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Then and Now! 1964-2004

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Editors’ Notes

Condensing the Who’s four-decade career into 20 tracks requires a militant constitution. It’s actually 18 tracks even, since the final two cuts — “Real Good Looking Boy” and “Old Red Wine” — are recent (and decent) band recordings that can hardly be scored as “hits,” but rather as fair representations of where the band exists five decades on. There’s no arguing the greatness of their early Mod hits, (“My Generation,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “I Can See For Miles”), their ambitious rock opera material, (“See Me, Feel Me,” “Pinball Wizard”), their thunderous ‘70s arena rock (“Summertime Blues,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Love Reign O’er Me,” here in its single version) and Pete Townshend’s reflective ballads (“Behind Blue Eyes”). The band rewrote the rules and set new standards for songwriting and performing throughout their career. From drummer Keith Moon’s wild man rhythms to Townshend’s critical self-analysis and production experiments with backing tapes and synthesizers to Roger Daltrey’s constantly evolving histrionic lead vocals, the Who represented rock at its least compromising and most confrontational. A wild ride, then and now, for sure.

Customer Reviews

Then and Now!!!

Well, first of all, I just wanna say that this is a great anthology album. Its got a great selection of songs, and its great. But now comes the critisism, I think that they could have put on a couple of different songs. They could have put "I'm Free" "The Seeker" "Baba O'Riely" "Bargain" , and "I Don't Know Myself". But other than that, its good if you are a Who fan buy it.

New Songs

Yes, the old tracks are great, but they are available elsewhere. The really important news here is that the two new songs are the best music written by Pete Townshend in fully twenty years, and Roger Daltrey, in fine voice, sings them as well as he has sung anything in his career. A must for longtime Who fans.

then and now

Great music never gets old. One of the all time must haves.


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 worth...
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