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In comparison to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks—to name three other prominent British beat groups that emerged in the '60s—The Who released the least amount of material. The Who got the latest start and had the most deliberate songwriter in Pete Townshend, who began toying with the rock-opera concept as early as the band's second album. As a result, The Who's output can be largely collected in just a few albums. Thirty Years of Maximum R&B was issued as a four-CD set, featuring the group's hits (sometimes in alternate live versions) and a good sampling of its albums, along with oddities like commercials, Keith Moon jokes ("Life with the Moons"), and interview snippets with Townshend. Most excitingly, it contains material the band performed as The High Numbers. This can be considered an interesting entry point for new fans, while seasoned Who fanatics either will wish they could cherry-pick the rarities or will enjoy hearing the band's familiar history being told from a variety of angles beyond the scope of the average greatest-hits collection.

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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 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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