The Who Hits 50! Will Include a new Song, "Be Lucky"

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The 50th anniversary is always a big one for legendary classic rock groups, a big, round number sure to involve some sort of special release. The Who are of course no exception—the band will release Who Hits 50!, a two-CD, “definitive hits collection” on Oct. 27. Of special interest to Who fans, however, is the fact that the recording will also include the first new Who song in eight years, an upbeat rocker called “Be Lucky.”

The song was recorded this summer at British Grove and Yellowfish Studios, and features Who live players Zak Starkey (drums) and Pino Palladino (bass), with the keyboards being provided by ex Style Council and Dexys sideman Mick Talbot. In keeping with their ongoing support for Teenage Cancer charities, the band have donated their royalties from the song to Teen Cancer America, a charity founded in 2011 by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

If you’re curious exactly what tracks will appear on this “definitive” hits collection, the full list is below. “Be Lucky” will be included as the final track on the second disc.

Disc 1
“Zoot Suit” – (as The High Numbers)
“I Can’t Explain”
“Anyway Anyhow Anywhere”
“My Generation”
“The Kids Are Alright”
“I’m A Boy”
“Happy Jack”
“Boris The Spider”
“Pictures Of Lily”
“The Last Time”
“I Can See For Miles”
“Call Me Lightning”
“Magic Bus”
“Pinball Wizard”
“I’m Free”
“The Seeker”
“Summertime Blues” (live)
“See Me, Feel Me”
“Won’t Get Fooled Again” (single edit)
“Let’s See Action”
“Behind Blue Eyes”

Disc 2
“Baba O’ Riley”
“Join Together”
“Love Reign O’er Me”
“Squeeze Box”
“Slip Kid”
“Who Are You”
“Trick Of The Light”
“You Better You Bet”
“Don’t Let The Coat”
“Eminence Front”
“It’s Hard”
“Real Good Looking Boy”
“It’s Not Enough”
“Be Lucky” (new song)

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