14 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This greatest-hits collection brilliantly sums up The Who's first phase. Released before Who's Next and its substantial shift in the band's sound, Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy tells the tale of The Who as a singles band. Some songs here also appear on proper studio albums, but they never sound in a better context than when matched up with other singles. Though Pete Townshend longed to write grand epics and successfully brought rock operas to the world, he was also one of the all-time best writers of three-minute pop singles. There are countless Who hits packages that offer a variety of rarities and choices, but no hits collection creates a better snapshot of the '60s era than this one. All serious rock libraries should have "The Kids Are Alright," "I Can See for Miles," "Pictures of Lily," "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," and "Substitute" among their listings, so definitive are these recordings. Original pressings of the vinyl LP and subsequent digital downloads feature the longer alternate studio takes of "Magic Bus" and "I'm a Boy." 

EDITORS’ NOTES

This greatest-hits collection brilliantly sums up The Who's first phase. Released before Who's Next and its substantial shift in the band's sound, Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy tells the tale of The Who as a singles band. Some songs here also appear on proper studio albums, but they never sound in a better context than when matched up with other singles. Though Pete Townshend longed to write grand epics and successfully brought rock operas to the world, he was also one of the all-time best writers of three-minute pop singles. There are countless Who hits packages that offer a variety of rarities and choices, but no hits collection creates a better snapshot of the '60s era than this one. All serious rock libraries should have "The Kids Are Alright," "I Can See for Miles," "Pictures of Lily," "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," and "Substitute" among their listings, so definitive are these recordings. Original pressings of the vinyl LP and subsequent digital downloads feature the longer alternate studio takes of "Magic Bus" and "I'm a Boy." 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
Scott N Amber ,

One day at the record store.....

I was probably about 10 or 11 yrs old.... 80' or 81'... somewhere around that time. I was in my local record store. I only had the $5 that I got in my birthday card from my grandparents. I was digging through a bargain cassette bin. I found this cassette and Odd's and Sod's scotch taped together. I guess a buy one get one free package deal. It was marked $4.99... my mom paid the tax. So of course in those days, the Who was still all over the radio...so I was already a fan and pretty familiar with them. This wasn't long after them being in the news for those fans being trampled. But upon returning home and headphoning both cassettes all the way through.... I was hooked. Getting those two albums together was such an amazing primer into the Who's music. I had also started playing drums at 8 yrs old... so of course I was a huge Kieth Moon fan. But I remember listening so intensely to those tapes, dissecting all the instrumentation, etc... It was just amazing music to me. This album, Odd's & Sod's, and Live At Leeds are still my go to Who albums. Beyond the regular studio albums, collecting Who music is a bit confusing. But if you're looking for a good set that covers the first 10 years or so... the three albums listed above are a good way to cover a lot of ground, with fewer purchases.

Ttaylo ,

One of the greatest albums of all time

Back before all the compilations, all we had was this. I got it when I was 10 and wore the sucker out immediately. A powder keg.

mozeke ,

Greatest Greatest Hits Album

Possibly the best greatest hits album of all time. Perfect for beginners and an amazing reminder for us Who vets...and cheap as can be

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