A Quick One While He's Away - Reaction 1966
All members wrote songs to the album, and though both John Enthwistle and Keith Moon contribute strong material like "Boris the Spider", "Whiskey Man" and "I Need You", Pete Townsend is clearly the prolific song-writer in the band.
Townshend's mini-opera "A Quick One While He's Away" may not be his most succesful piece of work, but it's quite entertaining and it gives a good hint of what was to come from his pen in near future.
Pete Best songs on the album must be "So Sad About Us" and "Don't Look Away". Even stronger is the psychedelic "Disguises", which oddly enough was not included on the British version of the album. Along with the single-version of "I'm a Boy" and "In the City", "Disguises was included on the European version, which was simple just called "The Who". "A Quick One While He's Away" was exchange with these great songs, and in my opinion this exchanged made the European album a much better buy. Unfortunately the single-version of "I'm a Boy" is not added here, which would have been a logical inclusion. Note that the version found on "Meaty Beaty . . " is an alternate, less powerful version.
"Man With Money", written by the Everly Brothers is a great addition; and the acoustic version of "Happy Jack" is quite charming.