THE WHO - Maximum As & Bs: The Complete Singles (2017)
More than fifty years after they hit the music scene, the newest release by The Who proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were masters of not only recording classic albums, such as “My Generation” (1965), “Live At Leeds” (1970) and “Who’s Next” (1971), but also immaculate singles, at a time when the music industry was driven largely by the three minute radio friendly 45. Long recognized as the “best rock ‘n’ roll band in the world”, “Maximum As & Bs” released on UMC/Polydor, Netherlands, compiles 86 tracks spread across 5 CDs, includes every UK single released on the Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor labels, and serves as proof positive that The Who were also grand masters of radio friendly singles, especially in the 1960s and 1970s when this was the benchmark of a band’s abilities and the ultimate measure of their success. This massive collection includes every single by the original foursome of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon, as well as every incarnation of the band following the 1978 death of Moon and 2002 passing of Entwistle. The reality is that the band produced six top 5 hits, fourteen top 10s, twenty top 30s and twenty two top 40s on the UK charts, very impressive by any standards!
Previous compilations of singles by The Who have suffered on many accounts, ranging from utilizing the wrong mixes or master tapes, to actually including LP takes, and never being anything approaching complete. Thus, it was with jaundiced ears that I gave “Maximum As & Bs” a listen. Much to my surprise and delight, the collection actually lives up to its lofty claim, and in incredibly crisp, bright sound, with a list price that won’t cause you to sell your auto or mortgage your home which has become the sad reality of many recent high profile releases.
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