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Highlights All The Way Through,
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This review is from: Quadrophenia - Live In London (Audio CD)
This is a marvellous CD on which almost every song is a highlight. I usually list highlights when I do a review, but on this disc rather than listing virtually every song, I'll list the highest of the highlights: The Punk And The Godfather, 5:15, Who Are You, and Won't Get Fooled Again.
It's a particularly nice touch that John Entwistle's bass guitar solo in 5:15 and Keith Moon's vocal from Bell Boy were included in the show (they were shown on video screens). It seems strange to me that they are not credited on the CD, but this is a trivial point.
Despite the five stars, there is a downside: age is bound to take its toll on a singer's voice. Roger, who was 69 when this show was performed, does not sound as good as he did in his heyday, but is still very good. Pete is fine in the quiet sections, but when he sings something louder his voice is more of a growl that I find unpleasant on the ears. Pete doesn't do enough singing to justify the deduction of a star.
Apart from Quadrophenia, this disc features some of the group's best-known songs listed as "Bonus Performance". These include Who Are You, You Better You Bet, Pinball Wizard, Baba O'Riley (theme tune from CSI NY, just in case you don't know the song), Won't Get Fooled Again, and Tea and Theatre. In a way, it's a shame that it ends with Tea and Theatre which is, for me, the weakest track. I understand why they end their shows with this song - all the musicians who are not members of The Who leave the stage and the show ends with Pete and Rog. It's just that I have always considered Won't Get Fooled Again to be a showstopper and, as my son says, it's called a showstopper for a reason. I believe it is simply impossible to top this song, so they shouldn't try!
If you're a fan of The Who this should be in your collection. If you quite like The Who and want a live album, this is certainly a good one to choose.