best movement of "a quick one, while he's away" by the who

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The song has six distinct movements. The brief harmonised a cappella intro is titled "Her Man's Gone". The "Crying Town" section is sung by Roger Daltrey in an atypical low register. Daltrey also sings "We Have a Remedy" in his more usual voice. John Entwistle plays "Ivor the Engine Driver" in that section. Then comes "Soon Be Home", another harmonised section. Finally, "You Are Forgiven" is sung by Pete Townshend — his only lead vocal on the album (except, on most versions of the album, a small part of "Heat Wave").

Poll Results

OptionVotes
You Are Forgiven 22
Ivor the Engine Driver 6
Crying Town 5
Her Man's Gone 4
Soon Be Home 3
We Have a Remedy 1


na (NA), Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:16 (four years ago) link

"You Are Forgiven" is the best, up until the silly mock operatic ending.

Bill Teeters (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:19 (four years ago) link

The intro a capella is so glorious--not sure if it qualifies as a whole movement if it only lasts ten seconds though.

neva missa lost, wednesday nights on abc (voodoo chili), Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:21 (four years ago) link

'Ivor the Engine Driver', Live at Leeds version, because drums.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:48 (four years ago) link

soon be home cos of dang dang, but really, all of it is perfect

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 24 March 2017 00:38 (four years ago) link

'Crying Town' could be a separate song to itself

Mark G, Friday, 24 March 2017 00:53 (four years ago) link

Tough choice! "Crying Town," "We Have a Remedy," or "You Are Forgiven."

timellison, Friday, 24 March 2017 01:10 (four years ago) link

^One of these last two

And Run Into It And Blecch It (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 March 2017 02:05 (four years ago) link

Tempted by Ivor, but has to be "Forgiven."

tales of a scorched-earth nothing (Doctor Casino), Friday, 24 March 2017 08:07 (four years ago) link

"you are forgiven". rock 'n roll circus.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Friday, 24 March 2017 11:25 (four years ago) link

You are Forgiven, because it's a beautiful sentiment

Bernie Lugg (Ward Fowler), Friday, 24 March 2017 11:29 (four years ago) link

Considered the intro, but gotta go with You Are Forgiven for that amazing ending in Rock 'N Roll Circus and that scene from Rushmore.

neva missa lost, wednesday nights on abc (voodoo chili), Friday, 24 March 2017 13:06 (four years ago) link

Also, cello cello cello cello

neva missa lost, wednesday nights on abc (voodoo chili), Friday, 24 March 2017 13:07 (four years ago) link

^otm 2x

And Run Into It And Blecch It (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 March 2017 17:42 (four years ago) link

"You Are Forgiven" for "'cello, 'cello, 'cello," and "Crying Town" for Daltrey's sneering vocal.

also

'Ivor the Engine Driver', Live at Leeds version, because drums.

― Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:48 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 24 March 2017 18:19 (four years ago) link

They revived this for part of the 2015 tour, first time in 47 years. I saw the Foxwoods (Casino in CT) show that May, and it was fortunately still in the setlist. It wasn't barnstorming (largely due to, oddly enough, Zak Starkey's relatively muted performance), but came off as quaint and charming. Most of the audience, sadly, either sat (for the only time that night) or went to the bathroom.

When Who fanatics say, "Why don't they play more obscure stuff?" it's because most of their audience doesn't give a shit and apparently gets confused and disoriented when they hear something they haven't heard before.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 24 March 2017 18:25 (four years ago) link

Seriously, since they expanded Live at Leeds to feature the full concert (including Tommy etc.) the version of 'A Quick One, While He's Away' on that has pretty much become the definitive version for me, or the one that I've listened to the most at any rate. I vastly prefer it to the studio version, and while we're at it I'm more likely to listen to the live version of Tommy than the studio album too.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:47 (four years ago) link

Billy Childish likes to cover the You Are Forgiven segment, he's done several versions of it with his various bands and plays it live a lot, when he plays live which he hasn't much recently.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:54 (four years ago) link

Voted "Crying Town"

timellison, Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:25 (four years ago) link

I can imagine if they did "Dogs" live, the audience might cry if they thought that they'd dropped 'Baba O'Reilly" in preference.

Mark G, Sunday, 26 March 2017 09:17 (four years ago) link

Is the "dang dang dang..." part considered a section of Soon Be Home or You Are Forgiven? That's the highlight for me.

Darin, Sunday, 26 March 2017 17:29 (four years ago) link

I always considered it part of "You Are Forgiven."

And hey, here's the Beatles (3/4ths of them, anyway; George had temporarily split) dicking around on "Soon Be Home" (presumably fresh in Lennon's mind from the recent Rock & Roll Circus): https://youtu.be/L_pUxXhArq8

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 26 March 2017 19:20 (four years ago) link

You Are Forgiven section on Rock n Roll Circus is the best thing ever, especially if it owns the dang dang bit. That Lennon/Yoko noise is quite revealing: Once he would surely have appreciated the humour in the original, but now he and his wife proceed to suck out the fun, the pisstaking, the cheek of the thing, and regurgitate it into atonal 'primal' wibbling that is no fun at all.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 26 March 2017 20:25 (four years ago) link

Pete: "here comes Ivor the Engine Driver to make you feel much better"

Heckler: "dirty old sod!"

Classic.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:18 (four years ago) link

Ha, I think that heckler was Keith!

