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on 11 February 2010
There are many Best of the Who compilations available and the back catalogue speaks for itself. The attraction of this package is the accompanying album of live tracks. Much of the classic era live material it contains was put out on a double CD entitled View From A Backstage Pass, which is a subscription incentive offered by The website. The material was supposed to be otherwise unavailable and exclusive to website subscribers, but here much of it is tacked on to a greatest hits package as a bonus disc. A few other tracks have been included so the dodgy marketing of the Who's back catalogue enters a new phase. Previous greatest hits compilations have included bonus tracks to make the fans buy the bulk of the material repeatedly to get the new stuff. Now those who have paid to subscribe to the band's website on the promise of some exclusive material are taking their turn to be ripped off having to buy a chunk of that 'exclusive' material again in order to get a few later live tracks.

The Who's greatest hits deserves 5 stars but the cynical marketing operation that milks the fans with monotonous regularity stinks on ice. There have been many more compilation albums of this band than there were original albums

In conclusion. If you've not got any of the greatest hits on disc already and/or are not a subscriber to the band's website then this package is attractive. Otherwise caveat emptor...
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on 11 February 2010
Greatest HIts??? Hmmmm. I've been a who collector for 22 years and this compilation has me some what confused. Where's Join Together? Let's See Action? The Seeker? 5.15? Anyway Anyhow Anywhere? And when was Eminence Front a 'hit'? It's a one of very few weak Who songs and it wasn't even released as a single in the UK.

Come on guys, you've released so many Best Ofs, and just in the last 8 years there's been The Ultimate Collection in 2002, the 'Now & Then' best of in 2004 (and re-released again in 2007) and now yet ANOTHER greatest hits compilation?

The live tracks are definitely the saving grace of this release however, a worthy addition to any fan, as some are previously unreleased - they really show how AMAZING The Who are.
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on 17 February 2012
Sadly THE WHO, now, have more "Greates Hits" / compilations than the actual albums they releases over their almost 50 years old career. We are talkin about a band that released only 11 studio albums plus 5 official live albums and 4 Odds and Sods type collections. A band that left unreleased FIVE extraordinary albums (their very first album including mainly covers, the scraped 1968 "WHO S' FOR TENNIS" (instead their record company released the ill conceived "MAGIC BUS" lp, the 1970 aborted "maxi single", the second half of "Who s' Next / Lifehouse and the aborted 1972 "LONG LIVE ROCK-ROCK IS DEAD" album that later became "QUADROPHENIA" (only 2 tracks from it). One can also count the 1968 unrelesed live album and the second half of LIVE AT LEEDS.

So why another "Greatest Hits" after so many relesed in later years ? It is a mistery to me, since it could be more interesting to revive the unreleased albums or release a WHO album with all the JOHN ENTWISTLE songs (plus a couple they could work out).

This compilation has a "plus", since the producers added a second album of LIVE tracks and also released THE WHO GREATEST HITS LIVE. Some songs such as "NAKED EYE" and the rarely played hit "JOIN TOGETHER" sound spectacular, also the same goes to some Keith Moon era songs. No Kenny Jones era songs on this set.
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on 7 March 2010
Well, what prompted me to write a review of this 2 CD collection was the totally miserable lack of stars that other reviewers had given it!! (One and three stars - who are these people?? Val Doonican fans?). Its The Who for goodness sake! And a 2 CD package at this price containing a disc of blistering live material....give me a break! Ok, you might argue about the marketing ploy adopted but you can't argue with the music. The second disc of this package is worth twice the price alone. I sympathise with those that have signed up previously for this 'exclusive' material but its great that its out there for all to get and at a bargain price. Two and a half hours of The Mighty Who for under nine quid? Who's complaining.....?
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on 24 April 2010
As a dedicated 'WHO' fan for the last God knows how many years I purchased this knowing full well that I already have at least four of five versions of their 'Greatest Hits' on CD. But when I put CD2 on, which has unreleased live performances on it, I got a really pleasant suprise. EXCELLENT and, at this price, WELL worth the money!
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on 25 August 2013
This is definately the definative Who compilation album.I,ts always good to have a little nostalgia,and so many great tracks are on this album,a must for anyone who was young enough in the sixties to remember them !
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on 10 February 2010
You could easily dismiss this release as just another case of the Who cashing in again by re-releasing a greatest hits album for the umpteenth time, but the saving grace is the second disc which has an excellent selection of live tracks recorded over the years from an early rendition of My Generation recorded for the BBC in 1965 right up until 2007. The fabulous performance by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of the most recent song, Man In A Purple Dress (from the band`s last album to date Endless Wire)is worth the price of admission alone. There are also particularly good performances of Pinball Wizard,I`m Free and Squeeze Box from the legendary Swansea 1976 gig. The studio CD has most of the key tracks released by the band in chronological order starting with the groups first single recorded in 1964 I Can`t Explain right up to It`s Not Enough (from the aforementioned Endless Wire album.
Two slight moans, the booklet contains a glaring error. It wrongly states that the fiddle playing on Baba O`Reilly was by Dave Swarbrick but anyone with any knowledgr of The Who knows it was by Dave Arbus, from East of Eden. Also the printing of the dates and locations of the live tracks is so small that you need a telescope to read them. Apart from thes two minor things this is an excellent release from one of the best groups ever but make sure you buy the 2 disc, not the single disc version.
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on 21 July 2010
I don't have much on c.d. by The Who so thought it's about time I should at least have a decent complilation. The appeal of this was the inclusion of the second disc, being a live one. Not disappointed, as there are some nice versions included here.
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on 6 July 2010
WOW !! A group that can play and write there own songs,they used to pre frothy pop you know ! The Who are as good live as in the studio and this CD proves it.
Daltrey's powerful vocals take you back to a different era,Townsend is just the master and Entwhistle and Moon are brilliant.Whack it in the cd player in the car ,open the windows or put down your roof and educate the X factor generation,not my gggeeneration !brilliant
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on 9 June 2011
A damn fine 35-song collection of The Who plus a 20-page booklet. You get 19 studio cuts plus 16 live performances over the 2 CDs. You better you better you buy one!
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