If a rock opera worked once (Tommy 1969) no reason why The Who couldn't make it happen again, so in 1973 'Quadrophenia' was born.

'Quadrophenia' LP, Wikipedia

Pete Townsend composed the 6th album for The Who that managed to chart rather well. In regards to 'Quadrophenia', Pete mentioned in an interview back in 2012 with the BBC, "We never really ever made a truly great album again."

'Quadrophenia' charted higher than previous albums in the U.S. (#2).

The Who 2013, YouTube

 

 

 

 

Original LP Track List:

  1. "I Am The Sea"
  2. "The Real me"
  3. "Quadrophenia"
  4. "Cut My hair"
  5. "The Punk and the Godfather"

Side 2

  1. "I'm One"
  2. "The Dirty Jobs"
  3. "Helpless Dancer" (Roger's Theme)
  4. "Is It In My head"
  5. "I've Had Enough"

Side 3

  1. "5:15"
  2. "Sea and sand"
  3. "Drowned"
  4. "Bell Boy" (Keith's theme)

Side 4

  1. "Doctor Jimmy (containing "Is It Me?")" (John's theme)
  2. 'The Rock"
  3. "Love, Reign o'er Me" (Pete's theme)

Released in U.S./U.K. October 19th, 1973 charted in both countries at #2.

Happy 40th anniversary as we revisit 1973 with some great landmark classic rock releases.

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The Who performing, "5:15":