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At Kilburn 1977 [DVD] [2009]

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  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: UMC
  • DVD Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002D2NCCQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,081 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two-volume set from one of the UK's all time great rock bands. The first part comprises a concert filmed before an invited audience at the Gaumont in Kilburn, North London in December 1977, which turned out to be one of the last live performances of drummer Keith Moon. Parts of the concert were previously seen in Jeff Stein's film 'The Kids Are Alright'. The second part comprises a 1969 gig from the London Coliseum, a never-before-seen rarity and one of the band's personal favourites.

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I'll be honest I'm a die hard Who fan. There is little Moon era concert material that I wouldn't watch and cherish forever but this collection is a bit of a mixed bag.

The Kilburn show from 1977 is a more poignant performance than anything entertaining. The band are rusty and under rehearsed, the set list is a truncated version of the concerts they played through 1975-6, but after a break of over a year the rot has set in. Whilst Entwistle has slimmed down a little and looks his best ever Moon has bloated up and resembles Robert Newton more than ever. Keith as everyone is aware would be dead within the year and despite many claims to the contrary it's him that lets the side down on this performance.

From Baba O'Rielly onwards Keith breaks the spell, bands thrive on a collective headspace where they are all of one mind. If one person loses concentration the whole thing goes down like a house of cards. When Keith can't keep up when the track speeds up at the end the band start to unravel. Every number after this features howling mistakes. Daltrey forgets the words to Dreaming from the Waist, I'm Free is about a minute shorter thanks to Entwistle going to the end of the song when Townshend is attempting to play the middle "Tommy's Holiday Camp" is risible since no one can remember what key it's in. Only "My Wife" manages to pull the band together into some form of unity. Overall though the performances are spirited but nearly all end up in a car crash. Townshend is visibly and audibly upset at the performance and at one point shouts to Jeff Stein the Director "you might as well send the camera's 'ome!"

It really is a foul tempered gig, the crowd are shouting things at the band which we can't hear on the sound track but are clearly upsetting to the performers.
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This is a review of the BluRay DVD of the 1977 Who concert filmed at Kilburn in north London. This gig was recorded for the documentary, The Kids Are Alright. Parts of the show made it into that film, but the rest of the set was hidden away for 30 or so years, keeping longtime fans waiting for its release. The resulting document, The Who at Kilburn: 1977 benefits from the extensive technical set up (high-quality film, multiple camera angles, careful audio recording, etc) but also reveals a band a little rusty after nearly a year off from touring. Overall, it provides a fascinating look at the Who at that particular moment, despite the uneveness of the band's performance. It is known to be the Last concert performance from Keith Moon.
The DVD also features the 1969 Coliseum concert, this was a couple of months before the Who live at Leeds / Hull etc and the track listing similar, mainly Tommy. It is a good performance of the Who at their peak. However, it is not filmed as well as the Kilburn gig.
Now I agree with a few reviewers that the Kilburn gig is angry and pretty rusty, but it still has its moments of magic. Keith is all over the place, Roger forgets his lines and Pete is not a happy chap, But John seems pretty solid. But when the 4 of them are together after the best part of a year without playing live it is compelling viewing. It's not quite car crash bad, but some of the clips are a bit cringeworthy. But, it does go to show how they have that amazing energy and even a fairly shambolic performance like this can still sound great. It was like when they played at Live Aid in 1985 loads of people said it was poor, well I didn't really know who they were until then but they caught me eye, or should I say ear? So whilst they are not at there best they are still well worth watching.
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It's not entirely fair to blame Moon for the lacklustre performance at Kilburn. Yes, he's clearly unfit and not the drummer he was but he holds it together pretty well and his roll on the toms at the end of the synth break on Won't Get Fooled Again is magnificent. The whole band is out of practice and you'd have thought they could have put in some rehearsal knowing they were going to be filmed. The main culprit here is Townshend who goes so far off course during Who Are You that the rest just give up trying to discern any recognisable melody or rhythm and stop playing. He looks in a foul temper throughout the whole show, casting murderous glances at everybody.

On the other hand, the Coliseum gig depicts the band at their peak, tight and completely together. The banter on stage between Moon and Townshend is hilarious and it's great to hear some different songs slipping in like Tattoo and Fortuneteller. An essential purchase for this footage alone.
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A 2 disc set features the Who at the top of their game in December 1969, including the bonus tracks--a full version of Tommy when it was fresh and cutting; the energy is almost tangible in your room; standard set as per live at Leeds but much more--the band sizzle; some say the film quality is poor--but in fact it seals the deal--this is the 1960s with all the hazy memories that would be shattered by HD remastering if it was posssible--all the live favorites--Magic Bus, Substitute, My Generation, Young Man Blues, Summertime blues... and Tommy... Townsend burns the air, Moony bashes your ears, Entwhistle's bass rumbles through your guts and Daltrey's shopwmanship is at its wildest; this is ideal for younger fans to see what the Who was all about;

The other disc features a 1977 concert for a Who film, the Kids are Alright; this bookends the other disc with the Who at the very end of their classic period; abit tired and a bit too polished? Moony seems a little less animated and this is his last concert with the band before... still a good round-up especially latter-day classics... won't get fooled again, Baba o riley, Behind blue Eyes... and a smattering of oldies and covers... still shows the band had legs even after the excesses and emotional problems of the early-mid 1970s.
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