A Quick One


Track List

  1. RUN RUN RUN
  2. BORIS THE SPIDER
  3. I NEED YOU
  4. WHISKEY MAN
  5. HEATWAVE
  6. COBWEBS AND STRANGE
  7. DON’T LOOK AWAY
  8. SEE MY WAY
  9. SO SAD ABOUT US
  10. A QUICK ONE, WHILE HE’S AWAY
  11. BATMAN
  12. BUCKET T
  13. BARBARA ANN
  14. DISGUISES
  15. DOCTOR, DOCTOR
  16. I’VE BEEN AWAY
  17. IN THE CITY
  18. HAPPY JACK (Acoustic Version)
  19. MAN WITH THE MONEY
  20. MY GENERATION / LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY

Backgrounder

The Who’s second album was produced by Kit Lambert and released on Reaction Records in December 1966 (Reaction 593 002). The first CD version was issued by Polydor in the early 1980s (835 728-24) and two remastered versions, the second in stereo, were subsequently released by MCA in the US in 2002 and Polydor in the UK in 2003 (572 758-2 and 589 800-2) respectively. The later versions were produced by Jon Astley.

In the US it was held back until May 1967 and retitled HAPPY JACK (Decca DL 4892 [mono], DL 74892 [stereo]), partly because the HAPPY JACK single had been a minor hit for The Who there, reaching number 24 the same month, and partly because their US record company objected to the double entendre in the title. To make room for the hit single, the American album lost HEAT WAVE.

The album was recorded between August and November of 1966, mostly at IBC Studios. It made number 4 in the LP chart.

The remastered 1996 CD added a number of bonus tracks, of which the most important were the tracks that made up the November 1966 READY STEADY WHO EP. Although the original UK album was only released in mono, audiophiles had known stereo mixes existed for most of the tracks. These versions were eventually pieced together to produce the remastered stereo CD. (SEE MY WAY and the alternate HAPPY JACK both remain in mono.) Confusingly, MCA used the same catalogue number for both the mono and stereo CDs, which makes it impossible to distinguish between the two.

Original sleeve design and illustration by Alan Aldridge.

1. RUN RUN RUN
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, London, October 1966
2. BORIS THE SPIDER
(Entwistle)
Recorded at Pye Studios, London, October 1966
The very first song that John wrote for The Who endured as a live favourite while he was alive. The band even played it on their 25th anniversary reunion tour in 1989.
3. I NEED YOU
(Moon)
Recorded at Pye Studios, October 1966 Keith’s first ever composition for The Who, and one of very few he contributed to their catalogue.
4. WHISKEY MAN
(Entwistle)
Recorded at CBS Studios, London, October 1966
5. HEAT WAVE
(Holland, Dozier, Holland)
Recorded at IBC Studios, August 1966
This was the first of two versions of the Martha & The Vandellas hit recorded by The Who.
6. COBWEBS AND STRANGE
(Moon)
Recorded at Pye Studios, September 1966
7. DON’T LOOK AWAY
(Townshend)
Recorded at CBS Studios, October 1966 8. SEE MY WAY
(Daltrey)
Recorded at IBC Studios, circa September 1966
9. SO SAD ABOUT US
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, September 1966
This song was originally recorded by The Merseys that same year as their second single and it was later covered by The Jam in 1978.

10. A QUICK ONE (Townshend)

Recorded at IBC Studios, Pye and Regent Sound, London, in the autumn of 1966 Pete’s first rock opera contains six separate songs, HER MAN’S BEEN GONE, CRYING TOWN, WE HAVE A REMEDY, IVOR THE ENGINE DRIVER, SOON BE HOME and YOU ARE FORGIVEN. John Entwistle: “We wanted to put ‘cellos on the track but Kit Lambert said we couldn’t afford it. That’s why we sing ‘cello, cello, cello, cello,’… where we thought they should be.”

Bonus tracks on the remastered CD: 11. BATMAN
(Hefti)
Recorded at IBC Studios, August 1966 First released on the READY STEADY WHO EP, 11 November 1966.
12. BUCKET T
(Altfield, Christian, Torrence)
Recorded at IBC Studios, October 1966 Released on the READY STEADY WHO EP. Originally recorded by surf duo Jan & Dean.
13. BARBARA ANN
(Fassert)
Recorded at IBC Studios, August 1966
Released on the READY STEADY WHO EP. Originally recorded by The Regents whose version reached number 13 in the US charts in 1961. The Beach Boys’ better known cover version reached number two in the US in January 1966 and number three in the UK a month later.
14. DISGUISES
(Townshend)
Recorded at Pye & IBC Studios during June and July 1966
Released on the READY STEADY WHO EP.
15. DOCTOR, DOCTOR
(Entwistle)
Recorded at Ryemuse Sound Studio, London, April, 1967
Originally released as the B-side to PICTURES OF LILY on 22 April 1967.
16. I’VE BEEN AWAY (Entwistle)
Recorded at Regent Sound, November 1966 Originally released as the B-side to HAPPY JACK on 9 December 1966.
17. IN THE CITY
(Moon/Entwistle)
Recorded at IBC Studios, July 1966
Originally released as the B-side to I’M A BOY on 26 August 1966.
18. HAPPY JACK (Acoustic Version)
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, November 1966
Pete plays cello.
19. MAN WITH THE MONEY
(Don & Phil Everly)
Recorded at IBC Studios, August 1966 This song was originally recorded by The Everly Brothers for their BEAT’N’SOUL album, released in August 1965.
20. MY GENERATION/LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY
(Townshend/Edward Elgar)
Recorded at IBC Studios, October 1966
This unusual medley of MY GENERATION with Edward Elgar’s anthem was originally recorded as part of a medley for a special Who edition of the British pop TV show READY STEADY GO! and was intended for inclusion on the READY STEADY WHO EP. At the end, classical buff Kit Lambert can be heard offering his opinion:“That’s perfect!”

A Quick One
Release Date: December 1, 2013
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