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The Who — I Am The Sea
Album: Quadrophenia
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Released: 1973
Length: 2:07
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I... am... the... sea...

Is it me, for a moment...
For a moment...
For a moment...
For a moment...

Bell Boy...
Bell Boy...
Bell Boy...
Bell Boy...

Love, reign o'er me...

Can you see the real me, can you?
Can you?
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It was so ground-breaking at the time...and can still send shivers down my spine and put a thousand memories into play all over again!
 izycrzy wrote:
PSD button for me on this one. As soon as I hear that first wave. 

 
Me too. Sorry fans, no offence.  I am sure the Who don't mind if I listen to something else.
10!
Quadrophrenia > Schizophrenia


 Typesbad wrote:

Then you are missing some of the coolest bass playing in all of rock.

 
and solid rock drumming by a one of a kind.
 izycrzy wrote:
PSD button for me on this one. As soon as I hear that first wave. 

 
Then you are missing some of the coolest bass playing in all of rock.
I am.
PSD button for me on this one. As soon as I hear that first wave. 
There are women who like Steely Dan , both the band and the namesake......

Townsend and Daltry will be headed out on tour doing this entire album. I saw Daltry solo doing Tommy and it was really good. Not the same as seeing the who but he had a good band with him.
 mandolin wrote:


...nothing wrong with the who or pink floyd; it's only steely dan which women don't like...  ;)
 
and Dave Matthews.
I am definitely a woman. No matter. Where the WHO are involved....it's all Rock And Roll AND I LIKE IT! 
 casey1024 wrote:

Just out of curiosity, what is it that very often makes men assume that all women do not enjoy bands such as; The Who, Pink Floyd, etc.?  They are among some of my favorites! (Yes, I am a woman!)
 

...nothing wrong with the who or pink floyd; it's only steely dan which women don't like...  ;)
A great song from a great album.
 casey1024 wrote:

Just out of curiosity, what is it that very often makes men assume that all women do not enjoy bands such as; The Who, Pink Floyd, etc.?  They are among some of my favorites! (Yes, I am a woman!)

 
Casey, thank you for your comment.  I did mean it when i said "no disrespect intended".  I don't propose that ALL women don't enjoy artists such as the Who, but it's been my experience that the band has a largly male following as it's core audience.  Or did.  The group is no more in my eyes, but there is no denying that they were a powerful force that resonated strongly with their audience.  I guess I just wanted to understand the original poster's great dislike of the band a little better.

 fredriley wrote:

Beats me, but I know that the Who got on my tits back in the 70s when they were superstars. I just didn't 'get' them then, and definitely don't 'get' them now. At least in those days they fitted into the whole baroque prog-rock superband thing, including 'rock operas', fleets of lorries to carry their kit, and smashing said kit up on stage. Pretentiousness was very in, with Yes and ELP and the rest elevated to the status of gods, who were then pleasingly dethroned by the iconoclasts of punk. These days, such pretentiousness dates badly, IMO.

 

Pretentious - no doubt.  Overblown - certainly.  But IMHO, the difference between them and Yes and especially ELP is that Pete actually wrote many many great songs. I never got into Yes or ELP because the Beatles taught me it wasn't about virtuosity, it was about the song.  Musicianship and even theatrics - I love Bowie - but only in service to the song.  Could name the Yes and ELP songs I thought were good on one hand.

And my recollection, and I was very heavy into the NY punk scene, is that there was a grudging respect among the punks for the Who, and less willingness by the "rough boys" to just dismiss Pete and Co. than they were to others.
 lemmoth wrote:
How do you hate 3 of the top 10 most respected and beloved (by other musician, critics and fans alike) artists of all time.
 
Beats me, but I know that the Who got on my tits back in the 70s when they were superstars. I just didn't 'get' them then, and definitely don't 'get' them now. At least in those days they fitted into the whole baroque prog-rock superband thing, including 'rock operas', fleets of lorries to carry their kit, and smashing said kit up on stage. Pretentiousness was very in, with Yes and ELP and the rest elevated to the status of gods, who were then pleasingly dethroned by the iconoclasts of punk. These days, such pretentiousness dates badly, IMO.

Out - freaking - standing way to start my morning.

Sorry Fred — I just don't get how you don't get it.

You and the Who.  Keller and Radiohead.  EssexTex and Bowie.

How do you hate 3 of the top 10 most respected and beloved (by other musician, critics and fans alike) artists of all time.


 a_genuine_find wrote:
the age olde RP question, to pee or not to pee.
 
