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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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...only 14 reviews? Of course, 13 of you gave it 5 stars, (make it 14 with mine). But c'mon - are there that few of us who believe this is easily one of the top 5 Who albums ever? I've met 50-somethings, (recently), who profess their love for The Who, yet who displayed the "deer in headlights" look when I mentioned this album. Unbelievable.

Nevertheless, Chive On..

Start with this

If one is allowed to pick an anthology then this is my pick for the greatest album of all time. Get this before anything else, then Who's Next.

Great Collection of Early Who

I look at this like I look at the Stones' "Hot Rocks," which compiles the Stones' early hits. This is a compilation of The Who's early, pre-Tommy stuff. The songs are excellent and there are no glaring omissions. Excellent collection.


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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