The Who ‎– A Quick One

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"A Quick One" was originally released as Reaction 593 002 on December 9, 1966. It reached #4 in the U.K.
In the U.S. (and presumably Canada) the release was held back until April or May 1967. The album was retitled "Happy Jack" partly because the 'Happy Jack' single had been a minor hit for The Who there and partly because Decca, their U.S. record company objected to the double entendre in the original title. Released as Decca DL4892 (mono), DL74892 (stereo) it peaked at #51. "Happy Jack" was the same album as "A Quick One" except 'Heatwave' was replaced by 'Happy Jack'.

The initial UK release was mono-only. In several European countries (Germany, Italy, Spain), Polydor released the stereo album The Who instead. The LP The Who is missing the last two tracks recorded for A Quick One--'So Sad About Us' and 'A Quick One While He's Away'-- and includes the four songs found on EP I'm A Boy (among other places) instead.

Stereo and "false stereo" mixes appear in bewildering and inconsistent combinations among the initial stereo releases of these various albums. 'So Sad About Us' was only true stereo in the North American releases. 'Whiskey Man' and 'Don't Look Away' were only in true stereo on European album releases.

Tracklist

Run Run Run
Boris The Spider
I Need You
Whiskey Man
Heatwave
Cobwebs And Strange
Don't Look Away
See My Way
So Sad About Us
A Quick One, While He's Away

