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on 10 October 2012
As other reviewers have noted, this looks like a bootleg or 'for the band only' video which has been shot from only a couple of locations, and without much finesse. The producers have employed a few editing tricks to try and mix it up a bit and these work well for the most part, but they're also a distraction sometimes. The footage seems to have been colour-enhanced and is way better than I thought it would be, having seen the original bootleg video. There isn't always enough light on stage to get a decent image, but mostly it looks fine for what it is. Sound-wise it's also way better than I thought it would be.

For all its shortcomings, this is the Who live on stage during one of their finest tours and it's a pleasure to see. Early on in the show Townshend says they're still finding their feet on the tour, but they'd just finished Europe two weeks earlier, so they can't have been that rusty. It's probably fairer to say the band was always pretty rough and ready, and for all the fact that they could be as tight as a drum, it's their explosive rawness that made them so exciting. There's plenty of evidence of that here...turn it up, sit back and enjoy it.
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on 12 October 2012
This is one of the Holy Grails that has been floating about on poor quality for years. It was filmed by the stadiums own in house cameras - sort of security cameras. But the main thing is the audio, what a great job Jon Astley has done - again. It is certainly for Who enthusiasts only, but my 8 year old loved it too!. Lets hope some more of these get the 'Astley touch'.
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on 13 October 2012
Great gig and quite an improvement on the previous version. Jon Astley as ever does a stupendous job on the the sound. A very good performance, although I'd love to see The Cleveland show from 75 released, as they were outstanding that night, even better than Zeppelin for me.
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on 8 October 2012
This is certainly an upgrade on the 4reel release with a much clearer picture in a lot of the interference removed. Obviously sourced from a lower generation or the master.

There are no additional camera angles so JAE still spends most of the film out of view behind his amps.

The sound has been remixed by Jon Astley - I don't have a problem with the finished sound quality.

The set is representative of the 75 tour, shame they weren't able to add the same level as extras as 4reel.

Hey its £8 for classic Who at their peak. Its an officially sanctioned product. Just buy it, who knows it might help the powers that be decide to maybe release a few more dvds.
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on 28 April 2013
This DVD is a document of the 1975 Who tour of The USA. The song selection is great as is the performance. The band seems happy and enjoying being onstage. Keith Moons drumming is superb.
What does distract me (a bit) is the lo-fi MONO sound and average video quality. I do appreciate this is a DVD that has been restored from what was already average footage and sound.
Fortunately the great performance and song selection make up for the shortcomings. Roger Daltrey sings like a man obsessed and is really into this show. It is strange you don't see the audience at all in the film, no idea how big the crowd was or the venue they played in.
We are lucky to have film and sound footage of one of the greatest bands in the wold and I look forward to seeing what comes next.
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on 23 August 2013
I was really looking forward to this release , but found watching it all the way through rather tedious at times , not something I thought I would ever say about live Who footage. Partially its down to the limitations of the film , yes alot of work has been put into cleaning up the audio and video , but the camera work is very static , for good reasons as already made clear in other reviews. More than that however, I get the impression that for parts of the set the band are not really engaged with the material. They play well of course - they almost always did , but they sometimes seem to be going through the motions.
So , great to have , particularily for the Who By Numbers material otherwise not usually played live , but by no means the best Who live set available.
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on 16 October 2012
This show has been available on bootleg for many years and now has an official release. The picture quality is marginally better than the bootleg version, but the sound has been improved considerably by Jon Astley's restoration and the 'missing' audio from Squeeze Box has been reinstated. Nevertheless, the picture and sound quality are inferior to modern standards and the camera work is basic to say the least. However, it must be remembered that this is a historic record of the band's classic line up in full flight from one of the strongest periods for live performances in its career. The technical quality of the recording shows its limitations, but the performance is a real treat. This should be one of those DVDs that is played to show anyone unfamiliar with The Who's work just what the fuss was all about and why they were often rated as the best live act of their era.
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on 13 October 2013
A true British rock band. First saw these guys live back in 1964 in Blackpool when they were the High Numbers, Freddie and the Dreamers and Swinging Blue Jeans were top of the bill but The High Numbers stole the show. One of Britain's best exports and still brilliant live. Keep it up boys. Rock till you drop.
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on 31 March 2013
The Who at their prime. Who can ask more? Surely the best footage available, albeit from a rather small pool but at the same time managing to capture the dynamic power and energy from the world's greatest ever live rock band. not perfect by any means but reassuringly in the can.
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on 30 January 2014
Although the concert is filmed from two camera perspectives this does not detract from the viewing of the concert. This is a highly enjoyable Who concert from 1975, remastered and completely un-cut. Highly recommended to any Who fan. better than the Master Plan bootleg as well.
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