The Who – Quadrophenia

There are four members, four distinct personalities in The Who, just as there are four distinct personalities inside Jimmy, the protagonist in “Quadrophenia”, the second rock opera by The Who. In the story, each band member represents one of Jimmy’s personalities. Each of Jimmy’s personalities is represented by a song and musical theme on the album.

Had an album of this depth been undertaken by any lesser band than The Who, it could have easily been a total flop. The Who made “Quadrophenia” one of their crowning achievements; one of the most ambitious, influential, memorable, and iconic albums of the 1970s.

Although “Quadrophenia” came out in 1973 and included a 44 page booklet with photography depicting scenes from the story, it was strictly a photo-story. There was not a “Quadrophenia” movie; at least not until 1979. The “Quadrophenia” soundtrack album, is similar to, but also distinctly different from the original album.

For the record (pun intended) Jimmy’s four personalities represented by the members of The Who and their main respective songs are:

3 Replies to “The Who – Quadrophenia”

  1. Love the blog and the insight into the LPs. You said you are taking suggestions for album reviews. If you know of it, I’d love your review of Roger Daltrey’s Under A Raging Moon.

    1. Thanks for the kind comment and request. I don’t currently have that particular Roger Daltry album in my collection right now but I will be looking for it and listening to it soon. Looking forward to it as a matter of fact.

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