was 18 when Tommy came out and 23 for Quadrophenia. They are tied to different stages of my life in those crazy times.

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 08:52 PM
My vote - Quadrophenia. Like to put this on when I'm in a bad mood. For me, that album seemed to best catch The Who's expertise at "angry at the world" music. More of a "crank it up" album too.
 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 08:55 PM
Who?

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:12 PM
Tommy, cauz, I don't really know Quad, but did go to the Who Quadrophenia concert,a while back... I did like the movie, especially, liked seeing acid queen, tina turner and the pinball wizard, elton..

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:37 PM
quadrophenia

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:40 PM
I have always liked Tommy. That album is so awesome! My favorite song on there is Pinball Wizard. I also like the Overture at the beginning of the album. I'm not too familiar with Quadrophenia, so I would pick Tommy.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 10:49 PM
These days, I prefer Quadrophenia. Townshend wrote better songs for Tommy, but I think Quadrophenia is the band's musical peak.

 

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