Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy has the distinction of being the first in a long line of Who compilations. It also has the distinction of being the best. Part of the reason why it is so successful is that it has an actual purpose. Meaty was designed as a collection of the group's singles, many of which never appeared on albums. The Who recorded their share of great albums during the '60s, but condensing their highlights to just the singles is an electrifying experience. "The Kids Are Alright" follows "I Can't Explain," "I Can See for Miles" bleeds into "Pictures of Lily" and "My Generation," "Magic Bus" gives way to "Substitute" and "I'm a Boy" -- it's an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy has the distinction of being the first in a long line of Who compilations. It also has the distinction of being the best. Part of the reason why it is so successful is that it has an actual purpose. Meaty was designed as a collection of the group's singles, many of which never appeared on albums. The Who recorded their share of great albums during the '60s, but condensing their highlights to just the singles is an electrifying experience. "The Kids Are Alright" follows "I Can't Explain," "I Can See for Miles" bleeds into "Pictures of Lily" and "My Generation," "Magic Bus" gives way to "Substitute" and "I'm a Boy" -- it's an extraordinary lineup, and each song builds on its predecessor's power. Since it was released prior to Who's Next, it contains none of the group's album rock hits, but that's for the best -- their '60s singles have a kinetic, frenzied power that the louder, harder AOR cuts simply couldn't touch. Also, there is such a distinct change in sound with Who's Next that the two eras don't quite sound right on one greatest-hits collection, as My Generation and Who's Better, Who's Best proved. By concentrating on the early years -- when the Who were fresh and Pete Townshend was developing his own songwriting identity -- Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy is musically unified and incredibly powerful. This is what the Who sounded like when they were a great band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1998
  • Label: Mca Int'l
  • UPC: 076733700128
  • Catalog Number: 337001
  • Sales rank: 12,841

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can't Explain (2:05)
  2. 2 The Kids Are Alright (2:45)
  3. 3 Happy Jack (2:12)
  4. 4 I Can See for Miles (4:06)
  5. 5 Pictures of Lily (2:43)
  6. 6 My Generation (3:18)
  7. 7 Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (2:42)
  8. 8 The Seeker (3:11)
  9. 9 Magic Bus (3:21)
  10. 10 Substitute (3:49)
  11. 11 I'm a Boy (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Harmonica, Vocals
Pete Townshend Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Keith Moon Drums, Vocals
John Entwistle Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Chris Stainton Keyboards
Technical Credits
The Who Producer
Kit Lambert Producer
Shel Talmy Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The best of early Who without the filler

    This is a great album. Let's face it, the early Who albums were singles with a lot of so-so fillers. This album takes all the great early Who songs and puts them into one place and in doing so, created a truly great album.

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