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Liner Notes › A Quick One


Roger Daltrey Vocals 
John Entwistle Bass Guitar [Horns] and Vocals 
Keith Moon Drums 
Pete Townshend Guitar and Vocals

Produced by Kit Lambert 
Sleeve design by Alan Aldridge [later editor of The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics and designer of the cover for Elton John's Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy]
[Original liner notes, US album only, by Nick Jones of Melody Maker]
Liner notes by Chris Charleworth [in brackets by Brian Cady] 

A Quick One was originally released as Reaction 593 002 on December 3rd, 1966. It reached #4 in the U.K. In the U.S. the release was held back until May 1967. The album was retitled Happy Jack because the "Happy Jack" single had been a minor hit [#24] for The Who there and partly because Decca, their record company, objected to the double entendre in the original title. Released as Decca DL4892 (mono), DL 74892 (stereo) it peaked at #51. Happy Jack was the same album as A Quick One except "Heatwave" was replaced by "Happy Jack." [the U.S. album had six tracks in true stereo. The rest were in reprocessed fake stereo. The album was originally to have been called Jigsaw Puzzle and consist of the following tracks: "I'm A Boy" (slow version later released on Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy), "Run Run Run", "Don't Look Away", "Circles", "I Need You", "Showbiz Sonata" (later retitled "Cobwebs and Strange"), "In The City", "Boris The Spider", "Whiskey Man", "See My Way", "Heat Wave" and "Barbara Ann."]

The Ready Steady Who! EP was released in the U.K. as Reaction 592001 on Nov. 11th, 1966. [It reached #1 on the British EP's chart. The Who did intend to use their live performances on the TV special filmed Oct. 18, 1966 and aired Oct. 21 but they were denied the rights to use audio from the show. The songs performed on the special were "Batman" (lip-synced), "Cobwebs and Strange," "Bucket T," "I'm A Boy," "Disguises," and "My Generation/Rule Brittania." All copies of the broadcast appear to have been lost.]
Run Run Run 2'42 
(Pete Townshend) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (BMI) 
Recorded at IBC Studios, London the week of Oct. 3, 1966. 
This song was first recorded by a band called The Cat and produced by Pete, on the Reaction label [released May 1966]. This stereo version of 'Run Run Run' was previously only available on Backtrack 3, a Track Records sampler, featuring The Who on Side One and Jimi Hendrix on Side Two. [In the U.S. the stereo version was the common mix.]

Boris The Spider 2'28 
(John Entwistle) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at Pye Studios, London Oct. 4, 1966.
John's creepy, crawly story, the very first song he wrote for The Who, endured as a live favourite throughout their entire career. The band even played it on their 25th anniversary re-union tour in 1989. [John has stated that "Whiskey Man" was the first song he wrote for The Who. Cornered by Pete for a second song for the LP, John said he had one about a spider named Boris, based on funny names for animals he had concocted with Bill Wyman while out drinking the night before. He then ran home and wrote the song. The stereo version was released in the U.S., Japan and Europe on LP and on CD in the U.S. in 1988 and on the 2002 The Who Ultimate Collection. Live versions are available on the videos Who Rocks America, The Who/Live featuring the rock opera Tommy and 30 Years of Maximum R&B and the CD The Blues To The Bush.]


I Need You 2'24 
(Keith Moon) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at Pye Studios, Oct. 4, 1966.
[Harpsichord: John Entwistle]
This was Keith's first ever composition for The Who, and one of very few he contributed to their catalogue. The reason why all four members of the group contributed songs to this album was that co-manager Chris Stamp had negotiated a deal whereby the song publishers, Essex Music, would advance £500 to each member, a considerable sum in 1966. Roger bought a Volvo 'Saint' car. [Prior to the album's release Keith told Keith Altham the title of this song was "I Need You (Like I Need A Hole In The Head)". The middle-break, according to Keith, represented "solely a musical illustration of a transport cafe." He also denied that one of the voices here was a parody of John Lennon but John Entwistle later claimed it was. John said Keith thought the Beatles used a secret language to talk behind his back and chose this song to go after them. The stereo version was released in the U.S., Japan and Europe]

Whiskey Man 2'57 
(John Entwistle) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at IBC Studios, London Oct. 3, 1966.
John: "I always had trouble singing my r's, so I double-tracked my vocals. On one track I sang 'fwend' and on the other 'flend,' hoping they'd come together as 'friend.'" [the double-tracking is very evident on the stereo version released only in Europe and Japan. In Japan it was also released as a single backed with "Boris The Spider" in 1967.] The song was inspired by the Chuck Connors western Ride Beyond Vengence [known in the U.K. as Night Of The Tiger]. In this 1966 film Claude Akins' character Elwood Coates has an imaginary friend called "Whiskey Man."

