Thirty Years of Maximum R&B

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Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
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Box set by
Released5 July 1994
LabelPolydor, MCA, Geffen
The Who chronology
Join Together
Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
My Generation: The Very Best of The Who
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Q5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[5]

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 U.S.; 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 1964 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.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Pete Dialogue" (Live at the Long Beach Arena, 10 December 1971)Previously unreleased0:21
2."I'm the Face" (Peter Meaden; as The High Numbers)1964 single B-side2:27
3."Here 'Tis" (Ellas McDaniel; as The High Numbers)Previously unreleased2:08
4."Zoot Suit" (Meaden; as The High Numbers)1964 single A-side1:57
5."Leaving Here" (Holland-Dozier-Holland; erroneously credited as The High Numbers)Who's Missing2:47
6."I Can't Explain"1965 single A-side2:03
7."Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend, Roger Daltrey; recorded 24 May 1965, live at the BBC Sessions at Aeolian Hall, London)Previously unreleased2:38
8."Daddy Rolling Stone" (Otis Blackwell)UK B-side of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"2:49
9."My Generation"My Generation3:17
10."The Kids Are Alright"My Generation3:05
11."The Ox" (Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Nicky Hopkins)My Generation3:37
12."A Legal Matter"My Generation2:46
13."Pete Dialogue" (Live at Leeds University, 1970)Live at Leeds0:57
14."Substitute" (Live at Leeds University, 1970)Live at Leeds2:08
15."I'm a Boy ("No Horns" remix)"Previously unreleased2:36
16."Disguises"Ready Steady Who3:20
17."Happy Jack Jingle"Previously unreleased0:31
18."Happy Jack"1966 single A-side2:11
19."Boris the Spider" (John Entwistle)A Quick One2:27
20."So Sad About Us"A Quick One2:59
21."A Quick One, While He's Away" (Original studio version/Live at the Rolling Stones Rock 'n' Roll Circus, 1968)Previously unreleased remix9:39
22."Pictures of Lily"1967 single A-side2:43
23."Early Morning Cold Taxi" (Dave "Cy" Langston, Daltrey)Previously unreleased3:03
24."Coke 2**"previously unreleased0:48
25."(This Could Be) The Last Time" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)1967 single A-side2:59
26."I Can't Reach You"The Who Sell Out3:03
27."Girl's Eyes" (Moon)Previously unreleased3:06
28."Bag O'Nails**"Previously unreleased0:05
29."Call Me Lightning"1968 single A-side2:20

Disc two[edit]

1."Rotosound Strings**"The Who Sell Out0:06
2."I Can See for Miles"The Who Sell Out4:14
3."Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand"The Who Sell Out2:07
4."Armenia City in the Sky" (Speedy Keen)The Who Sell Out3:13
5."Tattoo"The Who Sell Out2:41
6."Our Love Was"The Who Sell Out3:06
7."Rael 1"The Who Sell Out5:42
8."Rael 2"Previously unreleased0:52
9."Track Records/Premier Drums**" ("Track Records" previously unreleased)The Who Sell Out0:31
10."Sunrise"The Who Sell Out3:03
11."Russell Harty Dialogue**"Previously unreleased0:21
12."Jaguar"Previously unreleased2:03
13."Melancholia"Previously unreleased3:18
14."Fortune Teller" (Naomi Neville)previously unreleased2:18
15."Magic Bus"1968 single A-side3:16
16."Little Billy"Odds & Sods2:16
17."Dogs"1968 single A-side3:01
19."The Acid Queen"Tommy3:33
20."Abbie Hoffman Incident" (Live at Woodstock, 1969)Previously unreleased0:16
21."Underture" (Live at Woodstock, 1969)Previously unreleased3:53
22."Pinball Wizard"Tommy3:00
23."I'm Free"Tommy2:38
24."See Me, Feel Me" (Original studio version/Live at Leeds University, 1970)Previously unreleased remix3:31
25."Heaven and Hell" (Entwistle)1970 B-side of "Summertime Blues"3:33
26."Pete Dialogue" (Live at Leeds University, 1970)Live at Leeds0:36
27."Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison)Live at Leeds4:38
28."Summertime Blues (Remix)" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)Live at Leeds3:22

Disc three[edit]

1."Shakin' All Over" (Fred Heath)Live at Leeds4:06
2."Baba O'Riley"Who's Next4:56
3."Bargain" (Live at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium, 1971)Edited version of Previously released on Who's Missing4:54
4."Pure and Easy"Odds & Sods5:10
5."The Song Is Over"Who's Next6:09
6."Studio Dialogue"Previously unreleased0:47
7."Behind Blue Eyes"Who's Next3:39
8."Won't Get Fooled Again"Who's Next8:30
9."The Seeker"1970 single A-side3:21
10."Bony Moronie" (Larry Williams; live at the Young Vic Theater, London, 1971)Previously unreleased3:18
11."Let's See Action"1971 single A-side3:54
12."Join Together"1972 single A-side4:22
13."Relay"1972 single A-side4:00
14."The Real Me" (1979 re-recording)Previously unreleased3:29
15."5:15" (Single edit)Quadrophenia4:18
16."Bell Boy"Quadrophenia4:54
17."Love, Reign o'er Me"Quadrophenia4:51

Disc four[edit]

1."Long Live Rock"Odds & Sods3:54
2."Life with the Moons**"Previously unreleased1:43
3."Naked Eye" (Live at the Young Vic Theatre, London, 1971)Previously unreleased5:00
4."University Challenge**"Previously unreleased0:30
5."Slip Kid"The Who By Numbers4:09
6."Poetry Cornered**"Previously unreleased0:39
7."Dreaming from the Waist" (Live at the Swansea Football Ground, 1976)Previously unreleased4:08
8."Blue Red and Grey"The Who By Numbers2:45
9."Life with the Moons 2**"Previously unreleased0:46
10."Squeeze Box"The Who By Numbers2:39
11."My Wife" (Entwistle; live at the Swansea Football Stadium, 1976)Previously unreleased4:14
12."Who Are You"Who Are You5:00
13."Music Must Change"Who Are You4:36
14."Sister Disco"Who Are You4:19
15."Guitar and Pen"Who Are You5:48
16."You Better You Bet"Face Dances5:33
17."Eminence Front"It's Hard5:26
18."Twist and Shout" (Bert Russell, Phil Medley; live at Shea Stadium, New York 1982)Previously unreleased3:01
19."I'm a Man" (McDaniel; live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, 1989)Previously unreleased6:11
20."Pete Dialogue" (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, 1969)Previously unreleased0:37
21."Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)1991 single4:33

Sales certifications[edit]

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


The Who
Additional musicians

External links[edit]


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1227. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ link
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ "The Who: Album Guide". Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  6. ^ RIAA