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Townshend launches re-issue of "Quadrophenia"

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 01:56

Nov. 11 - The Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend gives acoustic performance of tracks from ''Quadrophenia'', to celebrate classic album's 40th anniversary. Kathi Urban reports.

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Quadrophenia - The Who's famous rock opera has been given the digital treatment. And to celebrate the re-issue the band's guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend performed tracks from the record to fans in London on Wednesday (November 9). The re-release includes a Super Deluxe Edition box set featuring 24 previously unheard demo tracks and a wealth of memorabilia. A huge success when first released back in 1973 the group's second rock opera tells the tale of a young mod, struggling growing up in the mid-1960s. Ahead of the performance, Townshend dined out at Cookes Pie and Mash Shop, one of the locations used in the 1979 film adaptation. Then it was time for the musician to share his thoughts on this latest release. SOUNDBITE: Pete Townshend, The Who guitarist, saying (English): ''I feel is the reason why I have spent so much of this year working on it, the reason why I am here today is because I think it's an epochal album for me, because it's the last great album by The Who and the most fully formed album by The Who, by those 4 guys, the guitar player, bass player, the singer and the drummer and the composer and because I produced the album as a composer I had absolute control and for the one time that I had absolute control it proved that when I have absolute control I get it right!'' The evening ended with a delightful acoustic performance, with Townshend getting the crowd into the mood for more. Quadrophenia is out Monday (November 14). Kathi Urban, Reuters.

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Townshend launches re-issue of "Quadrophenia"

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 01:56