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30 Years of Maximum R'n'b

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  • Audio CD (30 Oct. 2000)
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000024C2S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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When this came out in the 1990's, it immediately set a new standard in artist career retrospective box sets. Nearly 20 years later very little has changed, this is how all artist box sets should be compiled and presented. (Take note the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, etc.)

The box set is presented in a cardboard long box with four CD's inside, with a picture of a different member of the Who on the front of each. The pictures reflect the two stages of The Who's career with a shot of each member from their time as a Mod band and then as 70's Rock Superstars. It also comes with a glossy, heavy weight booklet with the front made to look like a wreaked Hiwatt Amp, a great design and homage to the Who's destructive live prowess. Inside, there is a witty and poignant introduction from Pete Townsend, a overview of the Who's early career by Keith Altham (their publicist), a timeline of the Who's Career by Chris Charlesworth (long time fan and editor of a Who Fanzine), an account of how the Who broke America by Dave Marsh and a detailed discography for their singles, albums and compilations, as both The Who but also any solo material released by the members of the band, (anything post 1993 though is not covered re: 'Wire & Glass'). Chris Charleworth concludes with an explanation for their reasons for choosing some tracks over others (thereby explaining why no tracks were included from the Isle of Wight festival). There are also many colour photos from throughout the Who's career making this a fantastic and informative read.

The discs are roughly divided up into the four main stages of the Who's career. CD 1 traces their journey from the time as the High Numbers to their role as style setters for the Mod generation.
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When this came out in the 1990's, it immediately set a new standard in artist career retrospective box sets. Nearly 20 years later very little has changed, this is how all artist box sets should be compiled and presented. (Take note the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, etc.)

The box set is presented in a cardboard long box with four CD's inside, with a picture of a different member of the Who on the front of each. The pictures reflect the two stages of The Who's career with a shot of each member from their time as a Mod band and then as 70's Rock Superstars. It also comes with a glossy, heavy weight booklet with the front made to look like a wreaked Hiwatt Amp, a great design and homage to the Who's destructive live prowess. Inside, there is a witty and poignant introduction from Pete Townsend, a overview of the Who's early career by Keith Altham (their publicist), a timeline of the Who's Career by Chris Charlesworth (long time fan and editor of a Who Fanzine), an account of how the Who broke America by Dave Marsh and a detailed discography for their singles, albums and compilations, as both The Who but also any solo material released by the members of the band, (anything post 1993 though is not covered re: 'Wire & Glass'). Chris Charleworth concludes with an explanation for their reasons for choosing some tracks over others (thereby explaining why no tracks were included from the Isle of Wight festival). There are also many colour photos from throughout the Who's career making this a fantastic and informative read.

The discs are roughly divided up into the four main stages of the Who's career. CD 1 traces their journey from the time as the High Numbers to their role as style setters for the Mod generation.
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My era, my generation, no substitute for The Who
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What a great way to begin this giant collection with a snippet of exasperated stage patter from a clearly angry Pete Townsend, in the US c1971.
The unlikely progress of a quartet of insecure young guys from mods through, for a while, to god-like rock icon status and then on to safe middle age is charted with pinpoint accuracy.
They always stuck out like a sore thumb, pre-Tommy, far more punk than r&b, but years before punk actually became a musical genre. And those early singles! Gorgeous, brutal, honest. These guys sounded real, looked real, and had the added plus of an articulate lead guitarist who gave good interview..
oh yes, plus Keith Moon. And you must have heard of him. What you may not know is how good a drummer he actually was - a wild man with a sense of the dramatic.
Then along came Tommy in 1969 and the band's fortunes never looked back. For some years the Who effectively ruled the roost, adored in the US, respected in the UK, while trying .. and failing .. to top Tommy and change the world.
Were they as good as some remember? That's up to you to judge. But if you are a serious rock fan, have respect for the genre, then this compilation will fill you in on the third main pillar of UK rock excellence, along with the Beatles and the Stones. And in some ways, the Who topped the lot. Peak years? 1969-1971. They were simply awesome at Woodstock and it is captured on film.
This compilation has an excellent booklet with a sweet intro from Pete Townsend and I love it to bits. Favourite track? Has got to be See Me Feel Me.. but Young Man's Blues is also, for me, the definitive killer performance. At their best, they sounded like an army charging towards you, intent on utter annihalation. And you can't say that about many bands, can you?
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