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THE WHO The Ultimate Collection (2002 UK 2-CD album set featuring 40 classics hits such as I Cant Explain My Generation The Kids Are Alright I Can See For Miles Pinball Wizard Baba ORiley Wont Get Fooled Again and more housed in theoriginal hype-stickered slimline double jewel case complete with the extensive 26-page biography/picture booklet)
The Ultimate Who Collection kicks off with the three-minute pop gems of their early days such as "I Can't Explain", "Substitute" and the definitive anthem of the time "My Generation". "I Can See For Miles" heralds the band's coming of age preceding songs like "Magic Bus" and the classics from Tommy including "See Me, Feel Me" and of course "Pinball Wizard". Further highlights on disc one are "Summertime Blues" from the Live at Leeds album where Roger has never sounded in finer voice, and perhaps one of the best rock moments ever "Won't Get Fooled Again".
Disc two includes less well known hits but does boast the best bits from their film Quadrophenia. Still as powerful without the visuals, they attack "Love Reign O'er Me" like they really mean every single note and word. During the 70s they toned down the raw rock they captured at the turn of the decade and embraced the pop sensibility of their youth, settling for a handsome blend of very British guitar pop and solid power chords best defined by "You Better You Bet". Unlike the Beatles or Rolling Stones, The Who's image has remained anti-establishment despite being no less gentrified than their wrinkly peers, probably due to their music sounding as angsty and passionate now as it did over 30 years ago. --David TruemanSee all Product Description
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To beat it all, a bonus CD of four tracks is included with "Substitute" (rare U.S. version), "I'm A Boy" (early version), "Happy Jack" (previously unreleased "acoustic" version) and a U.K. single version of "Magic Bus"! All remastered. It sounds like it was just recorded!
The booklet is great as well. Twenty seven pages of photos, history, album covers and trivia - it satisfies everything. Grab it and go see them this summer.
In the sixties, the Who had a string of major hits in Britain and America, which included such classics as I can't explain, Anyway anyhow anywhere, My generation, Substitute, I'm a boy, Happy Jack, Pictures of Lily, I can see for miles and Pinball wizard, all of which reached the British top ten.
By the end of the sixties, the Who had begun to shift their focus from singles to albums. The rock opera, Tommy, is regarded as a classic and later inspired a film with the same title, as did their other famous album, Quadrophenia. These weren't their only great albums - another (Who's next) included the brilliant track, Baba O' Riley, which wasn't a hit but became popular among Who fans.
During the seventies, the members of the Who sometimes pursued their own solo projects, but despite these diversions the Who (as a group) still managed the occasional hit single with Won't get fooled again (1971), Join together (1972), Squeeze box (1976) and You better you bet (1981) as well as a re-issue of Substitute (1976) all making the UK top ten.
This compilation contains all the Who's big hits, most of their minor hits and the best of their album tracks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a Who fan I have most tracks already but it's nice to have them all on the same CDPublished 24 days ago by Andrew D Smale
remastered albums seem better nowadays, sound quality on this cd a bit disappointingPublished 5 months ago by Mr Derek S Goss