Versions (103)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
593 002 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono) Reaction 593 002 UK 1966 Sell This Version
593 002, LPHM 593002 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono) Polydor, Polydor 593 002, LPHM 593002 New Zealand 1966 Sell This Version
657 117 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono) International Polydor Production 657 117 France 1967 Sell This Version
593 002 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono) International Polydor Production 593 002 Australia 1967 Sell This Version
6-4892 The Who Happy Jack(8-Trk, Album) Decca 6-4892 US 1967 Sell This Version
6-4892 The Who Happy Jack(8-Trk, Album) Decca 6-4892 US 1967 Sell This Version
4892 The Who Happy Jack(Cass, Album, Mono, Pap) Decca 4892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album) Decca DL74892 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album) Decca DL 74892 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Glo) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Glo) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Glo) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 4892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Mono) Decca DL 4892 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
DL 4892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Mono, Glo) Decca DL 4892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 4892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Mono, Glo) Decca DL 4892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 4892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Mono, Pin) Decca DL 4892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 4892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Mono, Pin) Decca DL 4892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 4892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Decca DL 4892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Pin) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Pin) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Pin) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, Promo) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Glo) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
DL 74892 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Glo) Decca DL 74892 US 1967 Sell This Version
2407 008 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Track Record 2407 008 UK 1970 Sell This Version
2486 036 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, RE) Polydor 2486 036 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
2407 008 The Who Backtrack 8 - A Quick One(LP, Album, MP, RE) Track Record 2407 008 UK 1970 Sell This Version
2383 147 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 147 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
2383 147 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album) Polydor 2383 147 Austria 1972 Sell This Version
2383 147, 2383 147 L The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, Polydor 2383 147, 2383 147 L Italy 1972 Sell This Version
12010 , 2499 037 The Who The Who(LP, Album) Karussell, Karussell 12010 , 2499 037 Mexico 1972 Sell This Version
2499 037 The Who The Who(LP, Album) Karussell Silber-Serie 2499 037 Mexico 1972 Sell This Version
MCA 2045 The Who Happy Jack(LP, Album, RE) MCA Records MCA 2045 US 1974 Sell This Version
MPX 4018 The Who A Quick One (LP, Album, Promo, RE) Polydor MPX 4018 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
MPX 4018 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, RE) Polydor MPX 4018 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
2383 147 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Polydor 2383 147 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
MCAD-31331 The Who A Quick One (Happy Jack)(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records MCAD-31331 US 1988 Sell This Version
MCAD-31331 The Who A Quick One (Happy Jack)(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records MCAD-31331 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
835 728-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Polydor 835 728-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
SPEMC 114, 835 728-4 The Who A Quick One(Cass, Album, RE) Polydor, Polydor SPEMC 114, 835 728-4 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
SPELP 114, 835728-1 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Polydor, Polydor SPELP 114, 835728-1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
P25P 25091 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Polydor P25P 25091 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
835 728-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Polydor 835 728-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
POCP-2331 The Who = ザ・フー* The Who = ザ・フー* - A Quick One = ア・クイック・ワン(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Polydor POCP-2331 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
POCP-7064 The Who A Quick One+10(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Polydor POCP-7064 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
527 758-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor 527 758-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
589 800-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor 589 800-2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
POCP-7064 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor POCP-7064 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
MCAD-11267 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records MCAD-11267 US 1995 Sell This Version
527 758-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor 527 758-2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
MCASD 11267 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records MCASD 11267 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
MCAC -11267 The Who A Quick One(Cass, Album, RE, RM, Dol) MCA Records MCAC -11267 US 1995 Sell This Version
WH-006 The Who A Stereo Quick One(While Pete's Away)(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Wholiday Music WH-006 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
POCP-9194 The Who A Quick One +10(CD, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Polydor, Reaction POCP-9194 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
SW061-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) SomeWax Recordings SW061-2 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
UICY-2310 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor UICY-2310 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
MCAD-11267 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records MCAD-11267 US 2002 Sell This Version
589 800-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dis) Polydor 589 800-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
JPCD9802160 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) ООО "ДОРА" JPCD9802160 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
835 728-1 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, RE) Polydor 835 728-1 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
593002 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Mono, RE, Unofficial) Reaction (3) 593002 US 2005 Sell This Version
593002 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Reaction (3) 593002 US 2005 Sell This Version
593 002 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 140) Reaction, Classic Records 593 002 US 2005 Sell This Version
593 002 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 150) Reaction, Classic Records 593 002 US 2005 Sell This Version
593 002 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 200) Reaction, Classic Records 593 002 US 2005 Sell This Version
593 002 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono, RE, TP, 200) Record Technology Incorporated 593 002 US 2005 Sell This Version
UICY-6515 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor UICY-6515 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
UICY-93539/40 The Who A Quick One Box(Box, Ltd, Num, RM + CD, Album, Mono, RE, SHM + CD,) Universal Music UICY-93539/40 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-20182 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM, SHM) Polydor UICY-20182 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
UICY-94804/5 The Who A Quick One(Album, Dlx, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Car + CD, Mono, SHM ) Polydor UICY-94804/5 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
3715608 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Polydor 3715608 UK 2012 Sell This Version
none The Who A Quick One(18xFile, AAC, Album, RE, RM, 256) Geffen Records none 2014
none The Who A Quick One(18xFile, FLAC, Album, Mono, 24-) Geffen Records none 2014
none The Who A Quick One(20xFile, AAC, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 256) Geffen Records none 2014
none The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dou) Polydor, Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso S.p.A. none Italy 2014 Sell This Version
none The Who A Quick One(12xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM) Geffen Records none 2015
none The Who A Quick One(18xFile, FLAC, Album, RM, 24-) Geffen Records none 2015
B0022555-01 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Geffen Records B0022555-01 US 2015 Sell This Version
3715608 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 180) Polydor, Universal Music Catalogue, Reaction 3715608 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
none The Who A Quick One(20xFile, AAC, Album, RE) MCA Records none US Unknown
MCAD-11267 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) MCA Records MCAD-11267 US Unknown Sell This Version
MCAD-11267 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM, RP) MCA Records MCAD-11267 US Unknown Sell This Version
589 800-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Polydor 589 800-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
527 758-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Polydor 527 758-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
527 758-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM, PMD) Polydor 527 758-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
835 728-2 Y The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 835 728-2 Y Europe Unknown Sell This Version
589 800-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor 589 800-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MCAD-11267 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records MCAD-11267 US Unknown Sell This Version
589 800-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor 589 800-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
527 758-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor 527 758-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MCAD-11267 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records MCAD-11267 US Unknown Sell This Version
589 800-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM, Opt) Polydor 589 800-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MCAD-11267 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) MCA Records MCAD-11267 US Unknown Sell This Version
589 800-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, RM, Uni) Polydor 589 800-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
589 800-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Polydor (2) 589 800-2 Ukraine Unknown Sell This Version
SW061-2 The Who A Quick One(CD, Album, Unofficial) SomeWax Recordings SW061-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
3170 093 The Who A Quick One(Cass, Album) Polydor 3170 093 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
3170 093 The Who A Quick One(Cass, Album, Dol) Polydor 3170 093 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
20352 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album) Polydor 20352 Argentina Unknown Sell This Version
20352 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album) Polydor 20352 Uruguay Unknown Sell This Version
2383 147 The Who A Quick One(LP, Album, RE) Polydor 2383 147 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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apa77

