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Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy Best of

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 30 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000761Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

Product Description

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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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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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.Steve Hoffman was the man WHO put the direct master tapes to WHO"S NEXT on CD..You can still find this here on Amazon...A Little OT I know but I thought this important to remember. IF you want to here Who's Next from the best source " the master tapes" Look for Steve Hoffman's name on it...The best thing is he is Canadian.So as far as MBBB goes we will at least get a product that has been handled by someone WHO is connected to the WHO...Just some thoughts for the fanatics out there GRAB THE STEVE HOFFMAN WHO'S NEXT..It is available on this site dirt cheap ..That way you here this landmark album in its original form ..There is a definate richness in WHO'S NEXT that I have not heard in some of its other incarnations..From the master Analogs ...I re - itarate..
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By A Customer on Sept. 12 2003
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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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.
I LOVE THIS COLLECTION!
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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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