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Released: December 3, 1966

Rating: 3.656 (average of 16 ratings)

Genre: rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Run, Run, Run (Townshend) - 2:43
  2. Boris the Spider (Entwistle) - 2:29
  3. I Need You (Moon) - 2:25
  4. Whiskey Man (Entwistle) - 2:58
  5. Heat Wave (Holland/Dozier/Holland) - 1:57
  6. Cobwebs and Strange (Moon) - 2:31
  7. Don’t Look Away (Townshend) - 2:54
  8. See My Way (Daltrey) - 1:53
  9. So Sad about Us (Townshend) - 3:04
  10. A Quick One, While He’s Away (Townshend) - 9:11


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 67
peak on U.K. album chart 4

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Happy Jack * (12/3/66) #24 US, #3 UK
* Only on US version of album

Notes: In the US, the album was released as Happy Jack and contained the single of the same name. The 1995 reissue added 10 more cuts including the Ready, Steady, Who EP (“Batman,” “Bucket ‘T’,” “Barbara Ann,” and “Disguises”) along with songs “Doctor Doctor,” “I’ve Been Away,” “In the City,” “Happy Jack,” “Man with Money,” and “My Generation/Land of Hope and Glory.”

A Quick One (aka “Happy Jack”)
The Who
“The group's second album is a less impressive outing than their debut, primarily because, at the urging of their managers, all four members penned original material (though Pete Townshend wrote more than anyone else). The pure adrenaline of My Generation also subsided somewhat as the band began to grapple with more complex melodic and lyrical themes, especially on the erratic mini-opera, A Quick One While He's Away. Still, there's some great madness on Keith Moon's instrumental Cobwebs and Strange, and Townshend delivered some solid mod pop with Run Run Run and So Sad About Us. John Entwistle was also revealed to be a writer of considerable talent (and a morbid bent) on Whiskey Man and Boris the Spider” (Unterberger).

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