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Thirty Years of Maximum R&B (Box Set)

The Who

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Album Review

This four-CD collection does include all of the Who's big hits and the lion's share of their key album tracks. Previously unreleased rarities include some interesting selections (the '60s outtakes "Early Morning Cold Taxi" and "Melancholia"), but these bits and pieces, which include some live versions, commercials, Keith Moon sketches, and the like, are mostly inessential.

Customer Reviews

Great Box Set, Great Band

The Who are one of the most influencial rock bands of all time. They literally invented the hard rock genre and can lay claim to such rock standards as guitar and drum kit smashing, laser effects, hotel room destruction, and guitar feedback. John Entwistle is easily the greatest rock bass guitarist ever and Keith Moon is the one of the two best rock drummers, depending on how one feels about Jon Bonham. "30 Years of Maximum R&B" is a fantastic box set encompassing The Who's career from 1964 to 1983. This set rounds up every important Who song from their studio and live albums, some of the songs cut from albums, and a few fun extras and live performances. The box set starts off with the four songs that The Who recorded in 1964 when they were known as The High Numbers. There are BBC 1 song jingles, live performances from Woodstock, Leeds University, Swansea, and The Farewell Tour, and some fun Keith Moon radio bits. There are two fun live performances of Who favorites "Twist and Shout" and "Bony Moronie". HIGHLIGHTS: Twist and Shout My Wife Saturday Night's Alright Summertime Blues I'm a Boy Great box set. If you are a big Who fan, I would buy the whole thing, otherwise I would pick your favorites out of the lot.


Somebody reviewed this album saying the who sounds like wannabe beach boys and they are stuck in the 70's. WANNABE BEACH BOYS? The who music was nothing like the beach boys. The guy who wrote that probably listened to the first few High Numbers songs and didn't bother listening to the real Who music. The who are probably the best rock group of all time, they aren't wannabe anybodys! Whoever wrote that knows nothing about music

Great Collection

This is a great collection of Who hits and relatively unknown masterpieces. I'm not sure that the set is worth buying, unless you are a completist. The Who are easily my favorite band, but even I didn't purchase the entire collection. If you do, I recommend buying the actual set at Best Buy or somewhere where you get the linear notes and box set. Even then, you must be a pretty big fan. If you are planning on buying from this collection online, I'd just pick out some of your favorites. Stand-outs for me were "Dogs" and the quiet piece, "Blue Red And Gray". Sample the playlist and find whatever sticks out, but if you're going to drop that much money, buy the actual set at a store.


Formed: 1964 in London, England

Genre: Rock

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

Few bands in the history of rock & roll were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notoriously intense live performances demonstrated. The group was a whirlwind of activity, as the wild Keith Moon fell over his drum kit and Pete Townshend leaped into the air with his guitar, spinning his right hand in exaggerated windmills. Vocalist Roger Daltrey strutted across the stage with a thuggish menace, as bassist John Entwistle...
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