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Tracklist

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

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Notes

"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.

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    Cover of A Quick One, 1966-12-09, VinylA Quick One
    LP, Album, Mono
    Reaction – 593 002, Reaction – 593002UK1966UK1966
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    Cover of A Quick One, 1966, VinylA Quick One
    LP, Album, Mono
    Polydor – 593 002, Polydor – LPHM 593002New Zealand1966New Zealand1966
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967-05-00, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Mono, Pinckneyville Pressing
    Decca – DL 4892US1967US1967
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    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967-05-00, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo, Pinckneyville Pressing
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Mono
    Decca – DL 4892Canada1967Canada1967
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    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Decca – DL 74892Canada1967Canada1967
    New Submission
    Cover of A Quick One, 1967, VinylA Quick One
    LP, Album, Mono
    International Polydor Production – 657 117France1967France1967
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    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967-05-00, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Mono, Gloversville Press
    Decca – DL 4892US1967US1967
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    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo, Gloversville Press
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo, Pinckneyville Press
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo, Pickneyville Pressing
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
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    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of A Quick One, 1967, VinylA Quick One
    LP, Album, Mono
    International Polydor Production – 593 002, International Polydor Production – 593002Australia1967Australia1967
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    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Promo, Stereo
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Promo, Mono
    Decca – DL 4892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo, Gloversville Press
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Mono, Pinckneyville Press
    Decca – DL 4892US1967US1967
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    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Decca – DL 74892Canada1967Canada1967
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    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo, Gloversville Press
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967-05-00, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Mono, Gloversville Press
    Decca – DL 4892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, CassetteHappy Jack
    Cassette, Album, Mono, Paper Label
    Decca – 4892US1967US1967
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    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967-05-00, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo, Pinckneyville Pressing
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, 8-Track CartridgeHappy Jack
    8-Track Cartridge, Album
    Decca – 6-4892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo, Gloversville Press
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo, Gloversville Press
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, 8-Track CartridgeHappy Jack
    8-Track Cartridge, Album
    Decca – 6-4892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Mono, Gloversville Press
    Decca – DL 4892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Decca – DL 74892US1967US1967
    New Submission
    Cover of Happy Jack, 1967, VinylHappy Jack
    LP, Album, Mono
    Decca – DL 4892Canada1967Canada1967
    New Submission
    Cover of The Who, 1968, VinylThe Who
    LP, Album, Mono
    Polydor – 20352Argentina1968Argentina1968
    New Submission
    Cover of The Who, 1968, VinylThe Who
    LP, Album
    Polydor – 20352Uruguay1968Uruguay1968
    New Submission
    Cover of A Quick One, 1970-11-00, VinylA Quick One
    LP, Album, Reissue, Mono
    Track Record – 2407 008UK1970UK1970
    New Submission
    Cover of A Quick One, 1970, VinylA Quick One
    LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo
    Polydor – 2486 036Netherlands1970Netherlands1970
    New Submission
    Cover of Backtrack 8 - A Quick One, 1970-11-00, VinylBacktrack 8 - A Quick One
    LP, Album, Mispress, Reissue, Stereo
    Track Record – 2407 008UK1970UK1970
    New Submission
    Cover of A Quick One, 1970-11-00, VinylA Quick One
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Track Record – 2407 008UK1970UK1970
    New Submission
    Cover of A Quick One, 1972, CassetteA Quick One
    Cassette, Album, Reissue, Stereo
    Polydor – 3170 093Italy1972Italy1972
    New Submission
    Cover of A Quick One, 1972, VinylA Quick One
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Polydor – 2383 147Germany1972Germany1972
    New Submission
    Cover of A Quick One, 1972, VinylA Quick One
    LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo
    Polydor – 2383 147, Polydor – 2383 147 LItaly1972Italy1972
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    Cover of The Who, 1972, VinylThe Who
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Karussell – 12010, Karussell – 2499 037Mexico1972Mexico1972
    New Submission
    Cover of The Who, 1972, VinylThe Who
    LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Abridged Version
    Karussell – 2499 037, Polydor – 12010Mexico1972Mexico1972
    New Submission

