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Old 06-07-03, 07:51 PM
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The Who, get a best of or buy all important albums?

I'm a radio who fan, and would want all the best and most popular songs in one collection. Are there any definitive "who" cd's that have all the big songs or would I have to buy all the "important" studio albums (any listings)
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If you get a Greatest Hits CD, get this one.

1. I Can't Explain
2. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
3. My Generation
4. The Kids Are Alright
5. A 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. The Seeker
18. Summertime Blues (Live)
19. My Wife
20. Baba O'Riley
21. Bargain
22. Behind Blue Eyes
23. Won't Get Fooled Again
24. Let's See Action
25. Pure & Easy
26. Join Together
27. Long Live Rock
28. The Real Me
29. 5:15
30. Love Reign O'er Me
31. Squeeze Box
32. Who Are You
33. Sister Disco
34. You Better You Bet
35. Eminence Front

Look for the one with a bonus CD of four tracks included with "Substitute" (rare US version), "I'm A Boy" (early version), "Happy Jack" (previously unreleased acoustic version) and a UK single version of "Magic Bus"! They sound pretty cool.
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Personally I went the studio route, here's what I have right now:

My Generation [Deluxe Editon]
A Quick One
The Who Sells Out
Live At Leeds [Deluxe Edition]
Who's Next [Deluxe Edition]

I still need to get:
Tommy
Quadrophenia

Maybe:
Who By Numbers
Who Are You?

No F'n Way:
Face Dances

I personally think that greatest hits are not a good idea when trying to get into a band, unless they have wildly uneven albums (read Elton John, The Cars). The Who are incredible and their albums should be celebrated.

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Old 06-08-03, 03:15 AM
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I'd say that unless you're already a Who fan, all the casual listener needs is "Who's Next" and "Live At Leeds"

Who's Next is a truly amazing rock album.
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Personally, I don't like "best of" collections. Nobody should be the least bit ashamed of having at least "Who's Next" and "Tommy" in their collection. And "Live At Leeds" is one of the all-time best live albums.
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It depends. "Who's Next" contains a ton of classics, but some the album is filler (IMO) such as "Love ain't for keeping" and "Getting in Tune".

"Who Sells Out" is a conceptual album that really works cohesively, I think it's their best and I'd spend the money to get the album (especially since it was recently reissued with added tracks).

"Tommy" cannot be encaptulated in greatest hits comp, "Quadrophenia" can (again, IMO).

The reissued "Live at Leeds" is an ESSENTIAL purchase for all rock fans. It's one of the best live albums I've heard, the equal of classics like "Get Yer Yayas Out" and "Live at the Fillmore". These guys were heavier live than Led Zeppelin. The live "Tommy" is superior to the studio version. Buy blind, trust me.

I'd get:
-the greatest hits comp shown above (which I own because of its terrific remastered sound)
-"Who Sells Out"
-"Tommy"
-"Live at Leeds"
I'd think seriously about getting "Who's Next".
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Originally posted by Hiro11
It depends. "Who's Next" contains a ton of classics, but some the album is filler (IMO) such as "Love ain't for keeping"
Ironically, this is one my absolute fave Who songs.
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If you only get a greatest hits deal, you still really need to get 'Who's Next' and 'Live at Leeds'. They're just amazing records.
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GEt Quadrophenia.
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My Generation [Deluxe Edition] is a must if you are into blues rock. Plus the presentation is pretty nice too !

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Their albums are really hit or miss.

All you need are:

Live at Leeds

Who's Next

Quadrophenia
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Buy their box set: 30 Years of Maximum R & B. You can normally find it for a good price, and it has a nice thorough covering a all their stuff. A couple of the version of songs aren't radio versions: for example, Bargain, My Wife, etc. But it's an excellent set of 4 discs.
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Buy them all.

There's no excuse not to own a complete Who catalog.

None, whatsoever.
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Originally posted by grunter
Buy them all.

There's no excuse not to own a complete Who catalog.

None, whatsoever.
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Originally posted by grunter
Buy them all.

There's no excuse not to own a complete Who catalog.

None, whatsoever.
Not to be a negative nelly, but one excuse is that "Face Dances" and "Who Are You" really aren't very good. Just my 2 cents of course.
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Originally posted by F For Fake
Not to be a negative nelly, but one excuse is that "Face Dances" and "Who Are You" really aren't very good. Just my 2 cents of course.
Neither is Who By Numbers
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Originally posted by F For Fake
Not to be a negative nelly, but one excuse is that "Face Dances" and "Who Are You" really aren't very good. Just my 2 cents of course.
Well duh Face Dances isn't good. Would you buy the two Doors albums without Morrison on them?

Who Are You isn't great, I'll agree. But I think that you should try to buy most of The Who's albums.
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Originally posted by Brain Stew
Well duh Face Dances isn't good. Would you buy the two Doors albums without Morrison on them?
Well,I personally wouldn't buy any Doors albums, but that's just me.

I was responding to the assertion that there's no reason not to have a complete Who catalog. FD, while maybe not a 'real' Who record, would still be part of a 'complete Who catalog'. That's all.
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You must own Who's Next. Like Led Zeppelin IV, if you don't own this album you're not not a Rock and Roll fan.
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Originally posted by mwj
You must own Who's Next. Like Led Zeppelin IV, if you don't own this album you're not not a Rock and Roll fan.
Am I the only one who doesn't love this album. I greatly dislike "Getting In Tune" and "Goin' Mobile". The rest are very good.

I own the greatest hits package that came out a few years ago. Not the double disc but the single disc with about 20 songs on it. It's amazing. I wish I would have held out for the 2 disc but I didn't know that was coming out.

Maybe I'll grow to love the whole "Who's Next" album. To me it's just not in the same realm as "IV" though.

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Originally posted by mwj
You must own Who's Next. Like Led Zeppelin IV, if you don't own this album you're not not a Rock and Roll fan.
I'm not so sure. I love rock and roll, and I hate Led Zeppelin and all of their records, including IV. Blech.

But I love the Who!
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Originally posted by BuckeyeDawg
Buy their box set: 30 Years of Maximum R & B. You can normally find it for a good price, and it has a nice thorough covering a all their stuff. A couple of the version of songs aren't radio versions: for example, Bargain, My Wife, etc. But it's an excellent set of 4 discs.
It is a very good set.
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I'm not so sure. I love rock and roll, and I hate Led Zeppelin and all of their records, including IV. Blech.
Are you by any chance a big fan of the Grateful Dead?
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Buy The Who Sell Out. It's their best album. Who's Next is a great album, but it's not their best, just their best known (probably).

My advice would be to buy everything through The Who By Numbers (another great, underrated album):

My Generation
A Quick One
The Who Sell Out
Tommy
Live At Leeds
Who's Next
Meaty, Beaty, Big, and Bouncy
Odds and Sods
Quadrophenia
The Who By Numbers

and stop there.

In case there's a survey:

Led Zeppelin - NO
The Who - YES (obviously)
The Grateful Dead - NO

ETA: Any Who collection that claims to be complete but doesn't include Maryanne With the Shaky Hands, Odorono, and Tattoo is invalid IMHO.

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Originally posted by mwj
Are you by any chance a big fan of the Grateful Dead?
Dear God, no!

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