Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy is a compilation album by British rock band The Who. It is one of the first in a long line of Who greatest hits albums and is usually regarded as the best of them. The album mostly consists of singles that did not appear on The Who's LPs, which is why the album sold so well at the time.
Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (Decca DL 79184) entered the U.S. charts on November 20, 1971 and peaked at number 11 on the U.S. charts. The UK release was held up because The Who and Bill Curbishley had failed to clear it with manager Kit Lambert. Lambert tried to have the track order changed but failed because too many copies had been pressed. The LP was eventually released as Track 2406 006 and first entered the UK charts on December 3, 1971, peaking at number 9. In 1987, Rolling Stone ranked it #99 on their list of the 100 best albums of the period 1967-1987.
One imagines that this collection was aimed at the total neophyte listener – taken in any other context, this is an odd collection of single sides by one of the premiere singles bands of the 1960s and early '70s….
This exemplary four-disc box takes the high road, attempting nothing less than an honest reconstruction of the Who's stormy, adventurous, uneven pilgrimage. While offering an evenhanded cross-section of single hits and classic album tracks, 30 Years garnishes the expected high points with B-sides, alternate and live versions of familiar tracks, and the quartet's earliest singles as the High Numbers…