The Who ‎– The Best Of The Who

Polydor ‎– 184 152
Vinyl, LP, Compilation

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Bucket "T"
Written-By – Torrence*, Altfield*, Christian*
A2 I'm A Boy
Written-By – Townshend*
A3 Picture Of Lily
Written-By – Townshend*
A4 Doctor! Doctor!
Written-By – Entwhistle*
A5 I Can See For Miles
Written-By – Townshend*
A6 Substitute
Written-By – Townshend*
B1 Happy Jack
Written-By – Townshend*
B2 The Last Time
Written-By – Jagger-Richard*
B3 In The City
Written-By – Entwhistle*, Moon*
B4 Call Me Lightning
Written-By – Townshend*
B5 Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
Written-By – Townshend*
B6 Dogs
Written-By – Townshend*

Companies, etc.


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout stamp side A): | ℗ 1966 G8 ◇Z B 00 184152 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout stamp side B): | ℗ 1966 G8 ◇Z A1 00 184152 B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout stamped, variant 2): 1 ℗ 1966 G8 ◇Z A1[90°rotated] 00 184152 A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout stamped, variant 2): 1 ℗ 1966 G8 ◇Z B[90°rotated] 00 184152 B
  • Rights Society (Boxed): GEMA

Other Versions (5 of 29) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
612 006 The Who Direct Hits(LP, Comp, Mono) Track Record 612 006 UK 1968 Sell This Version
613 006, 613006 The Who Direct Hits(LP, Comp) Track Record, Track Record 613 006, 613006 UK 1968 Sell This Version
2485 206 The Who The Best Of The Who(LP, Comp, RE) Polydor 2485 206 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
2482 100 The Who Portrait Of The Who(LP, Comp) Polydor 2482 100 Belgium 1979 Sell This Version
2384 050 The Who Superstarshine Vol. 22(LP, Comp) Polydor 2384 050 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version


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April 25, 2020
there is a nut case on ebay in canada listing this best of german lp from 1968 for 699.99 CA dollers , he should take a look at (regardless of the fact that this did indeed come out 52 years ago) in germany they where pressed in mass production for both the german market and also pressed to export all over europe & the world in general, this may have got half a million units pressed, nice laminated german sleeve, i dont think this sounds anything like the uk direct hits lp from the same year, due to the mass pressing of this at that time in germany wich was very rare back then, i think that is why many copies never sounded this good, there is a better sounding copy of this and it is the reissue from the early 1980s that is also listed here on discogs, also regarding DIRECT HITS from the uk on track records, that to originally got a massive pressing as well but i think THIS GERMAN BEST OF got a lot more.


April 17, 2020
Not sure if the German "Best of the Who" has the same mastering as the UK "Direct Hits", but it is hard to listen to. It contains the worst sort of "Enhanced Stereo"--channels are on a delay from each other, which makes everything sound double-tracked even when it wasn't. It almost sounds like a reverse echo. Weirder, tracks from "The Who Sell Out" are the stereo mixes collapsed into mono and THEN enhanced.

My hunch is that the masterings are indeed the same-- and these awful "enhanced" versions were reused on many subsequent albums.