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They are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. For over four decades, they have changed modern music as we know it. But some of their most famous performances have never been released... until now. On December 15, 1977, The Who performed before a select invited audience at the Gaumont State Theatre in Kilburn, North London, to record a concert for Jeff Stein's film, The Kids Are Alright, which turned out to be one of the last live performances by drummer Keith Moon. Shot in 35mm, this holy grail for fans has been digitally restored and remastered in high-definitiion for the ultimate The Who experience. This set also includes The Who's powerhouse London Coliseum gig from 1969, a never-before-seen rarity and one of the band's personal favorites. Take an amazing journey with The Who like you've never seen or heard them before, featuring their greatest hits and hours of incredible footage! It's the rock discovery of the year! Two incredible concerts - totaling 138 minutes! Kilburn Songs: "Can't Explain," "Substitute," "Baba O'Reilly (Teenage Wasteland)," "My Wife / Going Mobile," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Dreaming from the Waist," "Pinball Wizard," "I'm Free," "Tommy's Holiday Camp," "Summertime Blues," "Shakin' All Over," "My Generation," "Join Together," "Who Are You?," "Won't Get Fooled Again." London Coliseum Songs: "Heaven and Hell," "Can't Explain," "Fortune Teller," "Tattoo," "Young Man Blues," "A Quick One While He's Away," "Happy Jack," "I'm a Boy," "I'm Free," "Tommy's Holiday Camp," "See Me, Feel Me," "Summertime Blues," "Shakin' All Over," "My Generation" Plus 70 minutes of rare Coliseum bonus tracks and extended versions including the first-ever long performance of “Tommy.” Includes an extensive collectible booklet featuring liner notes by The Who: Maximum R&B author Richard Barnes, The Who art director and designer Richard Evans, former Spin and Vibe editor Alan Light, and Nigel Sinclair.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Austin Stoker, Laurie Zimmer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DWNUI8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By terpfan1980 VINE VOICE on November 18, 2008
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First up, salute to some of the other reviewers here at Amazon, a few of the featured (as I write this) reviews do a pretty good job of covering this artifact of rock concert history that has finally made it's way to Blu-ray disc. As noted, the concert performace is coarse in spots since the band hadn't peformed together in a years time. There are glitches during the performance that quite obviously irritate the band members and remind viewers that what they are seeing was filmed live and includes all of the warts.

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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Carpenter on February 22, 2009
Sometimes it is hard to be objective about a band that meant so much to me as a teenager. But, I have seen this band in concert and the Kilburn show is a disappointent musically. The band appears off, Townsend is trying too hard, and appears that he is agitated like he is on cocaine. Moon looks sick. Townsend even says the performance is poor, comparing it to feces, and recommending they stop filming. I agree with Townsend. No wonder it didn't get released sooner. This is an example of a professional band "going through the motions" for the cameras on a not very inspiring night.

However, the REAL gem on this disk is the performance at the London Coliseum of Tommy in 1969. Just compare how much more relaxed Townsend is here, and his guitar play reflects it. Too bad the sound quality isn't better as it sounds like it is coming from a tin can, but the MUSIC...Wow. What a gift to be present at that show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Huber on February 9, 2010
I remember seeing the Who in San Diego 1971 when they were playing the "Who's Next" tour. Absolutely the most memorable concert I ever went to. They were so loud we actually moved back from the stage, (We were only 20-30 ft from the stage to start), back when they had unassigned seating (standing). Ears rang for days, now that's a concert! Their performance here was a little off for this one but is still a piece of Who history. Some of the band members had drug problems and it showed in their performances on occasions. Too bad Keith couldn't be saved but Pete wasn't as bad and later got things together. This was a very special band that played to the people and the times well. This brings back a lot of lost memories, some good and not so good times. The audio is remarkable for such an old recording as well as the video,(Blu-ray), it's no Jeff Beck Live at Ronnie Scott's but still very decent. Any Who or classic rock fan that doesn't have this isn't a Who or classic rock fan. Play it loud, play it proud!!

I wish Amazon had a 3 Criteria rating that would make for a quicker and more accurate and fair rating of Cd's, DVD's and Blu-ray's.

1. Performance
2. Quality of Audio
3. Quality of Video (for DVD's and Blu-ray's)

1.***
2.****
3.****

Bands that wish to have there performances recorded and recognised should be held to a standard. Poor audio, no matter how good the performance, is still a bad product. Those who would still purchase sub-standard audio quality recordings and rank that product highly are not doing the industry or the band justice. Demand better and we will get it, settle for less and that's what you'll get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FusionGuy on March 25, 2014
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The live at Kilburn concert has lots of flaws,musical "train wrecks" and embrassing moments. The band was out of practice and Keith was no longer at the height of his powers. But.....it's the last concert he did with the band and if you're a Who fan as I am ,this alone makes it essential. (He did play 8 months later at Shepperton Studios for a couple of songs which were used in Jeff Stein's "The Kids Are Alright")--what makes it more essential is when you buy the Blu Ray version of this you get over 2 hours of The Who at the London Coliseum from 1969 . Incredible performance only hampered by the video recording itself. The notes on the DVD are quite misleading but to our advantage. It states that the whole dvd is about 138 minutes. It's actually closer to about 180 minutes or more. This is because there are two places from the menu that you can start the London Coliseum show. One starts with the song "A Quick One" then proceeds through Tommy. The other one starts with "Heaven and Hell" and continues for another hour or more. The two segments have 4 (or 5?) songs that are duplicates on each section but all the other songs are material that is not duplicated on both sections. I am not doing a good job explaining this but suffice it to say that there is over 3 hours of material here and not 138 minutes. As I write this review I am reading Pete Townsend's book "Who I Am"--interesting read as well-----the only reason I dont give this 5 stars is the far from top notch performance at Kilburn but 4 for sure--If you are a Who fan you must buy this--
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Wow, there's finally a listing for The Who Live at Kilburn 1977 coming...
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
Aug 12, 2008 by Eric Cartman |  See all 10 posts
The Who at Kilburn worth owning, definitely!!
I didn't know The Ox was drunk, he doesn't sound it
It was hard to tell exactly what made Pete fly off the handle, with the amps. I agree completely with your analysis of the music; personally I think this was better than what they used in "TKAA." Why this stayed in the vaults is a...
Sep 11, 2008 by chester |  See all 5 posts
The Who Live at Kilburn 1977 to be shown on PBS in September!!
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
Nov 14, 2008 by Joseph K. Zyla |  See all 3 posts
Is there only one version of The Who at Kilburn 1977 DVD - No Best Buy...
There is no Best Buy exclusive for the Kilburn '77 DVD. On another note, The Who Maximum R&B DVD is, apparently, going to be remastered and re-released in '09 with the Rockpalast '81 show included as a second disc. This is according to the official band site and comments from the fellow(Richard... Read More
Nov 24, 2008 by Ubaldo |  See all 15 posts
What would you like to see more from archival releases?
Yes, I agree all of the above should be released! Why the Swansea show hasn't be released legitimately in remastered form is a mystery, as are the other two releases you mentioned. I remember when the King Biscuit Flower Hour was going to be released, about nine years ago, on CD, but it never... Read More
Dec 2, 2008 by bass boy |  See all 5 posts
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