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The Who: The Ultimate Collection
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The Who: The Ultimate Collection
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #2

This fully comprehensive 2CD collection charts the career of one of the most significant and formidable bands of all time. All tracks have been 24-bit digitally remastered.


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All Artists: The Who
Title: The Who: The Ultimate Collection
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mca
Original Release Date: 1/1/2002
Re-Release Date: 6/11/2002
Album Type: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: British Invasion, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Supergroups
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
Other Editions: Ultimate Collection
UPCs: 0044006523422, 0044006526928, 0044006530024, 008811287726


Album Description
This fully comprehensive 2CD collection charts the career of one of the most significant and formidable bands of all time. All tracks have been 24-bit digitally remastered.

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Reviewed on 2/16/2011...
New and old Who. All of their great songs.

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Top Ten Reasons To Buy "The Who: The Ultimate Collection"
Mike King | Taunton, MA United States | 07/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"10. It's more concise than the 4-CD boxed set.
9. The inferior 2-CD "Hooligans" compilation is out of print.
8. It has informative liner notes, listing the date each song was recorded.
7. The booklet includes pictures of all the Who album covers, and has some great photos of the band in action.
6. The remastered songs sound great, even on a moderately priced stereo system.
5. The song selection is superb, without a single weak track.
4. The recently deceased John Entwistle plays the greatest bass guitar licks of all time on "My Generation." This has never sounded clearer than the version on this compilation.
3. Roger Daltrey's vocals and Pete Townshend's songwriting are perfectly showcased on this great collection.
2. The first CD clocks in around 67 minutes. The second CD clocks in at nearly 69 minutes. Add in the bonus disc, and you have nearly two and a half hours of great Who music!
1. The bonus disc of 4 songs feature noticeably different versions of well known Who songs. Particularly outstanding is the acoustic version of "Happy Jack." Because it's a limited edition, you shouldn't wait too long to buy the aptly named Ultimate Collection."
Screwed up the sound, big-time
David Greene | Palo Alto, CA USA | 06/14/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I love The Who. And I traded in "The Very Best of" from 1996 as I bought "The Ultimate Collection," excited that MCA had finally brought most of the best tracks together in one package. Problem is, they remastered these tracks again and, as a long-time listener, I find them unbearable to listen to. The problem is that they are bright and edgy without enough of the lower sounds to balance it. So the snare drums go "splat" and Roger's voice sounds shrill and, worst of all, the basic bass drum is hardly audible. What you have is a very crisp, hard-edged sound that just doesn't sound like previous releases.I'm NOT talking about vinyl, I'm talking about the remasters that came out in the mid-1990s. When I first listened to "Won't Get Fooled Again" on "Ultimate" I went running for the "Who's Next" CD to make sure I wasn't making this up. Immediately you hear a smoother high end and Daltrey's voice sounding natural and the drums sounding like Keith Moon. Sorry to be a party-pooper, but I rushed back to see if I could retrieve the "Very Best of" that I'd sold back. Fortunately, I can buy it back. For those of you who haven't plunked down the money yet, if you care about the difference in sound I'm describing, be sure you can give "The Ultimate" a listen before you buy it!"