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  • Audio CD (December 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: December 21, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B002VJVCQ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Can't Explain (2:07)
2. My Generation (3:18)
3. The Kids Are Alright (2:46)
4. Substitute (3:49)
5. Happy Jack (2:12)
6. Pictures Of Lily (2:46)
7. I Can See For Miles (4:08)
8. Magic Bus (3:21)
9. Pinball Wizard (3:03)
10. Behind Blue Eyes (3:41)
11. Baba O'Riley (5:01)
12. Won't Get Fooled Again (8:33)
13. Love, Reign O'er Me (3:13)
14. Who Are You (5:07)
15. Squeeze Box (2:42)
16. You Better You Bet (5:38)
17. Eminence Front (5:38)
18. Real Good Looking Boy (5:42)
19. It's Not Enough (4:52)

Editorial Reviews

2009 career-spanning collection from the British Rock 'n' Roll legends. Greatest Hits begins with the band's first single and concludes with a track from its most recent album, Endless Wire. It's a fantastic place to start your amazing journey into one of the most beloved Rock catalogs of all time. In between are songs representing the many peaks of the band's career, from early singles to classic concept albums to more recent successes. Most, if not all, of these classic tracks are instantly recognizable. Includes 'Won't Get Fooled Again', 'Who Are You', 'Baba O'Riley', 'You Better You Bet', 'My Generation' and many more. 19 tracks.

Customer Reviews

It brings me back to when I was a teen great CD.
Greg Linck
As for me, I found this to be a very good album, one that I really enjoyed listening to.
Kurt A. Johnson
Some of the greatest songs by one of the best band ever.
Dan Lunt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Statman on January 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I can't imagine what the purpose of this album is, unless the NFL pushed its release. All great songs, but chopping "Who Are You" in half is unforgivable. Then and Now was a nice, better, one disk collection, but buy the Ultimate Collection instead - you'll be glad you did.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Vincent G. Marino on December 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sorry, but the remastering on this CD is awful. All of the previous Who collection sound better, especially "Then and Now." Skip this.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Sabbboy on January 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Decent retrospective of the Who's 17 hits plus 2 non-hits. The first non-hit, "Real good looking boy" is a very good tune. I suspect they cut "Who are you" in half to make room for the dreadful last song, "It's not enough". I never really liked the song or album "Who are you", but you cannot chop three minutes off it and worse yet, not mention it anywhere that it'a an edit. Inexcusable!!!!!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Kossick on January 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I agree completely with the reviewer who commented on the poor sound quality of this disc. I've been a Who fan since seeing them back in 1968, and have listed to quite a bit of their music over the last 40+ years, including the many "greatest hits" packages the group has put out. Compared to prior greatest hits offerings, the sound mix on this package is atrocious. The bass is cranked up so high on many of the songs, that the sound is muddy and borders on being distorted. Other songs contain noticeable hiss (i.e. "Happy Jack") that other versions of the song did not. As far as the Who's greatest hits packages are concerned, purchase "Then And Now" or the more complete (double disc) Ultimate Collection released back in 2002. Better yet, go with the Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B box set released back in 1994, which provides both stellar sound and a comprehensive musical history of the group. It's sad to think that a new "generation" of Who fans are being introduced to this iconic group by way of such poorly mastered releases as this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bcat on February 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Who is my favorite band - I'll get that out of the way up front. This is a nice collection of excellent music, but it's all been done before. With the exception of the final track (It's Not Enough), all of these songs have appeared on various collections going back over four decades. Even Real Good Looking Boy was originally part of a greatest hits package and has already appeared on the soundtrack to "Amazing Journey" which, since it's a biography of the band, is just another greatest hits collection. And, with the possibility of another Who album in the near future, I'm sure we'll see all these songs together again one (or ten) more times.

That being said, if you're not necessarily a Who fan, but want some of their music in your library, then this collection isn't a bad choice; there are better collections, but "Greatest Hits" does contain all the songs a casual fan would want. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more comprehensive collection, you won't be satisfied with this cd.

As for the cd itself, the sound, as others have noted, isn't particularly good on some tracks, and I can't figure out why they chopped Who Are You. Not only that, they did a little editing - "Who the f*** are you?" has become "Who t h*** are you?". The only thing that differentiates this collection from earlier packages is the inclusion of the two post-Entwistle songs. Unlike most other reviewers, I think It's Not Enough is a solid song (one of Daltrey's finest vocals), but it's inclusion here is somewhat odd as it's not even the best song from "Endless Wire."

All in all, "Greatest Hits" is a decent collection, but when several other better collections are still in print, this cd doesn't offer enough to make it worthwhile.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This much-maligned album was initially released in December of 2009. It features nineteen hit tunes that were written by the incomparable Pete Townshend. The album was rushed out, not due to fan demand, but to capitalize on the band's performance as Super Bowl XLIV's halftime show on the following February.

Is it as bad as people say? I don't think so. The tunes are all very good, though admittedly they could have stood being remastered. If you have an even relatively extensive Who collection, then you will not really get anything new here, though it does contain some newer tracks than their 1983 Greatest Hits album.

As for me, I found this to be a very good album, one that I really enjoyed listening to. It has the best of the best, including I Can See For Miles, Behind Blue Eyes, You Better You Bet, and that stellar tune, Baba O'Riley.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik Bateson on March 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
My version:

1. I Can't Explain - 2:05
2. My Generation - 3:17
3. The Kids Are Alright - 3:07
4. Substitute - 3:48
5. Happy Jack - 2:11
6. Pictures Of Lily - 2:44
7. I Can See For Miles - 4:08
8. Magic Bus - 3:16
9. Pinball Wizard - 3:02
10. I'm Free - 2:40
11. Baba O'Riley - 5:01
12. Behind Blue Eyes - 3:43
13. Won't Get Fooled Again - 8:33
14. Love, Reign O'er Me - 5:54
15. Squeeze Box - 2:42
16. Who Are You - 6:21
17. You Better You Bet - 5:38
18. Eminence Front - 5:42

Added:

I'm Free - 2:40

Who Are You - 6:21 (An edited version of 3:28 was included, but this song must be heard in its entirety)

Removed:

Real Good Looking Boy - 5:43

It's Not Enough - 4:05

These are good songs, but not as essential as "I'm Free" or the full version of "Who Are You."

I also reversed the positions of "Baba O'Reilly" and "Behind Blue Eyes" as I feel it flows better that way.

Also, the mastering problem needs to be fixed.
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The Who at the superbowl.....
I actually enjoyed the show. They were a little shaky at times, but hey, they are a bit older now, so I cut them a break. Besides, they have put out a lot of great music over the years, and the laser light show was fantastic!
Feb 12, 2010 by SugarGirl |  See all 6 posts
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So true, guys, I wish they would release a double or triple-CD set of unreleased live stuff, like Tanglewood 1970, a Quad show from 1973, Swansea 1976, etc. I know much of that is available on boots but it would be great to have remastered (not overlycompressed. lol!) CD versions of those shows.... Read More
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The Who Greatest Hits Live CD from Geffen Records
As I stated earlier in a post to you,most of the stuff on the live disc was previously released on the "View from a Backstage Pass" CDs available through the Who fan club.
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