• The term quadrophenia had multiple meanings for the Who. In both the 1973 album and the 1979 film titled with it, it is meant to evoke the personality of Jimmy, the protagonist, divided into four parts, each in conflict with the others—a doubled form of schizophrenia. For the Who’s Pete Townshend, it also paralleled the quadrophonic sound he envisioned for the album. Though the band would play the album live with “quadrophonic” sound, they were never able to realize it for home listening due to the technical limitations of the time. Last year, the Who were in the process of restoring and remixing the album in 5.1 surround sound for its deluxe box set release when we contacted them about our upcoming release of the film. Working closely with the Who’s sound engineer, Bob Pridden, and the film’s editor, Sean Barton, we then created a remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack using a variety of sound elements from the album and the movie to make an immersive audio experience.

    In this clip from a new interview on our release, Pridden discusses the restoration, for which many tracks were painstakingly reconstructed from scratch, and the excitement of working in multichannel sound.

    Fans of the Who take note: the band is embarking on a Quadrophenia tour of the U.S. this coming fall and winter—the first time since 1997 they will perform the entire album onstage. The band’s 2011 restoration of the record is now available on CD.

17 comments

  • By The Seeker
    September 11, 2012
    01:30 AM

    Lovely! Just wish I could watch it in the UK!
    Reply
    • By Grahame
      September 13, 2012
      05:28 PM

      You most probably will. A very, very old O'oo fan
  • By Shawn
    September 11, 2012
    05:13 AM

    My favourite mix is the one from 1973!
    Reply
  • By Steve
    September 11, 2012
    05:26 AM

    This is my all time favourite album ever. Since the first time I first heard it whilst a student in London in 1973. And I went to see the Quad tour. It galls me somewhat therefore that an album that is so essentially British does not seem to have a UK tour proposed for it! What have we done wrong?
    Reply
  • By Mark handyside
    September 11, 2012
    06:13 AM

    My favourite Who album .Please tour UK .
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    • By Grahame
      September 13, 2012
      05:30 PM

      They most probably will. A very,very old O'oo fan
  • By gary cole
    September 11, 2012
    06:32 AM

    my fave album by the best band ever! but will the quad tour come to britain?
    Reply
    • By Grahame
      September 13, 2012
      05:31 PM

      It most probably will A very, very old O'oo fan
  • By David
    September 11, 2012
    11:00 AM

    The Who are still the greatest live act anywhere.Roger,Pete,Zak,Simon,Pino and Rabbit are amazing.Long live The Who..I Can't Explain but there is no Substitue for them! :))
    Reply
  • By Juanjo
    September 11, 2012
    02:16 PM

    Fantasticphenia
    Reply
  • By NAME
    September 12, 2012
    12:08 AM

    if i were strandied on a deserted island and could have one disc to listen to quad would be it
    Reply
  • By THE QUADROPHENIC
    September 12, 2012
    02:02 AM

    They performed the entire album live at Albert hall march 2010 i was there it was amazing.A tour of uk would be great early next year they might do it here's hoping
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    • By Grahame
      September 13, 2012
      05:35 PM

      For over 40 years when they toured America before the UK we lived in hope that they would tour the UK. They nearly always did. Surely they will not bring the curtain down in the USA.
  • By Heimo Herbst
    September 12, 2012
    02:20 PM

    When do we get it?
    Reply
  • By Magic Bus
    September 12, 2012
    04:44 PM

    Think it was bloody rude of Keith Moon to miss the closing ceremony of the Olympics
    Reply
  • By Nathan O
    September 13, 2012
    08:20 AM

    Sorry you Brits don't have any tour dates yet but I know the Who won't forget you! I have tickets to see them in Greensboro NC. and will be traveling 700 miles to see them with my high school sweetheart. There will be plenty of bonding that night with the band and my girlfriend. Can't wait!
    Reply
  • By Sue Stow
    September 15, 2012
    03:23 AM

    Need the tour in UK, amazing sounds.....i was #201 in the UK fan club!
    Reply