The Who Hits 50!

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The Who Hits 50! Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Who need no excuse to release a new compilation -- since 1994, a new collection has appeared roughly at the rate of one every three years -- but the band's 50th anniversary does provide the opportunity for a splashy new compilation, the first since 2009's Greatest Hits. Snappily titled The Who Hits 50!, by virtue of spanning two full CDs the set does cast a wider net than either Greatest Hits or 2004's Then & Now, beginning with the stiff R&B of the High Numbers' "Zoot Suit" and concluding with the brand-new "Be Lucky," a delirious revival of Pete Townshend's purple, overwritten '80s midlife crisis. In between those two songs come 40 tracks, including some genuine surprises -- the bonkers mod anthem "Dogs" and its Beach Boys-aping flip "Call Me Lightning," the band's cover of the Stones' "The Last Time," the first appearance of "Relay" in a comp in ages, John Entwistle's paranoid "Trick of the Light" -- but for the most part, this serves up the same songs that have popped up again and again on Who compilations over the years. This may be predictable but as a collection of basics, either for fair-weather fans or newcomers, it does its job well and it has nice artwork to boot.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Who feat: The High Numbers 02:01 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Who 02:05 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Who 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Who 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Who 03:48 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Who 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Who 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Who 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Who 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Who 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Who 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Who 04:09 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Who 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Who 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
15 The Who 04:36 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Who 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
17 The Who 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
18 The Who 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
19 The Who 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
20 The Who 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
21 The Who 03:40 SpotifyAmazon
22 The Who 03:59 SpotifyAmazon
23 The Who 05:34 SpotifyAmazon
24 The Who 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
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