The Who's Greatest Hits Live
Now, 22 recordings of the band's biggest and best-known hits--most of them never widely available or unreleased and 20 of them newly mixed by the band and its production team--have been collected on Greatest Hits Live (Geffen/UMe), released exclusively on the iTunes Store on January 19, 2010. Just a few weeks later, on February 7, The Who will take the stage once again when the group headlines the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida.
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder has said that "The Who quite possibly remain the greatest live band ever" (Rolling Stone, 2004) and Greatest Hits Live justifies that statement with scintillating tracks ranging from 1965 to 2009, from London's Royal Albert Hall to the San Francisco Civic Auditorium.
The excitement and raw energy of singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon are heard live with "My Generation" from an early BBC Radio session in 1965 and then in 1970 at City Hall in Hull, England, with "Happy Jack" and "I'm A Boy," and "Magic Bus." The Who then move around the world to the San Francisco Civic the following year for "I Can't Explain," "Substitute" and the melancholy "Behind Blue Eyes." Also from the '70s are a medley of "Naked Eye/Let's See Action/My Generation" at the Charlton Athletic Football Club in 1974; "Pinball Wizard," the anthemic "I'm Free" and cheery "Squeezebox" in Swansea in 1976; and "5.15" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" at the Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland.
Five recordings from the '80s--"I Can See For Miles," "Join Together," "Love Reign O'er Me," "Baba O'Riley" and "Who Are You"--are from a legendary performance at the Universal Amphitheatre in California during the band's triumphant 1989 reunion tour (with Simon Phillips on drums and a horn section). The following year, The Who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Following "The Real Me" performed in Watford in 2002, a Royal Albert Hall benefit performance also that year witnessed a roaring "The Kids Are Alright"--both with Zak Starkey on drums. Sadly, however, they were among the final performances with Entwistle, who would pass away that June. The most recent tracks are "A Man In A Purple Dress" from a 2007 show at the Nassau Coliseum in New York and a scorching "Eminence Front" (with bassist Pino Palladino) in Brisbane, Australia, in March 2009.
In 2010, The Who enters a new decade still rockin'.
THE WHO – GREATEST HITS LIVE
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