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Pete Townsend Discusses Massive Quadrophenia Reissue

The Who’s Pete Townsend has been hard at work preparing the deluxe box set of the band’s classic rock opera Quadrophenia, which dropped earlier this month.

In the two-part interview below, the legendary guitarist talks about the process behind the original recording and culling together the various goodies in the reissue.

The Who first released Quadrophenia in 1973 to create a new spectacle after extensive touring in support of their initial rock opera, Tommy, which came out in 1969.

The set includes previously unheard demos, an eight-track 5.1 surround sound DVD, four CDs and a vinyl seven-inch single.  In addition, there’s a hard-back book with rare photos and an essay from Townsend.

The album was also re-released in double vinyl, two-disc Digipak and digital versions.

“I did a month of preparation, a month on the liner notes and then a month in [the studio] doing the demos,” said Townsend. “I didn’t have to do much of the research, because it was all done.”

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