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The Who 10/27/2017

Review

Given the sheer number of Who compilations over the years -- including The Who Hits 50!, a career-capping retrospective that appeared just three years prior to this 2017 box -- it may be easy to cast a cynical eye upon Maximum A's & B's, which it doesn't deserve. For one, there hasn't been a large-scale Who box set since 1994's Thirty Years of Maximum R&B -- most of the comps have been simple hits collections -- and, secondly, the Who benefit from having attention being drawn to their singles. At the dawn of their career, the Who mastered 7" blasts of pop art and even when Pete Townshend toiled over rock operas, he couldn't resist the pull of a 45, releasing non-LP singles as late as 1972 and hiding excellent songs on B-sides along the way. The Who continued to release singles over three-plus decades, using them as calling cards for reunions or samplers of latter-day live albums, and Maximum A's & B's collects them all, give or take a couple of variations in international markets. Its very comprehensiveness can be something of an Achilles Heel, particularly in the late '80s and '90s when the group were cranking out singles from fine but forgettable live albums, but putting the flops and B-sides alongside the weary warhorses winds up reviving the entirety of the Who's catalog. These oddities provide a bracing jolt of context: when they were Mods, they were grooving with the "Batman" theme -- later revived by the Jam in this arrangement -- saluted the Stones once Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were imprisoned, and invented Brit-pop with the flop "Dogs." After Tommy, some of Townshend's best songs found no room on albums -- "The Seeker," "Don't Know Myself," "Let's See Action," "Join Together," and "The Relay" never found a home -- as did a performance as phenomenal as a live 1972 B-side "Baby Don't You Do It," which has never been reissued prior to this collection. But perhaps the real revelation of Maximum A's & B's is how the 21st century reunion wound up producing bittersweet tunes that serve as an effective elegiac coda to their career. Usually, this latter-day material seems like an afterthought, but thanks to the weight of this box, it's given its proper space and helps illustrate just how remarkable the entirety of the Who's career is. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Zoot Suit The Who 1:58
  3. 2 I'm the Face The Who 2:31
  4. 3 I Can't Explain The Who 2:3
  5. 4 Bald Headed Woman The Who 2:8
  6. 5 Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere The Who 2:40
  7. 6 Daddy Rolling Stone The Who 2:46
  8. 7 My Generation The Who 3:15
  9. 8 Shout and Shimmy The Who 3:16
  10. 9 Circles The Who 3:10
  11. 10 Instant Party Mixture The Who 3:26
  12. 11 A Legal Matter The Who 2:45
  13. 12 The Kids Are Alright The Who 3:3
  14. 13 The Ox The Who 3:46
  15. 14 La-La-La-Lies The Who 2:12
  16. 15 The Good's Gone The Who 3:58
  17. 1 Substitute The Who 3:46
  18. 2 Circles The Who 2:27
  19. 3 Waltz for a Pig The Who 2:24
  20. 4 I'm a Boy The Who 2:39
  21. 5 In the City The Who 2:22
  22. 6 Disguises The Who 3:10
  23. 7 Batman The Who 1:24
  24. 8 Bucket T The Who 2:8
  25. 9 Barbara Ann The Who 1:59
  26. 10 Happy Jack The Who 2:10
  27. 11 I've Been Away The Who 2:7
  28. 12 Pictures of Lily The Who 2:43
  29. 13 Doctor, Doctor The Who 2:59
  30. 14 The Last Time The Who 2:48
  31. 15 Under My Thumb The Who 2:35
  32. 16 I Can See for Miles The Who 4:1
  33. 17 Someone's Coming The Who 2:29
  34. 18 Dogs The Who 3:4
  35. 19 Call Me Lightning The Who 2:22
  36. 20 Magic Bus The Who 3:16
  37. 21 Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde The Who 2:33
  38. 1 Pinball Wizard The Who 2:59
  39. 2 Dogs Part Two The Who 2:25
  40. 3 The Seeker The Who 3:10
  41. 4 Here for More The Who 2:24
  42. 5 Summertime Blues The Who 3:22
  43. 6 Heaven and Hell The Who 3:32
  44. 7 See Me, Feel Me The Who 3:36
  45. 8 Overture The Who 3:57
  46. 9 Christmas The Who 1:54
  47. 10 I'm Free The Who 2:39
  48. 11 Won't Get Fooled Again The Who 3:36
  49. 12 Don't Know Myself The Who 4:58
  50. 13 Let's See Action The Who 3:55
  51. 14 When I Was a Boy The Who 3:28
  52. 15 Join Together The Who 4:18
  53. 16 Baby Don't You Do It The Who 6:14
  54. 17 Relay The Who 3:51
  55. 18 Waspman The Who 3:1
  56. 1 5.15 The Who 4:18
  57. 2 Water The Who 4:38
  58. 3 Listening to You/See Me, Feel Me The Who 4:14
  59. 4 Overture From Tommy The Who 4:59
  60. 5 Squeeze Box The Who 2:40
  61. 6 Success Story The Who 3:18
  62. 7 Who Are You The Who 5:5
  63. 8 Had Enough The Who 4:27
  64. 9 Long Live Rock The Who 3:56
  65. 10 My Wife The Who 3:26
  66. 11 5:15 The Who 4:49
  67. 12 I'm One The Who 2:38
  68. 13 You Better You Bet The Who 3:56
  69. 14 The Quiet One The Who 3:4
  70. 15 Don't Let Go the Coat The Who 3:40
  71. 16 You The Who 4:27
  72. 1 Athena The Who 3:45
  73. 2 A Man Is a Man The Who 3:51
  74. 3 Eminence Front The Who 5:38
  75. 4 It's Your Turn The Who 3:37
  76. 5 Twist and Shout The Who 3:57
  77. 6 I Can't Explain The Who 2:39
  78. 7 Bony Moronie The Who 3:31
  79. 8 Join Together The Who 5:20
  80. 9 I Can See for Miles The Who 3:53
  81. 10 Behind Blue Eyes The Who 3:35
  82. 11 Real Good Looking Boy The Who 5:40
  83. 12 Old Red Wine The Who 3:40
  84. 13 Sound Round The Who 1:22
  85. 14 Pick Up the Peace The Who 1:27
  86. 15 Endless Wire The Who 1:51
  87. 16 We Got a Hit The Who 1:18
  88. 17 They Make My Dream Come True The Who 1:12
  89. 18 Mirror Door The Who 4:12
  90. 19 Be Lucky The Who 3:15
  91. 20 I Can't Explain The Who 2:3

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