Disc three is rooted in some of the strongest music of their career. “Baba O’Riley,” “Bargain,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” and “Won”t Get Fooled Again,” show The Who evolving as keyboards are more prominent in their sound and the production has a slickness to it. The power of the music would remain as The Who would solidify themselves as one of rock’s premier groups.
Disc four covers the years that are considered the group’s weakest. However, when you assemble their best material from this era it holds up pretty well. “Long Live Rock” and “Squeeze Box” would be welcome additions to any album. Songs such as “Who Are You,” “Sister Disco,” “You Better You Bet,” and “Eminence Front” sound better and fresh when removed from their original albums. Two live tracks, “Twist and Shout" and “I’m A Man” were previously unreleased at the time and present The Who as an effective and dynamic cover band.
Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B is a wonderful journey through three decades of some of the best music that was ever produced by a rock ‘n’ roll band. So sit back and turn the sound up real loud.