There is no more significant a milestone in rock music than the 50th Anniversary. Through the decades, The Who redefined rock music as we know it and their influence continues in all areas of popular culture to this day.
The Who Hits 50! continues throughout all of 2015 with very special re-releases throughout the year and a huge celebratory show in Hyde Park.
To kick start 2015, March 24th sees all of the band’s 11 studio albums released on vinyl alongside a double vinyl version of their ultimate hits package The Who Hits 50! from Universal Music Enterprises.
A Quick One, Endless Wire, Face Dances, It’s Hard, My Generation, Quadrophenia, The Who By Numbers, The Who Sell Out, Who Are You, Tommy, Who’s Next and The Hits 50 on double vinyl.
All of the albums have been re-mastered in 24/96 format and are pressed on heavyweight 180-g vinyl. Each album will also have its original issue artwork including;
Tommy – Original six-panel fold out / 12-page colour 11″ x 11″ booklet and LP sides pressed as original 1969 vinyl.
The Who Sells Out – Includes a replica of the original 20″ x 30″ poster as an insert.
Quadrophenia – Gatefold sleeve with original 44-page booklet.
Face Dances – Includes a replica of the 24″ x 24″ poster of the album cover as an insert.
On April 7th, the first in a series of 7” singles box sets is released covering their first seven singles as The Who as well as their one-and-only 7” as The High Numbers.
The Brunswick Singles Box 1965-1966 is Volume One of a four-part set of classic Who British singles by labels (Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor). Containing seven 7” singles from the start of the band’s career pressed on heavyweight vinyl with paper sleeves (reproducing the period graphics front and back with die-cut centre holes). The singles are housed in a rigid ‘lid-and-tray’ outer box and features a 7” sized colour booklet with liner notes about each release by Who biographer Mark Blake.
‘I Can’t Explain’ (2’04)
b/w ‘Bald Headed Woman’ (2’08)
Brunswick 05926. Released 15 January 1965
‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ (2’40)
b/w ‘Daddy Rolling Stone’ (2’46)
Brunswick 05935. Released 21 May 1965
‘My Generation’ (3’15)
b/w ‘Shout and Shimmy’ (3’15)
Brunswick 05944. Released 25 October 1965
b/w ‘Instant Party Mixture’ (3’26)
(Brunswick 05951) Unreleased at the time
‘A Legal Matter’ (2’47)
b/w ‘Instant Party’ (3’10)
Brunswick 05956. Released 7 March 1966
‘The Kids Are Alright’ (3’03)
b/w ‘The Ox’ (3’47)
Brunswick 05965. Released 12 August 1966
‘La-La-La Lies’ (2’13)
b/w ‘The Good’s Gone’ (4’01)
Brunswick 05968. Released 11 November 1966
Bonus Disc (Released as The High Numbers)
‘Zoot Suit’ (1’59)
b/w ‘I’m The Face’ (2’33)
Fontana TF 480. Released 3 July 1964
Record Store Day 2015 on April 18th will see a very special blue vinyl 7” of The Who’s latest classic ‘Be Lucky’ from The Who Hits 50! album, backed with the band’s very first single from 1965, ‘I Can’t Explain’ remastered in glorious mono. ‘Be Lucky’ is The Who’s first new material in eight years and in keeping with their ongoing support for teenage cancer charities, the band have donated their royalties from the song to Teen Cancer America, a charity founded in 2011 by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
As one of the greatest live bands of all time, The Who will take to the Great Oak Stage in London’s iconic Hyde Park on Friday, June 26th for Barclaycard Presents British Summertime with very special guests Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr plus others to be announced. The all-day bill will feature many more brilliant acts that owe an artistic debt to one of the most influential of all British bands.
Hyde Park will be the final UK show of The Who Hits 50! Tour which Roger Daltrey described as “The beginning of the long goodbye.”
Author: Buddy Iahn
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