The Ultimate Collection (The Who album)

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The Ultimate Collection
British edition cover
Greatest hits album by The Who
Released 11 June 2002
Recorded 1964–1982
Genre Rock
Length 155:53
Label Polydor, MCA, Geffen
Producer Bill Levenson, Andy McKaie
The Who chronology
BBC Sessions
(2000)
The Ultimate Collection
(2002)
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
(2003)
American edition cover

The Ultimate Collection is a 2002 two-disc greatest hits set by The Who with both singles and top hits from albums, all of which have been remastered.[1] The compilation was released by Polydor Records internationally and on MCA Records in the US. The first 150,000 copies added a third disk with rare tracks and music videos.[2][1] The album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart on 29 June 2002, at #31[3] and hit #17 on the British charts.[4] It was certified gold by the RIAA on 15 July 2002[5] and platinum on 13 March 2008.[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars link (American edition)
BBC Positive link
Popmatters Mixed[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted.

British edition[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Origin Length
1. "I Can't Explain"   Non-album single, 1965 2:05
2. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend, Roger Daltrey) Non-album single, 1965 2:41
3. "My Generation"   My Generation, 1965 3:19
4. "The Kids Are Alright"   My Generation, 1965 2:46
5. "A Legal Matter"   My Generation, 1965 2:54
6. "Substitute"   Non-album single, 1966 3:47
7. "I'm a Boy"   Non-album single, 1966 2:38
8. "Boris the Spider" (John Entwistle) A Quick One, 1966 2:28
9. "Happy Jack"   Non-album single (UK)/Happy Jack (US), 1966 2:11
10. "Pictures of Lily"   Non-album single, 1967 2:45
11. "I Can See for Miles"   The Who Sell Out, 1967 4:07
12. "Call Me Lightning"   Non-album single (US), non-album B-side to Dogs (UK), 1967 2:20
13. "Magic Bus"   Magic Bus: The Who on Tour (compilation album), 1968 3:22
14. "Pinball Wizard"   Tommy, 1969 3:01
15. "I'm Free"   Tommy, 1969 2:40
16. "See Me, Feel Me"   Tommy (edited from "We're Not Gonna Take It"), 1969 3:22
17. "The Seeker"   Non-album single, 1970 3:12
18. "Summertime Blues (from "Live At Leeds")" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) Live at Leeds, 1970 3:25
19. "My Wife" (Entwistle) Who's Next, 1971 3:41
20. "Baba O'Riley"   Who's Next, 1971 5:01
21. "Bargain"   Who's Next, 1971 5:35
22. "Behind Blue Eyes"   Who's Next, 1971 3:42
23. "Won't Get Fooled Again"   Who's Next, 1971 8:33

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Origin Length
1. "Let's See Action (Nothing Is Everything)"   Non-album single, 1971 3:59
2. "Pure and Easy"   Odds & Sods, 1974 (recorded in 1971) 5:22
3. "Join Together"   Non-album single, 1972 4:22
4. "Long Live Rock"   Odds & Sods, 1974 (recorded in 1972) 3:54
5. "The Real Me"   Quadrophenia, 1973 3:34
6. "5:15"   Quadrophenia, 1973 4:50
7. "Love, Reign o'er Me"   Quadrophenia, 1973 5:51
8. "Squeeze Box"   The Who by Numbers, 1975 2:42
9. "Who Are You"   Who Are You, 1978 6:21
10. "Had Enough" (Entwistle) Who Are You, 1978 4:30
11. "Sister Disco"   Who Are You, 1978 4:21
12. "You Better You Bet"   Face Dances, 1981 5:37
13. "Don't Let Go the Coat"   Face Dances, 1981 3:44
14. "The Quiet One" (Entwistle) Face Dances, 1981 3:10
15. "Another Tricky Day"   Face Dances, 1981 4:51
16. "Athena"   It's Hard, 1982 3:47
17. "Eminence Front"   It's Hard, 1982 5:37

American edition[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend, Daltrey)
  3. "My Generation"
  4. "The Kids Are Alright"
  5. "A Legal Matter"
  6. "Substitute"
  7. "I'm a Boy"
  8. "Boris the Spider" (Entwistle)
  9. "Happy Jack
  10. "Pictures of Lily
  11. "I Can See for Miles
  12. "Call Me Lightning
  13. "Magic Bus
  14. "Pinball Wizard
  15. "I'm Free
  16. "See Me, Feel Me"
  17. "The Seeker"
  18. "Summertime Blues (Live)" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  19. "My Wife" (Entwistle)
  20. "Baba O'Riley"
  21. "Bargain"

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  2. "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  3. "Let's See Action (Nothing is Everything)"
  4. "Pure and Easy"
  5. "Join Together"
  6. "Long Live Rock"
  7. "The Real Me"
  8. "5:15"
  9. "Love, Reign o'er Me"
  10. "Squeeze Box"
  11. "Who Are You"
  12. "Sister Disco"
  13. "You Better You Bet"
  14. "Eminence Front"

Disc three (limited edition only)[edit]

  1. "Substitute (U.S. Single Version)" – 2:58
  2. "I'm a Boy (Early Version)" – 3:17
  3. "Happy Jack (Acoustic Version)" – 2:50
  4. "Magic Bus (U.K. Single Version)" – 3:15

Personnel[edit]

The Who
Additional musicians
Production
  • Jon Astley – mastering
  • Glyn Johns – associate production on "Behind Blue Eyes," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Riley", production on "Squeeze Box", "Who Are You", "Athena" and "Eminence Front"
  • Matt Kent – liner notes
  • Kit Lambert – production on "I'm a Boy", "Happy Jack", "I Can See for Miles", "Magic Bus", and "See Me Feel Me"
  • Shel Talmy – production on "I Can't Explain", "My Generation", and "The Kids Are Alright"
  • Bill Szymczyk – production on "You Better You Bet", "Don't Let Go The Coat", "The Quiet One" and "Another Tricky Day"
  • The Who – production on "Summertime Blues", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "5:15", and "Love Reign o'er Me"

Sales chart performance[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
2002 UK Chart Albums 17[4]
Billboard 200 31[3]

Sales certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – US Gold 15 July 2002[5]
RIAA – US Platinum 13 March 2008[5]
RIAA – US 3x Platinum 20 November 2014[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Band Website - Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon | | The Who - The Ultimate Collection". The Who. 2002-10-01. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  2. ^ a b Choi, Tom. "The Who: The Ultimate Collection < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b The Who chart history, Billboard
  4. ^ a b "The Who at". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-12-04.