MCA 37001 Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
previously released material
Released on November 1971
UK CHART POSITION #9 . . . US CHART POSITION #11
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MCA 37001 cover  

A ccept no substitute. These swinginí singles justify every noisy experiment, outlandish concept, or kinky kompliment that gummed up their early albums. Singlehandedly. Because The Who were consistently brilliant when it counted. I can see pictures of Lily for miles anyway anyhow anywhere I choose, thanks to Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy. Need proof that The Who were great out of the gate? Hereís 200 proof. There isnít a song among these fourteen tracks that isnít sharp for the attack. The Seeker. I Canít Explain. M-M-My Generation. These lights didnít dim with distance like All Day And All of the Night or A Hard Dayís Night. If goiní mobile isnít an option, Iíll take the magic bus without so much as a whimper. Thereís no question that, among their albums, Whoís Next is as solid as a collapsing star. But their early albums had holes. Thatís because the band saved their best music for singles. Remember, British listeners treated singles and albums as separate entities. Singles were not simply promotional teasers but self-standing entities. Stacked atop one another as they are here, The Whoís early singles dwarf whatever achievements the early albums could muster (not to sell The Who Sell Out short). As a result, Meaty Beaty becomes not a superfluous sampler from their first four albums but a vital assembling of their early wonders, the foundation of their reputation. Itís the place to start, that first sheepish knock at the door, and a sanctuary for the weary fan whoís forgotten the first tender strains of love that prompted him or her to choose this course. I return to this album often because I need reminding, because A Quick One is slow going, because my roving eye wanders during their long-winded concept albums. And I listen. And Iím in love again.

MCA 37001 back cover DL 79184 inner gatefold
MCA 37001 back cover DL 79184 inner gatefold

TRACK LISTING

  1. I CAN'T EXPLAIN    2:05
  2. THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT    2:42
  3. HAPPY JACK    2:14
  4. I CAN SEE FOR MILES    3:55
  5. PICTURES OF LILY    2:37
  6. MY GENERATION    3:15
  7. THE SEEKER    3:12
  8. ANYWAY, ANYHOW, ANYWHERE    2:35
  9. PINBALL WIZARD    3:00
  10. A LEGAL MATTER    2:47
  11. BORIS THE SPIDER    (John Entwistle)    2:26
  12. THE MAGIC BUS    4:28
  13. SUBSTITUTE    3:47
  14. I'M A BOY    3:42

    All songs written by Pete Townshend unless noted

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November? 1971 Track LP 2406 006 gatefold cover
US/CAN November 1971 Decca LP DL 79184 gatefold cover
    Polydor LP 2480 077  
US   MCA LP/CS MCA/MCAS-1578  
US   MCA LP MCA-3025 gatefold cover
US/CAN 1985 MCA LP/CD MCA/MCAD 37001 specially priced reissue
US 1982 MCA 2CS MCA2-6914 repackaged w. THE WHO BY NUMBERS
US/CAN March 3, 1998 MCA Int'l CD MCAD 37001  

 

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