MOJO PRESENTS The Route To Quadrophenia (2011)

The Route To Quadrophenia (Dec 2011)
A Primer For The 5CD Box Set

The latest free CD from MOJO Magazine is, more or less, a ‘roots of The Who’ collection, tying in with the mag’s cover story… and, of course, a new 5CD Quadrophenia reissue, featuring two full CDs of Pete Townshend’s glorious demos. Two of which are included on this disc, alongside the music that influenced him. More proof that greatness is attainable in just under 2-1/2 minutes. Grab ALL 116 MOJO‘s in the archives.

SLIM HARPO Got Love If You Want It (2:46)
BO DIDDLEY Who Do You Love? (2:27)
MOSE ALLISON Young Man Blues (1:24)
EDDIE COCHRAN Summertime Blues (1:56)
JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES Shakin’ All Over (2:19)
JIMMY REED Big Boss Man (2:44)
BENNY SPELLMAN Fortune Teller (2:08)
THE YARDBIRDS A Certain Girl (2:16)
SMALL FACES Get Yourself Together (2:15)
THE ACTION Climbing Up The Wall (3:25)
THE CREATION How Does It Feel (2:55)
THE IMPRESSIONS The Young Mod’s Forgotten Story (1:58)
BOOKER T. JONES Progress (3:17)
THE WHO Cut My Hair (Demo) (3:28)
THE WHO Joker James (Demo) (3:41)

Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut (Deluxe Edition) and Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut (Super Deluxe Edition) hit the shelves on November 15. The 2CD version features an additional 8 bonus demos, while the 5CD box features two discs of Pete Townshend’s demos, a 45 and lots of paper products (and a 5.1 surround mix – of only 8 tracks!?). Click the links to pre-order.


  • FSA7
    November 1, 2011 - 10:49 | Permalink

    Looking forward to the link. Thanks!

    • Willard
      November 1, 2011 - 11:07 | Permalink

      Thanks. That would be helpful, wouldn’t it…

      Search HERE

  • buzz baby jesus
    November 1, 2011 - 12:34 | Permalink

    Are these demos as good as “Life House”?

    • Willard
      November 1, 2011 - 13:07 | Permalink

      I don’t think ANYthing, by almost ANYbody is as good as the Lifehouse Demos. That said, they’re not bad (and pretty reminisent of the originally released versions) and you can hear one of them on the streaming player.

  • Colin H
    November 1, 2011 - 12:44 | Permalink

    I thought the original 70’s Quad mix was supposed to be part of the elGrande set. Gonna wait to download this as I want to hear all the PT demos at once in sequence, but looks like a tasty track list

    • Willard
      November 1, 2011 - 13:09 | Permalink

      Aw… go on and grab it now. Just hide the Pete’s away until later.
      Didn’t see the Quad mix mentioned, but I didn’t study the contents closely. There is those 8 tracks of 5.1 Surround. Maybe that’s the “re-mastered” version of Quad.

  • November 1, 2011 - 12:55 | Permalink

    I’m very excited about getting two CDs of Quadrophenia demos. I’m not excited about having to find $125 to bring them into my home.

    • Willard
      November 1, 2011 - 13:19 | Permalink

      Aw… you’ve got pals in the internet world. I bought the Lifehouse box when it was released (and just sold it for around $400), but don’t think I’ll be springing for this. It looks great, and it’s easy to believe (NOW) that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side box or Pete’s Director’s Cuts, or the 20 other high priced boxes coming out, are the final word. But we’ve all been fooled again way too many times. I understand the artists’ point of view (the industry has been decimated, after all), but I don’t have the dough to support them any longer. Nor do I want to. I’ve already paid for the music… multiple times. Thank you very much.

      • November 2, 2011 - 09:08 | Permalink

        I bought the Lifehouse box too — and it was half the price of the Quad set, including shipping from the UK. Pete had such a good thing with his e-commerce model, and I wish he kept it going for whims like this.

        • Willard
          November 2, 2011 - 09:23 | Permalink

          That’s why Lifehouse was such a good deal. Pete was doing it himself without the record companies. I’ve never understood why he didn’t do a retail release, though, especially of those first two discs of demos. But I suspect… it’s in the future, because the band’s releases began dwindling after Quadrophenia, and the mill will need more grist.

          • November 2, 2011 - 13:20 | Permalink

            In a recent fan interview on, Pete was asked: “We want to hear (and own) every demo you’ve ever recorded, every studio outtake on tape by The Who, every Who rehearsal ever recorded, and every single Who concert that you have in your archive. So what’s the hold up?”

            To which he responded: “You live in a dream my friend. I want to hear that too.”

            If he had merely put out the demos by themselves, he wouldn’t be beholden to Universal. Truth be told, I’m more of a Pete fan than a Who fan, and I’d love to hear any and all of his demos.

            • Willard
              November 2, 2011 - 13:58 | Permalink

              You never know, he might have just licensed the material to Universal for a period of time.

  • Joe
    November 1, 2011 - 14:06 | Permalink

    Thanks very much – I really dig these MOJO collections.

  • Kurt
    November 2, 2011 - 00:16 | Permalink

    thanks for all your sharing willard!

  • November 2, 2011 - 05:51 | Permalink

    Thanks Wilard for +1 MOJO.
    Cheers from Brazil!

  • Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    November 2, 2011 - 09:45 | Permalink

    Pete deliberately let his solo contracts lapse (making alot of comments about not wanting to do music anymore first) so he could do stuff like the Lifehouse box and his solo live releases online. The Who are still contracted up the ying yang, Universal would never let them go

  • November 16, 2011 - 14:04 | Permalink

    For some reason they have used the version of The Small Faces’ Get Yourself Together with no lead vocals

    • Willard
      November 16, 2011 - 14:25 | Permalink

      Weird. The magazine article doesn’t mention it, either. Is it a bonus track from somewhere else? Because they just credit it to the band’s debut LP.

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