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Compilation album index

This index provides a listing of compilation albums — the good and the bad ones (history has been “unkind” to The Who’s catalogue). Yes, there are more than are listed here; these are the “definitive” compilations where many of the miscellaneous & rarities that haven’t yet been re-released as part of the reissue series can be found.

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Magic Bus – The Who On Tour

Originally released:
US (Decca), 19 Sept., 1968 [#39 (10)]

Direct Hits

Originally released:
UK (Track), 12 Oct., 1968

The House That Track Built

A sampler of Track label artists, including three Who numbers.

Originally released:
UK (Track), Summer 1969

Backtrack 14: The Ox

Originally released:
UK (Track), November 1970

Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy

Originally released:
UK (Track), 30 Oct., 1971 [#9]
US (Decca), 3 Dec., 1971 [#11 (21)]

Tommy/Original Soundtrack

Originally released:
US (Polydor), 22 Feb., 1975 [#2]
UK (Polydor), March 1975 [#21]

Note: Transcriptions specifically from the soundtrack versions are noted as “(soundtrack)” below.

The Story of The Who

Originally released:
UK (Track), September 1976 [#2]

The Kids Are Alright

Music from the soundtrack of the film; includes three live versions recorded for the film: My Wife at Gaumont Theatre, Kilburn, London, 15 Dec., 1977, and Baba O’Riley and Won’t Get Fooled Again (including bass) at Shepperton Studios, Middlesex, 25 May, 1978; as well as Sparks, Pinball Wizard and See Me Feel Me, recorded live at Woodstock, 16 August, 1969; My Generation Blues/Roadrunner/Join Together recorded live in 1975 at the Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan; Young Man Blues, recorded live at the London Coliseum, 1969; Happy Jack, from Leeds, 14 Feb. 1970.

Originally released:
23 June, 1979
UK (Polydor) [#26];
US (Polydor/MCA) [#8 (25)]

Quadrophenia Soundtrack

Music from the soundtrack of the film; includes remixed versions with alternate bass lines.

Originally released:
6 Oct., 1979
UK (Polydor) [#23]
US (Polydor) [#46]

Concerts for the People of Kampuchea (various artists)

Recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 28 Dec., 1979.

Originally released:
US (Atlantic), March 1981 [#36]
UK (Atlantic), March 1981 [#39]

Hooligans

Originally released:
US (MCA), 11 Nov., 1981 [#52 (19)]

Who’s Greatest Hits

Originally released:
US (MCA), March 1983 [#94]

Rarities Vol. 1 1966–1968

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), August 1983

Rarities Vol. 2 1970–1973

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), August 1983

Who’s Last

Recorded live during the 1982 Farewell Tour.

Originally released:
November 1984, UK (MCA) [#48]; US (MCA) [#81]

The Singles

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), November 1984

The Who Collection

Originally released:
UK (Impression), October 1985 [#44]

Who’s Missing

Originally released:
US (MCA), 30 Nov., 1985 [#116]

Two’s Missing

Originally released:
US (MCA), 11 April 1987

Who’s Better, Who’s Best

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), 18 March, 1988 [#10]
US (MCA), 26 Nov., 1988 [#10]

This Is My Generation (EP)

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), March 1988

Join Together

Recorded live during the 1989 “The Kids Are Alright” 25th Anniversary Tour.

Originally released:
US (MCA), 24 March, 1990 [#10]
UK (Virgin), 24 March, 1990

Disc One

Disc Two

Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Box Set

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), May 1994
US (MCA), July 5, 1994

Disc One

Disc Two

Disc Three

Disc Four

My Generation – The Very Best of The Who

Originally released:
US (MCA), 27 Aug., 1996
UK (Polydor), 1 Aug., 1996 [#11]

Live at the Isle of Wight 1970

Recorded live at the third Isle of Wight festival, 28 Aug., 1970.

Originally released:
US & UK (Columbia/Legacy – Sony), 28 Oct., 1996

BBC Sessions

Alternate versions recorded live in the BBC studios, 1965–1973.

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), 7 Feb., 2000 [#24]
US (MCA) 4 March, 2000 [#101]

Bonus CD (Point, US only)

The Who Live – The Blues To the Bush / 1999

Recorded live at the House of Blues, Chicago, 12/13 Nov., 1999; and the Empire Theatre, Sheperds Bush, 22/23 Dec., 1999.

Originally released:
US & UK (Musicmaker.com), 10 April, 2000

Disc One

Disc Two

Denver 2000

Recorded live on the Bush to the World tour 2000 at the Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo., USA, 24 Aug., 2000. A four-part series of live recordings in MP3 format, by eelpie.com.

Originally released:
UK (Eel Pie Recordings) 12 May, 2001

Live At Leeds – Deluxe Edition

Originally released:
US (MCA), 18 Sept., 2001
UK (Polydor), 24 Sept., 2001

Disc 1

Disc 2

Concert For New York City

Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, New York, on 20 Oct., 2001, as tribute to firefighters, police officers and rescue workers of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Various artists, including three tracks (of the four performed — Behind Blue Eyes wasn’t included) by The Who.

Originally released:
US (Sony/Columbia), 21 Nov., 2001
UK (Columbia), 3 Dec., 2001

Disc 1

The Who: The Ultimate Collection

Originally released:
US (UTV Records), 11 June, 2002
UK (Polydor), 21 Oct., 2002 [#17]

Disc 1

Disc 2

Bonus Disc

The Who Live 2002 – Encore Series

EelPie.com and TheMusic.com jointly released live recordings of most all shows from 2002 North American tour, with proceeds going to charity. To purchase, go to www.thewhostore.com.

