The Who Complete Studio Albums Vinyl Box Set
You’ve got to be joshing me?
The Who were known for their ‘live in concert’ power. I just can’t comprehend the words complete Who without “Live At Leeds” & “Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy” on there…studio or otherwise.
This box set is a wish-washy release. There are too many omissions and these omissions (to me) just may be the best studio stuff The Who ever did? Anyways, here we go with another Christmas Shopping Season push…this box will run you $350.00
It is being put out by Geffen Records (they now own the rights to The Who catalog) and each LP will be on 180 gram black vinyl. I didn’t see anything about selling them individually, but that sure would be the way for all you Who fans to go.
Here is what’s in the box:
My Generation (UK Version and artwork)
A Quick One (UK Version. Titled “Happy Jack” in the U.S.A.)
The Who Sell Out
Tommy (2 Records)
Quadrophenia (2 Records)
The Who By Numbers
Who Are You
Endless Wire (2 Records)
Unimpressive…and here is why:
No “Live At Leeds” LP
No “Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy” LP (A killer Singles/Hits collection)
No “Odds And Sods” LP (the awesome original Who rarities album)
No “Magic Bus” LP (or the slightly altered U.K. version) “Direct Hits”…both omitted for some strange reason?
No Tracks From The “Ready Steady Who” 7″ E.P. (essential)
No “Who’s Missing” LP (rarities I)
No “Two’s Missing” LP (rarities II)
If you put “Odds And Sods” and “Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy” together, you’ve got a lot of killer singles and songs that you WON’T find on this box…”Long Live Rock” from”Odds And Sods” (in the Top 5 of their best songs) will NOT be found on this box…I REST MY CASE! Even though I personally dig some parts of “Endless Wire”, (the 22 minute mini-opera on Record #2 called “Wire & Glass” is absolute killer) this LP was crucified by the press and record buying public. You can get the vinyl at cut-out companies for 6 bucks. Face Dances was actually an overlooked good LP, but it sells used mint for 2 bucks. Really it is the first 6 albums that most people will want?
That leaves you with 5 throwaways more or less? For 350 bucks?
Remember to love your vinyl…but be extra careful on this one