Then and Now (The Who album)

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Then and Now
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Greatest hits album by The Who
Released 30 March 2004
Recorded 1964–2003
Genre Rock
Length 77:13
Label Polydor, Geffen
Producer Glyn Johns, Kit Lambert, Bill Szymczyk, Shel Talmy, Simon Townshend, The Who
Compiler Andy McKaie
The Who chronology
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
(2003)Live at the Royal Albert Hall2003
Then and Now
The 1st Singles Box
(2004)The 1st Singles Box2004
Singles from Then and Now
  1. "Real Good Looking Boy/Old Red Wine"
    Released: 2004
Then and Now 1964–2007
Compilation album
Released 11 June 2007
Recorded 1964–2006
Length 79:09
Label Polydor
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Then and Now is a 2004 greatest hits compilation album by The Who released internationally by Polydor Records and by Geffen Records in the United States.[3] It features 18 Who classics and two new tracks—"Real Good Looking Boy" and "Old Red Wine"—which were the first Who originals since "Dig" from Pete Townshend's 1989 album The Iron Man. "Real Good Looking Boy" is a tribute to Elvis Presley, and "Old Red Wine" is a tribute to former band member John Entwistle, who died in 2002. The album was re-released in 2007 and replaced "Old Red Wine" with "It's Not Enough" from the 2006 album Endless Wire and "Summertime Blues" was replaced by "Baba O'Riley".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted.

  1. "I Can't Explain"  – 2:06
  2. "My Generation"  – 3:18
  3. "The Kids Are Alright"  – 2:46
  4. "Substitute"  – 3:48
  5. "I'm a Boy"  – 2:37
  6. "Happy Jack"  – 2:11
  7. "I Can See for Miles"  – 4:07
  8. "Magic Bus"  – 3:20
  9. "Pinball Wizard"  – 3:02
  10. "See Me, Feel Me"  – 3:26
  11. "Summertime Blues" (Live)  – 3:25 (Eddie Cochran , Jerry Capehart)
  12. "Behind Blue Eyes"  – 3:41
  13. "Won't Get Fooled Again"  – 8:32
  14. "5:15"  – 5:02
  15. "Love, Reign o'er Me" (Single edit)  – 3:10
  16. "Squeeze Box"  – 2:42
  17. "Who Are You" (Single edit)  – 5:05
  18. "You Better You Bet"  – 5:37
  19. "Real Good Looking Boy" (Townshend, Luigi Creatore , Hugo Peretti , George David Weiss)  – 5:42
  20. "Old Red Wine" (John Entwistle)  – 3:43

2007 edition[edit]

The album was reissued in 2007, with two alterations in the track listing:

  1. "Baba O'Riley"  – 5:00
  2. "It's Not Enough"  – 4:05

Song information[edit]

"Old Red Wine"[edit]

"Old Red Wine" was released as a B-side with "Real Good Looking Boy". The song was written for The Who's former bassist John Entwistle, who died two years prior to the release of Then and Now before a 2002 tour of North America.

The riff at the end of the song predated the actual song by a few years, being played at the end of some versions of "My Generation" from the 2000 tour. The riff was also played in a performance of the same song during Entwistle's last show, at the Royal Albert Hall on 8 February 2002. Portions of the song were also played sometimes after "My Generation" on the band's 2002 (after Entwistle's death), 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 tours.

Recording details[edit]

  • "I Can't Explain"
    • Released as a non-album single
    • November 1964, Pye Studios, London, England
  • "My Generation" and "The Kids Are Alright"
  • "Substitute"
    • Released as a non-album single
    • February 1966, Sound Studios, London, England
  • "I'm a Boy"
    • Released as a non-album single
    • July–August 1966, IBC Studios, London, England
  • "Happy Jack"
    • Released as a non-album single
    • November 1966, Regent Sound Studios and CBS Studios, London, England
  • "I Can See for Miles"
  • "Magic Bus"
  • "Pinball Wizard" and "See Me, Feel Me"
    • From the studio album Tommy
    • February 1969, Morgan Studios, London, England ("Pinball Wizard") and early 1969, IBC Studios, London, England ("See Me, Feel Me")
  • "Summertime Blues"
  • "Baba O'Riley", "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  • "5.15" and "Love, Reign o'er Me"
    • From the studio album Quadrophenia
    • June 1973, The Kitchen, Battersea, England ("5:15") and Olympic Studios, London, England ("Love, Reign o'er Me")
  • "Squeeze Box"
  • "Who Are You"
  • "You Better You Bet"
  • "Real Good Looking Boy" and "Old Red Wine"
    • First released on this album
    • 2003–2004 ("Real Good Looking Boy") and 2004 ("Old Red Wine"), Eel Pie Studios, Goring Heath, South Oxfordshire, England
  • "It's Not Enough"
    • From the studio album Endless Wire
    • 2002–2006, Eel Pie Studios, Goring Heath, South Oxfordshire, England

Sales chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
2004 UK Chart Albums 5[5]


The Who
Additional musicians
  • Jon Astley – mastering
  • Myles Clarke – engineering on "Real Good Looking Boy" and "Old Red Wine"
  • Glyn Johns – associate production on "Behind Blue Eyes," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Riley", production on "Squeeze Box" and "Who Are You"
  • 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"
  • Billy Nicholls - production on "It's Not Enough"
  • Bob Pridden – engineering on "Real Good Looking Boy" and "Old Red Wine", production on "It's Not Enough"
  • Shel Talmy – production on "I Can't Explain", "My Generation", and "The Kids Are Alright"
  • Pete Townshend - production on "It's Not Enough"
  • Simon Townshend – production on "Real Good Looking Boy" and "Old Red Wine"
  • The Who – production on "Summertime Blues", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "5:15", and "Love Reign o'er Me"


  1. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Album Review". All Music. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ link Archived 4 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "The Who Official Band Website – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon | | Then And Now". 1 March 2004. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Then and Now".
  5. ^ "The Who at". 11 June 2012. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 

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