Heatwave 1'54 
(Edward Holland Jr., Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland) Stone Agate Music (BMI) 
Recorded at IBC and Pye No. 2 Studios, Aug. 30-31, 1966.
This was the second of two versions of the Martha and the Vandellas hit recorded by The Who. [Engineered by Paul Clay. This track was not included on the U.S. version of the LP until 1975. The stereo version was released only in Europe and Japan].

Cobwebs and Strange 2'29 
(Keith Moon) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at Pye No. 2 Studio prior to Sept. 29, 1966.
Keith's second song on the album involved the group marching up and down past a mono mike because Kit Lambert, years ahead of his time, thought this might create a 'stereo' effect. Keith played orchestral cymbals, Pete was on penny whistle, Roger blew through a trombone and John played the trumpet. The following year 'Cobwebs And Strange' was to manifest itself on The Who Sell Out as 'Heinz Baked Beans' and 27 years later, Pete opened his act with a great version of this song on his 1993 solo U.S. tour. [According to Pete, Kit tried the marching-around idea but it didn't work and the track was recorded normally. The stereo mix was released in the U.S., Europe and Japan. John claims to have written the melody for this song, however the melody is lifted "note for note" from a track called "Eastern Journey" on Tony Crombie's 1960 soundtrack to the U.K. television series Man From Interpol. In any case, Keith certainly authored the drum part. This track was originally called "Showbiz Sonata."]


Don't Look Away 2'51
(Pete Townshend) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at IBC Studios, London Oct. 3, 1966. 
[A stereo version of this track was released in Europe and Japan] 

See My Way 1'52 
(Roger Daltrey) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at Pete's Wardour Street, London flat as a four-track demo Sept. 1966 with later overdubs done at IBC Studios, London.
Roger was insistent that Keith play like Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly and the Crickets' drummer, on this track, but after he dampened his drums as far as they would go, Roger still wasn't satisfied with the sound. Eventually Keith and John went outside and found some cardboard boxes to drum on. [The only track from the original British LP that has not been released elsewhere in true stereo.]


So Sad About Us 3'01 
(Pete Townshend) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at IBC Studios, London October 1966.
This song was originally written for The Merseys, and it was covered by The Jam in 1978. [As well as Shaun Cassidy in 1979. The stereo version was released in the U.S., Japan and Europe.]

A Quick One, While He's Away 9'10 
(Pete Townshend) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at IBC Studios, Pye Studios and Regent Sound, London in early November 1966.
Pete's first rock opera contains six separate songs, 'Her Man's Gone,' 'Crying Town,' 'We Have A Remedy,' 'Ivor The Engine Driver,' 'Soon Be Home,' and 'You Are Forgiven.' Along the way the unnamed heroine pines for her absent lover, selects Ivor as a substitute, regrets her folly when her man returns, confesses her indiscretion and is ultimately forgiven. John: "We wanted to put 'cellos on the track but Kit Lambert said we couldn't afford it. That's why we sing 'cello, cello, cello, cello,'…where we thought they should be." [Actually "I'm a Boy" had been part of an earlier uncompleted opera called "Quads." "A Quick One" became a staple of The Who's live act from 1967-1970. It may have had a direct influence on The Beatles' "A Day In the Life" which was recorded the month after this LP's release. The stereo version was released in the U.S. and Europe]



Batman 1'34 
(Neal Hefti) EMI Miller Catalog Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at IBC and Pye No. 2 Studios, Aug. 30-31, 1966.
Released on the Ready Steady Who! EP on November 11, 1966. Neal Hefti, who wrote the Batman theme, was also an arranger for the Count Basie Orchestra. [Engineered by Paul Clay. This stereo version is a different mix from the version on the original EP. During late 1966 it replaced "Heatwave" as The Who's show opener. It was not officially released in the U.S. until this 1995 reissue]

Bucket T 2'07 
(Atfield/Christian/Torrence) Screen-Gems-EMI Music, Inc. (BMI) 
Recorded at IBC Studios Oct. 11, 1966.
Released on the Ready Steady Who! EP. Originally recorded by L.A. surf duo Jan & Dean. The Who's surf music influence came solely from Keith, once the drummer in The Beachcombers, a surf band from Wembley. Keith's all-time favorite song was The Beach Boys' 'Don't Worry Baby.' [the original version appeared on Jan & Dean's LP Dead Man's Curve. Despite their name, The Beachcombers were not a surf band. The Swedish TV show Popside filmed The Who recording this track. It was released as a single in Sweden shortly after the clip aired and became one of the few Who singles anywhere to reach #1.]

