Picks and Pans Review: Thirty Years of Maximum R&b

updated 01/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Who

Before Pete Townshend wrote sweeping rock operas (Tommy) and generational anthems ("Won't Get Fooled Again"), the visionary guitarist cut his musical teeth on rhythm-and-blues tunes, many of which are included in this expansive if somewhat repetitive collection of Who classics. True Who fans will relish songs like the slight but melodic "Mary-Anne with the Shaky Hands" as well as some previously un-released live tracks, like wonderfully raw versions of "See Me, Feel Me" and "My Wife." But the less devoted listener, who doesn't need every Who song ever recorded, may not find this set a bargain—or the best they ever had. (MCA)

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