In November we reported that the legendary rock band The Who will be performing in the Super Bowl 2010 halftime show. Today Universal Music released a new compilation called The Who: Greatest Hits Live featuring 22 live tracks exclusively on iTunes.
The exposure of performing a Super Bowl halftime show is huge. According to the NFL 151 million viewers watch the halftime show last year. What would be a better idea than to offer up a new The Who album on iTunes then? The new The Who: Greatest Hits Live sells for $11.99.
The excitement and raw energy of singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon are heard live with "My Generation" from an early BBC Radio session in 1965 and then in 1970 at City Hall in Hull, England, with "Happy Jack" and "I'm A Boy," and "Magic Bus." The Who then move around the world to the San Francisco Civic the following year for "I Can't Explain," "Substitute" and the melancholy "Behind Blue Eyes." Also from the '70s are a medley of "Naked Eye/Let's See Action/My Generation" at the Charlton Athletic Football Club in 1974; "Pinball Wizard," the anthemic "I'm Free" and cheery "Squeezebox" in Swansea in 1976; and "5.15" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" at the Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland.
Five recordings from the '80s--"I Can See For Miles," "Join Together," "Love Reign O'er Me," "Baba O'Riley" and "Who Are You"--are from a legendary performance at the Universal Amphitheatre in California during the band's triumphant 1989 reunion tour (with Simon Phillips on drums and a horn section). The following year, The Who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Following "The Real Me" performed in Watford in 2002, a Royal Albert Hall benefit performance also that year witnessed a roaring "The Kids Are Alright"--both with Zak Starkey on drums. Sadly, however, they were among the final performances with Entwistle, who would pass away that June. The most recent tracks are "A Man In A Purple Dress" from a 2007 show at the Nassau Coliseum in New York and a scorching "Eminence Front" (with bassist Pino Palladino) in Brisbane, Australia, in March 2009.
More details on iTunes.
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