- Both sides of this British Track original are Super Hot and rockin’
- Superb energy and punch, with mostly rich, natural tonality — a top quality side one
- Magic Bus on side two sounds great – big down low, smooth up top, tubey and fun
- “…condensing their highlights to just the singles is an electrifying experience.”
Much of this material is not available on album so this compilation is essential for true Who fans. As is often the case with these compilations the tracks vary quite a bit in sound quality. That’s just the nature of the beast.
Just listen to “I Can’t Explain” on side one — the sound is Right On The Money! Rich and clear, with good top end extension, there aren’t many sides out there that get as much right as this one.
On side two check out the Tubey Magic on “Pinball Wizard”!
I Can’t Explain
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
Pictures of Lily
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
A Legal Matter
Boris the Spider
I’m a Boy
Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy has the distinction of being the first in a long line of Who compilations. It also has the distinction of being the best. Part of the reason why it is so successful is that it has an actual purpose. Meaty was designed as a collection of the group’s singles, many of which never appeared on albums. The Who recorded their share of great albums during the ’60s, but condensing their highlights to just the singles is an electrifying experience. “The Kids Are Alright” follows “I Can’t Explain,” “I Can See for Miles” bleeds into “Pictures of Lily” and “My Generation,” “Magic Bus” gives way to “Substitute” and “I’m a Boy” — it’s an extraordinary lineup, and each song builds on its predecessor’s power…