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The Who - Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B:

UK - 1994 Polydor CD (Promo)

UK - 1994 Polydor CD (Promo)

UK - 1994 Polydor Cassette (Promo)

USA - 1994 MCA CD (Promo)

USA - 1994 MCA CD Box Set

USA - 1994 MCA Cassette Box Set

4 cassette version

Germany - 1994 Polydor CD Box Set

Japan - 1994 Polydor CD Box Set

Box set made in Germany, but with Japan packaging and booklet in Japanese

Thailand - 1994 Audio Tech Cassette (Vol 1)

Album: 30 Years Maximum R&B

LPs (vinyl) Sampled: Not released on vinyl at this time.

CDs Sampled: Polydor (Germany), MCA (USA)

CD Comments: Both Polydor (Germany) and MCA (USA) sound identical.

Summary: Both Polydor (Germany) and MCA (USA) sound excellent. However, I noticed the vocals sounded slightly shrill on the Polydor (Germany) version of "Relay", whereas the MCA (USA) did not.

Other Comments: This is a great box set and a good example of what can be done when all the "parties to be" are working together. Unfortunately there are some examples of bad editing (they cut the best part of the live "Bargain" right out) and endless cross fading, but as a whole, it's a great piece.

Note: The tracks that are unique only to this box set are listed below with a (R).

Track Listing:

DISC 1: Pete Townshend Dialogue (live), I'm The Face, Here 'Tis (R), Zoot Suit, Leaving Here, I Can't Explain, Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere, Daddy Rolling Stone, My Generation, The Kids Are Alright, The Ox, A Legal Matter, Pete Dialogue, Substitute (live), I'm A Boy, Disguises (stereo mix), Happy Jack Jingle, Happy Jack, Boris The Spider, So Sad About Us, A Quick One While He's Away (R), Pictures Of Lily, Early Morning Cold Taxi, Coke 2, The Last Time, I Can't Reach You, Girl's Eyes, Bag O'Nails, Call Me Lightning

["Here ‘Tis" is a High Numbers track. "A Quick One While He's Away" combines the studio version with an alternate live version recorded at the Rolling Stone's Rock & Roll Circus.]

DISC 2: Rotosound Strings, I Can See For Miles, Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand, Armenia City In The Sky, Tattoo, Our Love Was, Rael 1, Rael 2, Track Records / Premier Drums, Sunrise, Russell Harty Dialogue, Jaguar (edited), Melancholia, Fortune Teller (R), Magic Bus, Little Billy, Dogs (stereo mix), Overture, Acid Queen, Abbie Hoffman Incident, Underture, Pinball Wizard, I'm Free, See Me, Feel Me - (live) (R), Heaven And Hell, Pete Townshend Dialogue, Young Man Blues (live), Summertime Blues (live)

["See Me, Feel Me" live is the original track performed at Leeds, vs. the 2001 overdubbed version that's on "Live At Leeds Deluxe"]

DISC 3: Shakin' All Over (live), Baba O'Riley, Bargain (live) (edited), Pure And Easy, Song Is Over, Studio Dialogue, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't Get Fooled Again, The Seeker, Bony Moronie (live), Let's See Action, Join Together, Relay, The Real Me (R), 5:15, Bellboy, Love Reign O'er Me

["The Real Me" is a unique version recorded in 1979 with Kenney Jones on drums.]

DISC 4: Long Live Rock, Life With The Moons (R), Naked Eye (live), University Challenge, Slip Kid, Poetry Cornered (R), Dreaming From The Waist (live), Blue Red And Grey, Life With The Moons 2 (R), Squeeze Box, My Wife (live), Who Are You (edited), The Music Must Change, Sister Disco, Guitar And Pen, You Better You Bet, Eminence Front, Twist And Shout (live), I'm A Man (live) (R), Pete Townshend dialog, Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

["I'm A Man" is a live track from the 1989 Radio City Music Hall concert. The rest of the tracks marked, (R) on Disc 4 are Keith Moon comedy bits.]



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