Why "Who's Next" is more highly praised than "Quadrophenia"?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dandelion1967, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Dandelion1967

    Dandelion1967 My Favourite Parks Are Car Parks Thread Starter

    If the Who have anything which comes close to a masterpiece, It's the great Quadrophenia.

    What makes Quad outstanding is its easy-to-decipher inner sense. (I guess this works better).
    Next, it is not as pretentious as the aborted Lifehouse and not as self-indulgent as Tommy.

    And the music? Continuing the tradition of Who's Next and carrying it forward, Townshend places the main accent on synths and horns, with just a rare touch of guitar now and then - I mean, there's actually a lot of guitarwork here, both traditional (power chords) and innovative (lyrical, well-thoght-out solos, quite untypical for Pete), but trumpets and keyboards do tend to overshadow the sound.
    And the melodies here are first-rate!

    Quadrophenia is also Pete's attempt at a little sound-trickery: there's quite a lot of various sound effects and gimmicks on the album. However, the sound effects never tend to take over your attention.
    The songs are mostly great - diverse, entertaining, built on solid, memorable melodies.
    It's prime Who at their best - Townshend churning out power chords like crazy, Entwistle contributing some of the most mind-blowing, awesome bass lines of his career and Keith pounding away in all the right places.
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  2. masswriter

    masswriter Minister At Large

    New England
    "Why is"? You sound like you are going to make a statement and finish with a question.
  3. lc317

    lc317 Forum Resident

    Just an opinion here, but as an album, there's some downtime in Quadrophenia.

    Who's Next is brilliant from start to finish.
  4. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Because it's better
  5. Rick Robson

    Rick Robson ️️️️Have a guess Ze Carioca!

    No it's not.
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  6. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    Oh, yes it is. Quadrophenia is one big, long mess.
  7. beatleswho

    beatleswho Forum Resident

    I think both are Masterpieces but Who’s Next is more easy to listen, bigger hits. Personally i prefer Quadrophenia, my favorite all time record.
  8. seed_drill

    seed_drill Senior Member

    Tryon, NC, USA
    Primarily because Who’s Next wasn’t “finished”.
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  9. Rick Robson

    Rick Robson ️️️️Have a guess Ze Carioca!

    Yea, I see that Quadrophenia is not for you.
  10. wingsoveramerica

    wingsoveramerica The Dude

    Chambersburg, PA
    Who's Next has Baba O'Riley, Behind Blue Eyes and Won't Get Fooled Again. Does that answer the question?
  11. hi_watt

    hi_watt The Road Warrior

    San Diego, CA
    It is?
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  12. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    Not at all. From the first day it was released, I bought it, played it once & it sits on the shelf.
  13. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    New Mexico
    Quad, much as I love it, has a good amount of material that only works in the context of the story.

    Meanwhile, each and every song on Who's Next is a classic which can stand on its own as well as be a part of the greater whole.

    It's just easier to heap the heaviest praise on the one that always works, either in whole or in part.
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  14. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA

    Quadrophenia is a masterpiece, it sounds great--the writing and playing and engineering and production is top-notch.

    But--by design--there is a lot of repetition and it requires attention to get through. It's best to listen to in one sitting--which is it's chief limitation.

    Who's Next is just a great collection of self-contained songs that you just listen to anyway, anyhow, anywhere.
  15. SRC

    SRC That sums up Squatter for me

    New York, NY
    I never say this out loud (until now) but every single time I see a thread like "why was this [band/album] not more popular than another", the answer is always the same for me: It's because it didn't have enough great and accessible songs that the public heard and fell in love with. The end. It doesn't mean you can't like the other one better anyway.
  16. Rick Robson

    Rick Robson ️️️️Have a guess Ze Carioca!

    For a good understanding yours details were really unnecessary.
  17. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    My favourites are The song is over and Getting in tune
  18. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

    Because Who's Next has memorable songs. Quadrophenia is good but not enough variation between songs and it's trying too hard to be operatic in its scope.

    Considering your tagline is "Who's next", there might be some bias, there. :D
  19. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Who's next is perfect
  20. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Vintage Dust

    Fort Worth TX
    Who's Next just may be the greatest rock and roll album ever recorded.
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  21. BEAThoven

    BEAThoven Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    "Who's Next" is completely better than "Quadrophenia" because of its cover. Post-hippie rock stars urinating against a monolith makes a much stronger cultural statement than some outdated (for 1971) mod sitting on an Italian scooter. Science has proven this.
  22. musicfan37

    musicfan37 Senior Member

    I like them both, but Quadrophenia is my favorite.
  23. lc317

    lc317 Forum Resident

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  24. mbrownp1

    mbrownp1 Forum Resident

    They are both masterpieces, but Who's Next appeals to more people because it is more concise I'd say.

    Personally, Quadrophenia and It's Hard are my two fave Who albums, with Who's Next close behind.
  25. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    I think they're 2 of the 5 best rock albums ever made.
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