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The Who: The Ultimate Collection [Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

The WhoAudio CD
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The Who are a four-piece mod/rock band whose first album, My Generation, bristled with attitude; the lyric "I hope I die before I get old" tapped into the disaffection felt by post-war baby boomers, helping to secure a loyal fanbase and establish the band at the forefront of the mod movement.

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  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • ASIN: B000065UFD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Can't Explain
2. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
3. My Generation
4. The Kids Are Alright
5. A Legal Matter
6. Substitute
7. I'm A Boy
8. Boris The Spider
9. Happy Jack
10. Pictures Of Lily
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Behind Blue Eyes
2. Won't Get Fooled Again
3. Let's See Action
4. Pure & Easy
5. Join Together
6. Long Live Rock
7. The Real Me
8. 5:15
9. Love Reign O'er Me
10. Squeeze Box
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

This 2-CD, 35-track juggernaut packs the maximum, 24-bit mastered rock action from the world's greatest "maximum R&B band"! Includes I Can't Explain; Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere; My Generation; The Kids Are Alright; Substitute; I Can See for Miles; Magic Bus (in a rare stereo mix); Pinball Wizard; I'm Free; Baba O'Riley; Behind Blue Eyes; Won't Get Fooled Again; Join Together; Long Live Rock; Love Reign O'er Me; The Real Me; Squeeze Box; Who Are You; Sister Disco; You Better You Bet; Eminence Front , and more. Over 135 minutes, with notes and attitude!incorrect style - see below for correct format

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The Who's mighty catalog of beautiful, poignant, and often silly pop songs bashed out with Cassius Clay finesse has suffered in the past at the hands of multiple, butcher-shop best-ofs and horrible packaging. But this thrilling band--undeniably one of ye classicke rocke's greatest--gets the career-spanning entry-point compilation it deserves with the double-disc Ultimate Collection. The songs included here are no-brainers, for the most part--if they aren't huge hits like "My Generation," "I Can See for Miles," or "Baba O'Riley," they're long-standing fan favorites such as "Boris the Spider," "Pure and Easy," and "Squeeze Box." And while this reviewer wishes different songs were chosen from Tommy, and more than one tune was gathered from their arguably finest (and definitely silliest) album, The Who Sell Out, this record really isn't for fans (aside from the total trainspotter types) but for newcomers. --Mike McGonigal

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265 of 284 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
10. It's more concise than the 4-CD boxed set.
9. The inferior 2-CD "Hooligans" compilation is out of print.
8. It has informative liner notes, listing the date each song was recorded.
7. The booklet includes pictures of all the Who album covers, and has some great photos of the band in action.
6. The remastered songs sound great, even on a moderately priced stereo system.
5. The song selection is superb, without a single weak track.
4. The recently deceased John Entwistle plays the greatest bass guitar licks of all time on "My Generation." This has never sounded clearer than the version on this compilation.
3. Roger Daltrey's vocals and Pete Townshend's songwriting are perfectly showcased on this great collection.
2. The first CD clocks in around 67 minutes. The second CD clocks in at nearly 69 minutes. Add in the bonus disc, and you have nearly two and a half hours of great Who music!
1. The bonus disc of 4 songs feature noticeably different versions of well known Who songs. Particularly outstanding is the acoustic version of "Happy Jack." Because it's a limited edition, you shouldn't wait too long to buy the aptly named Ultimate Collection.
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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who By Numbers July 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'd like to start by saying that a best of, or greatest hits compilation, always leaves some fan's favorite song off. A compilation should really be judged by its inclusiveness of all the top 40 hits, as well as key album tracks. A compilation is not procured for fans who have all the artist's cds. It designed to make money and to appeal to window shopping fans who want all the hits, plus a little extra. Does this two disc compilation of The Who satisfy that kind of buyer? Yes. The Who have 16 top 40 hits to their credit, and they're all here except "The Relay" and "Athena". So in that sense, this compilation gets a thumbs up. Does this compilation have many non-top 40 classics? Yes. Too many to just list here, but as a compilation, this is the first to encapsule such a dearth of music from The Who. Unless you want to get The Who's box set. For those who don't want to buy all 10 studio recordings, this two disc pit stop has everything you'd want. It's about time someone realized that The Who deserves a two disc compilation instead of one. "Eminence Front", though not a hit, has been absent from Who compilations until now. All the tracks are digitally remastered, another plus when shopping for a compilation. The liner notes are alright, tracing the band's history, but it doesn't offer an exciting read. In my opinion, aside from The Who's box set, this is the best compilation of The Who thus far. A testament of a great rock and roll band. There's plenty more positive things to say about The Who, but I'll keep my critique to just this compilation.
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117 of 130 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good songs - bad mastering November 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am a big fan of The Who, I have all their albums (twice because of the remasters) and several Best-Ofs and rarities collections. So I love the music here. The track selection on this 2 CD set is quite good and promising. The only hits missing are The Relay and Athena.
But the sound is really bad here. This is not because they used the original mixes. Actually, they used the original mixes on "Who's Better Who's Best" and "Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy", two Best-Of CDs from the 1980s, and those sound great. (Get those two instead of this!)
The reasons for the harsh, bright, one-dimensional, distorted, lifeless sound is an unhealthy combination of noise reduction, compression and volume maximization. Noise reduction is supposed to take away the tape hiss, but it also affects the music, the vocals sound shrill, the drums tinny, the bass artificial, the lead guitar unreal, and the whole sound image flat and dull. The breath of life is sucked out of the music. Compression is used to make the low passages louder and to make it more "in-your-face" sounder, but if overused, tape defects are brought up to the front and the dynamic range of the recording is destroyed. Volume maximization will cause digital clipping on the loud passages and therefore also reduce the dynamic range.
In addition, Happy Jack and Call Me Lightning are presented in fake stereo here, probably the worst CD versions of these songs ever.
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112 of 131 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Screwed up the sound, big-time June 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I love The Who. And I traded in "The Very Best of" from 1996 as I bought "The Ultimate Collection," excited that MCA had finally brought most of the best tracks together in one package. Problem is, they remastered these tracks again and, as a long-time listener, I find them unbearable to listen to.
The problem is that they are bright and edgy without enough of the lower sounds to balance it. So the snare drums go "splat" and Roger's voice sounds shrill and, worst of all, the basic bass drum is hardly audible. What you have is a very crisp, hard-edged sound that just doesn't sound like previous releases.
I'm NOT talking about vinyl, I'm talking about the remasters that came out in the mid-1990s. When I first listened to "Won't Get Fooled Again" on "Ultimate" I went running for the "Who's Next" CD to make sure I wasn't making this up. Immediately you hear a smoother high end and Daltrey's voice sounding natural and the drums sounding like Keith Moon.
Sorry to be a party-pooper, but I rushed back to see if I could retrieve the "Very Best of" that I'd sold back. Fortunately, I can buy it back. For those of you who haven't plunked down the money yet, if you care about the difference in sound I'm describing, be sure you can give "The Ultimate" a listen before you buy it!
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