Love Reign Over Me : From the 1973 production of Quadrophenia by The Who .

Love Reign Over Me : From the 1973 production of Quadrophenia by The Who .

Quadrophenia was a play on the words schizophrenia and the four distinct personalities of Jimmy, the rock opera’s protagonist, said to represent each of the four band members. It was also a nod to quadrophonic sound, a new invention at the time. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend won a Classic Album award for Quadrophenia on Nov 9, 2011.

The song represents Jimmy’s epiphany, when he finally finds himself. It includes lovely rain fall effects and thunder. The video is of the final scenes from the movie and has some spectacular shots of the white cliffs of Dover.

To all classic rock fans, enjoy!

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19 Responses to Love Reign Over Me : From the 1973 production of Quadrophenia by The Who .

  1. Rajini Rao says:


    Thanks, Lionel. Like most G+’sers, I’m a sucker for information 🙂

  2. james kalin says:


    one of my all-time favorites.


    “The music is the best music that I’ve ever written, I think, and it’s the best album that I will ever write” –Pete


  3. And I won’t comment on the White Cliffs of Dover, but to say that I got a chuckle out of you mentioning them. ;^)

  4. Tom Lee says:


    Quadrophenia = Who rock opera. It is the thickest album in the vinyl collection. Prominently reflects the unique drum playing style from Keith Moon. In album, The Who used a lot of piano and organ. I’m not sure who played the keyboards for them ( haven’t read the artists list on the album yet). None of the Who members can play piano or organ. Pete Townsend was the main contributor to the album as he played most guitars on all the tracks and he also wrote all (?) the songs for the album. Thanks for the Friday music selection. (I’m now checking out the Tahoe deal..hehe).

  5. Rajini Rao says:


    Why, do tell Lionel Lauer ? 🙂

  6. james kalin says:


    i thought entwistle played some of the keyboards stuff. no?


  7. Um, you have seen the movie, haven’t you?

  8. Tom Lee says:


    james kalin I don’t think John played any keyboards in all their albums.


    Pete did play some synthesisers, piano.

  9. Rajini Rao says:


    Lionel Lauer – Nope, just bits hither and thither (but the album, of course)! Education incomplete? 🙂 Shall I put it on my rental list?


  10. Rajini Rao Ah. Okay then, I won’t spoil it for you. Lets just say that the bit in the description remarking on the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover in the final scene is more than a little ironic.

  11. Rajini Rao says:


    So the reviews of the movie are far better than for Tommy, which I have seen. Now I find out that I should’ve been watching irony-laden music filled movies instead of swotting for biochemistry. Bah! 🙂


  12. No no, it’s the description that you quoted that was ironic.


    Both movies are good, but Quadrophenia is better than Tommy, at least IMHO.

  13. Norman M. says:


    Thanks for the explaination…


  14. I saw this as a 16-year old during a Mod revival in the UK. I loved the early Who and Kinks stuff and I had a real thing for Leslie Ash at the time. I enjoyed the film but was irritated by the ‘deep’ soundtrack that I couldn’t relate to at the time.


    I feel so ashamed that such great music by such a class act was lost on the young me.

  15. Rajini Rao says:


    Mike McLoughlin , growing up in India I did not have access to the film..only to the albums. Perhaps this was a good thing. It’s hard to imagine that I would have identified with Jimmy with my distinct cultural and personal history. But the music was a different thing. I always could relate to it, put my own interpretation on it. One of my early memories as a young teen was angst-ing over Pink Floyd’s Time (“fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way”). I was pretty sure then that I would be doomed to run and run to catch up with the sun, only to have it race around to come up behind me again. 🙂


  16. Rajini Rao That is so poetic 🙂

  17. Rajini Rao says:


    Mike McLoughlin , I seem to be in the mood for poetry. Let me check for a fever 🙂


  18. Thank you! Love this song and haven’t heard it in a long time.

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