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Direct Hits - UK - 1968 Polydor LP

Stereo

Direct Hits - UK - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

Stereo

Direct Hits - UK - 1968 Polydor LP

Mono

Direct Hits - UK - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

Mono

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca LP

Features the best stereo mix of "Magic Bus" and the 2nd mix version of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca LP (Label Face)

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca LP (Label Face)

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca LP (Promo)

Mono version - Promo only

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca LP (Label Face)

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca Reel-To-Reel

[Front cover]

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca Reel-To-Reel

[Back cover]

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca Cassette

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca 4-Track

Alternate track order

Magic Bus - USA - 1968 Decca 8-Track

Alternate track order

Magic Bus - USA - 1985 MCA CD

1st pressing

Magic Bus - USA - 1985 MCA CD

Long box packaging

Magic Bus - USA - 1988 MCA CD

2nd pressing, remastered

Magic Bus - USA - 1988 MCA CD

Long box packaging

Best Of The Who - Australia - 1968 Polydor LP

1st Pressing Black label. Features "Ready Steady Who" tracks

Best Of The Who - Australia - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

1st Pressing Black label. Features "Ready Steady Who" tracks

Best Of The Who - Australia - 1968 Polydor LP

2nd Pressing Red label. Features "Ready Steady Who" tracks

Best Of The Who - Australia - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

The Best Of The Who Volume 2 - Australia - 1968 Polydor LP

Same track listing as UK "Direct Hits"

The Best Of The Who Volume 2 - Australia - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

The Best Of The Who - Austria - 1968 Polydor LP

The Best Of The Who - Austria - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

Magic Bus - 1968 Canada LP

Magic Bus - 1968 Canada LP (Label Face)

Magic Bus - 1988 Canada CD

The Best Of The Who - Germany - 1968 Polydor LP

Same track listing as UK "Direct Hits"

The Best Of The Who - Germany - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

The Best Of The Who - Germany - 1968 Polydor Cassette

The Best Of The Who - Holland - 1968 Polydor LP

Same tracks as UK "Direct Hits", but in simulated stereo (reissued as "Portrait Of The Who" with live cover)

The Best Of The Who - Holland - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

The Best Of The Who - India - 1968 Polydor LP

The Best Of The Who - India - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

The Best Of The Who - Israel - 1968 Polydor LP

Same track listing as UK "Direct Hits"

The Best Of The Who - Israel - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

The Best Of The Who - Italy - 1968 Polydor LP

The Best Of The Who - Italy - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

Exciting The Who - Japan - 1968 Polydor LP

First pressing, SLPM-1385

Exciting The Who - Japan - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

First pressing, SLPM-1385

Exciting The Who - Japan - 1968 Polydor LP (Promo)

First pressing, SLPM-1385 (Promo)

Exciting The Who - Japan - 1968 Polydor LP (Promo) (Label Face)

First pressing, SLPM-1385 (Promo)

Exciting The Who - Japan - 1968 Polydor LP

Second pressing, MP-1385

Exciting The Who - Japan - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

Second pressing, MP-1385

Exciting The Who - Japan - 2004 Univeral CD (Promo - reissue)

Mini-LP cover (no CD) only. Comes with Mini-LP version of "My Generation Deluxe"

Exciting The Who - Japan - 2006 Polydor CD

Remastered from original tapes

The Best Of The Who - Malaysia - 1968 Polydor LP

The Best Of The Who - Malaysia - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

Best Of The Who - New Zealand - 1966 Polydor LP

Same track listing as Australia LP. Textured cover

Best Of The Who - New Zealand - 1966 Polydor LP (Label Face)

Direct Hits - New Zealand - 1968 Polydor LP

Best Of The Who - New Zealand - 1966 Polydor LP (Label Face)

The Best Of The Who - South Africa - 1968 Polydor LP

The Best Of The Who - South Africa - 1968 Polydor LP (Label Face)

Magic Bus - Taiwan - 1968 Liming LP

Magic Bus - Taiwan - 1968 Liming LP (Label Face)

The Best Of The Who - Taiwan - 1968 First LP

The Best Of The Who - Taiwan - 1968 First LP (Label Face)


Later Releases And Reissues From Countries Where The Original Album Was Not Released Or The Cover Artwork Has Been Modified

Direct Hits - USA - 2006 Classic LP

Direct Hits - Japan - 1982 Polydor LP

Direct Hits - Japan - 2007 Polydor CD

Magic Bus - Japan - 2007 Polydor CD

The Best Of The Who - Holland - 1984 Polydor LP

The Best Of The Who - Austria - 1984 Polydor LP

The Best Of The Who - Czechoslovachi - 1985 Polydor LP

The Best Of The Who - Germany - 1984 Polydor LP

The Best Of The Who - Philippines - 1984 Polydor LP

The Who / The Best -Taiwan - 1982 Rex Cassette


LP Comments: 1968 saw a variety of releases - mostly "Direct Hits" and it's alternate cover/title around the world: "The Best Of The Who".

"Magic Bus" was released as somewhat of a "best of", but with a different track listing as it's UK counterpart, "Direct Hits". The LP is the best source of the true stereo title track, as later reissues have shrill backing vocals. Most of the tracks on the album are in true stereo, including the "toned down" 2nd version of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (the drums are mostly mixed out as is the "laugh" and the spooky ending - as originally released as the "b" side to the UK "Magic Bus" 45 (single). The LP was also issued in mono, but only on rare white label promo versions.

Compare for yourself!

Below are 30 second WAV samples of "Magic Bus" from the various pressings of "Magic Bus" as described above.

1968 USA Master Tape   1968 USA LP   1985 USA CD   1988 USA CD   2007 Japan CD  

Note: Sound comparisons are only as good as your ears and the equipment you are listening to the music with.

 

"Best Of The Who" (Australia & New Zealand Only) is a confusing release at a glance. It's cover artwork and title might lead one to believe it is the same record as the 1966 version of "The Who", but its track listing is comprised of singles, "b" sides and "Ready Steady Who" tracks.

"Exciting The Who" contains an odd mix of tracks (see below) and a great cover. The artwork (and album on CD) was reissued in 2004 & 2006 respectively.

Track Listing (Direct Hits, The Best Of The Who, The Best Of The Who Vol 2): Bucket "T", I'm A Boy, Pictures Of Lily, Doctor, Doctor!, I Can See For Miles, Substitute, Happy Jack, The Last Time, In The City, Call Me Lightning, Mary Ann With The Shaky Hand, Dogs

Track Listing (Magic Bus): Disguises, Run, Run, Run, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, I Can't Reach You, Our Love Was, Is, Call Me Lightning, Magic Bus, Someone's Coming, Doctor, Doctor!, Bucket "T", Pictures Of Lily

Track Listing (Best Of The Who): Substitute, Pictures Of Lily, Disguises, Batman, Barbara Ann, In The City, Barbara Ann, In The City, Happy Jack, I'm A Boy, Doctor, Doctor!, Circles, I've Been Away, Bucket "T"

Track Listing (Exciting The Who): Happy Jack, Pictures Of Lily, Substitute, I've Been Away, Doctor, Doctor!, Waltz For A Pig, The Last Time, Under My Thumb, So Sad About Us, A Quick One While He's Away

* Simulated Stereo (On "Stereo" Version LPs)

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