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Outstanding document of THE greatest live act of all.
on 8 February 2001
A wonderful document which bears up to both repeated viewing and the occasional "dipping into", there have been very few like it. Possibly the nearest contenders are The Rolling Stones "25 X 25" and The Beatles Anthology series, however neither of these admittedly excellent tapes match the warmth, honesty and vitriol of the commentaries from Daltrey, Entwistle, and especially a very self-critical Townshend, the latter both verbally and in the booklet. This could almost be viewed as visible evidence of Pete's then long-standing and ongoing vilification of The Who, both personnel and legend, the majority of which was unjustifiable. In his comments he is by turns whingeing, insulting and complimentary about Daltrey, Moon, Entwistle and their fans, particularly the comment that The Who were never in the first division of British bands. Oh, really ? Once you get past this, then the video is wonderful. Live performances are as good as it gets, with again the peak years of 1971-75 under-represented. It doesn't duplicate performances on "The Kids Are Alright", to which it is complimentary. Many of the triumphs and failures are present, hilarious moments, ancient video, unseen until then concert footage, including four superb numbers from Charlton 1974 (BBC, where are you with the complete show ?) and so many moments on or about Keith Moon. Picture and sound are spot on when considering the age of the material, and lack of live film or video material (one track is even from a private tape). Hopefully the DVD,when it arrives wil be a further improvement. Fact: when The Who broke up in 1982, they were the biggest live act on the planet, and most of their audiences, especially in the States, were under 20. The Kids were alright after all. Buy this,and then the 4 Cd box set.