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The Who: Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy

Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1971

WHO FANS have been saying it for years: "Those bastards at Decca! Why don't they put out an album of early singles?" For the Who are one of those bands whose singles seldom seem to make it onto LPs. There was a great surge of hope when the Magic Bus album was announced, yet although it had a few interesting things there was a lot of unnecessary filler, and the album was critically denounced as the product of a company that just didn't care. But poor old Decca – how could they put out a "greatest hits" anthology for a group that had had only two or three hits, and what else could a collection of singles be but a greatest hits package?

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