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THE WHO AT KILBURN: 1977

The Who

 

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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4 stars THE WHO in a bad night were far better than 90% of the bands in their best day

I honestly can't understand the critics to this video, that's what THE WHO was...A force of nature that couldn't be stopped, if you want to see a polished clean 1977 show, buy a CAPTAIN & TENILLE concert, but if you want to see a band giving 110% of them even if not in shape and amazing material, this video is a must have.

Luckily I waited until the deluxe edition was released in Blu-Ray, because apart from the regular 1969 at the London Coliseum version, you get an extra bonus, the first-ever live recording of the rock opera Tommy featuring: "A Quick One While He's Away", "Overture", "It's a Boy ", "1921", "Amazing Journey," "Christmas," "Acid Queen," "Pinball Wizard," "Do You Think It's Alright," "Fiddle About", "Tommy Can You Hear Me?", "There's a Doctor", "Go to the Mirror", "Smash the Mirror", "Miracle Cure", "Sally Simpson", "Tommy's Holiday Camp", "I'm Free", "We're Not Gonna Take It."

I agree with Finnforest's comments about weak songs in the Kilburn concert like the infamous version of "Who are You", but "Baba O'Riley" "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Pinball Wizard" are as exciting as usual, and of course the hilarious version of "Tommy's Holyday Camp" with Keith singing completely out of key. So yes it has lows, but the whole concert is a collector's item that no WHO fan should avoid.

The image has been digitally restored (A few minutes are lost because of the rewinding of the 16 mms camera), the sound is great (avoid the dull Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, because the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 with boosted vocals are both excellent), so it's a piece of musical history in very good condition that every fan must get.

Ah, almost forgot the rating.........4 solid stars.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 4/5 |

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