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 27 March 2017 15:51 (four years ago) link

It's possible! There's some great stage banter on Live at Leeds... I particularly love the segment prior to 'Young Man Blues'...

Pete: "and I think I read something on one of his record covers that said he was a "jazz sage"... quite what that means, I dunno..."

Keith: "he played with a chicken!"

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Monday, 27 March 2017 18:15 (four years ago) link

I thought it was "a flavor of chicken!"

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 27 March 2017 18:30 (four years ago) link

"He always gets off at the wrong stop..."

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 27 March 2017 19:26 (four years ago) link

Pete: "and what happens is... they fornicate..."

Keith: "what's that? what's that, Pete?"

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Monday, 27 March 2017 21:29 (four years ago) link

i was obsessed with The Kids Are Alright when i was a kid, and played their live "A Quick One" endlessly. it was one of the first songs i learned how to play, my brother played drums and i played guitar and we had all the parts figured out from tabs.

you can't top the "You Are Forgiven" bit at the end, when the line is sung in a round, and Moon is bashing those water-covered drums, and it sounds like the room is about to explode

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 27 March 2017 21:52 (four years ago) link

i really don't like The Who but i always love that bit in Rock N Roll Circus where all the band come and sit/stand together at the start of this. i've literally never seen a band do that ever before or since.

piscesx, Monday, 27 March 2017 22:33 (four years ago) link

I'm not really much of a Who fan either but I go into mini phases of obsession with this song

na (NA), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:52 (four years ago) link

Am a medium level Who fan but this, um, suite seems to distill what they were good at to its essence.

And Run Into It And Blecch It (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 01:12 (four years ago) link

you can't top the "You Are Forgiven" bit at the end, when the line is sung in a round, and Moon is bashing those water-covered drums, and it sounds like the room is about to explode

OTM.

The Who were half a million dollars in debt, their last two singles had flopped in the UK, they were back to playing at the Marquee, and basically couldn't get arrested when they did the RnR Circus. It wasn't even a matter of playing like they had something to prove; they just did what they'd done a few dozen times in the US that year. They had no idea how good they were. Of course, everyone else on the bill was floored by it (and it was one of the reasons the Stones shelved the special for 28 years, as they didn't look great by comparison).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 02:00 (four years ago) link

What's the proto-Plastic Ono Band called in that again, (The) Dirty Mac?

And Run Into It And Blecch It (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 02:10 (four years ago) link

i think maybe i had only ever listened to the rock'n'roll circus/live at leeds versions of this bc i am listening to the studio version now and it sounds really weird and unfamiliar (and bad)

na (NA), Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:29 (four years ago) link

Yeah, the studio version isn't great, but then I loathe the way that album sounds. I'm sure I've said this before, but I don't think they made a great sounding studio album until Who's Next.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:44 (four years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 31 March 2017 00:01 (four years ago) link

I think My Generation sounds great, as do all the '60s non-album singles. But yeah, apart from a few songs, A Quick One is poorly produced.

I still dig the studio version, though; like what I said about their 2015 live rendition, it's quaint and charming rather than menacing and powerful. But I vastly prefer the RnR Circus and Leeds versions.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:18 (four years ago) link

I just had to watch the Rock'n'Roll Circus performance of this again. Fuck, Moon is on fire and the climax of 'You Are Forgiven' is electrifying as fuck. So much energy and intensity. The Stones played like a wet fart in comparison.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 19:03 (four years ago) link

Yeah, that's the thing: the Who played more shows in the summer and fall of 1968 than the Stones had played in the preceding three years.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 March 2017 19:29 (four years ago) link

The Stones arguably were putting out the better records, though.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 19:37 (four years ago) link

True, the Who could only manage "Call Me Lightning," "Dogs," and "Magic Bus" in '68 (though they recorded more than enough material for an album: http://albumsthatneverwere.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-who-whos-for-tennis.html).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 March 2017 19:46 (four years ago) link

"Duh Byetles may huvv myde bettuh rekuhds, but live, we wudda blann um off duh styche."

—the ox

veronica moser, Friday, 31 March 2017 20:11 (four years ago) link

I've watched this about a million times, but every time I do I have to pick my jaw up off the floor. The Who were lucky to have him and Moon in the same band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80dsyo2Ox-0

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 20:19 (four years ago) link

I always wished Peter Brötzmann had made Low-Life with John Entwistle instead of with Bill Laswell.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 March 2017 20:38 (four years ago) link

It's really, really difficult for me to imagine any other bassist working with Moon so well.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 20:41 (four years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:01 (four years ago) link

Billy Childish likes to cover the You Are Forgiven segment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTN_w7KBJng

mookieproof, Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:08 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

So in the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus version Entwistle is playing a Precision?

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 02:36 (one week ago) link

Hmm. Silly me. I guess he played many different Precisions back then.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 02:44 (one week ago) link

Listened to the circus version while out on a walk this evening, great as ever.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 03:29 (one week ago) link

you are precision

(you are pre ciiiiiision)

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 12:10 (one week ago) link

Heh.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 12:19 (one week ago) link

Tbh, so used to seeing him with those fancy basses later on:Thunderbirds, Alembic, Buzzards etc.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 12:24 (one week ago) link

He did play many Precisions, but had a preference for one: https://www.thewho.net/whotabs/gear/bass/bass6768.html#frankenstein

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 12:36 (one week ago) link

Was wondering when that would come up.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:34 (one week ago) link


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