‘The Story of The Who’ for Record Store Day 2024

The Who are participating in this year’s Record Store Day with the reissue of 1976’s The Story Of The Who, sometimes regarded as the most complete Who ‘best of’ album. The gatefold sleeve includes a replica of the original 8-page booklet with the two LPs pressed on coloured pink and green vinyl.

Mastered by long-time Who engineer Jon Astley and cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. Released on April 20th for #RSD24. Exclusively available at participating record stores:

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Side One
Magic Bus
Boris the Spider
Run, Run, Run
I’m A Boy
Heat Wave
My Generation (Edit from Live At Leeds)

Side Two
Pictures of Lily
Happy Jack
The Seeker
I Can See For Miles
Squeeze Box

Side Three
Amazing Journey
The Acid Queen
Do You Think It’s Alright?
Fiddle About
Pinball Wizard
I’m Free
Tommy’s Holiday Camp
We’re Not Gonna Take It

Side Four
Summertime Blues (Edit from Live At Leeds)
Baba O’Riley
Behind Blue Eyes
Slip Kid
Won’t Get Fooled Again

The original The Story of The Who was a two-disc vinyl compilation released in the UK by Polydor (Select Double 2683 069) on September 24, 1976. It reached number 2 in the UK album chart.

The album was heavily promoted in the UK via TV advertising using this great commercial created by advertising agency McCann-Erickson featuring the exploding pinball machine as seen on the album cover and the distinct voice-over by the inimitable DJ, John Peel.

9 thoughts on “‘The Story of The Who’ for Record Store Day 2024”

  1. Rob Sparreboom says:

    Love this album, amazing cover. But never understood why there are
    no tracks from Quadrophenia on it

    1. The Who says:

      Hi Rob, at the time of the original release the band didn’t have rights to certain songs in their catalogue, hence no Quadrophenia songs and no original version of ‘My Generation’. Luckily that’s all sorted now.

  2. Richard says:

    Wow… I used to have the original release but it got nicked when I was as university. Had totally forgotten it even existed.

  3. Andrew Clarke says:

    I had this on cassette in ’76. I would agree it’s the best collection of Who songs. Looking forward to getting the new LP!

  4. David says:

    Can we see a cd release of this please in the future.

  5. Randy Pearl says:

    Will it be half speed master?

  6. Joe Schmidt says:

    It was my first WHO album back in 1976 and I been a WHO fan ever since. Great album, but I also could not understand why Quadrophenia was not included. The Real Me, or 5.15 would have made it the perfect album. Quadrophena still my no.1 album of all time

  7. Paul says:

    How many are being pressed?

  8. MARK SIMON LEVY says:

    There are plenty of WHO compilations already available on CD.

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