The Who have compiled more than a half-century of songs first heard as singles and EPs on Maximum A's and B's.
Scheduled for release on October 27th, this five-disc, 86-track box includes such enduring songs as “I Can See for Miles,” “Magic Bus,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Substitute,” “I Can’t Explain,” “My Generation,” “Squeeze Box,” “Who Are You,” “You Better You Bet” and their most recent release, “Be Lucky.”
The set also includes rarely heard B-sides and EP tracks, along with the group’s first single -- back in their days as The High Numbers -- “I’m the Face” backed with “Zoot Suit.”
A 48-page booklet includes a track-by-track annotation by acclaimed Who historians with period photos and copies of memorabilia.
For vinyl fans, Pete Townshend's demo and outtakes collections will be reissued for the first time in 15 years. The three Scoop sets will be available as color discs -- Scoop will be pressed in pink, Another Scoop in yellow and Scoop 3 in light blue. All go on sale August 18th. And if that's not enough, Live at Leeds and the 1971 compilation Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy will have 180-gram vinyl editions on sale October 27th.
This is definitely for the serious collector, not the casual fan.
Source: Premiere photo credit - UMe/Polydor