Barbara Ann 1'59 
(Freddy Frassert) Longitude Music Co./Cousins Music (BMI) 
Recorded at IBC and Pye No. 2 Studios, Aug. 30-31, 1966.
Released on the Ready Steady Who! EP. Originally recorded by The Regents whose version reached #13 in the U.S. charts in 1961. The Beach Boys' better known cover version reached #2 in the U.S. in January 1966 and #3 in the U.K. a month later. [Engineered by Paul Clay. The studio version was not released officially in the U.S. until 1985. The Who did record a version of this for the film The Kids Are Alright in August 1977.]

Disguises 3'10 
(Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc. (BMI) 
Recorded at IBC Studios July 31-Aug. 1, 1966.
Released on the Ready Steady Who! EP. [the kick-off track for the EP. It was, with "I'm A Boy," the first Who track produced by Kit Lambert. Paul Clay engineered. Following it on that side of the EP was the Pete Townshend-produced version of "Circles" that had been previously released as the B-side of the first copies of the U.K. "Substitute" single. This is the mono version of "Disguises." The longer stereo version can be found on the box set.]

Doctor, Doctor 2'59 
(John Entwistle) Gowmonk, Inc. (BMI) 
Recorded at IBC/Pye Studios, London on April 5, 1967.
Originally released as the B-side to 'Pictures of Lily.' On April 22, 1967.


I've Been Away 2'07 
(John Entwistle) Gowmonk, Inc. (BMI) 
Recorded at Regent Sound, London Nov. 8-10, 1966.
Originally released as the B-side of the U.K. single of 'Happy Jack' on December 3, 1966. [This was quickly recorded by John and Keith while Pete and Roger had stepped out to a pub].

In The City 2'21 
(Keith Moon/John Entwistle) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at IBC Studios July 31-Aug. 1, 1966.
Originally released as the B-side to 'I'm a Boy' on August 26, 1966. Keith and John, having failed to inform Pete and Roger about the session, are the only members of The Who playing on the backing track. Pete added some guitar overdubs later. [Engineered by Paul Clay. The first single by The Jam, although a different song, was named after this one.]

Happy Jack (Acoustic Version) 2'51 
(Pete Townshend) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 
Recorded at IBC Studios, London early November 1966.
The electric version of 'Happy Jack' reached #3 in the U.K. charts in December 1966. The acoustic version is previously unreleased. Pete plays cello. [So why couldn't they get a cello for "A Quick One?" This version sticks very closely to Pete's original demo, which makes sense, as it is an earlier version of the track. "Happy Jack" was the first single to get into the U.S. Top Forty. A different acoustic version appears on the 2002 bonus disc to The Who: The Ultimate Collection.]

Man With Money 2'45 
(Don & Phil Everly) © 1965 Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. 
Recorded at IBC and Pye No. 2 Studios, Aug. 30-31, 1966.
This song was originally recorded by The Everly Brothers for their Beat And Soul album, released in August 1965. It also appeared on the B-side of the Everly's single 'Love Is Strange' later that year, which is probably where The Who first heard it. Previously unreleased. [Engineered by Paul Clay. The early Who were very influenced by the 1960's Everly Brothers and got a number of arrangements from their Beat and Soul and Rock 'n' Soul albums. This track was also recorded for the BBC and was often played in their live set around this time.]

My Generation/Land Of Hope And Glory 2'03 
(Pete Townshend/Edward Elgar) TRO-Devon Music, Inc. (BMI)
Recorded at IBC Studios, London Oct. 14, 1966.
This previously unreleased recording of 'My Generation' was originally intended as a mime track for the Ready Steady Who! television special that aired Oct. 21, 1966. Keith Moon's snare drum sound has never been bettered. The urbane Kit Lambert can be heard offering his opinion at the climax: "That's perfect!" [This take was rejected for another take that melded "My Generation" and "Rule Britannia." The Who smashed their instruments at the end, prompting many horrified complaints in the press. Very unfortunately, no copies of that take, or the programme itself, seem to have survived.]

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