As most people would recognize from the tracklist, this CD is not any kind of "best of" compilation for The Who. What it is, however, is a great collection of true rarities that any serious Who fan would love to have in their collection. Unfortunately, this CD tends to be very hard to find (as of this writing it is out of print). There are several songs here that do not exist on any other CD release (as far as I know)---"Dogs, Part Two" (originally the b-side to the "Pinball Wizard" single), an alternate version of "Circles", "My Wife (Live)", and "Goin' Down (Live)". Both of these great live tunes are from San Francisco, December 13, 1971. [ "Goin Down" is mislabelled on the CD as 1972]. "Wasp Man" is also very rare--the only other CD it exists on is the equally hard to find "Rarities Volume 2". "Wasp Man" and "Dogs, Part Two" are hilariously quirky songs, both credited to Keith Moon, and unlikely to find their way into more mainstream compilation sets. Also, it's nice to have the cover versions of the Stones' "Under My Thumb" and "The Last Time" together in the same place for the first time since The Who released them as a single in 1967.
Many of the other titles on this CD have begun appearing as extra tracks on the reissued versions of the "My Generation" and "A Quick One" CDs, as well as the "Thirty Years of Maximum R&B" box set....BUT IN REMIXED FORM! This CD seems to be the only place to find many of these songs in their original mixes. There may be some people who will assume that a REMIXED version sounds better than an ORIGINAL version, and that a STEREO version automatically sounds better than a MONO version. Well, those assumptions may be correct sometimes...BUT...when you listen to some of the remixed versions of these songs, and hear that the piano playing of some hired session musician has been turned up louder in the mix than Townshend's guitar, you begin to really appreciate having a copy of the original versions! ENJOY!