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At Kilburn 1977 [DVD] 
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I'm not a huge Who fan but this is pretty essential viewing to see Keith Moon up close and witness the full power they had in the 70's, all in nice 35mm. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jack O'Brien
The Kilburn gig is pretty good but it seems as though Pete has really 'got one on him' which is why he wanted this whole gig re-filmed because he wasn't satisfied and it was to be... Read morePublished 10 months ago by bearpower
A really interesting DVD,the main gig at Kilburn is really good,despite the odd hiccup,the older one is In the opera house and the filming is prehistoric,sounds ok though. Read morePublished 16 months ago by concerned shopper 1
As for real as it get's for a `70's Who gig - warts 'n all and in your face. There's some previous comments here that are somewhat negative and I can only guess that these... Read morePublished 16 months ago by AMP59
Recorded 15 December 1977 at the Kilburn Gaumont State, London, EnglandPublished 19 months ago by Morten Ejner
despite some reviews on here, I feel this is the most exiting Who show ever,with the original four members
filmed in 35mm film , and remastered for blu ray, could have been... Read more