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Greatest Hits Live

The Who

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Initially released exclusively to iTunes as The Who readied itself for its 2010 halftime appearance at the Super Bowl, Live Greatest Hits is a well-thought-out portrait of the group as a live act. The first 13 tracks hail from the Keith Moon era, when his anarchic drumming gave The Who a distinct sound that no other band could match. "My Generation" from 1965 had been released on BBC Sessions. "Magic Bus" is the original version from Live at Leeds on LP, and "Squeeze Box" was released on The Who by Numbers reissue from 1996. Thrown together with inspired versions of "I Can't Explain," "Substitute," and "Behind Blue Eyes" from the San Francisco Civic Auditorium in 1971, plus "Pinball Wizard" and "I'm Free" from Vetch Field in Swansea in 1976, and you've got formidable performances from the band's prime era. Later performances from 1989 in Los Angeles, 2002 in London, and 2009 in Brisbane prove that songs like "Eminence Front," "The Kids Are Alright," and "Love, Reign O'er Me" also remain timeless. 

Customer Reviews

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Not everyone has heard the live versions. Or even the studio ones. What's old to one is new to another. That's the great thing about music. Write a composition on that.

Wont Get Fooled Again

This is a band that over it's 45 year history has released 8 albums with it's classic line up and another 3 since Keith Moon's death. 11. Total. Yet, this is the 30th-something repackage of the Who catalog. If you think this for some OTHER reason than to line the pockets of the record company then you are foolish. Yes, they were great and yes - Live at Leeds is arguably the greatest rock live album of all time (other nominations: Live at Filmore East-Allman Bros., Get Your Ya-Ya's out-Stones, Made in Japan-Deep Purple, Live at Budokan-Cheap Trick) but most people have these songs, and if they dont - there are much better versions available. Since todays youth are adept at downloading and usually just buy the tracks they want (when they actually "buy" them at all) these labels have no choice but to exploit the aging, less technology saavy baby boomers. That means lots of repackages of "classic" rock bands like The Who.

Awesome WHO live collection!

If there's one band that's known for its intense live performances, it's The Who. This is a great set of live tracks from an amazing live band. I especially like the inclusion of all the Keith Moon-era performances. There will never be a drummer like him and it's awesome to hear that manic energy once again. Highly recommended!

Biography

Formed: 1964 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few rock & roll bands were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notorious live performances demonstrated: Keith Moon fell over his drum kit while Pete Townshend leaped into the air with his guitar, spinning his right hand in exaggerated windmills. Vocalist Roger Daltrey prowled the stage as bassist John Entwistle stood silent, the eye of the hurricane. They clashed frequently, but these frictions resulted in a decade's...
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