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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential., 9 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
Ok, so John Entwistle (rock's finest bass player) practically invents rock in 1965 by secretly turning his bass amp up and thus forcing his band mates to do the same resulting in a volume based approached which required more powerful playing and has a distorted sound. Fact. Im reviewing my top 200 albums and The Who have to be in there and this comp is as intelligent a rounding up of their highlights thus far as you'll get. There's broadly 5 phases to the great bands career. The 1st 10 tracks brilliantly demonstrate the three-minute pop gems of their early days. My Generation is a special case being the 1st time that the new rock dynamic came together properly on record. Next we have the band's coming of age where they pen a number of their classics including key track from Tommy: I Can See For Miles, Pinball Wizard, See Me, Feel Me and The Seeker speak for themselves. Then the peak/the sweet spot - Who's Next. Yes, staggering to think that Baba O'Riley, Bargain, Behind Blue Eyes & Won't Get Fooled Again are all from one album. Quadrophenia can be seen as a phase in its own right and as an rock opera/fil soundtrack difficult to pick stand alone tracks from. However, The Real Me, my single favourite Who song is the bollocks and is here. We're then into phase 5, the late 70s singles where the band go back to pop sensibility of their youth post punk and pre-80's synth pop: Squeeze Box, Who Are You, You Better You Bet and the excellent Eminence Front which feels like a reprise of Baba O'Riley. Essential.
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