The Who Quadrophenia on Limited Edition Japanese Import SHM-SACD
Released as a double-album in 1973, The Who's rock opera Quadrophenia is a conceptual work set in the 1960s milieu of the Mod movement during which they began their career in West London. The central character of Jimmy is a disaffected youth who hates his parents and lowly job, but finds release from blue-collar drudgery with his fellow Mods, popping pills and riding motor-scooters to weekend concerts by bands like The Who. But the freedom he finds turns out to be illusory. The album title comes from the personalities of the four members of The Who, used to represent the four sides of Jimmy.
Townshend has described the album as the best music he has ever written. Ahead of its time in scope and purpose, the legendary Glyn Johns' production is both powerful and stunning with the writing and arrangements, featuring maybe the most tasteful use of both sound effects and synthesizers in a rock recording. Pianist Chris Stainton (Spooky Tooth) contributes strong support on such songs as "The Real Me," "The Punk Meets The Godfather," "I'm One" and "Love Reign o'er Me," all classic Who performances. Released to coincide with The Who's first UK and US tours, it reached No. 2 on both countries album charts.
SHM-SACD (Super High Material SACD) is the ultimate Super Audio CD that utilizes the materials and technologies that were developed for the SHM-CD to further enhance the audio-resolution. These discs are made with polycarbonate developed for the screen of the liquid crystal display. As it has a higher transparency, players can read the signal more faithfully. Also, it excels in fluidity, which enables you to cast a more accurate pit. What works wonders for a low resolution format such as CD should offer even greater sonic improvements in a real high resolution format such as SACD.
• 2-channel Single Layer SACD
• Two-channel SACD layer only, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file
• Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which minimizes diffuse reflection
• Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes
• This disc will ONLY work on a Super Audio Disc Player