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The Who Who's Better, Who's Best: This Is The Very Best Of The Who (1988)
Who's Better, Who's Best: This Is The Very Best Of The Who\n1988 MCA Records, Inc.\n\nOriginally Released November 14, 1988\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: Who's Better, Who's Best is a compilation of the Who's best-known songs, containing all of the familiar items -- "I Can't Explain," "I Can See for Miles," "Pinball Wizard," "My Generation," "Substitute" -- but presented without much care. The album is further plagued by the presence of some filler tracks that really don't deserve to be on any best-of. Who's Better, Who's Best is, however, in its finer moments, a decent compilation. Indeed, the first half of this 1988 release collects nine of the most interesting rock tracks ever. Unfortunately, the compilation falters as it comes to a close. A more forthright compilation is perhaps a better option for most (Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy springs to mind). Nevertheless, Who's Better, Who's Best is a solid career overview and is useful for both casual and hardcore fans. -- Ben Davies\n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nLet Us Compare Anthologies, May 24, 2006 \nBy Blake Maddux (Cambridge, MA United States)\n\nThe Who's catalog is flooded with compilations, to the point that one has to wonder how it is worth anyone's time and money for most of them to even exist. While compiling the actual best songs by Townshend and Co. would be almost impossible, putting together their biggest hits along with a few treat tracks should be less of a chore. For the frugal compilation seeker, it comes down to four choices among the dozens: Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy, Who's Better Who's Best, My Generation: The Very Best of The Who, and the 2-disc The Ultimate Collection. So to paraphrase the title of Leonard Cohen's first book, let us compare anthologies. \n\nMany purists would argue that Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy - the first Who collection - is the best. It is difficult to disagree with this assessment. Released in between Tommy and Who's Next, there is really nothing missing that one could reasonably hope for from a single disc. All of the big hits from "I Can't Explain" to "Pinball Wizard" are there, as are two nice bonuses: the smaller hit "A Legal Matter", and John Entwistle's awesome non-hit "Boris the Spider", both of which make this anthology of their early years all the more enjoyable and complete. The newcomer will be pleased to see all of the titles s/he recognizes - "My Generation", "Substitute", "I Can See For Miles" - as well as several s/he may not - "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", "I'm A Boy" - but by which s/he will be very impressed and pleasantly surprised. Furthermore, the timing of this release could not have been better. Who's Next, which came out later the same year, was to be a very different beast than its predecessors. And since Tommy had started to indicate a change in the band's sound already, the inclusion of "Pinball Wizard" makes this a perfect Janus-faced marker. As the first Who compilation, MBB&B is literally perfect, and a model for any greatest hits collection. \n\nNow, what about those folks whose first exposure to The Who was from "You Better, You Bet" on MTV, and who were always a bit more into songs like "Baba O'Reilly"? Well, we have two choices - Who's Better Who's Best and My Generation: The Very Best. Unfortunately, the former has been overlooked in favor of the latter, but the difference between the two discs is a matter of only a few songs. The Very Best scores some points with the inclusion of "Boris the Spider", and it also includes "The Seeker", which I personally can do without. So at this point, each disc has two songs that the other doesn't: WBWB has "I'm Free" and "See Me Feel Me", and The Very Best has "5:15" and the horribly vapid "Let's See Action". With this difference as the deal breaker, I think that WBWB is, well, better. \n\nBut both have certain imperfections. "Join Together", "Squeeze Box", and "Who Are You?", none of which are among The Who's best songs, are included on each of them. I suppose that they are included for the sake of completeness, but they could have been scraped to make room for "A Quick One (While He's Away)" and/or "Love Reign O'er Me" on both, and for "Boris the Spider" on WBWB. (Both are also missing "Behind Blue Eyes", and the WBWB version of "Won't Get Fooled Again" is inexplicably shortened in the middle. These are moot points: anyone with enough interest in The Who to buy a