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Great box, shame about the sleeves...!!
on 12 October 2015
Everything about The Who was sloppy genius...they just managed to cling onto being brilliant, disjointed albums that seemed to work but shouldn't have..!!
That's what was appealing about this group, they where as calculated as blind ...but with outstanding results. ..love or hate them, they survived.
I saw them approx 15 years ago, Joe Strummer supporting, excellent double billed concert. At the time cds ruled my life, 180gram vinyl reissues where few and very far between, or too expensive. Nowadays they it seems that nearly every cd release is also a 180gram issue too, which kind of spoils the hunt, it's all too easy, and expensive.
But when this was first released I jumped at the pre order chance of owning one...a full box set of The Who vinyl....was I pleased with the contents, quality, value for money...I was pleased and I was disappointed, the contents and the value for money are 100%, plenty of black plastic for the money, it was the sleeves that brought me back to realising this box is a reissue, just as I being transported back to the good old days of 1960/70s dismal UK teenage angst, I was back to NOW, and the realisation of how tacky and dull these sleeves are. ...what a waste of time releasing a retro box, and not even getting the sleeves right, at least slightly authentic, it's the colours, the fine art work that makes the difference, such a shame....
Still worth the money, sound wise 100%, let down by lazy sleeve quality......
The Who are a institute in the UK, and a box set like this is a worthy salute to them, it may not be quite right, but it's a start. If you cannot afford the full box, then either try to collect the ones you need or want individually, or wait for a miracle for a cheap second hand one to appear in your local record boutique (if one still exists in your area).
We cannot have everything, The Who never quite got their music right collectively, so maybe this box set was calculated to keep the ethos of the group alive, something had to be disjointed, and the sleeves fell victim....
The Who, a marvellous group of misfits that managed to fit a square peg into a round hole....I bloody love 'em for it.... Enjoy.