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The Who: The Ultimate Collection

Review 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
The Very Best Of The Rolling Stones 1964-1971

Review 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
Jump Back: The Best Of The Rolling Stones (1971 - 1993)

Review Following the success of the four 7' singles box sets, we present the singles - A-sides, B-sides and EP tracks from the legendary Who on CD. 86 tracks from the Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor labels including classic hits, and rarely heard B-sides. The Box also features the band s first single, as the High Numbers Zoot Suit b/w 'I'm The Face. Five CDs, in separate wallets, housed in a rigid, lift-off box with a 48 page booklet featuring track by track annotation and period photos.
The Very Best Of The Doors (2CD)

Review No Description Available
No Track Information Available
Media Type: CD
Artist: WHO
Title: WHO'S NEXT
Street Release Date: 11/07/1995
Domestic
Genre: ROCK/POP
Tommy

Review A mix of old favorites and buried treasures makes this edition of Who's Next a definite must. One of the defining albums of 70s hard rock from one of the 60s most successful bands, the original album includes some of The Who's best-known work, such as the anthemic "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again", the by turns sorrowful and angry "Behind Blue Eyes", and perennial favorite "My Wife". The new tracks on this album are equally worth hearing, including "Pure and Easy" (an alternate edition of which is available on Odds & Sods) and the original version of "Behind Blue Eyes". A hard rock classic, Who's Next is required listening for rock fans of all ages. --Genevieve Williams
Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix

Review In this 100th show in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Who performed their nearly 50 year old landmark rock opera Tommy in its entirety along with a second set of 7 greatest hits at London's historic Royal Albert Hall. The Who have toured Tommy before, in 1969, 1989 and again in 2002, but this set includes every track performed live from the 24 track studio album, including the side 4 rarity Welcome . All the big anthems are in full force here. See and feel the music once again!

CD 1
1. Overture
2. It's A Boy
3. 1921
4. Medley: Amazing Journey / Overture
5. Sparks
6. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
7. Christmas
8. Cousin Kevin
9. The Acid Queen
10. Do You Think It's Alright?
11. Fiddle About
12. Pinball Wizard
13. There's A Doctor
14. Go To The Mirror
15. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
16. Smash The Mirror
17. Underture
18. I'm Free
19. Miracle Cure
20. Sensation
21. Sally Simpson
22. Welcome
23. Tommy's Holiday Camp
24. We're Not Gonna Take It

CD 2
1 I Can't Explain
2. Join Together
3. I Can See For Miles
4. Who Are You
5. Love, Reign O'er Me
6. Baba O'Riley
7. Won't Get Fooled Again
Hot Rocks 1964-1971

Review There is no more significant a milestone in Rock Music than the 50th Anniversary. Alongside The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, THE WHO complete the holy trinity of British Rock bands that have the honor of celebrating that landmark. Through the decades, THE WHO redefined rock music as we know it and their influence continues in all areas of popular culture to this day. WHO HITS 50! is the definitive collection of the band's greatest tracks from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track 'BE LUCKY.' Unauthorised copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of the recorded work is prohibited.
The Very Best of Jethro Tull

Review No Description Available
No Track Information Available
Media Type: CD
Artist: WHO
Title: TOMMY
Street Release Date: 03/12/1996
Domestic
Genre: ROCK/POP
Who's Next

Review Tommy had the dubious distinction of being the first-ever rock opera; however, it's none the worse for that, Ken Russell's adaptation notwithstanding. Due largely to Pete Townshend's skill as a songwriter and composer, Tommy tells a coherent story and includes quality rock and roll at the same time, an impressive feat by itself. While surprisingly more linear than the later Quadrophenia, Tommy boasts several songs that stand up well on their own, including the classic "Pinball Wizard," "The Acid Queen," "I'm Free," and "Sally Simpson." Much of the rest doesn't make much sense lyrically unless you listen to the entire album, but you'll probably want to do that anyway, preferably with the lights low and the stereo cranked. --Genevieve Williams
Mothership (2CD)

Review One of the greatest live rock albums of all time with eight new cuts!
Lynyrd Skynyrd - All Time Greatest Hits

Review Anyone who owned the vinyl copy of Live at Leeds will barely recognize its digitized namesake. While the 1970 record offered a mere six selections, the 1995 CD reissue is fleshed out with a full 14 tracks. Reveling in the augmented Leeds prompts one to wonder why in the name of "Heaven and Hell" they didn't put out a double record in the first place. No matter. This Live at Leeds is actually superior to its revered predecessor. The Who are at their Maximum R&B peak here, bringing an almost proto-metal aggression to supercharged covers of "Young Man Blues," "Summertime Blues," and "Shakin' All Over" (all from the original record) and treating fans to originals familiar ("I Can't Explain," "My Generation," "Magic Bus") and less known ("Heaven and Hell," "Tattoo," "A Quick One"). An improved-upon classic. --Steven Stolder
Maximum A's & B's [5 CD]

Review They've added 10 rare bonus tracks (and six more "ads"!) to flesh out the original radio station concept!
Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall [2 CD]

Review The Who Sell Out's pirate-radio concept goes south in the album's second half--the Who ran out of time before they could write enough faux commercials--but it still remains in many ways their best and most entertaining album. Pete Townshend and John Entwistle supply song after great song, and along with Keith Moon play them with power and focus. The classic single "I Can See for Miles" is matched on at least a handful of tracks, including the opening psychedelic-pop blast of "Armenia City in the Sky" (written by Townshend pal Speedy Keen), the hilarious social-interaction tales "Odorono" and "Tattoo," and the majestic mini-opus "Rael." This remaster's bonus tracks are occasionally too much of a good thing, but the Tommy rough draft "Glow Girl" is brilliant. --Rickey Wright
The Christmas Records [7" Box Set]

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Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe)(1LP/3CD/1DVD)

Review 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.
Strange Days (50th Anniversary Expanded Edition)(2CD)

Review 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
ON AIR [Deluxe]

Review 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
Tommy Live at The Royal Albert Hall (Blu-ray)

Review Following the success of the four 7' singles box sets, we present the singles - A-sides, B-sides and EP tracks from the legendary Who on CD. 86 tracks from the Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor labels including classic hits, and rarely heard B-sides. The Box also features the band s first single, as the High Numbers Zoot Suit b/w 'I'm The Face. Five CDs, in separate wallets, housed in a rigid, lift-off box with a 48 page booklet featuring track by track annotation and period photos.
Songs Of Experience [Deluxe Edition]

Review No Description Available
No Track Information Available
Media Type: CD
Artist: WHO
Title: WHO'S NEXT
Street Release Date: 11/07/1995
Domestic
Genre: ROCK/POP
Yardbirds 68

Review A mix of old favorites and buried treasures makes this edition of Who's Next a definite must. One of the defining albums of 70s hard rock from one of the 60s most successful bands, the original album includes some of The Who's best-known work, such as the anthemic "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again", the by turns sorrowful and angry "Behind Blue Eyes", and perennial favorite "My Wife". The new tracks on this album are equally worth hearing, including "Pure and Easy" (an alternate edition of which is available on Odds & Sods) and the original version of "Behind Blue Eyes". A hard rock classic, Who's Next is required listening for rock fans of all ages. --Genevieve Williams

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