compilation should also own Who's Next, the parent album of both of these songs.) Still, I am glad that both have "You Better, You Bet", which finds the band embracing rock 'n roll elder statesmanship as well as "My Generation" found them embracing youth. \n\nFinally, there is the 2-disc set The Ultimate Collection. It seems like this would be the most obvious place for a newcomer to start, because it has the most songs on it (35, to be exact). But that might also be part of its problem. Stretching so many tracks over the course of 2 discs can dampen the impact of the individual songs. However, with the exception of "A Quick One", it includes all of the songs mentioned in this review, as well as "Call Me Lightning", "Bargain" and Entwistle's "My Wife" from Who's Next, "Long Live Rock", and the latter-day tracks "Sister Disco" and "Eminence Front". So for someone determined to have only a compilation in their library, The Ultimate Collection is the one to have. But s/he should not be surprised if his/her appetite is whetted enough that s/he goes out and buys several other Who CDs as well. \n\nAnd on that note, let me make it clear that no collection is sufficient as the only Who CD on one's shelves. The superb CD The Who Sell Out is represented only by "I Can See For Miles" on all four described above, and Tommy only by "Pinball Wizard" and "See Me Feel Me" (which doesn't actually appear in it's single form on that CD). Moreover, Live At Leeds lives up to its reputation as a seminal live recording, and it does have "A Quick One" on it. And if it isn't clear by now, every self-respecting rock fan should have Who's Next. So which compilation do I actually recommend? I have to vote against The Ultimate Collection, as it is simply overkill. The Very Best is weaker, for my tastes, than WBWB. Therefore, it comes down to WBWB or MBB&B. And my suggestion is, the envelope please...Who's Better Who's Best. It may be the neglected stepchild of the compilations, but it spans their entire career, contains missteps that are on the other comps anyway, and features 2 great songs that aren't on The Very Best or MBB&B. \n\nGet WBWB and Who's Next. Where you go from there is up to you. I recommend The Who Sell Out and Live At Leeds, which - even if you are leery of live albums - really is that great. (Then, of course, go to Tommy and Quadrophenia.) \n\n\nHalf.com Album Notes\nFull title: Who's Better, Who's Best - This Is The Very Best Of The Who.\n\nThe Who: Roger Daltrey (vocals); Pete Townshend (guitar, keyboards, vocals); John Entwistle (bass, brass, vocals); Keith Moon (drums, vocals); Kenney Jones (drums).\nProducers: Shel Talmey, Kit Lambert, The Who, Chris Stamp, Glyn Johns, Jon Astley, Bill Szymczyk, Pete Kameron.\n\nWHO'S BETTER, WHO'S BEST is a 25th Anniversary Special Release. This disc contains the short version (3:37) of "Won't Get Fooled Again," even though the jewel box states "extended version." The complete version is on WHO'S NEXT.\nSeven of the 19 songs on this disc are in mono.\n\nIndustry Reviews\nThis Is The Very Best Of The Who. The Who: Roger Daltrey (vocals); Pete Townshend (guitar, keyboards, vocals); John Entwistle (bass, brass, vocals); Keith Moon (drums, vocals); Kenney Jones (drums). Producers: Shel Talmey, Kit Lambert, The Who, Chris Stamp, Glyn Johns, Jon Astley, Bill Szymczyk, Pete Kameron. WHO'S BETTER, WHO'S BEST is a 25th Anniversary Special Release. This disc contains the short version (3:37) of Won't Get Fooled Again, even though the jewel box states extended version. The complete version is on WHO'S NEXT. Seven of the 19 songs on this disc are in mono.
This rock cd contains 19 tracks and runs 65min 4sec.
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  1. The Who - My Generation (Mono) (03:16)
  2. The Who - Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (Mono) (02:39)
  3. The Who - The Kids Are Alright (Mono) (02:45)
  4. The Who - Substitute (Mono) (03:46)
  5. The Who - I'm A Boy (Mono) (02:38)
  6. The Who - Happy Jack (Mono) (02:12)
  7. The Who - Pictures Of Lily (Mono) (02:42)
  8. The Who - I Can See For Miles (04:06)
  9. The Who - Who Are You (05:03)
  10. The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again (Short Version) (03:38)
  11. The Who - Magic Bus (03:19)
  12. The Who - I Can't Explain (Mono) (02:04)
  13. The Who - Pinball Wizard (02:59)
  14. The Who - I'm Free (02:40)
  15. The Who - See Me, Feel Me (03:30)
  16. The Who - Squeeze Box (02:40)
  17. The Who - Join Together (04:19)
  18. The Who - You Better, You Bet (05:37)
  19. The Who - Baba O'Riley (Bonus Track) (04:59)
    Bonus track on CD only


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