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The Studio Albums [VINYL] [Box set]

The Who Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (19 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0098TGV20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

The Who – The Studio Albums is an 11-album vinyl box set containing all of the band’s studio albums. Attractively presented with restored original artwork, immaculate sound remastered by longtime Who engineer John Astley, and pressed onto virgin heavyweight vinyl The Studio Albums is the ultimate must-have for any fan of one of the most legendary rock 'n' roll bands of all time.

From the savvy, street-smart My Generation of 1965, to the extraordinary 2006 career high of Endless Wire, the box set takes in the band’s multi-faceted journey from the experimental psychedelic years of The Who Sell Out, to the globe-dominating concepts of Tommy and Quadrophenia to the untouchable heights of masterpieces like Who’s Next, and Who Are You.

For this strictly limited edition release, great care has been taken to ensure the product looks as good as it sounds. The box itself is a hard, full-colour presentation with matt lamination and spott-gloss varnish, while artwork restorations include the Tommy sleeve with its original 6-panel fold-out and 12-page colour booklet, Face Dances with its 24” by 24” poster insert and The Who Sell Out, with the same 20” by 30” poster as on the original 1967 pressings.

Box Contents:

1. My Generation (1965)
2. A Quick One (1966)
3. The Who Sell Out (1967)
4. Tommy (double album) (1969)
5. Who’s Next (1971)
6. Quadrophenia (double album) (1973)
7. The Who By Numbers (1975)
8. Who Are You (1978)
9. Face Dances (1981)
10. It’s Hard (1982)
11. Endless Wire (double album) (2006)


• Limited edition box set of all Who studio albums

• All re-mastered by Jon Astley in 24-96 format

• Heavyweight vinyl

• Original issue artwork
  o Tommy sleeve - six-panel fold out / 12-page colour 11" x 11" booklet.
  o Face Dances - 24" x 24" poster of the album cover as an insert
  o Sell Out - 20" x 30" poster on the original pressings

• Rigid Box (standing) - full colour / matt lamination & spot gloss varnish

Customer Reviews

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who sounds great? Who do! 22 Nov 2012
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With beautiful sound and beautiful sleeves, this is a very nicely packaged set. Amazon delivered it to me barely 24 hours after I ordered it (I love these people!) and I have not been disappointed. The records sound fresh and powerful and the production team saw fit to provide the mono versions of My Generation and A Quick One... A good choice - the stereo version of My Generation is a nice listen, but I find myself getting annoyed with some of the missing overdubs, e.g. guitar on My Generation and A Legal Matter, so the mono mix is definitely preferable. The 1995 stereo version of A Quick One has always sounded untidy to me, making clear the amateurish way in which Kit Lambert recorded the band. The mono version presented here sounds much more concise and is obviously how it was intended to sound.

With the rest of the albums, we get the original stereo mixes. These are quite a revelation to me, as for the most part I've only ever heard the remixed 1990s versions that are standard on the CD releases. The differences aren't that obvious across many of the songs, but there certainly are some. So far, these seem most obvious on The Who By Numbers. The original mixes for Sell Out, Tommy, Who's Next and Quadrophenia have been available on CD in the more recent deluxe editions.

For me, this is the best the Who have ever sounded and looked (the sleeves are very nicely printed) and, when it comes to listening to music, there's nothing better than the process of actually taking a record out of its sleeve and playing it - so much more satisfying than clicking Play on a CD or mp3.
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My review is no reflection on the music contained inside. Also the concept of the box set was excellent - though a nice book, as found in the Beatles box set, would have made a great addition. However, the quality of the set I received left a lot to be desired. The records themselves were covered in white paper dust & black plastic fragments from the records' pressing - it would have been better to have plastic sleeves for each record as well. Each record needed a thorough clean before playing. Even after cleaning, most, if not all, records still had what looked like 'water marks' for want of a better description. The inner sleeve for the Face Dances album was torn at the fold, the booklet in Quadraphenia was torn at the staple where it was glued to the album cover, one of the records in the Endless Wire album got stuck toward the end, & as for Tommy...being a dounble LP, sides 1 & 2 are supposed to be on 1 record & sides 3&4 on the other. However, sides 1&4 were on one & sides 2&3 on the other! One album sleeve wasn't glued together properly either. It doesn't give a good example of the Czech Republic's record manufactuuring industry, where this is manufactured. Overall, very disappointing quality. I will buy again at a later time, should any be left but I won't be holding my breath. The 2 stars are for the music & the concept. The quality of manufacture is/was very, very poor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The (in) complete Who on vinyl 30 Oct 2013
By Lovblad
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Per se there had already been the "Phases"box in the 80's that went up to Who Are You if I am not wrong: This one corrects things a little in the sense that one gets the late 80's records as well as the most recent one on vinyl for those who had not gotten them. There is the British version of My Generation. On thing that is debatable is the absence of Live at Leeds: indeed while being a live disk it is still a major record in the Who's legacy. One problem is that Live at Leeds has been re-edited to deat with Deluxe and extra-deluxe editions so that it is probably not necessary to have it again...even though it was more or less a "regular" album historically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars studio albums 17 Feb 2014
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wow what a great item other half loved it thank you guys best thing i bought will be shopping more from you any day. Once again thank you made me very happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect! 6 Jan 2013
By Marshall Boswell - Published on Amazon.com
This is a copy-and-paste of a review I posted on Steve Hoffman. Sorry to Hoffmanites if you came here and realized you'd read this already:

