Deluxe Quad in Oct.

Bruce Kawakami bkawak at
Thu Jun 2 04:47:47 UTC 2011

    Pete's Blog

1st June, 2011

I am shut away in my home studio at the moment working to restore the 
demos of Quadrophenia. Bob Pridden is doing surround-sound mixes of 
selected tracks. Jon Astley is remastering the original vinyl mix, and 
evaluating his own 1996 remix (the one where you can properly hear 
Roger's astonishing vocals). I am sitting in a pile of notes, desk 
diaries, photos (I took a lot of my own between 1971-1973 when 
Quadrophenia emerged), original lyrics and writing liner notes.

I am really enjoying this work. Bob's mixes are mind-blowing. My demos 
are among the best I've ever done, and include some real quirky tracks 
that didn't make it onto the final album. I still find studio work 
strange -- I have to have the speakers very low in volume, not what I'm 
used to. This package, due in October if all goes well, is another Live 
at Leeds and Hull -- or even another Lifehouse Chronicles -- in the 
making. You are going to love it. I hope so, because I am missing this 
summer sunshine to get it completed on time.

In my recent interview with my friend Simon Garfield for INTELLIGENT 
LIFE <>, I professed some difficulty in my 
interaction with fans as I grow older. What is so wonderful about 
working on Quadrophenia is that back in 1970, all the way through to the 
recording in 1973, the primary challenge for me was to tell the story of 
the Who's fans and at the same time address the wayward creative needs 
of the band as individuals and artists. The Who, and Jimmy as a kind of 
model for one or all of our fans, really had developed a powerful 
symbiosis that deserved a project like Quadrophenia both to honour the 
mechanism and address why it started to fail almost a soon as it had begun

So I am enjoying working with the music, but I'm enjoying writing about 
it too.

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