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The Who - BBC Sessions:
UK - 2000 Polydor CD (Promo)
USA - 2000 MCA CD
USA - 2000 MCA CD
"Best Buy only" bonus CD
USA - 2000 MCA CD (Promo)
France - 2000 Polydor CD (Promo)
Germany - 2000 Polydor CD
Germany - 2000 Polydor LP
Japan - 2000 Polydor CD
Japan - 2000 Polydor CD (Promo)
Japan - 2000 Polydor Cassette (Promo)
Japan - 2011 Polydor CD
SHMCD. Mini-LP cover
Russia - 2012 Polydor CD
Thailand - 2000 Polydor Cassette
Album: BBC Sessions
LPs (vinyl) Sampled: Polydor (Germany)
CDs Sampled: Polydor (UK) Promo, Polydor (Germany), MCA (USA), Polydor (Japan)
LP Comments: Sounds identical to the other commercially available CD versions (which does not include the Polydor (UK) Promo).
CD Comments: Each of the commercially available versions sounds the same - distorted and difficult to listen to. In an attempt to "clean up" the recordings, a good chunk of the sound was "carved" out in the mastering process, leaving a "sterile" performance behind. The Polydor (UK) promo has similar sound characteristics, but without a level of distortion - making the CD listenable.
Summary: The Polydor (UK) Promo is the best sounding of the versions I've sampled.
Other Comments: Most of these tracks have been available to collectors for many years on either bootlegs (compare to "Maximum BBC") or promotional radio station LPs/CDs (i.e. The Westwood One Radio Network). However, the sound quality on those are significantly better than this release.
Because of the way these CDs were released, you sort of have to "mix and match" them in order to get a complete track listing. Look for the UK (Promo), German or Japanese pressings which have the extra tracks ("Spoonful" and "Man With Money") and the limited release Best Buy version, to get all of the tracks available (see below).
About: BBC Sessions
MCA (USA): My Generation - (Radio 1 Jingle), Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere, Good Lovin', Just You And Me, Darling, Leaving Here, My Generation, The Good's Gone, La La La Lies, Substitute, Dancing In The Street, Disguises, I'm A Boy, Run Run Run, Boris The Spider, Happy Jack, See My Way, Pictures Of Lily, A Quick One While He's Away, Substitute (version 2), The Seeker, I'm Free, Shakin' All Over, Relay, Long Live Rock, Boris The Spider (Radio 1 Jingle)
Polydor (Germany & Japan): My Generation - (Radio 1 Jingle), Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere, Good Lovin', Just You And Me, Darling, Leaving Here, My Generation, The Good's Gone, La La La Lies, Substitute, Man With Money, Dancing In The Street, Disguises, I'm A Boy, Run Run Run, Boris The Spider, Happy Jack, See My Way, Pictures Of Lily, A Quick One While He's Away, Substitute (version 2), The Seeker, I'm Free, Shakin' All Over/Spoonful (Medley), Relay, Long Live Rock, Boris The Spider (Radio 1 Jingle)
Best Buy Limited Edition (USA): (Same as MCA version above, plus the following extra tracks on Disc 2:) Pinball Wizard, See Me, Feel Me, I Don't Even Know Myself, I Can See For Miles, Heaven And Hell, The Seeker, Summertime Blues, Pete Townshend Interview.
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