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Pete Townshend

Classic Quadrophenia

Deutsche Grammophon

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Pete Townshend: Classic Quadrophenia (Trailer)
Pete Townshend - Classic Quadrophenia - Love Reign O'er Me ft. Alfie Boe
1 I Am The Sea  
2 The Real Me  
3 Quadrophenia  
4 Cut My Hair  
5 The Punk And The Godfather  
6 I'm One  
7 The Dirty Jobs  
8 Helpless Dancer  
9 Is It In My Head  
10 I've Had Enough  
11 5_15  
12 Sea And Sand  
13 Drowned  
14 Bell Boy  
15 Doctor Jimmy  
16 The Rock  
17 Love Reign O'er Me  
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A leading icon of the British music revolution of the 1960s, Pete Townshend made his name by creating the power chord, smashing guitars on stage, and penning anthems of teenage rebellion like My Generation.

Now, approaching 70 and half a century after he penned the archetypal rock lyric "Hope I die before I get old," Townshend has created a "classical" version of one of The Who's landmark albums – Quadrophenia – for a symphony orchestra, opera singer and choir.

The new "symphonised" version of Quadrophenia, an album originally released by The Who in 1973, was orchestrated by Rachel Fuller, a professional composer, orchestrator and singer-songwriter in her own right – and also the partner of Pete Townshend. 

Classic Quadrophenia will be released by Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics on June 9. The album features Alfie Boe as Jimmy, Pete Townshend as The Godfather, Billy Idol as Ace Face/Bell Boy and Phil Daniels  (the star who played Jimmy in the original movie version of Quadrophenia).  as Dad. Also featured on the recording are the London Oriana Choir with Choirmaster Dominic Peckham, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler and orchestrations by Rachel Fuller. 

On July 5, Classic Quadrophenia will have its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir along with Pete Townsend, Alfie Boe, Billy Idol and very special guests.  

Classic Quadrophenia is the latest chapter in Townshend's lifelong mission to break the three-minute mold of the traditional pop song and take rock music to a higher artistic level. In the 1960s he defined the concept of the "rock opera" with Tommy, taking it a stage further with Quadrophenia. 

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