The Who

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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

One of the most explosive and kinetic bands to come out of Britain in the mid-'60s, the Who, led by the songwriting genius of Pete Townshend, the frontman skills of Roger Daltrey, and an exciting, powerful rhythm section of drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, had quirky pop smarts and a full sense of rock & roll as both a redemptive and destructive force. This two-disc set collects two dozen of the band’s hits, including “I Can’t Explain,” “My Generation,” the impressive “I Can See for Miles,” “Pinball Wizard,” the cynical but ever hopeful “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” the gorgeous “The Kids Are Alright,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Love Reign O’er Me,” and the late, left-field hit “Eminence Front,” among others. It all adds up to a concise and breezy survey of one of the most creative and fun bands rock & roll has produced.

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