Okay, well I've had this thing since Christmas, as I was given it as a present. I listened to it on a fairly bad stereo down in Florida, and only this week got to listen to it on my own rig. I'll agree with the general assessment. It's a mixed bag. The album covers are very inconsistent: as others have pointed out, "My Generation" is glossy and precise, while most of the rest are matte finish, like the Stones box set, and the cover reproductions are often washed out and cheap looking, like a bad scan. This is particularly the case with "A Quick One," "The Who Sell Out," "Who Are You," "Face Dances," and "It's Hard." The whole thing is based on the UK releases, so little things I thought were errors--like the bright yellow lettering on the front of "Who Are You" or the fact that Record 1 of "Quadrophenia" has Side 1 and Side 2, rather than Side 1 and Side 4--are actually in line with the original UK releases. (The US "Quad" was configured like "Tommy," with Sides 1 and 2 on record 1, and 2 and 3 on record 2.) The "Quadrophenia" cover finish is the same as on the 2011 Geffen reissue, though the mix is better on this. The inner sleeves are just paper, with no clear rice lining, unless the sleeve is particular to the release, and then it's heavy cardboard. The "Tommy" cover looks great, with one weird thing: both albums are housed on the far right panel, whereas in all the old Decca/MCA copies I've had, record one went in the left panel, record 2 in the right, with the booklet slit under the middle panel. Maybe this was how the old UK album cover was designed: couldn't determine this on Discogs. Then again, this design makes sense, as the two heavy records on either side tended to result in a tearing of the binding. I've seen that happen with old copies of "Tommy." So no complaints here.

The sound. The early records are all great, all the way up to "Tommy." I have an old Decca copy of this one, and my record 2 sounds thin and shrill, whereas this one is warm and detailed. Conversely, side 1 of my old Decca has more bottom than the one in the box. Not sure if my old Decca is an anomaly: I've heard that in most early copies, the two records would have been cut at different plants, so that's probably what happened here. But overall "Tommy" is a lovely listening experience. And to have it in this lovely cover, with the heavy 180g vinyl and black Track labels, is the biggest thrill this box had to offer me. And it's a big thrill. I love this copy of "Tommy." Love it.

"Who's Next" is also fantastic. I think this one was sourced from the Japanese SACD and it sounds like it was. (In fact, this is apparently also the case with "Sell Out" and "Quad.") The piano on "Getting In Tune" sounds like it's in the room with you, and the vocals are real and human throughout. Great bottom.

"Quad" is great, for the most part, with, as one of the earlier posters remarked, more treble. In many cases, this clarifies the notoriously muddy mix, particularly on "The Punk Meets the Godfather," "I've Had Enough," and "Bell Boy." But you don't get the bounce and warmth of the old version. My old copy is a Track/MCA, very early pressing, and hard to beat, and this one comes close. One place where my old copy wins hands down is "Love Reigh O'er Me." Here the trebly mix results in a somewhat dry and brittle sound, which is troubling in a song already so overloaded with overdubs and the rest.

"By Numbers" is the first real disappointment. Here the tendency toward a dryer, more "wooden" sound results in an inferior sound to my old MCA copy. In many cases, the box set version sounds more detailed and realistic. This is especially the case on "However Much I Booze" and "Success Story." At other times, it just lacks warmth and dynamism, particularly on "Slip Kid" and "Dreaming From the Waist."

