MCAD-11267 A Quick One (Happy Jack in US)
Produced by Kit Lambert
Released on December 3, 1966
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . . US CHART POSITION #51
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T he least essential of The Who’s early albums is still awfully good… and awfully loud. The arrangements are so striking and unusual they often overshadow the songs themselves. The Who push the drums past all levels of decency on the Keith Moon-penned “I Need You,” John Entwistle’s low bass and lower vocals rumble with sinister intent through “Boris the Spider,” Townshend crams six songs into the fascinating collision of “A Quick One, While He’s Away” (an early, abortive amalgam of storytelling and rock). Unlike its American counterpart, titled Happy Jack to cash in on that single’s success, the UK release didn’t include a bonafide hit (“Boris the Spider” is the record’s most recognizable track). What it does include are tracks you seldom here anymore. “Run, Run, Run,” “So Sad About Us” and “Whiskey Man” are worth rediscovery for fans, but would fall outside any discussion of The Who’s most enduring work. A Quick One finds the band looking to push the boundaries of popular music while still confined by rock’s conventions (e.g., a warmed-over cover of “Heatwave”). The remastered 1995 version is wonderfully annotated and spotlights the saturated noisiness of the original tracks, adding most of the Ready Steady Who EP released soon after. In addition to a swell cover of Jan and Dean’s “Bucket T,” the bonus tracks include forgotten gems like “Disguises” and “Doctor, Doctor.” For most listeners, hearing A Quick One will feel like opening up an old toy chest. Some items are ripe for reclamation, others we’ve outgrown, but there’s still fun to be had here.

MCAD-11267 gatefold sleeve MCAD-11267 back sleeve
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TRACK LISTING

  1. RUN RUN RUN    (Pete Townshend)    2:42
  2. BORIS THE SPIDER    (John Entwistle)    2:28
  3. I NEED YOU    (Keith Moon)    2:24
  4. WHISKEY MAN    (John Entwistle)    2:57
  5. HEATWAVE    (Edward Holland Jr./Lamont Dozier/Brian Holland)    1:54
  6. COBWEBS AND STRANGE    (Keith Moon)    2:29
  7. DON'T LOOK AWAY    (Pete Townshend)    2:51
  8. SEE MY WAY    (Roger Daltrey)    1:52
  9. SO SAD ABOUT US    (Pete Townshend)    3:01
  10. A QUICK ONE, WHILE HE'S AWAY    (Pete Townshend)    9:10

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. BATMAN    (Neal Hefti)    1:34
  12. BUCKET T    (Atfield/Christian/Torrence)    2:07
  13. BARBARA ANN    (Freddy Fassert)    1:59
  14. DISGUISES    (Pete Townshend)    3:10
  15. DOCTOR, DOCTOR    (John Entwistle)    2:59
  16. I'VE BEEN AWAY    (John Entwistle)    2:07
  17. IN THE CITY    (Keith Moon/John Entwistle)    2:21
  18. HAPPY JACK (ACOUSTIC VERSION)    (Pete Townshend)    2:51
  19. MAN WITH THE MONEY    (Don & Phil Everly)    2:45
  20. MY GENERATION/LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY    (Pete Townshend/Edward Elgar)    2:03

    HAPPY JACK original track listing

  21. RUN RUN RUN
  22. BORIS THE SPIDER
  23. I NEED YOU
  24. WHISKEY MAN
  25. COBWEBS AND STRANGE
  26. HAPPY JACK
  27. DON'T LOOK AWAY
  28. SEE MY WAY
  29. SO SAD ABOUT US
  30. A QUICK ONE, WHILE HE'S AWAY

CREDITS

ROGER DALTREY -- vocals
JOHN ENTWISTLE -- bass guitar & vocals, trumpet
KEITH MOON -- drums
PETE TOWNSHEND -- guitar & vocals
Jon Astley -- 1995 reissue producer, 1995 remixing
Andy Macpherson -- 1995 remixing
Bill Curbishley, Robert Rosenberg, Chris Charlesworth -- 1995 reissue executive producers
Alan Aldridge -- original vinyl sleeve design
Richard Evans -- design and art direction
Chris Stamp -- liner notes

return to THE WHO discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK December 3, 1966 Reaction LP 593 002  
US May 1967 Decca LPM/LPS DL 4892/DL 74892 released as HAPPY JACK (see track listing)
UK 1970 Track LP 2407 008  
GER   Polydor LP 2383 147  
US 1974 MCA LP 2045 released as HAPPY JACK
UK 1974 Track LP 2383 038 repackaged w. THE WHO SELL OUT
US December 1974 MCA 2LP/CS MCA2-4067 repackaged w. THE WHO SELL OUT
JPN   Polydor LP MPX-4018 lyric insert
GER   Polydor LP 835 728 audiophile edition
US 1988 MCA CD MCAD-31331  
UK/GER June 1995 Polydor CDX/CSX 527 758 digital remaster w. bonus tracks, booklet
US June 20, 1995 MCA CDX/CSX MCAD/MCAC-11267 digital remaster w. bonus tracks, booklet
JPN   Polydor CDX UICY-2310 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
  2000 Polygram Int'l CDX 9194 digital remaster w. bonus tracks, booklet
RUS 2001 Some Wax CD SW0612  
UK/GER   MCA CDX 589 800 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

Did you know...

...that DigitalDreamDoor ranked Keith Moon's performance on "Cobwebs And Strange" as the #7 greatest studio rock drum performance? No, you probably didn't. (Source: DigitalDreamDoor's 100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances.)

 

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