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Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy [Best of]

Who Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy + Who's Next (Original Mix) + Tommy (Deluxe)
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1. I Can't Explain
2. The Kids Are Alright
3. Happy Jack
4. I Can See For Miles
5. Pictures Of Lily
6. My Generation
7. The Seeker
8. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
9. Pinball Wizard
10. A Legal Matter
11. Boris The Spider
12. The Magic Bus
13. Substitute
14. I'm A Boy

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Out of print in the U.S.! While not a regular studio album, 1971's Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy has become one of the most popular Who collections in their catalog, offering a fine overview of their earlier hits spanning the years 1965-69. Features 14 classics including 'I Can't Explain', 'Happy Jack', 'Pinball Wizard', 'My Generation', 'The Magic Bus', 'Substitute' and 'The Kids Are Alright'. Universal.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for every Who fan Oct. 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the first best-of album of The Who, released back in 1971 on LP. It is still the best, especially in the CD version, mastered by Steve Hoffman (known from audiophile labels DCC and Audio Fidelity). The only other best-of CD you need is "Who's Better Who's Best".
A track-by-track review (all in my opinion).
1. I Can't Explain. This is the best version on CD you can find. True mono, powerful bass, punchy sound, almost no distortion. I never imagined that this rather primitive recording could sound so great.
2. The Kids Are Alright. This is the edited version (2:45) that was on the US album "The Who Sings My Generation", and that is also on "The Ultimate Collection" and the MCA "Who"s Better Who"s Best". It still sounds great, but the longer version (3:05) can be found on the Polydor "Who's Better Who's Best".
3. Happy Jack. True mono, good sound. The version on "Who"s Better Who"s Best" sounds a little cleaner, though.
4. I Can See For Miles. This is the original stereo album mix, with Pete's guitar moving between the channels during the solo. Great sound.
5. Pictures Of Lily. True mono. This is mastered just like the original single, with a fade-up at the beginning and a slight crescendo during the entire song. Good sound, but I prefer the cold start on "Who's Better Who's Best".
6. My Generation. True mono. This always sounds dirty, on every CD. But that is what it is supposed to sound. Still a signature song for The Who.
7. The Seeker. Stereo. This is the best version you can find on CD. The guitar intro blows you away.
8. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere. True mono. Not the best-sounding recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential collection Sept. 12 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This perfectly covers the early who singles. I have this cd instead of the kids are alright and my generation simply because I think the songs sound better on this than on the remastered versions. This Along with Tommy and Who's Next make up the essential who recordings. This even includes Boris the Spider which is always left out of greatest hits collections. Buy this, Tommy, and Who's Next the next time u goto the record store and simply bypass my generation and the kids are alright.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY YOU LOVE IT? IT'S GREAT! Aug. 20 2000
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
As an avid Who fan, this is an auditory treat. I love it! It is a great collection of pre-1971 hits and the high caliber of musical composition and lyrics is nonpareil. It's great! "Anyhow, Anywhere, Anytime" remains one of my all time favorites along with "Magic Bus." These songs bring back a plethora of memories and add some pleasant new memories to current experiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first vinyl record July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was the first vinyl LP I bought for myself, the first of February 2001, at the great vintage music store in my college town. I had a few kiddy records from childhood, but haven't listened to them in years; this record was my true first vinyl LP. Unfortunately, at the time I didn't have a record player and my parents had long since thrown ours out when it broke, so I had to display the record in my dorm room as eye candy till I got my first record player later that year on the day after my birthday. The ten and a half months of waiting were worth it. I don't normally go in for greatest hits packages anymore, but the songs are great regardless of being mostly a collection of singles and not album tracks. I got it on vinyl because I had been told that the CD version is missing the long version of "Magic Bus," the single version of "Substitute," and the rare "I'm a Boy" with horns and slightly different lyrics. The only thing I would change about it is the inclusion of "A Legal Matter," a song which may have gotten to #32 in Britain but which isn't as well-loved by the fans as the even-lower-charting "TKAA" (also included here, though I'm told left off of the 1996 compilation 'My Generation'), which reached #41. They did include "Boris the Spider," which was only an album track, but that song is well-loved and well-known, not some minor hit that most fans don't consider a classic or personal favourite. By that same token, they could also have included "Call Me Lightning," which hit #40, and "Dogs," which was #25. Still, it did a great job at introducing Americans to the early Who songs which had only been hits in Britain, and even though the most recent hit on it is "The Seeker," it's still one of the most classic greatest hits packages out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars maybe the best Who compilation Feb. 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Why is it the best Who compilation? Because most Who compilations (excluding the ultimate collection) don't cover the early Who as well as this one, and every other Who compilation (including the ultimate collection) includes tracks from Who's Next and Tommy, and, in my opinion, those are great albums and are already worth getting, so you'd only be paying for the same songs twice. The songs on Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy are either songs released only as singles, or come from albums which as a whole are not nearly as good as the Who's best albums. If you're still into buying music, you should appreciate getting all these great songs together on one disc. So, why not five stars? First of all, it's missing "Call Me Lightning,"- since buyers of this album will likely buy Tommy as well, why couldn't they put "Call Me Lightning" on instead of "Pinball Wizard?" Second, it has the slower, dragged-out version of "I'm A Boy," instead of the more rocking version which is on the Ultimate Collection. And by that token- if they're doing the long version thing, why not have the long version of "The Kids Are Alright?" As for the sound quality- it could have been better, but I don't think it's bad- in fact, the Ultimate Collection doesn't sound that much better. As an afterthought, perhaps the remastered "My Generation" is comparable to this- it has about half of these songs, and the long version of "Kids," but I hear that has a lot of filler, and some of the songs sound really different. This certainly has no filler and the songs are in the un-remastered form in which they became classics- I'm sticking with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered!
Exactly what I expected!! Great music by a great band...I am living my younger years over every time I listen to this CD!!!!
Published 15 hours ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Hoffman
Someone made a comment that they were disapointed the It was not the "rare german" version. I understand being dissapointed but keep this in mind. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2011 by Doug P. Garriock
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the who's best
i found this in my dad's record colection when i was 5 of 6 and must of listend to it abou 324 times becose it so awsome if you like the who you will like this eaven more than if... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2007 by thibs happy dude from canada
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
This is an early collection of the Who's career, it is very good, but lacks material. This album has stood the test of time and fallen to a lower point. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Gus fogle
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the ages
Ok, I'll try and skip the fluff I noticed in some other reviews. There are two ways of looking at this album if you loved The Who of the sixties you can't go better as a... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any collection
I first got into the Who when I heard 'Pinball Wizard' on the radio. I then listened to 'Tommy' nonstop for about 3 months. Read more
Published on May 30 2003 by Stu Spohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Just WOW!
My mother had this record on vinyl in the 70's and the soundtrack of my childhood would be incomplete with out it! Read more
Published on March 22 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Who's early work
This compilation CD belongs in any true Who fan's collection. Originally released in 1971, the album is comprised of fourteen songs of their best early work. Read more
Published on March 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say about the Who
They are the best rockers and know how to get those nerves frayed. So, listen loudly. Best music to show that something good can come from too much of anything.
Published on Jan. 11 2002 by Gary Ostreicher
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