"Who Are You": unfortunately, side 1 of my copy seems to be off center. But the sound is comparable, and at times superior, to my old MCA early pressing. "Guitar and Pen" is the stand out here. I did an intense A/B with this track, and the box set version won in terms of detail and dynamic range.

"Face Dances": This one's a dud. My original copy is a promo/1st pressing, and it squashes this one like grapes. Somehow, this new one is both muddy and brittle. On "Another Tricky Day," Entwistle's bass is massive, which is exciting, but when I played my old Warner Brothers copy I realized that the loud, booming bass on the new version masks all the detail, especially the acoustic guitar and the piano. On the new "You Better You Bet" Daltrey sounds submerged, and the drums sound like biscuit tins, to use Entwistle's old simile for the drum sound on "Tommy."

"It's Hard": This one's a draw with my Warner Brothers vinyl copy.

Haven't listened to "Endless Wire." Like everyone else, I would have traded this for "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy" and "Odds and Sods."

The A/B business gave me a headache, I must admit: so much easier to do with a CD! After awhile, it's like blind tasting Coke vs Pepsi: you forget which one you liked and which one you were comparing the other one to. "Quad" was the most confusing: the new one has many virtues, and sounds great on its own; the stereo imaging is startling in its 3-D effects, and the individual instruments come through crystal clear. But when I played my 1973 copy, I heard this buttery warmth that I didn't realize was missing from the other. And then I played the box set version again and wondered if I was over estimating that warmth. And back again. But "Love Reign O'er Me" definitely suffers in the new version. I liked it fine when I played it by itself; after the A/B, I feel like I've just discovered a troubling detail about an old friend. I was better off before I knew it!

So, to buy or not to buy? My Who albums are all pretty good, but the old ones are old, no getting around it. So for everything up to "Who's Next," I'd say these new copies are my go-to. "Quad" is nearly perfect, but confess I also prefer the old US packaging. The remaining 4 are redundant to what I already have, with the possible exception of the new "Who Are You," which is tarnished by the off-center pressing. That might not be a problem in your copy, if you buy the box. So, as this was a gift, I'm perfectly happy with it, and will continue to enjoy the records in here that are winners. Had I shelled out my own hard-earned, I think I'd be slightly disappointed, particularly as I only really need half the set. Here's another way to look at it, though: if you buy it now, and feel the same way I do (that is, you're happy with everything up to "Who's Next" or "Quad" but not sure you needed the rest), just remember that having it in your collection is better than wishing you had it 10 years from now!

Anyway, hope this helps.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great box, but the packaging....???? 3 Jan 2013
By Scott Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
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Got my box in today and I did fault Amazon for the less than secure packaging and shipping of the box. There were outer dings to the box and the corner was split. However I can't fault them for the inside of the box. All but a handful of the albums are bent and wrinkled...Personally I think the box is too small for the albums. There's going to be some wear on the covers going in and out of the box because they are a little too "snug". Paying what I've paid I've asked for a replacement and Amazon is shipping me one. I hope it's in better shape than this one. Otherwise, it's a great concept - all of The Who's studio albums. Again, I just hope the replacement is in a lot better shape.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you appreciate The 'Oo even more 21 Feb 2013
By editrrr - Published on Amazon.com
I play these albums on a tiny small-speaker turntable cranked to the point of distortion, so I won't bother with a bar-by-bar assessment vs. previous vinyl issues, CDs, etc. They sound quite good, and the packaging is most enjoyable and durable -- even acknowledging at least one reviewer's niggle that some covers are matt, some glossy. Having owned only the mid-to-late-era Who studio albums, it's great to have them in this format. And Endless Wire is an absolute treat -- truly another classic, although it won't be recognized as such. Of late, I've been realizing that It's Hard is far superior to Who Are You? And considered in toto, The Who's body of work covers such extraordinary range that the box set is a must to either expose new listeners fully to the band or reinforce their power for diehard fans. Pete's J-200 flourishes and Rickenbacker edge come through loud and clear, as do all the band's elements. Perfect timing with the Quadrophenia tour, which is going to go down as the definitive performance of that work and one of The Who's top five or 10 tours of all time. We owe The Who an immense amount of gratitude, and this box set is a reward for listeners of all levels of devotion.
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