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Definitely worth buying, despite its limitations
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.