The Who At Kilburn: 1977 [Blu-ray]
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Disc 1 is the complete Kilburn 1977 show and disc 2 is the complete London Coliseum 1969 show. I have a huge bootleg collection and would rate both shows as two of the top five Who shows ever (to say nothing of their historic importance).
The 1977 Kilburn show is "take 1" of the 1978 Shepperton show (see "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" on "The Kids Are Alright"). Both shows were private affairs filmed for the documentary, but except for Moon's shirt, they are almost indistinguishable. If you loved Townshend's and Moon's antics in those clips, this DVD is for you! FYI, this is the show that gave us "My Wife" on "The Kids Are Alright" soundtrack album.
Even better, guitar-wise, is the London 1969 concert. This is the show that gave us "Young Man Blues" on "The Kids Are Alright". This may be Townshend's best performance ever, but I don't want to start that fight here. Finally, why did they break up the London show and move the Tommy section to the Extras menu? Why not keep the entire show intact as the Lord intended it? It's all on the same disc anyway... I'll tell you why: because otherwise this DVD would be so perfect it would pull the rest of the universe into it and then we'd be totally screwed.
Perhaps I'm making too much of it, but this performance is a revelation, in my opinion. At a time when they're supposed to have been a spent force, they reclaim and amply display their power here; they turn in a vintage performance for the lucky audience. There is a moment during Who Are You (which gave me chills when they went into it~ WHO KNEW?) where the communication breaks down (honestly, I think Pete aborts too early)....but they recover in spades with Won't Get Fooled Again (watch the roadies banging their heads) and the only reason for the breakdown in the first place was the willingness & confidence to take the chance and journey into open-ended territory.....just like they were doing in '70 during My Generation. Great My Generation here, too, by the way.
I agree about the camera angles, but not to the point of it being relevant to the basic thrill of this film. (Maybe they could release a you-control-the-angles version someday, like you can do for Baba O'Riley & Won't Get Fooled Again on the Kids Are Alright dvd).
I'd recommend this to any Who fan without another thought. I only wonder how this stayed hidden for so long.
The ragged nature of the band here, most of the time, actually works for them during the Kilburn set. There's an edge to the quartet's efforts, and although there are flubs - Moon comes in too early during the intro of "Won't Get Fooled Again," and Townshend doesn't get all of his mojo on guitar until about 10 minutes into the show. Townshend is wilder here, jumping across the stage, bouncing, hitting his head on his Les Paul and becoming a human cyclone, wrapping himself up in his own guitar cord, than he was at Shepperton. Like the Shepperton footage, the Kilburn set is a keeper.
Hopefully, the London Coliseum set will be equally as impressive ...
What's also included is all of the energy of a Who concert. Pete Townshend's windmill guitar strumming, Keith Moon's frenetic drum playing (including flinging the drum sticks around and losing them time and again...) -- side note: if someone wanted to put together a drinking game for play while watching this film they'd probably want to include Townshend's windmill strumming and Moon's losing the drumsticks as the requirements to take another swig. It wouldn't take long at all to find the participants in such a drinking game pretty well inebriated ;-) -- and of course Roger Daltrey's strong lead vocals. All of which make bassist John Entwistle's performance seem a bit, well, stiff. No one could blame the guy really, as the rest of his band mate's certainly seemed to have the stage pretty well covered, especially with Townshend's jumping/hopping around the stage repeatedly.
The Who At Kilburn is a fascinating film largely because it even exists on film. It was filmed on 35mm film which is rather unusual for concert footage.Read more ›
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If you love the Who, this is a must have! Shot with 6 cameras, this is a very well produced gem, especially from that era when the entire band was still together.Published 29 days ago by C. Coty
This is an excellent document of the Who performing some of their greatest material. The video quality is great and it is well edited. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Midas Welby
I wish it was also available as a live album. At least put it up for download.Published 2 months ago by Earl Nash
I'm not really sure why the director of The Kids Are Alright didn't want to use the versions of "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" in his documentary, but... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Cartman
Fantastic video quality, different camera angels than previously available. A fantastic video for Who fans.Published 3 months ago by J. Turner
For a concert 40 years ago, this is excellent. The Who is definitely an under-rated group. They are an excellent band and this is a well done concert. Must have for any Who fan.Published 3 months ago by VGer
First off, for Keith Moon to be dead shortly after this concert is unreal. He looks and plays like he's in pretty good shape here. And The Who are at one of their peeks here. Read morePublished 5 months ago by frankyNY
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Hey bass boy,
I know. I've seen the posts too all over the web. It's about time they release this. It's not before September like they said, but better late than never. I hope it's an awesome DVD because they've waited so long to release this footage. I hope it's just as good as (if... Read More
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I didn't know The Ox was drunk, he doesn't sound it
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yeah put it on my dyr,but would like to see it in one take,townsend and moon playing really well except for a few misses.seeing the who live again is great seen em in early 70's in thier heyday this wasw almost as good.like the part when pete says i got another guitar up here if you want to try... Read More
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