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Item 805 - The Who: Quadrophenia Catalog 425 (Mar 2014)

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Three vintage ‘copy master’ 10″ tape reels of The Who’s 1973 album Quadrophenia, with the reels featuring sides 1–3 of the final double-LP release. Affixed to each box is an LMS Studios label, each dated September 14, 1973, and hand-notated with relevant track listings and technical data, including: “Client: Who, Speed: 15 IPS.” Among the titles listed are: ‘Quadrophenia,’ ‘I’m One,’ ‘Helpless Dancer,’ and ‘5:15.’ The tape for Side 1 lists only four songs, omitting ‘The Real Me,’ which appears as the side’s second track in the final release. In overall fine condition. These are period, second-generation stereo recordings from the original master tapes. Mixed at Townshend’s home studio at Goring-on-Thames, with many of the sound effects put on ‘carts’ (cartridge machines used in the radio industry), including the rain and train whistles. Reaching Number 2 on the Billboard album chart, Quadrophenia attained platinum status in 1993. Pete Townshend has been quoted stating, ‘The music is the best music that I’ve ever written.’ Originates from the personal collection of legendary engineer and producer Ron Nevison. RR Auction COA. Learn more about Ron Nevison.

These tapes are being sold as a historical artifact and no copyright to the recorded material is claimed nor transferred by the auction house. Originates from the personal collection of legendary engineer and producer Ron Nevison.


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