27 Oct 2023
Quadrophenia at 50: In Dolby Atmos & Half-Speed Master
We’re delighted to announce that The Who’s Quadrophenia is released today, on its 50th anniversary, available to stream in Dolby Atmos. The album was mixed for Dolby Atmos by Richard Whittaker and Bob Pridden at Starboard Audio and sounds truly amazing.
Quadrophenia is the sixth studio album by The Who, released in the US on 27th October 1973 and in the UK on 2nd November 1973. The band’s third rock opera, often regarded by many as The Who’s best album, features songs ‘The Real Me’, ‘5.15’ and the epic ‘Love Reign O’er Me’. Delve into the complex story of Jimmy Cooper, a Mod coming to terms with life head on.
Richard Whittaker says . . .
“Quadrophenia was mixed in Dolby Atmos at my studio which was one of the first batch of Dolby Atmos (Music) Accredited Studios in the UK. I’ve actually been involved in surround sound and ambisonics for over 25 years. When I began studying ambisonics at York University all those years back I had absolutely no clue that one day I’d be fortunate enough to be knee deep at the forefront of a cutting edge audio technological surround sound revolution!
Anyway, as I’m sure you’re aware, Quadrophenia has had many versions and mixes released throughout its history. With the Dolby Atmos mix, Bob and I wanted to capture the essence of the original 1973 release mixed by Pete Townshend and Ron Nevison but also utilise aspects of other versions such as the 1990s remix by Andy Macpherson and Jon Astley and also the 5.1 version that Bob and I mixed ten years or so ago.
Mixing the album in Dolby Atmos was quite a challenge as it’s pretty much a continuous piece of music. In order to faithfully recreate this, with the current technical restraints within the mixing process of Dolby Atmos (for example, ADM cross fades currently impossible), the whole album had to be mixed in one enormous Dolby Atmos Pro Tools session. The individual songs were then edited/ID’d during the Dolby Atmos Mastering process.”
To experience The Who’s Quadrophenia in Dolby Atmos follow this link: QUADROPHENIA Dolby Atmos
The 2nd February 2024 sees Quadrophenia released on 180-gram double black vinyl LPs from masters cut by Jon Astley at Close to the Edge and half-speed vinyl masters cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. The double album is packaged in its original gatefold sleeve complete with the 44-page booklet, obi and certificate of authenticity.
I Am the Sea
The Real Me
Cut My Hair
The Punk and The Godfather
The Dirty Jobs
Helpless Dancer (Roger’s Theme)
Is It in My Head
I’ve Had Enough
Sea and Sand
Bell Boy (Keith’s Theme)
Doctor Jimmy (John’s Theme)
Love, Reign O’er Me (Pete’s Theme)