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Magic Bus On Tour
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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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"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.Read more ›
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!
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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This is the only Who CD (along with ?Canadian pressings of MBB&B) to have Magic Bus in full stereo. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by tempus fugit
I'm not a Who expert as I see many other reviewers are, so I was initially oblivious to flaws on this album that others noticed. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2002
It would be generous indeed to describe most early Who albums as uneven. Before TOMMY, The Who really wasn't trying. If you doubt, check out this disturbing little curio. Read morePublished on July 26 2002 by The Orange Duke
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