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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1965
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000059N1T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Out for the first time on CD with all the original artwork, plus 20-bit remastering. A lot of tracks (e.g. Long Live Rock ) available here and nowhere else!

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Having been involved in one of the most painfully overwrought rock films ever produced (Ken Russell's Tommy), it was only just that the Who should also be the subject of one of the best rockumentaries ever--Jeff Stein's The Kids Are Alright. Inveterate Who fan Stein largely eschewed interviews and critical overinterpretation, instead wisely focusing on the band's musical performances as captured on TV appearances and in concert. That sensibility makes this soundtrack a rare showcase of the Who at their performing peak, gathering many previously unreleased live performances ("My Wife," "Young Man Blues," a medley of "Join Together/Roadrunner/My Generation Blues") some key outtakes (the anthem "Long Live Rock"), and especially some great TV turns that could occasionally be literally explosive, à la their incomparable Smother Brothers appearance. Stein's only staged performances, "Baba O'Riley" and the cynically anthemic "Won't Get Fooled Again," turned out to be as historic as they were electric. Filmed just months before Keith Moon's untimely 1978 death, the performances stand as his final public performance. This is the Who at their best; it seldom gets any better. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

Being a Who Fan this was nearly a must have for me.
Bob
The Who's music was treated very poorly on the first generation of cd releases but now all Who cd's sound amazing.
Greg Viner
When I originally bouight this album, it was a 2-record set with a "book" inside the album jacket.
James C. Finigan

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on March 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Who's "The Kids Are Alright," is the 1978 soundtrack album to what is a very good biopic of the band. The album collects mostly live performances of many of The Who's best known songs. The live versions are, for the most part, harder edged than the original studio versions. The Smothers Brothers Show version of "My Generation," for example features Keith Moon detonating his drum kit with explosives at the end of the song. He didn't tell anyone ahead of time that he was going to do it, which made it one of rock's classic moments (the expressions of the other band members in the movie is priceless).
The Who's definitive live album remains "Live at Leeds" (especially the expanded version), but "The Kids Are Alright" holds its own well enough. It also features the final public performances of Moon, recorded shortly before his death. One word of caution: If you are planning to purchase this CD used, the original release essentially had no CD booklet accompanying it. Make sure that you're getting a later version, which at least partially restored the extensive and colorful booklet that accompanied the original lp.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Cavalier on December 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although I love the whole record, the version of "A Quick One (While He's Away)" on this record is one of the greatest live performances in rock history. I know that sounds like silly fanboy hyperbole, but the finale of the song is absolutely awe-inspiring. The performance comes from the Rolling Stones Rock'n'Roll Circus, a tv special that was never aired because the Stones were not satisfied with their own performance.
This version of " A Quick One" reveals the Who before they became international maga-stars with Tommy - snarling, explosive, triumphant punks with a sound that no band could match. No wonder the Rolloing Stones buried the show in a vault for 30 years; there was no way that they could match such an incredible performance. Truly one of the 10 greatest live moments from 60's rock.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Peterson on May 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When this title was announced that it would be reissued and that Jon Astley would remaster it I had awfully high hopes that some of the songs would be remixed. They're not. The same source tape for the double album was used, and though the sound quality is an improvement over the late '80s reissue I was disappointed. Not so much the television performances where the source tape was of poor quality to begin with, but some of the other performances, particularly "Young Man Blues" and the "Join Together" medley sounded thin and muddy.
Also, on the back of the CD where "Magic Bus" is listed it reads "remixed stereo version". It's not. It's the mono version which in my opinion sounds inferior to the stereo version (which can be found on "Magic Bus-The Who On Tour" CD and also on "Who's Better Who's Best").
That said, it's nice to have the whole double album on one CD (a few seconds of applause are shaved off here and there to get the 80 minute program to fit). And, carping aside, it's still a great CD!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on October 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was my first Who album and I long resisted purchasing the CD version of this because MCA had butchered the original album in order to make it a single CD and (in theory, at least)keep the price down. So they dropped the magnificent inner sleeve booklet and all the little bits of artwork the LP included (like the LP label that resembled a film reel and gradually got smaller as you played each side of the album)as well as their medley of Join Together/Roadrunner/My Generation Blues.

Now the Kids album is re-released along with improved editions of their back catalog and MCA finally got it right. The deleted songs are restored, the booklet (with additional liner notes) is at least partially restored as well.

What would make this even better is if ALL the music heard in the movie was on the album such as;

Barbara Ann with Keith Moon on vocals

Shout and Shimmy-probably from 1965

Cobwebs and Strange-Wild instrumental with typically understated drumming

Underture-from Woodstock, although this was on their 30 Years box set

Who Are You-Probably made for a music video but it's different from the album version
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James C. Finigan on June 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was my first "The Who" album when I bought it in 1979. Until then I had no Idea how many songs The Who cranked out or how good they were. When I originally bouight this album, it was a 2-record set with a "book" inside the album jacket. I recently bought it again on Amazon.com but this time as a CD. The CD has stayed true to the original, and it even has the "book" in a miniature form. If you like The Who, and especially if you like to hear them do Live versions of their songs, get this album. You won't be disappointed!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on May 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"The Kids Are Alright" is the original soundtrack from the documentary of the same name. It's a mixture of studio- and live recordings from various stages of the Who's career.

There are a lot of great recordings, though some suffer from poor sound quality. Some of the very last live recordings to feature original drummer Keith Moon, show that the band was still on top, when Moon sadly passed away. His playing on "Sparks" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" is impressive.

Though the sound is far from perfect I also enjoy the version of "A Quick One" from the Rolling Stones'"Rock 'N' Roll Circus".

Though there is lot of great music, I somehow feel that the CD does not work as an album. Too much variety in sound and sound quality - the music is taken from very different stages of their career - and the shifting from live to studio and back again gives an overall uneven impression.
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