Thirty Years of Maximum R&B

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Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
Box set by The Who
Released 5 July 1994
Recorded 1964–1991
Genre Rock
Length 295:54
Label Polydor, MCA, Geffen
The Who chronology
Join Together
(1990)
Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
(1994)
My Generation: The Very Best of The Who
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[1]
Q 5/5 stars[1]

Thirty Years of Maximum R&B is a box set by British rock band, The Who released by Polydor Records internationally and by MCA Records in the US; since 2003, it has been issued in America by Geffen Records. The set consists of four CDs that spans The Who's career from their early days when they were known as The High Numbers to their 1991 cover of Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting". It contains well-known tracks from studio albums, rarities, interviews, commercials, and sketches. A video entitled Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Live was also released in 1994.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted. Any tracks with ** are commercials or dialogues recorded for BBC radio. Background music on 'Poetry Cornered' is 'Laguna Sunrise' taken from Black Sabbath's 1972 album, Black Sabbath Vol. 4.

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pete Dialogue" (Live at the Long Beach Arena, 10 December 1971) 0:21
2. "I'm the Face" (Peter Meaden; as The High Numbers) 2:27
3. "Here 'Tis" (Ellas McDaniel; as The High Numbers, previously unreleased) 2:08
4. "Zoot Suit" (Meaden; as The High Numbers) 1:57
5. "Leaving Here" (Holland-Dozier-Holland; erroneously credited as The High Numbers) 2:47
6. "I Can't Explain"   2:03
7. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend, Roger Daltrey; recorded 24 May 1965, live at the BBC Sessions at Aeolian Hall, London) 2:38
8. "Daddy Rolling Stone" (Otis Blackwell) 2:49
9. "My Generation"   3:17
10. "The Kids Are Alright"   3:05
11. "The Ox" (Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Nicky Hopkins) 3:37
12. "A Legal Matter"   2:46
13. "Pete Dialogue" (Live at Leeds University, 1970) 0:57
14. "Substitute" (Live at Leeds University, 1970) 2:08
15. "I'm a Boy ("No Horns" remix)"   2:36
16. "Disguises"   3:20
17. "Happy Jack Jingle" (Previously unreleased) 0:31
18. "Happy Jack"   2:11
19. "Boris the Spider" (John Entwistle) 2:27
20. "So Sad About Us"   2:59
21. "A Quick One, While He's Away" (Original studio version/Live at the Rolling Stones Rock 'n' Roll Circus, 1968) 9:39
22. "Pictures of Lily"   2:43
23. "Early Morning Cold Taxi" (Dave "Cy" Langston, Daltrey; previously unreleased) 3:03
24. "Coke 2**" (previously unreleased) 0:48
25. "(This Could Be) The Last Time" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) 2:59
26. "I Can't Reach You"   3:03
27. "Girl's Eyes" (Moon; previously unreleased) 3:06
28. "Bag O'Nails**" (Previously unreleased) 0:05
29. "Call Me Lightning"   2:20

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Rotosound Strings**"   0:06
2. "I Can See for Miles"   4:14
3. "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand"   2:07
4. "Armenia City in the Sky" (Speedy Keen) 3:13
5. "Tattoo"   2:41
6. "Our Love Was"   3:06
7. "Rael 1"   5:42
8. "Rael 2" (Previously unreleased) 0:52
9. "Track Records/Premier Drums**" ("Track Records" previously unreleased) 0:31
10. "Sunrise"   3:03
11. "Russell Harty Dialogue**" (Previously unreleased) 0:21
12. "Jaguar" (Previously unreleased) 2:03
13. "Melancholia" (Previously unreleased) 3:18
14. "Fortune Teller" (Naomi Neville; previously unreleased) 2:18
15. "Magic Bus"   3:16
16. "Little Billy"   2:16
17. "Dogs"   3:01
18. "Overture"   3:53
19. "The Acid Queen"   3:33
20. "Abbie Hoffman Incident" (Live at Woodstock, 1969; previously unreleased) 0:16
21. "Sparks" (Live at Woodstock, 1969; previously unreleased) 3:53
22. "Pinball Wizard"   3:00
23. "I'm Free"   2:38
24. "See Me, Feel Me" (Original studio version/Live at Leeds University, 1970) 3:31
25. "Heaven and Hell" (Entwistle) 3:33
26. "Pete Dialogue" (Live at Leeds University, 1970) 0:36
27. "Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison; live at Leeds University, 1970) 4:38
28. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart; remixed; live at Leeds University, 1970) 3:22

Disc three[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Shakin' All Over" (Fred Heath; live at Leeds University, 1970) 4:06
2. "Baba O'Riley"   4:56
3. "Bargain" (Live at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium, 1971) 4:54
4. "Pure and Easy"   5:10
5. "The Song Is Over"   6:09
6. "Studio Dialogue" (Who's Next Sessions; previously unreleased) 0:47
7. "Behind Blue Eyes"   3:39
8. "Won't Get Fooled Again"   8:30
9. "The Seeker"   3:21
10. "Bony Moronie" (Larry Williams; live at the Young Vic Theater, London, 1971) 3:18
11. "Let's See Action"   3:54
12. "Join Together"   4:22
13. "Relay"   4:00
14. "The Real Me"   3:29
15. "5:15" (Single edit) 4:18
16. "Bell Boy"   4:54
17. "Love, Reign o'er Me"   4:51

Disc four[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Long Live Rock"   3:54
2. "Life with the Moons**" (Previously unreleased) 1:43
3. "Naked Eye" (Live at the Young Vic Theatre, London, 1971) 5:00
4. "University Challenge**" (Previously unreleased) 0:30
5. "Slip Kid"   4:09
6. "Poetry Cornered**" (Previously unreleased) 0:39
7. "Dreaming from the Waist" (Live at the Swansea Football Ground, 1976) 4:08
8. "Blue Red and Grey"   2:45
9. "Life with the Moons 2**" (Previously unreleased) 0:46
10. "Squeeze Box"   2:39
11. "My Wife" (Entwistle; live at the Swansea Football Stadium, 1976) 4:14
12. "Who Are You"   5:00
13. "Music Must Change"   4:36
14. "Sister Disco"   4:19
15. "Guitar and Pen"   5:48
16. "You Better You Bet"   5:33
17. "Eminence Front"   5:26
18. "Twist and Shout" (Bert Russell, Phil Medley; live at Shea Stadium, New York, 1982) 3:01
19. "I'm a Man" (McDaniel; live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, 1989) 6:11
20. "Pete Dialogue" (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, 1969) 0:37
21. "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) 4:33

Sales certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold 6 June 2002[2]

Personnel[edit]

The Who
Additional musicians

External links[edit]

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