apa77

July 23, 2021
referencing Backtrack 8 - A Quick One, LP, Album, MP, RE, 2407 008
I believe this is a mono pressing on a misprinted stereo label
saxonman1

saxonman1

July 15, 2021
referencing A Quick One, LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 200, 593 002
this is a great 200 gram audiophile lp of the classic second who lp from 1966 A QUICK ONE!!! amazing sound, if you love this record like i do & are big into audiophiles you will love the sound on this, great reaction 1966 label replication as per the original uk lp from 1966, obviously this was pressed in the us sometime between 2005 through 2007, i see different release dates, here on discogs it states 05 some sellers say 07, regardless THIS IS A BEAUTY!!!
patientot

patientot

March 5, 2021
referencing A Quick One (Happy Jack), CD, Album, RE, MCAD-31331
When the "stereo" version of this album was originally released back in 1966, the LP was a hodgepodge of true stereo and fake stereo tracks with abysmal sound quality. That's pretty much what's on this CD and the running order mimics the U.S. "Happy Jack" LP. As far as versions of this album go on any format, this disc is one of my least favorites that I've heard but it is essential for one reason: it is the best source for a digital version of the true stereo "So Sad About Us". Unfortunately tapes for that vintage true stereo mix were later lost, so this is the best version you can get. I can't think of too many other reasons to get this disc, save for being a completist or some kind of nostalgia for the fake stereo mixes.

Mix breakdown:

Run Run Run - stereo
Boris the Spider - stereo
I Need You - stereo
Whiskey Man - pseudo-stereo
Heat Wave - pseudo-stereo
Cobwebs and Strange - stereo
Don't Look Away - pseudo-stereo
See My Way - pseudo-stereo
So Sad About Us - stereo
A Quick One, While He's Away - stereo
Happy Jack - pseudo-stereo
ArcHiFi

ArcHiFi

January 17, 2021
referencing A Quick One, LP, Album, Mono, RE, 140, 593 002
Classic Records 140 grams are a great deal when you can find them
sighrus

sighrus

November 4, 2020
referencing A Quick One, LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 180, 3715608
Can anyone comment on the audio and pressing quality of this release. I intended to purchased the US QRP pressing and received the EU GZ Media pressing. I've received some good quality releases from GZ Media and some poor quality ones as well. Both are made from the same Miles Showell lacquer from Abby Road.
KathedraleSound

KathedraleSound

June 6, 2020
referencing Happy Jack, LP, Album, DL 74892
I wasn't aware that they'd cropped Heatwave to make way for the titular track. Now Heatwave's inclusion on The Story of The Who compilation makes sense.
cadjal712

cadjal712

April 28, 2020
referencing A Quick One, 20xFile, AAC, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 256, none
This is the only source of mono mixes of Man With Money and My Gen/Land Of Hope And Glory. Are these two stereo folddowns or unique ITunes-only mono mixes?
jtm1967

jtm1967

March 9, 2020
referencing A Quick One, LP, Album, Mono, 593 002
I scored a NM copy of the earliest press I have seen of this one! Variant 3 matrix runouts in this listing is the earliest I have seen and it sounds amazing!!
saxonman1

saxonman1

January 11, 2020
referencing Happy Jack, LP, Album, Mono, DL 4892
i just got a copy of this canadian beauty from 1967 in vg++ condition both lp & sleeve, obviously this was basically a quick one released in the us & canada back in 1967 but over here it was called happy jack wich included the single from 1966 happy jack, this is the mono first 1967 pressing of this lp on the old canadian decca label with the original canadian logo wich was a bit different then the us decca copies, this lp sounds great, the record is very thick as so is the sleeve..........
mikeh69

mikeh69

December 2, 2019
referencing A Quick One, LP, Album, RE, 835 728-1
Is the secret Jon Astley Remix.... I don't why Pete chooses him to mix Who stuff I know who he is Karen's brother. But still... I can't even make it out that is in stereo.