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The Ultimate Collection Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (21 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00006NSCK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I can't explain
  2. Anyway anyhow anywhere
  3. My generation
  4. Kids are alright
  5. Legal matter
  6. Substitute
  7. I'm a boy
  8. Boris the spider
  9. Happy Jack
  10. Pictures of Lily
  11. I can see for miles
  12. Call me lightning
  13. Magic bus
  14. Pinball wizard
  15. I'm free
  16. See me feel me
  17. Seeker
  18. Summertime blues (live)
  19. My wife
  20. Baba O'Riley
  21. Bargain
  22. Behind blue eyes
  23. Won't get fooled again

Disc: 2

  1. Let's see action
  2. Pure and easy
  3. Join together
  4. Long live rock
  5. Real me
  6. 5.15
  7. Love reign o'er me
  8. Squeeze box
  9. Who are you
  10. Had enough
  11. Sister disco
  12. You better you bet
  13. Don't let go the coat
  14. Quiet one
  15. Another tricky day
  16. Athena
  17. Eminence front

Product Description

Product Description

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)

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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 Trueman

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By A Customer on 15 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Who were undoubtedly the greatest live rock band of all time, their live performance etched in the memories of all those fortunate enough to see them in their prime. This collection is a timely reminder, to those convinced that modern rock is brilliant, that modern rock has a long way to do before it returns to the classic days of the 60's and 70s. Tracks from every Who album are present here, as well as selected singles, and rarities (actually, most of these are available on the CD reissues of five or six years ago). The first two of the three CDs contains all the hits while the last appears to have videos or 'extra footage' of some of the bands big hits. The first CD is essentially flawless, containing all the singles up to 'Who's Next'. Songs like 'I Can't Explain', 'The Kids are Alright', 'Substitute' and of course 'My Generation' defined an era in the mid sixties. 'I Can See For Miles', often cited as Pete Townshend's favourite Who record, was the tour de force of the magnificent 'Who Sell Out'. 'Magic Bus', with its unusual rhythm, became a Who classic in performance. However, it was with 'Tommy' that the Who became an institution, led by the brilliant single 'Pinball Wizard'. I feel that more songs from Tommy should have been placed on the album, but I admit that it is difficult to pick out five or six from the album. The presence of only three songs from 'Who's Next', probably the Who's finest achievement, is also surprising, but you can't argue with 'Baba O Riley', 'Behind Blue Eyes' (amazingly omitted from The Best of The Who - 1996), and of course 'Won't Get Fooled Again', which ends CD1 on a suitably emphatic note. CD2 begins a little tamely, with some of the songs which formed part of the Lifehouse project.Read more ›
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By Marty From SF HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the collection all "Who" fans have been waiting for and it's just in time for their Summer Tour. The two CD's contain 35 tracks from 1964's, "I Can't Explain" classic to the show-stopping 1982 cut, "Eminence Front". All the best cuts are represented here including, "My Generation", "I Can See For Miles", "Magic Bus", four cuts from "Tommy", five cuts from the fantastic "Who's Next" and all the under-rated hits from the late seventies and early, early eighties. It's not just good, it is all remastered and even the older remastered cuts sound better.
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.
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This collection represents the absolute criminal worst that idiot record companies can do to music. Every track is massively compressed and brick-wall limited and there is clipping (crackling buzzing noises) on all tracks. The dynamic range of 'Won't Get Fooled Again' has been reduced to 2Db - even the Jon Astley 1990's remaster allows it 9Db! This is as monumentally bad as Metallica's 'Death Magnetic' - previously the worst most compressed recoding I owned. Great music destroyed by deaf morons for the sake of "ever hotter records" for the "ipod" generation. Just adds to the criminal handling of the Who's back catalogue. Straight to the charity box this one, have ordered the earlier "Who's Better, Who's Best" collection from the late eighties instead. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. Would give no stars if possible and a kick up the arse of the mastering engineers and record company execs who committed this crime.
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This contains a lot of the Who's best stuff but like one of the other reviewers I would question why stuff like 'Had Enough' and Sister Disco are included while brilliant tracks from The Who By Numbers' such as 'Imagine a Man' or 'Dreaming From the Waist are left out.Its a great collection but if you like this then also get the Who's most underrated album 'Who By Numbers'.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2005
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The Who never had a number one hit in either Britain or America though they came close, but it didn't matter as they recorded a body of work that ensures their place in rock history. Their influence on subsequent generations of rock musicians is substantial but hard to measure. They had been around under various names (first the Detours, the High Numbers) before finally hitting the big time as the Who. This compilation covers all their music together although it does not include their solo music.
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.
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