The Ultimate Collection (The Who album)

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The Ultimate Collection
British edition cover
Greatest hits album by
Released11 June 2002
LabelPolydor, MCA, Geffen
ProducerBill Levenson, Andy McKaie
The Who chronology
Blues to the Bush
The Ultimate Collection
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
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 U.S. 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 No. 31[3] and hit No. 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
AllMusic5/5 stars link (American edition)
BBCPositive link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted.

British edition[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No.TitlePlace of OriginLength
1."I Can't Explain"Non-album single, 19642:05
2."Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend, Roger Daltrey)Non-album single, 19652:41
3."My Generation"My Generation, 19653:19
4."The Kids Are Alright" (Single version)My Generation2:46
5."A Legal Matter"My Generation2:54
6."Substitute"Non-album single, 19663:47
7."I'm a Boy"Non-album single2:38
8."Boris the Spider" (John Entwistle)A Quick One, 19662:28
9."Happy Jack"Non-album single (UK)
Happy Jack (U.S.), 1966
10."Pictures of Lily"Non-album single, 19672:45
11."I Can See for Miles" (Single version)The Who Sell Out, 19674:07
12."Call Me Lightning"Non-album single (U.S.)
Non-album B-side to "Dogs" (UK), 1967
13."Magic Bus"Non-album single (UK)
Magic Bus: The Who on Tour (U.S.), 1968
14."Pinball Wizard"Tommy, 19693:01
15."I'm Free"Tommy2:40
16."See Me, Feel Me"Tommy (taken from "We're Not Gonna Take It!")3:22
17."The Seeker"Non-album single, 19703:12
18."Summertime Blues" (Live; Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)Live at Leeds, 19703:25
19."My Wife" (Entwistle)Who's Next, 19713:41
20."Baba O'Riley"Who's Next5:01
21."Bargain"Who's Next5:35
22."Behind Blue Eyes"Who's Next3:42
23."Won't Get Fooled Again"Who's Next8:33

Disc two[edit]

No.TitlePlace of OriginLength
1."Let's See Action (Nothing Is Everything)"Non-album single, 19713:59
2."Pure and Easy"Odds & Sods, 1974; recorded in 1971 for Lifehouse/Who's Next5:22
3."Join Together"Non-album single, 19724:22
4."Long Live Rock"Odds & Sods, 1974; recorded in 1972 for Rock Is Dead—Long Live Rock!, the precursor to Quadrophenia, 19733:54
5."The Real Me"Quadrophenia3:34
6."5:15" (Single version)Quadrophenia4:50
7."Love, Reign o'er Me"Quadrophenia5:51
8."Squeeze Box"The Who by Numbers, 19752:42
9."Who Are You"Who Are You, 19786:21
10."Had Enough" (Entwistle)Who Are You4:30
11."Sister Disco"Who Are You4:21
12."You Better You Bet"Face Dances, 19815:37
13."Don't Let Go the Coat"Face Dances3:44
14."The Quiet One" (Entwistle)Face Dances3:10
15."Another Tricky Day"Face Dances4:51
16."Athena"It's Hard, 19823:47
17."Eminence Front"It's Hard5:37

American edition[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No.TitlePlace of OriginLength
1."I Can't Explain"Non-album single 
2."Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend, Daltrey)Non-album single 
3."My Generation"My Generation 
4."The Kids Are Alright" (Single version)My Generation 
5."A Legal Matter"My Generation 
6."Substitute"Non-album single 
7."I'm a Boy"Non-album single 
8."Boris the Spider" (Entwistle)A Quick One 
9."Happy Jack"Non-album single (UK)
Happy Jack (U.S.)
10."Pictures of Lily"Non-album single 
11."I Can See for Miles" (Single version)The Who Sell Out 
12."Call Me Lightning"Non-album single (U.S.)
Non-album B-side to "Dogs" (UK)
13."Magic Bus"Non-album single (UK)
Magic Bus: The Who on Tour (U.S.)
14."Pinball Wizard"Tommy 
15."I'm Free"Tommy 
16."See Me, Feel Me"Tommy 
17."The Seeker"Non-album single 
18."Summertime Blues (Live)" (Cochran, Capehart)Live at Leeds 
19."My Wife" (Entwistle)Who's Next 
20."Baba O'Riley"Who's Next 
21."Bargain"Who's Next 

Disc two[edit]

No.TitlePlace of OriginLength
1."Behind Blue Eyes"Who's Next 
2."Won't Get Fooled Again"Who's Next 
3."Let's See Action (Nothing Is Everything)"Non-album single 
4."Pure and Easy"Odds and Sods 
5."Join Together"Non-album single 
6."Long Live Rock"Odds and Sods 
7."The Real Me"Quadrophenia 
8."5:15" (Single version)Quadrophenia 
9."Love, Reign o'er Me"Quadrophenia 
10."Squeeze Box"The Who by Numbers 
11."Who Are You"Who Are You 
12."Sister Disco"Who Are You 
13."You Better You Bet"Face Dances 
14."Eminence Front"It's Hard 

Disc three (Limited edition only)[edit]

No.TitlePlace of OriginLength
1."Substitute" (U.S. single version)Non-album single (U.S.), 19662:58
2."I'm a Boy" (Early version)Previously unissued, 20023:17
3."Happy Jack" (Acoustic version)Previously unissued2:50
4."Magic Bus" (UK single version)Non-album single, 19683:15


The Who
Additional musicians
  • 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"
  • Design & Art Direction by Richard Evans

Sales chart performance[edit]

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

Sales certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[7] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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