Instead of detailing all 25 CDs, below is the typical setlist for the 2002 tour.

My Generation Deluxe Edition

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), 26 Aug., 2002
US (MCA) , 27 Aug., 2002

Disc One

Disc Two

Who’s Next Deluxe Edition

Originally released:
US (Universal Music), 25 March, 2003
UK (Universal Music), 4 April, 2003

Disc 1

The original album, recorded at Olympic Studios, London (Stargroves for Won’t Get Fooled Again)

The March 1971 Record Plant Sessions, New York

Disc 2

The 26 April, 1971, Young Vic “Lifehouse” Concert, London

The Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall

The complete concert from 27 Nov., 2000, with special guests Eddie Vedder, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Kelly Jones, Bryan Adams and Kennedy. Released on two CDs with a third bonus CD including four tracks from the 7 or 8 Feb., 2002, Royal Albert Hall shows. Proceeds from sales benefit Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Originally released:
UK (SPV gmbh), 30 June, 2003
US (Steamhammer SPV gmbh), 1 July, 2003

Disc 1

Disc 2

Disc 3

Tommy – Deluxe Edition

Remixed Hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) with bonus tracks of outtakes, alternate versions and demos.

Originally Released:
UK & US (Geffen/Universal), 28 Oct., 2003
DVD-Audio version slated for 27 April, 2004

Disc 1

Disc 2

Stereo Only – Pete Townshend demos

Then and Now! 1964–2004

Another best-of release, but containing two new Who tracks, Real Good Looking Boy and Old Red Wine.

Originally Released:
UK (Universal), March 30, 2004 [#5 (5)]
US (Geffen), March 30, 2004 [#57]

The Who Singles Box

A 12-CD box set featuring classic Who singles, and also containing the two new Who tracks, Real Good Looking Boy and Old Red Wine.

Originally released:
UK & US (Geffen/Universal), 25 May, 2004

Disc 1

Disc 2

Disc 3

Disc 4

Disc 5

Disc 6

Disc 7

Disc 8

Disc 9

Disc 10

Disc 11

Disc 12

View From A Backstage Pass

Exclusive double CD for subscribers of thewho.com, featuring live Who performances from 1969–1976.

Originally released:
5 Nov., 2007

Disc 1

Disc 2

The Who Sell Out – Deluxe Edition

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), 16 March 2009
US (Geffen), 2 June 2009

Bonus tracks

Greatest Hits Live

Double CD featuring live Who performances from 1965–2009.

Originally released:
US (Geffen), 23 March 2010

Disc 1

Disc 2

Live at Leeds – 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Special Edition

New “Super Deluxe” box set of Leeds University and Hull City Hall February 1970 concerts, featuring four CDs, vinyl LP and 45.

Originally released:
UK (Polydor), 15 Nov., 2010
US (Universal/Geffen), 23 Nov., 2010

Discs 1 and 2: Leeds

Disc 1 – Leeds

Disc 2 – Leeds “Tommy”

Discs 3 and 4: Recorded live at Hull City Hall, UK, 15 Feb. 1970.

Disc 3 – Hull

Disc 4 – Hull “Tommy”

Vinyl LP

Side 1

Side 2

7″ Single

Quadrophenia – The Director’s Cut (Super Deluxe Edition)

New “Super Deluxe” box set of Quadrophenia, featuring four CDs, 5.1 DVD and 45.

Released:
UK (Polydor/Universal), 14 Nov., 2011
US (Universal/Geffen), 15 Nov., 2011

Discs 1 and 2: Original release

Disc 1

Disc 2

Discs 3 and 4: Demos

Disc 3 – Demos

Disc 4 – Demos

Disc 5 – Surround Sound

7″ Vinyl Single

Quadrophenia (Deluxe Edition)

New “Deluxe” edition Quadrophenia, featuring the 1996 remix, and select demos from the “Director’s Cut” box set.

Released:
UK (Polydor/Universal), 14 Nov., 2011
US (Universal/Geffen), 15 Nov., 2011

Disc 1

Disc 2

Demos

Pinball Wizard: The Collection

Released:
UK (Spectrum Audio), 28 May, 2012

Opus Collection: The Heyday of The Who

Released via Universal and sold through Starbucks coffee outlets.

Released:
US (via Starbucks), November 2012

Live at Hull

Hull-only portion from the “Live at Leeds 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Special Edition” box set. Recorded live at Hull City Hall, UK, 15 Feb. 1970.

Released:
11 Nov., 2012

Disc 1 – Hull

Disc 2 – Hull “Tommy”

Tommy – Super Deluxe Box Set/Edition

Newly remixed CD, bonus tracks of outtakes, alternate versions and demos, 5.1 album mix, live bootleg, etc.

Released:
UK & US (Geffen/Universal), 11 Nov., 2013

Disc 1: Original Album

Disc 2: Demos and Extras

Quadrophenia: Live in London

Live recording from the 2012/13 “Quadrophenia and More” tour, at Wembley Arena, London, on 8 July, 2013.

Released:
UK (Universal), 9 June, 2014
US (Universal), 10 June, 2014 [#118]

Disc 1

Disc 2

The Who Hits 50!

Another best-of release, commemorating The Who’s 50th anniversary, and containing a new Who track, Be Lucky.

To Be Released:
US: (Geffen/Universal), 27 October 2014)
UK: (Geffen/Universal),3 November 2014)

Disc One

Disc Two