It was 45 years ago today (October 19th, 1973) that the Who released their second double album, the watershed 1973 collection, Quadrophenia. The set featured such classic Who songs as "The Real Me," "5:15," "I'm One," "The Punk And The Godfather," "Drowned," "Sea And Sand," and "Love Reign O'er Me," among others. A film version based around the album was produced by the band and released in 1979. The Who returned to the road in North America and Europe in 2012 and 2013 for their critically acclaimed Quadrophenia & More Tour, which saw the band reviving the album with a new, state of the art production.

Pete Townshend's long-awaited orchestral version of Quadrophenia, titled Classic Quadrophenia, premiered on July 5th, 2015 at London's Royal Albert Hall starring Townshend and Alfie Boe singing Roger Daltrey's original parts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Oriana Choir conducted by Robert Ziegler. The new ‘symphonised’ version was orchestrated by Townshend's wife, musician and composer, Rachel Fuller, with a studio version of the work also released on CD. The team hit the road last year for five high-profile performances of the production in New York, the Chicago area, and Los Angeles.

In June 2014, the Who released the live package, Quadrophenia: Live In London. The set was recorded on July 8th, 2013 during the band's tour-closing concert at London’s Wembley Arena. The collection is released in seven different configurations -- including a five-disc metal box. In 2012, the Who released the critically acclaimed Quadrophenia "Director's Cut" Box Set. The collection marked the first release of all of Pete Townshend's fully produced one-man-band demos for Quadrophenia -- including the tracks which ended up on the 1979 film soundtrack, along with previously unheard titles.

For Quadrophenia, Pete Townshend created a song cycle chronicling the life of "Jimmy" -- a pill-popping fashion conscious R&B loving "Mod" from London in the mid-'60s. The album focused on Jimmy's battles with his parents, the mod nightlife, his demeaning office job, and the mods' legendary beach rumbles against their cultural nemesis, the "Rockers."

The character of Jimmy was supposed to represent the four facets of the Who: Keith Moon (insane), John Entwistle (romantic), Roger Daltrey (bad), and Townshend (good).

During his guest lecture at 2007's South By Southwest festival, Townshend was asked which he prefers; the band's 1971 album Who's Next, which features only a selection of tracks recorded for his unrealized sci-fi follow-up to Tommy, called Lifehouse, or the more grounded Quadrophenia: "I like Quadrophenia better because it's purer. Y'know, it's complete. I had complete control of it, and I think that hurt the band a bit that I had such control over it -- particularly Roger, who had a feeling that he was on the outside, even though he is very much a pillar. Quadrophenia is also an iconic rock piece. Quadrophenia was also more self-contained. If in a way the failure of Lifehouse led to Quadrophenia then I'm happy, because I think I will never surpass it."

During the Who's 2006-2007 tour, the band dropped most of the material from Quadrophenia from their set lists after Daltrey complained that singing the material from their then-new album Endless Wire along with songs from Quadrophenia was too taxing on his voice. By their 2008 dates, Daltrey was back on board, tackling both "5:15" and "Love Reign O'er Me."

The Who's super-deluxe limited edition box Quadrophenia: Director's Cut box set is housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case and feature the following exclusive content:

Discs One and Two: The 2011 remaster of the original double album.

Discs Three and Four: 25 demo tracks from Pete Townshend's studio archive giving "a unique insight into the original vision for this remarkable body of work. Includes songs that were not included on the original album."

Disc Five: "The Quadrophenia 5.1 EP" -- an exclusive eight track DVD re-mixed for surround sound. A deluxe 100-page, hard-back book featuring a brand new 13,000 word essay by Pete Townshend, shedding exclusive light on the period before and during the creation of the album, explaining some of the technical processes -- the startling and progressive use of synthesizers as well as a revealing insight into the story of the album's central character -- the mod "Jimmy."

The book also includes a treasure trove of previously unseen personal notes, photographs, handwritten lyrics and memorabilia from the period, all recently uncovered in Townshend's personal archive.

The "Director's Cut" also features Townshend's in depth, track-by-track guide to the demos and revealing studio diary.

The package also replicates the striking black and white imagery from the original vinyl LP photography and adds never-seen color out-takes of the famous cover shot.

Also included is a replica seven-inch vinyl single featuring hit single "5.15" b/w "Water" in a picture sleeve and a set of six facsimile memorabilia 'inserts' housed in a card envelope.

AUDIO: STING ON 'QUADROPHENIA' FILM
AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON 'QUADROPHENIA' ADDRESSING EARLY WHO FANS
AUDIO: SIMON TOWNSHEND ON 'QUADROPHENIA' LP BOOKLET
AUDIO: ROGER DALTREY ON 'LOVE REIGN O'ER ME'
AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON CREATING 'QUADROPHENIA' FOR THE WHO
AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND AT SXSW ON PREFERING 'QUADROPHENIA' TO 'WHO'S NEXT'