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4.6 out of 5 stars
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Odds & Sods
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on 25 November 2015
An interesting and often entertaining collection of 'lost' recordings, but the sound quality is not good - I'd expect something remixed & remastered to sound way better than this. I know some of the recordings are from damaged or very old tapes, but in comparison to the remixed & remastered editions of The Who Sell Out, Tommy, Live At Leeds, Who's Next and Quadrophenia, all released in the mid to late nineties, and all of which sound excellent, this is really not much fun to listen to. Which is odd, as the same team, headed by Pete Townshend's ex-brother-in-law Jon Astley, is responsible for all of them. The mastering sounds thin and trebly, rather like that for the Who numbers on the Quadrophenia Soundtrack remix/remaster, also done by Astley. I guess there's limited time and money, and we all have off days... shame though.

Postscript: I've since acquired a copy of the 2011 Japan-only release of the original 1974 mixes, remastered (again by Jon Astley) and... much more fun! Pacier - it almost feels.. faster? I dunno, mixing and mastering are dark arts, but anyway, this version I really like. Shame it's so expensive...
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on 5 December 2012
Review of the MCA pre-1998 version of 'Odds & Sods' (MCAD-1659):
Despite the 1998 revamp edition of 'Odds & Sods' being lavished with an additional 12 extra songs, it didn't convince or satisfy in the way that the original record did. John Entwistle's 1974 curating of the album assembled the songs in a humorous manner, juxtaposing ballads against rockers, silly songs against serious pieces, presenting an incomplete jigsaw puzzle image of the band (the shoddily-repaired torn photo on the front cover underlines the intentionally scrappy feel of the project), whereas the Jon Astley-remastered reissue re-ordered the songs in a fake chronological order, thereby ruining the original concept of the album, and also cleaned up and smoothed out the overall sound, mixing Moon's clattering drumming down and effectively neutering much of the energy. Excellent though it is to hear the likes of 'Quadrophenia' outtake 'We Close Tonight', my personal preference is for the old premastered MCA 11-song CD with Entwistle's delightfully eccentric running order and truer-to-the-spirit warts-and-all mixes.
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on 2 August 2016
The original album was always mostly ignored and underrated but now with the extra tracks is an essential purchase for all Who fans!
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on 3 February 2017
The best sound quality of any Who release and if you change the running order so that side 2 of the original vinyl album plays before side 1 its even better.I saw someone say somewhere that this album is like a cross between The Who Sell Out and Who's Next which i think is a fair comment.I Don't consider it a compilation album(even though it is)
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on 3 October 2012
Smashing addition to any Who collection or indeed a smashing primer for a Who career overview. I must confess to a preference for the earlier material (I can't get enough versions of them playing 'Leaving Here'), but even the post-Mod rock poses are great, better than many bands best bits.
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on 18 June 2017
Odd but worth it
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on 15 October 2015
I think this may be one of the Who's best musical offerings and its a little known gem of a firecracker. The CD is well recorded with some known songs and mostly vault recordings that are a must for any Who fan.
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on 4 April 2015
To my mind some of the best stuff the who have ev3r made, but thats just an old wrinklie
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on 2 November 2017
Product description, presentation and delivery faultless.
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on 23 October 2015
Good value and qualiy well worth tt .
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