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Who's Better? No One!!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Recorded at a time when The Who had just trawled "Tommy" around the US for a year, "Live at Leeds" was a homecoming, an enjoyable one judging by the passion, humour and downright showmanship displayed by the band that Valentine's night in 1970.
After dumping 80 hours of live US concert material (by bonfire) from the previous year, the Pye Mobile studio was duly booked to record The Who at their peak in Leeds and Hull University with a view to releasing a live album as a filler between "Tommy" and Townshend's next project "Lifehouse" (which was eventually partly scrapped to become "Who's Next"); only Leeds was used for the live album though as the title suggests. The original 30-odd minute LP release deliberately overlooked the "Tommy" segment of the performance to show there was more to the band; "There's people out there who think there's a band called Tommy who have an album called The Who" bemoaned Townshend.
The 25th Anniversary release of Live at Leeds gave us a taster of what else went on that night with two excerpts from the rock opera (although a bootleg version has been around for some time) and we had to wait for this 30th Anniversary edition to hear the rest. Alright, purists may argue that putting the Tommy segment onto it's own CD denies the listener the chance to hear the correct running order of the concert, but it really is a fabulous audio experience and you better make sure that not only your family, but your entire street is outa the way before playing this at full tilt!
From the opening Entwistle thrasher "Heaven and Hell" to the closing bar of "See Me, Fell Me" you can't help wishing that you were there, and you're as exhausted as the band when it's all over.
Comes complete with booklet detailing the background to the concert as well as an excellent narrative of each track from Richard Evans.
Buy and enjoy the moment.
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Initial post: 16 Nov 2010 23:10:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2010 23:14:15 GMT
Glenn Cook says:
A minor point to an otherwise brilliant review.
the concert in Hull was at Hull City Hall and not the Hull University as you state. (Downs Hall and Cottingham Road were the 2 University venues at that time. Even Roger Daltry gets it wrong when he says the Hull recordings were better because the Hull was a theater venue when it was the towns City Hall. Perhaps even he is confusing the venue with the Who's 1973 revisit to Hull were they placed the old ABC theater.
I saw the 1973 concert and met the band getting everyone's autograph except Roger Daltry. BUT I remember did not want to attend the City Hall one because we at the Grammar School considered the Who as a 'Teeny Bop' Band. But were dismayed at how good those that attended said it was Shows how wrong naive we were at that age???
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