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3 stars Proto-prog, eh? I'm not sure if such a term can be applied to A QUICK ONE as a whole (excellent fun though it is) but it definitely applies to the nine-minute title track which, as "mini rock opera", neatly prefigures Genesis' "Harold the Barrel", Zappa's "Cheepnis" and a multitude of more recent pseudo-operatic theatricals.

Just like the B-side of the Beatles' ABBEY ROAD or, indeed, "Supper's Ready" itself, "A QUICK ONE, WHILE HE'S AWAY" is actually a sequence of separate songs welded together. The 'country-and-western' bit in the middle ('We'll sooon be home...') invariably gets on my nerves, but this is mainly because I just can't wait for the astonishing finale, which was to receive its best ever performance within the Rolling Stones' Rock 'n' Roll Circus. As any well-informed The Who fan will tell you, this finale is introduced by the band's members shouting 'Dang! Dang! Dang! Dang!' and warbling 'Cello-cello-cello-cello' ONLY because their record company couldn't afford a proper orchestra! Well, thank heaven they did it THIS way. Keith Moon's Rock 'n' Roll Circus performance would turn out to be one of his most electrifying, although that isn't actually his sweat you can see bouncing off his drums, but water - poured on to the kit by a roadie, presumably while the cameraman wasn't watching...

fuxi | 3/5 |


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