#MusicMondays: The Who ‘Quadrophenia’

Happy Monday everybody and thanks for stopping by my blog again 🙂 As I said in my 2019 Plans post, I have been planning a new series for this year, which I will call #MusicMondays. I have recently bought the 100 Albums Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster from Amazon and thought why not review all the albums from the poster on a random Monday?! Click here to see all #MusicMonday posts.

So let’s see what we got this week…

Let’s take a closer look…

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The Who ‘Quadrophenia’

Released 26 October 1973
Recorded May–June 1972
May–September 1973 using 16-track recording
Studio Olympic Studios, London, Ramport Studios in Battersea, London with Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio
Genre
Length 81:42
Label TrackMCA
Producer The Who
Executive producers:

Associate producer:
Glyn Johns (on “Is It in My Head?” and “Love Reign O’er Me”)

Tracklist:

Side One

  1. I Am The Sea
  2. The Real Me
  3. Quadrophenia
  4. Cut My Hair
  5. The Punk And The Godfather
  6. I’m One
  7. The Dirty Jobs
  8. Helpless Dancer
  9. Is It In My Head
  10. I’ve Had Enough

Side Two

  1. 5:15
  2. Sea And Sand
  3. Drowned
  4. Bell Boy
  5. Doctor Jimmy
  6. The Rock
  7. Love, Reign O’er Me

My opinion

Before I give my personal opinion about the album, I just want to say I’m a big fan of The Who. My dad likes their music, and I grew up hearing their music on cassette tapes in my dad’s old car, and I still listen to them to date.

The first track, I Am The Sea, was unlike anything I expected. It’s just the sound of the sea and someone shouting lyrics in the background at a low volume, but starting the second track, the album was what you would expect from the band, with a little twist: it’s a rock opera album. So expect pieces similar to Queen’s Innuendo and Bohemian Rhapsody, just not as grand.

As with last week, it was tough choosing just one track that I like, but The Real Me (Side One) and Bell Boy (Side Two) have to take the cake. The drum solos by the iconic Keith Moon are as amazing as the first and last 5 albums the band released (this one being the sixth and middle one).

Bottom line? If you’re a rock-loving person and haven’t listened to this gem, what are you waiting for?!?!

 

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#MusicMondays: Frank Sinatra ‘Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!’

Happy Monday everybody and thanks for stopping by my blog again 🙂 As I said in my 2019 Plans post, I have been planning a new series for this year, which I will call #MusicMondays. I have recently bought the 100 Albums Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster from Amazon and thought why not review all the albums from the poster on a random Monday?!

So let’s see what we got this week…

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Let’s take a closer look…

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Frank Sinatra ‘Songs for Swingin’ Lovers’

Released March 5, 1956 (LP)
January 20, 1987 (CD)
Recorded October 1955 – January 1956
Capitol Records Studios
(5515 Melrose AvenueHollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Genre Swingtraditional popjazz
Length 43:59
Label Capitol
W653
Producer Voyle Gilmore

Tracklist:

  1. You Make Me Feel So Young
  2. It Happened In Monterey
  3. You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me
  4. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
  5. Too Marvelous For Words
  6. Old Devil Moon
  7. Pennies From Heaven
  8. Love Is Here To Stay
  9. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  10. I Thought About You
  11. We’ll Be Together Again
  12. Makin’ Whoopie
  13. Swingin’ Down The Lane
  14. Anything Goes
  15. How About You?

My opinion

To be honest, Frank Sinatra isn’t an artist I would usually sit down and listen to, although there is no denying what a great artist and entertainer he was. It is, however, perfect for a dinner party. Leaving it in the background will give a more vintage atmosphere in the room. I actually put this on at my in-laws’ house when they had the whole family over for dinner. My favourite track has to be ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’. It was quite tough to pick one so I picked at random because all tracks sound and are great just the same