The Who


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As the farewell tour began to heat up, the double-album compilation Hooligans hit the stores. If there wasn't a farewell tour, it's unlikely that the collection would even have been released, since it serves no discernible purpose other than being a new piece of product. Granted, it does take a slightly different angle than previous compilations, concentrating on the group's '70s album rock heyday. Only three songs ("I Can't Explain," "I Can See for Miles, " "Pinball Wizard") from the '60s are included, with much of the album being devoted to radio hits and album tracks, with three of non-LP singles, "The Relay, " "Let's See Action" and "Join Together, " added for good measure. Those singles make Hooligans of interest to collectors, but the remainder of the record is utterly useless to them, since it simply repeats such familiar items as "Summertime Blues, " "Baba O'Riley, " "Behind Blue Eyes, " "The Bargain, " "Sister Disco, " "Squeeze Box, " "5:15" and "Who Are You." Some casual fans might want these all on one disc, but the seemingly random song selection is frustrating -- why isn't "Won't Get Fooled Again" here, why is "My Generation" missing? Such omissions make it nothing more than a haphazard, sporadically enjoyable sampler -- one that may not even be worth the time of casual fans.

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