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Some good live rock
on 11 July 2003
I was pleasantly surprised to hear that this "live" album really did sound live. Let me explain that - a lot of the live albums I've heard lately, particularly by world-famous artists, have tended to sound very "edited" - so that in fact it winds up sounding like a studio album with some audience applause on. This live recording by The Who, however, certainly doesn't do this - while the quality of playing throughout is as excellent as their studio work, it's noticeable at some points that there hasn't been much editing. For instance at the start of "Pinball Wizard" the bass is far too loud, almost drowning out Roger's vocals.
There's some new material on here too - the song "Relay" which Pete explains is "about the internet" but also written in 1974. The band still sound as good as they ever did, Townshend in particular giving it plenty of welly on the guitar. There's some funny bits of dialog with the audience too - for instance when Roger announces "My Wife", he says "And this next track's from "Who's Next".. if only I had a thousand quid for every time I'd announced this." and Pete chips in "You have!"
For fans of live rock I recommend this album. For those used to over-produced live albums, such as Metallica's "S&M", or Pink Floyd's "Pulse", you might find this a little too raw.