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The Ultimate Collection [Original recording remastered]

The Who Audio CD
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The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, harmonica and guitar), Pete Townshend (guitar, keyboards and vocals), John Entwistle (bass guitar, brass and vocals) and Keith Moon (drums and percussion). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction.The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 ... Read more in Amazon's The Who Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00006NSCK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I can't explain
2. Anyway anyhow anywhere
3. My generation
4. Kids are alright
5. Legal matter
6. Substitute
7. I'm a boy
8. Boris the spider
9. Happy Jack
10. Pictures of Lily
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Let's see action
2. Pure and easy
3. Join together
4. Long live rock
5. Real me
6. 5.15
7. Love reign o'er me
8. Squeeze box
9. Who are you
10. Had enough
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description


The Ultimate Who Collection kicks off with the three-minute pop gems of their early days such as "I Can't Explain", "Substitute" and the definitive anthem of the time "My Generation". "I Can See For Miles" heralds the band's coming of age preceding songs like "Magic Bus" and the classics from Tommy including "See Me, Feel Me" and of course "Pinball Wizard". Further highlights on disc one are "Summertime Blues" from the Live at Leeds album where Roger has never sounded in finer voice, and perhaps one of the best rock moments ever "Won't Get Fooled Again".

Disc two includes less well known hits but does boast the best bits from their film Quadrophenia. Still as powerful without the visuals, they attack "Love Reign O'er Me" like they really mean every single note and word. During the 70s they toned down the raw rock they captured at the turn of the decade and embraced the pop sensibility of their youth, settling for a handsome blend of very British guitar pop and solid power chords best defined by "You Better You Bet". Unlike the Beatles or Rolling Stones, The Who's image has remained anti-establishment despite being no less gentrified than their wrinkly peers, probably due to their music sounding as angsty and passionate now as it did over 30 years ago. --David Trueman

Product Description

2CD-40 TRACKS-POLYDOR 2002-EAN 044006523422

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ULTIMATE Collection! 8 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the collection all "Who" fans have been waiting for and it's just in time for their Summer Tour. The two CD's contain 35 tracks from 1964's, "I Can't Explain" classic to the show-stopping 1982 cut, "Eminence Front". All the best cuts are represented here including, "My Generation", "I Can See For Miles", "Magic Bus", four cuts from "Tommy", five cuts from the fantastic "Who's Next" and all the under-rated hits from the late seventies and early, early eighties. It's not just good, it is all remastered and even the older remastered cuts sound better.
To beat it all, a bonus CD of four tracks is included with "Substitute" (rare U.S. version), "I'm A Boy" (early version), "Happy Jack" (previously unreleased "acoustic" version) and a U.K. single version of "Magic Bus"! All remastered. It sounds like it was just recorded!
The booklet is great as well. Twenty seven pages of photos, history, album covers and trivia - it satisfies everything. Grab it and go see them this summer.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless - A Masterpiece 15 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Who were undoubtedly the greatest live rock band of all time, their live performance etched in the memories of all those fortunate enough to see them in their prime. This collection is a timely reminder, to those convinced that modern rock is brilliant, that modern rock has a long way to do before it returns to the classic days of the 60's and 70s. Tracks from every Who album are present here, as well as selected singles, and rarities (actually, most of these are available on the CD reissues of five or six years ago). The first two of the three CDs contains all the hits while the last appears to have videos or 'extra footage' of some of the bands big hits. The first CD is essentially flawless, containing all the singles up to 'Who's Next'. Songs like 'I Can't Explain', 'The Kids are Alright', 'Substitute' and of course 'My Generation' defined an era in the mid sixties. 'I Can See For Miles', often cited as Pete Townshend's favourite Who record, was the tour de force of the magnificent 'Who Sell Out'. 'Magic Bus', with its unusual rhythm, became a Who classic in performance. However, it was with 'Tommy' that the Who became an institution, led by the brilliant single 'Pinball Wizard'. I feel that more songs from Tommy should have been placed on the album, but I admit that it is difficult to pick out five or six from the album. The presence of only three songs from 'Who's Next', probably the Who's finest achievement, is also surprising, but you can't argue with 'Baba O Riley', 'Behind Blue Eyes' (amazingly omitted from The Best of The Who - 1996), and of course 'Won't Get Fooled Again', which ends CD1 on a suitably emphatic note. CD2 begins a little tamely, with some of the songs which formed part of the Lifehouse project. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Re-mastering Loudness Horror - Avoid 5 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This collection represents the absolute criminal worst that idiot record companies can do to music. Every track is massively compressed and brick-wall limited and there is clipping (crackling buzzing noises) on all tracks. The dynamic range of 'Won't Get Fooled Again' has been reduced to 2Db - even the Jon Astley 1990's remaster allows it 9Db! This is as monumentally bad as Metallica's 'Death Magnetic' - previously the worst most compressed recoding I owned. Great music destroyed by deaf morons for the sake of "ever hotter records" for the "ipod" generation. Just adds to the criminal handling of the Who's back catalogue. Straight to the charity box this one, have ordered the earlier "Who's Better, Who's Best" collection from the late eighties instead. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. Would give no stars if possible and a kick up the arse of the mastering engineers and record company execs who committed this crime.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AGAIN IGNORING THE WHO BY NUMBERS 2 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This contains a lot of the Who's best stuff but like one of the other reviewers I would question why stuff like 'Had Enough' and Sister Disco are included while brilliant tracks from The Who By Numbers' such as 'Imagine a Man' or 'Dreaming From the Waist are left out.Its a great collection but if you like this then also get the Who's most underrated album 'Who By Numbers'.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who the Who 20 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although the Who's catalogue has already produced several retrospectives, this cockily titled collection more than manages to live up to its name, offering what may well be the most complete and compelling look at this legendary band's career. Completely remastered, 'The Ultimate Collection' takes in everything from he band's early Mod singles, right through to their more bombastic but still thrilling stadium-rock concoctions - including classics such as 'My Generation', 'Pictures Of Lily', 'The Kids Are Alright' and many, many more. This UK edition of 'The Ultimate Collection' includes extended sleeve notes and 5 extra tracks than the US version: 'Athena', 'Another Tricky Day', 'The Quiet One', 'Don't Let Go The Coat', and 'Had Enough'
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's who 22 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
What can I say but wow. All the Who's best songs on three CD's. The bonus CD is very cool with different versions of their totally amazing rock and roll songs. If you want some of the finest who songs in one box set than this is the set for you, amazing so go and get it if you havn't already!
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