With the BBC set, their catalog revamp was basically complete from the labels’ standpoint, and probably Pete’s too. There were some surprises to be had on the various Deluxe Editions of My Generation, Live At Leeds, Who’s Next, Tommy and Sell Out, but to this day a pile of once-available rarities are still buried. Here’s a look at some of those, many of which are certainly worthy of release, and some of which deserve easier access than pricey boxes.
If some of the songs above had been included on the CDs as suggested, that only leaves a handful of leftovers that, given some shuffling to eliminate repetition, should have been on the 1998 upgrade of Odds & Sods. And we can’t state enough that Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy should have been upgraded in the ‘90s too.
Will these ever again appear officially (and cheaply)? Impossible to say. Meanwhile, no less than four official hits collections appeared over the first decade of the 21st century, with only slight variations in their track sequences amid the occasional single edit. (Even the genuinely exciting From A Backstage Pass, a Keith-era live retrospective available only as an expensive premium from their fan club, got plundered for the retail-available Greatest Hits Live, which sported a disc full of inferior highlights from Join Together and more recent recordings.)
Indeed, the reissue trend has leaned heavily toward the Super Deluxe Edition and vinyl reproductions, all at great expenses to the average consumer, and trying for the dedicated fan. Any true rarities to be found will be scattered among yet further remasters of songs we have already, repeatedly.