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Quadrophenia: Live in London (DVD)

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In 2012/2013, The Who embarked on the Quadrophenia and More Tour, performing their landmark rock opera in its entirety, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1973 release of this double-album masterpiece. The critically acclaimed and highly successful tour closed at London's Wembley Arena, with the cameras rolling, to record the closing night of this historic anniversary tour.
Filmed on July 8, 2013, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON DVD features The Who in peak form, performing Quadrophenia from front to back, in its entirety, plus a special set of some of their all-time greatest hits. The film captures the band's dynamic performance in front of their hometown crowd and features blistering performances of 'The Real Me', 'The Punk And The Godfather', 'Doctor Jimmy' and a powerful performance of 'Love Reign O'er Me'. With HD screen backdrops, archival footage and today's advanced technology in sound, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON reunites The Who with bandmates John Entwistle, for '5:15', and Keith Moon for his signature song 'Bell Boy'. In addition to their performance of Quadrophenia, the band tear through classic tracks such as 'Pinball Wizard', 'Who Are You', 'You Better You Bet' 'Baba O'Riley' 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and 'Tea & Theatre', from their 2006 release 'Endless Wire', with the intensity and power only The Who can conjure.

1. I Am The Sea (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
2. The Real Me (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
3. Quadrophenia (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
4. Cut My Hair (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
5. The Punk And The Godfather (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
6. I'm One (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
7. The Dirty Jobs (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
8. Helpless Dancer (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
9. Is It In My Head? (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
10. I've Had Enough (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
11. 5:15 (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
12. Sea And Sand (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
13. Drowned (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
14. Bell Boy (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
15. Doctor Jimmy (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
16. The Rock (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
17. Love Reign O'er Me (Live in London's Wembley Arena)
18. Who Are You (Live in London's Wembley Arena) (Bonus Performance)
19. You Better You Bet (Live in London's Wembley Arena) (Bonus Performance)
20. Pinball Wizard (Live in London's Wembley Arena) (Bonus Performance)
21. Baba O'Riley (Live in London's Wembley Arena) (Bonus Performance)
22. Won't Get Fooled Again (Live in London's Wembley Arena) (Bonus Performance)
23. Tea & Theatre (Live in London's Wembley Arena) (Bonus Performance)

Product Details

  • Actors: The Who
  • Directors: Chris Rule
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Live, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: UMe
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Who's 1973 album has had an interesting history. Upon its release, it was performed only a little until equipment malfunctions convinced the band to stop trying to reproduce the album's rich sound on stage. Seemingly left alone for the next few decades, it re-emerged in the mid-90s as a performed-in-its-entirety show, complete with keyboardists, brass players, and narration from "Jimmy Cooper" himself. Now it is 2014, and the world has a new recording of another incarnation of Quadrophenia.

Unlike the '70s and '90s shows, this one does not attempt to explicitly tell Quadrophenia's story. It's just the songs themselves, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey not offering any banter in between them. There also seems to be more of a retrospective look at the Who themselves, which is interesting considering the fact that Quadrophenia originally evolved out of a defunct project (called Rock Is Dead - Long Live Rock) that was meant to be an autobiographical look at the band. Images of Roger, Pete, John Entwistle and Keith Moon continually flash up on the giant video screens. Much has been said of the Ox's and the Loon's inclusions in "5:15" and "Bell Boy" respectively, but also noteworthy (just one example) is "The Punk and the Godfather," in which we see footage of the High Numbers give way to a broadcast of the band performing on Top of the Pops. If you know the lyrics (and Roger's vocals from the studio album get played at the same time Roger '13 is singing at one point) you probably know what I'm getting at.

Of course, the music itself is a treat to hear. Some of my personal highlights:
-The sheer sonic energy of the whole band in "5:15.
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The Who went on Tourto perform their 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia, which tells the story of a Mod named Jimmy living in England in the mid 1960s. The band of course is only with two of their original members, lead singer Roger Daltrey, and lead guitarist and primary song writer Pete Townshend. Filling the shoes of diseased bassist and drummer John Entwistle and Keith Moon were Pino Palladino on bass, and Scott Devours on Drums. Those two have been touring with the band for the past few years, and they both did a good job filling the big shoes they had to fill. Pete's younger brother Simon Townshend was also there as a second guitarist and had lead vocals on the song Dirty Jobs. Despite being in their late 60s, Townshend and Daltrey still had all their old moves on stage, Pete did a several windmills on the guitar, and Roger did his signature microphone twirl, he also sported his classic look of wearing an unbuttoned shirt and is to be in good shape. Taking advantage of modern technology, they band was able to use video screens to add to their performance and represent John Entwistle by playing a video of one of his bass solos on the song 5:15. They did the same for Keith Moon by playing a video of him singing the song Bell Boy from one of their Charlton Concert of 1974. It was a nice way to pay tribute to their former members. Once the band concluded Quadrophenia with a powerful rendition of Love Reign O'er Me, Townshend took on the roll of leader and introduced the lesser known members of the band as well as the supporting members. He then said it was time for some "classic symphony music" as the band broke out into a bunch of their hits which included, Baba O'Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Who Are You, Pinball Wizard, and Won't Get Fooled Again.Read more ›
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Firstly thanks to Amazon for delivering a day ahead of the official release.

I was at this and the other London shows last summer and have been waiting for the official release to replace the bootlegs that were out within days. The performances by Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and the backing musicians are excellent throughout. Just listen to the vocals on Love Reign O'er Me and be amazed by what Daltrey can still do and how he is defying his age. Thankfully some of the other songs have now been transposed to lower keys so that he can hit the high notes full on without struggling and I wish that they had done this years ago. Scott Devours deserves special mention for stepping in for the injured Zak Starkey, who, to be honest, isn't really missed as his dep is that good. Simon Townshend works his socks off in the guitar bi-play with his older brother and puts in a great lead vocal on The Dirty Jobs. They even manage to cover most of John Entwistle's brass overdubs with a combination of samples and two live horn players. This produces a fuller sound than you might imagine. The visuals on the back projections are superb and all credit to Daltrey and his design team for creating them and for bringing John Entwistle and Keith Moon into the show so creatively.

The performances and the staging are great and merit the 5 stars, but, for me, there are gripes concerning the production of the DVD. Surprisingly, the mix is quite patchy with the vocals up too far and with a poor low end. At times Pino Palladino can't be heard at all and, even though he plays in a far more orthodox style than Entwistle, the bass end was a key feature of the album and it is lacking.
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Pino Palladino plays bass on this. Pino has been the bassist for The Who since summer 2002. This video was shot on the most recent Who tour.
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