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    Reviews

    • jtrollmann's avatar
      jtrollmann
      I thoroughly enjoyed A Quick One. It's pop, it's quirky, it's early The Who. The 1/2 speed master sounded clear with a lot of separation throughout the instruments and vocals, except for Heat Wave, which sounded dull to me, absent of any kind of dynamics. Too bad Happy Jack, released as a single at the time, was not included on the initial release of A Quick One. What were they thinking? I'll have to pick up a later Happy Jack release.
      • joeyms16's avatar
        joeyms16
        how exactly is this a mispress? if the only problem is stereo labels on a mono record isn't that a misprint?
        • jimbo909's avatar
          jimbo909
          Who put this release up here with only a picture of the front cover?? Please add the back cover, labels, and inner sleeve if original. This does not help to identify a release. Thanks.

          • cadjal712's avatar
            cadjal712
            Edited 4 months ago
            I have heard 3 copies of this 200g pressing. All of them skip in two places on 'So Sad About Us'. This appears to be a pressing fault as the skips were there when played on several different turntables. I wonder if the 150g pressing has the same issues.
            • ZacInstitute's avatar
              ZacInstitute
              This is the best sounding og pressing of this record ive ever heard from US plants. It doesn’t state here, but this was almost certainly outsourced to the Indianapolis plant and it sounds better than the Gloversville and Pinckneyville plants by a mile.
              • JohannCat's avatar
                JohannCat
                Edited 7 months ago
                According to the Who's website, this 2022 half-speed master has "‘See My Way’ . . . in fake stereo. It was never [mixed to] stereo, and the [original] 4-track is missing. Everything else [in the 2022, half-speed stereo] is true stereo." Someone asked if any issue of this Lp sounds good. The 1967 Decca vinyls (a mono & a stereo, both clean, nice looking) I have are both pretty crummy sounding records--the final EQ is simultaneously a bit thin and overmodulated sounding, but the mono is (relatively) better than the stereo. The mono tolerates the treble-heavy, "crishing" mix better, but it sounds overmodulated. The Decca stereo is mostly fake stereo. The "So Sad" on the 1967 stereo I have is real stereo, but most fans wouldn't call it a great example of the recording--but it may be the star of the Decca stereo Lp. Which tracks are real stereo on select pressings is apparently a lottery. The oddness of the Decca "A Quick One" is evident when compared to 1967's Decca (original) "Sell Out," which has a nice master, and a good, solid full-spectrum mix. Whoever mastered "Sell Out" was, I think, aware of how poorly "Happy Jack" was mastered. I rate the 2022 vinyl vers. as significantly better than the original vinyl versions, but still affected by some deficiencies of the original recording. The 1995 CD mix of "A Quick One" (the Lp + bonus tracks) beats the Decca Lp mixes, but that isn't tough to do--the CD remedied the hot, over-saturated qualities of the Decca vinyl, proving that the original recording was not terrible, but that something odd happened in the final mix/ master stages of the Decca Lps. "So Sad," e.g., on the 1995 CD sounds quite good; the 2022 Lp is better than the original Lps, which were harsh and over-modulated sounding.
                • EltonOutOfTheCloset's avatar
                  The CD's label is stamped with 'Produced by Shel Talmy'. The album was actually produced by Kit Lambert.
                  • Datomoon's avatar
                    Datomoon
                    This is the Mono-version of A Quick One (Around the same time (2015-2016?) Itunes also made a mono-version of the My Generation album available. I guess worldwide, but at least also in Europe, not just in the US)
                    • saxonman1's avatar
                      saxonman1
                      this is the first who reissue from this series in japan 20 years ago, as with ALL OF THE WHO DISCS in this 2002 japan only series this sounds fantastic and is one of the best sounding reissues of a quick one out there on cd, love the acoustic version of happy jack and THIS version of MAN WITH MONEY.... anyway KILLER SOUND on this disc.....
                      • SoundlabStudios63's avatar
                        I like it better than Quadraphenia! Unlike the Beatles, The Who’s US albums are better than their UK counterparts. I’ll take Happy Jack over Heatwave any day!

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