The Who / Quadrophenia

Unquestionably one of rock’s greatest albums by one of rock’s greatest bands, showcasing the unique voice of one of rock’s greatest bassists at the apex of his matchless career. To my ears, Quadrophina (1973) surpasses Tommy (1969) and Who’s Next (1971) as the Oo’s studio pinnacle with regard to compositions, arrangements, production, and performance.

From the piercing resonance of the high C note on the 17th fret of his hybrid “Fender-Byrd” bass to kick off “The Real Me,” to the final low open E with The Ox’s multi-tracked brass section which concludes “Love Reign O’er Me,” John Entwistle exudes supreme technical, tonal, rhythmic, and harmonic mastery of his instrument.