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.
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.)
Live At Leeds recently came out again in a Super Deluxe Edition, including the 2000 two-disc addition, the never-released Hull concert from a day later, and in an annoyingly growing trend, a vinyl copy of the original, all in an expensive box. Somehow we get the feeling that instead of true rarities, most likely any future Who releases will consist of more of the same.