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Who, The - The Who: Twentieth Century Remasters
Label: MCA Records
Release: 1999

Tracklisting:
My Generation
Happy Jack
I Can See For Miles
Magic Bus
Pinball Wizard
Squeeze Box
Behind Blue Eyes
Who Are You
Join Together
Won't Get Fooled Again
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This is pretty much a greatest hits album (with plenty of remastering thrown in). That being said, as a greatest hits, its not all that great. Its missing a large amount of Who classics, although whats there is fairly good.

The CD begins with "My Generation", easily the most recognisable song ever recorded by the Who. It also feautures a great drum track by Moon. Surprisingly enough, this collection completely ignores the two earlier singles, "Can't Explain" and "Substitute". "Happy Jack" is a catchy tune with prominent basswork from Entwistle, and overall very enjoyable. "I Can See For Miles" is decidedly darker, and is a great song (as is pretty much everything on here). The infamous "Magic Bus" will remain stuck in your head for hours, with its excellent chorus and odd percussion parts. "Pinball Wizard" sounds millions of time better here than on the vinyl release of Tommy, and manages to chill you to the bone with its sinister intro before breaking into utter sillyness. "Squeeze Box" manages to worm its way into your head with absoloutely horrible (in a good way) country-ness and accordion. "Behind Blue Eyes", so recently sodomized by fred durst and co., appears alive and kicking in its original form. Who Are You is the only track that could benefit from even more remastering. The fantastic bass solo is completely inaudible, and it manages to completely kill the mood of the song. "Join Together" is good, although nothing great. "Won't Get Fooled Again" is a climactic doozy of a song (complete with Roger Daltrey war cry), and brings the album to great close.

Overall, this is a solid collection although adding one or more of the following tracks could have improved it a great deal:

Baba O' Riley
I Can't Explain
Substitute
5:15
The Real Me
Love, Reign O'er Me
Baba O' Riley
I Can't Explain
Substitute
5:15
The Real Me
Love, Reign O'er Me

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