With this Who triple bill, you could take the newspaper to the toilet and have a long, leisurely read...

A nice, relaxing start, with the sea and wind and rain and rumbling of thunder, then Daltrey et al have to spoil it with their pretentious warblings and noodlings. A Who double bill, as well, so best away off to iTunes until this wee treat for Who fans is over.
 LPCity wrote:

I ask this with no disrespect intended; Are you a woman?
 
 
Just out of curiosity, what is it that very often makes men assume that all women do not enjoy bands such as; The Who, Pink Floyd, etc.?  They are among some of my favorites! (Yes, I am a woman!)

Lot of this album lately. Not a bad thing!
 magnoliase wrote:
I have to pee
 

...i don't know if you've ever worked at a real old-fashioned radio station or not, but that comment is spot-on!..

 Anax wrote:
I tolerated Tommy - although I loved the way they rocked those songs on Live at Leeds - the My Generation medley. Quadrophenia, I tried my best to ignore.
 
I ask this with no disrespect intended; Are you a woman?
 
 pdjpirate wrote:

We used to do it all the time on American Rock radio and then some, prior to 1996, before Clear Channel came along and destroyed radio as we knew then...but that is OK, as 3g and 4g mobile broadband brings a new world of communication to choice, Clear Channel can kiss my ass. Thank god, we can stream Bill's RP now on a mobile device!.

By the way, "Quad" has to be a favorite of mine. A true and masterful piece of art! 10 x 10

All the best to you Spaceman!
{#Sunny}
 
My dearest male friend is a radio music programmer, and Clear Channel was nearly the death of him. He can put sets of music together so they flow seamlessly... It's an art and a pleasure, not a chore - if the dedication to music is there. He always tells me, "If the set is good, it takes you on a journey and leaves you with deep thoughts about where you just went."

RP is the closest thing to that wonderful era of vinyl and live bodies in a radio station, with little censorship (so "Who Are You?" could be played in its entirety without a bleep every time Daltrey sang the word "fuck.")  My friend keeps urging me to win the lottery, buy a radio station, and hire him. I really wish I could... But RP is the next best thing!

And as I type this, we've heard three Who songs in a row:

The Who - Quadrophenia
The Who - The Real Me
The Who - I Am The Sea

The groove just goes on... {#Sunny}
I tolerated Tommy - although I loved the way they rocked those songs on Live at Leeds - the My Generation medley. Quadrophenia, I tried my best to ignore.



Keith Moon - Interview (1975)

Bob Harris interviewing Keith Moon about his first solo album, his move to LA and the latest Who album.




This sounds terrible? It that the way the song goes or just quality of song?
I love The Who regardless.
 pdjpirate wrote:

We used to do it all the time on American Rock radio and then some, prior to 1996, before Clear Channel came along and destroyed radio as we knew then...but that is OK, as 3g and 4g mobile broadband brings a new world of communication to choice, Clear Channel can kiss my ass. Thank god, we can stream Bill's RP now on a mobile device!.

By the way, "Quad" has to be a favorite of mine. A true and masterful piece of art! 10 x 10

All the best to you Spaceman!
{#Sunny}
 


+ 99999999999
lawman wrote:
Let's give an 8 to the sea, alone, for a kick-off!

The sea gets a 10 from me! {#Bananajam} Somebody needs to do an emoticon that does the arm wheel and jumping kicks in the air . . .

Let's give an 8 to the sea, alone, for a kick-off!
 spaceman wrote:

BTW, I really love how Bill plays the whole suite of songs. What other radio station would do that?

—->

 
We used to do it all the time on American Rock radio and then some, prior to 1996, before Clear Channel came along and destroyed radio as we knew then...but that is OK, as 3g and 4g mobile broadband brings a new world of communication to choice, Clear Channel can kiss my ass. Thank god, we can stream Bill's RP now on a mobile device!.

By the way, "Quad" has to be a favorite of mine. A true and masterful piece of art! 10 x 10

All the best to you Spaceman!
{#Sunny}
I will be seeing them live in less than 2 hours!!!!!     Love me some WHO.

 rickhoran wrote:
actually my favorite on this is SIDE 4 (yes album guy here) of this. i listen to it more often than the rest of the record! hah! i said it record!
 

...i think contemporary albums lose a lot of program composition due to missing the structure which used to be dictated by side lengths...not that i feel arbitrary constrictions are neccessarily best format for all material, but at least they used to force producers to think more creatively when constructing an album, in a way that now they're too often rather lazy...

