Who Hits 50 (Rmst)


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    Who Hits 50 (Rmst) Geffen / Polydor

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Review Text The Who need no excuse to release a new compilation -- since 1994, a new collection has appeared roughly at the rate of one every three years -- but the band's 50th anniversary does provide the opportunity for a splashy new compilation, the first since 2009's Greatest Hits. Snappily titled The Who Hits 50!, by virtue of spanning two full CDs the set does cast a wider net than either Greatest Hits or 2004's Then & Now, beginning with the stiff R&B of the High Numbers' "Zoot Suit" and concluding with the brand-new "Be Lucky," a delirious revival of Pete Townshend's purple, overwritten '80s midlife crisis. In between those two songs come 40 tracks, including some genuine surprises -- the bonkers mod anthem "Dogs" and its Beach Boys-aping flip "Call Me Lightning," the band's cover of the Stones' "The Last Time," the first appearance of "Relay" in a comp in ages, John Entwistle's paranoid "Trick of the Light" -- but for the most part, this serves up the same songs that have popped up again and again on Who compilations over the years. This may be predictable but as a collection of basics, either for fair-weather fans or newcomers, it does its job well and it has nice artwork to boot. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Record: 1

  1. 1. Zoot Suit
  2. 2. I Can't Explain
  3. 3. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  4. 4. My Generation
  5. 5. Substitute
  6. 6. I'm a Boy
  7. 7. Happy Jack
  8. 8. Pictures of Lily
  9. 9. I Can See for Miles
  10. 10. Magic Bus
  11. 11. Pinball Wizard

Record: 2

  1. 12. Seeker [Edit]
  2. 13. Won't Get Fooled Again [Single Edit]
  3. 14. Baba O'Riley
  4. 15. Bargain
  5. 16. Join Together
  6. 17. 5:15
  7. 18. Squeeze Box
  8. 19. Who Are You [Single Edit]
  9. 20. Real Good Looking Boy [Radio Edit]
  10. 21. Be Lucky

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