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4.0 out of 5 stars Not an improvement on the 1995 re-master, but saved by the live material on disk 2, 5 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Who's Next (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
This review is specifically of the 2-disk `deluxe' edition of `Who's Next' and not of the original 1971 album, which is a 5-star classic and contender for the greatest rock album ever recorded by any band.

The first disk of this set is the original album material in the original running order with a few extra tracks: alternative recordings of some of the material with the addition of `Baby Don't You Do It' and `Pure and Easy'. The problem with this particular remix is the overall sound is clearly inferior to the excellent 1995 CD issue: it's harsh, and lacks the richness and depth of the 1995 version, which is closer to the original 1971 vinyl release from the multitrack studio masters. If you have the 1995 CD and you also buy this new `deluxe' offering, you'll notice the difference straight away and will almost certainly prefer the earlier mix which, in my view, is vastly superior as a listening experience.

The second CD is, however, the saving grace of this package. It features onstage material from the WN album together with `Young Man Blues', `My Generation', `Pure and Easy', `Water' and a couple of other gems from the `Lifehouse' period performed by the band to an appreciative live audience at The Young Vic in April 1971 - i.e. prior to the release of the original WN later the same year.

The presentation of the set is also excellent, with a good booklet insert and sleeve notes and some fine photo images.

All in all it's a fine package for Who fans. It would, however, have been better if the superlative 1995 mix of WN with its rich depth of sound had been chosen for inclusion instead of the poor, inferior remix chosen for this issue. My advice would be that if you want to hear WN as it should be heard, go for the 1995 single CD issue - which also has more and better extra studio material in the package.
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