Rock n roll back on RP thanks!
The greatest...a band in perfect harmony!
actually my favorite on this is SIDE 4 (yes album guy here) of this. i listen to it more often than the rest of the record! hah! i said it record! where its the old songs from JB and the chiffons, etc.

a_genuine_find wrote:
Yup, that's on the cover on my vinyl edition too. BTW, I really love how Bill plays the whole suite of songs. What other radio station would do that? :motor: --->
Pyro wrote:
This is a different album cover than my vinyl copy. This whole (double) album is INCREDIBLE.
This is the cover from the movie soundtrack I believe...I may be wrong but I think it added some songs and was a remix as well....
prickelpit96 wrote:
The movie too! :good-vibes:
It's Jimmy the scooter boy, later a dodgy EastEnder living in Walford
Pyro wrote:
This is a different album cover than my vinyl copy. This whole (double) album is INCREDIBLE.
The movie too! :good-vibes:
magnoliase wrote:
I have to pee
the age olde RP question, to pee or not to pee.
:dancingbanana_2:
I have to pee
Pyro wrote:
This is a different album cover than my vinyl copy. This whole (double) album is INCREDIBLE.
?
I can identify this tune in the first few seconds. AMAZING bass.
This is a different album cover than my vinyl copy. This whole (double) album is INCREDIBLE.
Once, Long ago, WCKW outside N.O. would never think to play Real me without playing I Am The Sea first. Like listening to You Really Got Me by Van Halen without Eruption.
slartibart_O wrote:
Us central Texans do not need to hear the sound of more rain right now...
Nor do the north Texans...but the storm just about washed the sounds out.
Us central Texans do not need to hear the sound of more rain right now...
Quadrophenia - Is there a better expression of teen angst?
Where's that power chord Pete? ahhhh. there it is....
There have been some great bands played today - but all a bit melancholy - good to hear we're getting a bit more upbeat :bananajam: Feeling better Bill? :smile:
I am starting to think that I could just listen to the sounds of the sea and the rain without the music . . . Argh. Apparently I've turned into a new ager.
bergjr wrote:
wake up, do a few bongs and let the day begin... ah, the good ol' days. Now it is get the kids to school on time, don't piss off the boss... now more than ever, wish the bong didn't go into retirement.
Doesn't have to go into retirement, just save it for the end of the day, once all the necesarry things have been completed. :biggrin:
bergjr wrote:
wake up, do a few bongs and let the day begin... ah, the good ol' days. Now it is get the kids to school on time, don't piss off the boss... now more than ever, wish the bong didn't go into retirement.
Classic comment! Thanks for making me smile (and I'm at work missing those good old days, too) :cowboy:
Bell boy?? Bell boy?!? Heh. Oedipus turned in his grave.
bergjr wrote:
wake up, do a few bongs and let the day begin... ah, the good ol' days. Now it is get the kids to school on time, don't piss off the boss... now more than ever, wish the bong didn't go into retirement.
Drag that puppy out, or make a new one out in the garage, and fire it up! THE WHO IS ON! Here comes that killer BASS! And Moonie's bashing! And that slashing Schecter! And Roger's bloodcurdling screams! God it ROCKS! :bananajam: :bananasplit: :bananajam: :dancingbanana: :bananajam: :dancingbanana_2: :drummer: :guitarist: :hearteyes: :jump:
wake up, do a few bongs and let the day begin... ah, the good ol' days. Now it is get the kids to school on time, don't piss off the boss... now more than ever, wish the bong didn't go into retirement.
Zweiblumen wrote:
I've heard the latter part of this track on the radio, but never knew it was part of a longer medley. Cool. I think I need to learn more about The Who.
They were a great band. Lots of revolutionary stuff in their recordings. My first musical love.
andrewmi wrote:
That was entirely too much water-noise to start off the song. Good thing it improves from there...
Au contraire - I really enjoyed the sound of the surf and the rain. I only wish it was longer.
Easily some of the best rock bass ever recorded.
andrewmi wrote:
That was entirely too much water-noise to start off the song. Good thing it improves from there...
Get the whole album and listen to it end to end, and then you'll understand the water noise...
Why do I suddenly need to pee? :eek:
I have the impression that you're supposed to be on drugs while listening to this song...
I've heard the latter part of this track on the radio, but never knew it was part of a longer medley. Cool. I think I need to learn more about The Who.
That was entirely too much water-noise to start off the song. Good thing it improves from there...
At this time 100% of people think that this song is a 10.
Cool I'm the first. Err... good tune!
Good tune