UPDATE: I got this disc for $2, in pristine shape. I consider this a rescue.
Writing this up doesn’t even feel fair. I mean, I am built to love this disc. I’ve heard the Who’s songs for so long (haven’t we all), they’re so ingrained in our culture and in rock music as to be inseparable and indelible.
Still, in playing this disc now, I am reminded of two things, predominantly: 1) the Who wrote really freaking incredible songs, and 2) Robert Pollard totally nicked the vocal delivery (he’s a noted Who fan). Good on ya, Bob!
The track list here is nigh on impeccable:
Substitute / The Seeker / Magic Bus / My Generation / Pinball Wizard / Happy Jack / Won’t Get Fooled Again / My Wife / Squeeze Box / The Relay / 5:15 / Love Reign O’er Me / Who Are You.
You’ll notice I didn’t even have to comment on any of these songs. You knew them all, right? Right.
But there are glaring omissions here. I mean, first and foremost, Baba O’Riley. Seriously, what. I’d slot it in right after Won’t Get Fooled Again, or right at the end.
Second, I was going to say you should just go buy Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy as a companion to this disc, because you’re still missing the following other tracks that it adds to the mix…
I Can’t Explain / The Kids Are Alright / I Can See For Miles / Pictures Of Lily / Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere / A Legal Matter / Boris The Spider / I’m a Boy.
And there’s still no You Better You Bet, amongst several others… Glad they left off Behind Blue Eyes, though. I never did like that song.
But wait! Here ya go, there’s a 2CD set called The Who: The Ultimate Collection that looks like it’d get you pretty well sorted.
Oh. Sorry, I got carried away, there. Back to the disc at hand. Ahem.
All the missing tracks aside, this single disc is still a great primer for newbies and old hands alike. You knew it would be. It plays huge in the car and it’s totally fun, though it is difficult to do the guitar arm swings in such an enclosed space.