What's not to like? Budget-priced compilation featuring 10 classic rock smashes from The Who. My only complaint is that Baba O'Riley didn't make the cut. However, I'm pleased they put all 8½ glorious minutes of Won't Get Fooled Again on the disc instead of the 3½ minute single version. There are more complete Who compilations, of course, but they aren't readily available at <$4 a pop.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Play all, in any order:
- My Generation (1965), peaked at #74 on Billboard Hot 100
- Happy Jack (1966), #24
- I Can See For Miles (1967), #9 - amazingly, the band's only US top ten single
- Magic Bus (1968), #25
- Pinball Wizard (1969), #19
- Squeeze Box (1975), #16
- Behind Blue Eyes (1971), #34
- Who Are You (1978), #14
- Join Together (1972), #17
- Won't Get Fooled Again (1971), #15
During my early years of teaching, I would use the term "Happy Jack" to describe students that acted unnecessarily silly: "Quit acting like a Happy Jack, ya goofball." Surprisingly, that term caught on and the students started using it towards each other, even going so far as to draw a picture of Happy Jack and have t-shirts printed up with the picture on the front. Try as I might, I've been unable to unearth a copy of that picture for you today.
When impressed with something, my good friend Richard often comments, "Too much! The magic bus."
Previously revisited for the blog:
The Who's Tommy - Original Cast Recording (1993)
Face Dances (1981)