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Magic Bus On Tour

Who Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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The Who's 1968 singles & B-sides compilation, unavailable on CD in the U.S. Features the hit 'Magic Bus', plus 'Doctor,Doctor', 'Disguises' and a track unavailable on any Americanrelease: 'Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde'. 11 tracks total. An MCA release.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very uneven collection of obscurities... March 5 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This is not a live album, as the title might lead one to believe; instead it is a collection of relatively obscure singles and B-sides. After the Who's success in America with the single "Magic Bus," the record company hastily threw together a mishmash of odds and ends. This album, released in 1968, is what resulted. The songs are a mixed bag, ranging from classics like "Pictures of Lily" to silliness like "Bucket T."
"I Can't Reach You" and "Our Love Was (Is)", both of which are great, come from "The Who Sell Out." (This album is the only place you can find a version of "Our Love Was" with a clean intro; that is, no crossfade from a previous song.)
Five more songs can be found on the remastered "A Quick One." "Disguises" has a very different mix from that on the box set and reissues. "Run Run Run" is a good song about a perpetually unlucky girl, and "Someone's Coming" and "Doctor, Doctor" are strange-but-fun John Entwistle compositions. "Bucket T." is the Who's attempt at Beach Boys-type material (Keith Moon's favorite song was "Don't Worry Baby.")
"Magic Bus" and "Pictures of Lily" (both excellent songs) are on "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy," which is a much more solid compilation. This leaves "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," a fun little song only available on this album, which is supposedly about Keith Moon's behavior when he was drinking. And a version of "Call Me Lightning" without lead guitar shows up here.
In short, this is an interesting, but extremely uneven compilation of songs. In addition, the sound is pretty poor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super compilation! Jan. 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
My only complaint, really, is that the title implies that this is a live recording. It's not! What it is, really, is a compilation of some great songs. "Disguises" remains a nearly-forgotten gem; hysterical lyrics sung in harmony with psychedelic noises in the background. "Run Run Run" is also a gas, about a girl who unfortunately has really bad luck: "Your horseshoe's rusty and your mirror's cracked/you walk under ladders, then you walk right back" kind of gives you an idea! Also check out John Entwistle's songs, always great black humor: "Doctor Doctor," "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" (which supposedly was about Keith Moon, who unfortunately was already developing a love affair with the bottle and whose personality as such changed whenever he got inebriated), and "Someone's Coming." And of course you can't forget the anthem "Magic Bus." What more can you say?
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Chance Missed Aug. 9 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was an odd choice of tracks when it was released on vinyl in the 1960s. It still is. The sound quality then was poor. It still is. The tracks don't really give a fair impression of how The Who were pushing the boundaries of pop into rock, and r'n'b into power-pop, at this time.
Worth getting for the cover - however confusing it might seem. For the casual browser - warning! This is NOT a live album, as it would appear from the title. These are all studio recordings, many of them B-sides to singles issued between 1965-67.
For the more devoted collector, worth getting for "Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde".
For the merely curious - save your money, and buy "The Who Sell Out" instead. THAT is utterly wonderful!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Record... Awful Sound!!! Jan. 2 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I always loved this album as a kid, but I was totally bummed out when I heard this CD. It has to be one of the worst CD mastering jobs I have EVER heard!!! It's almost unlistenable! What a shame.
Despite that... I still give it 3 stars for all the tunes off of it that are unavailable elsewhere. Maybe someday they'll do this one right. I hope so. It's an interesting piece of "Who History" that deserves much better IMHO.
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