Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Who to release career-spanning 5CD singles box set

The Who will release a 5CD box set of singles entitled “Maximum As & Bs”, on October 27.

The project compiles all of the band’s A-sides, B-sides and EPs – from the Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor labels – in one place, for the very first time.

The 86-track package traces The Who’s career from their first single, 1964’s “Zoot Suit” – recorded as The High Numbers – to the group’s last recorded track to date, 2014’s “Be Lucky.”

Packaged in a rigid, lift-off-style box, “Maximum As & Bs” includes a 48-page booklet with track-by-track annotation by acclaimed writers plus period photos and memorabilia.

A full track list for the box set can be found below.

Formed in London in 1964 by vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend and bassist John Entwistle, the band added drummer Keith Moon that same year and went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

Moon died in September 1978 at the age of 32 from an overdose of Heminevrin, a drug intended to treat or prevent symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Kenney Jones was brought in to handle drum duties for the next decade, before the addition of touring drummer Zak Starkey, son of Beatles legend Ringo Starr.

Entwistle died at the age of 57 from a heart attack induced by a cocaine overdose in Las Vegas, NV in June 2002, with Pino Palladino a mainstay of the touring lineup led by Daltrey and Townshend ever since.

October 27 will also see The Who issue exclusive new vinyl editions of their 1971 singles anthology, “Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy”, and their landmark live LP “Live At Leeds.”

Both projects have been cut at Abbey Road Studios in London with half-speed mastering and will be available on heavyweight, 180g vinyl.

News of the fall releases comes as The Who launched their 6-night residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV on July 29.

$1 from each ticket sold for the series of shows will benefit Teen Cancer America.

Townshend will also bring his Classic Quadrophenia stage show to the US for series of dates in September.

The Who
“Maximum As & Bs”

Release date: October 27

CD 1

“Zoot Suit”
“I’m the Face”
“I Can’t Explain”
“Bald Headed Woman”
“Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere”
“Daddy Rolling Stone”
“My Generation”
“Shout and Shimmy”
“Circles” (AKA “Instant Party”)
“Instant Party Mixture”
“A Legal Matter”
“The Kids Are Alright”
“The Ox”
“La-La-La Lies”
“The Good’s Gone”

CD 2

“Waltz For a Pig”
“I’m a Boy”
“In the City”
“Bucket T”
“Barbara Ann”
“Happy Jack”
“I’ve Been Away”
“Pictures of Lily”
“Doctor, Doctor”
“The Last Time”
“Under My Thumb”
“I Can See For Miles”
“Someone’s Coming”
“Call Me Lightning”
“Magic Bus”
“Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”

CD 3

“Pinball Wizard”
“Dogs Part Two”
“The Seeker”
“Here For More”
“Summertime Blues”
“Heaven and Hell”
“See Me Feel Me” / “Listening to You”
“Overture From Tommy”
“I’m Free”
“Won’t Get Fooled Again”
“Don’t Know Myself”
“Let’s See Action”
“When I Was a Boy”
“Join Together”
“Baby Don’t You Do It”
“Wasp Man”

CD 4

“Listening To You” / “See Me Feel Me”
(Soundtrack Version)
“Overture” (Soundtrack Version)
“Squeeze Box”
“Success Story”
“Who Are You”
“Had Enough”
“Long Live Rock”
“My Wife” (Live)
“5:15″ (Soundtrack Version)
“I’m One” (Soundtrack Version)
“You Better You Bet”
“The Quiet One”
“Don’t Let Go the Coat”

CD 5

“A Man Is a Man”
“Eminence Front”
“It’s Your Turn”
“Twist and Shout” (Live)
“I Can’t Explain” (Live)
“Bony Maronie” (Live)
“Join Together” (Live)
“I Can See For Miles” (Live)
“Behind Blue Eyes” (Live)
“Real Good Looking Boy”
“Old Red Wine”
‘Wire & Glass’ EP – Side A (5 x tracks)
‘Wire & Glass’ EP – Side B – Mirror Door
“Be Lucky”
“I Can’t Explain” (2014 Stereo remix)

See also:

VIDEO: The Who perform 1967 classic on The Tonight Show
The Who to perform on The Tonight Show
The Who: Pete Townshend announces Classic Quadrophenia US dates
Guns N’ Roses and The Who announce Buenos Aires concert
Search The Who at hennemusic