The Who - Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
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LISTENING TO YOU: THE WHO AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT captures the only complete live performance of The Who's legendary rock opera "Tommy" ever recorded. It is also one of the last times the band played this classic album in its entirety on stage.
1. Heaven And Hell
2. I Can't Explain
3. Young Man Blues
4. I Don't Even Know Myself
6. Shakin' All Over
7. Spoonful/Twist And Shout
8. Summertime Blues
9. My Generation
10. Magic Bus
12. It's A Boy
13. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
15. The Acid Queen
16. Pinball Wizard
17. Do You Think It's Alright
18. Fiddle About
19. Go To The Mirror
20. Miracle Cure
21. I'm Free
22. Tommy's Holiday Camp
23. We're Not Gonna Take It
BONUS FEATURE: An exclusive 30 minute interview with Pete Townshend!
RESTORED! REMIXED!! REMASTERED!!!
Under the expert supervision of Who guitarist Pete Townshend and director Murray Lerner, this historic film has been completely restored, remixed, and remastered to an astonishing level that needs to be seen and heard to be believed!
Top Customer Reviews
The bad news is that the editing is still a hatchet job. The concert is still out of order. "Tommy" was played in the middle of the show not at the end. Much of the material is cut. The Shakin' All Over/Twist and Shout" medley has at least a third of its content missing as does "Magic Bus". "Substitute" and "Naked Eye" are missing completely. In the case of the "Naked Eye" footage that may be a case of copyright blocking presentation. The footage does exist and can be seen on the "Message to Love" DVD. The content from "Tommy" is a mess. The "Overture", "It's a Boy", "Eyesight to the Blind", "Go to the Mirror", "I'm Free" and "We're Not Gonna Take It" are all presented as fragments edited into song form. "1921", "Amazing Journey/Sparks", "Tommy Can You Hear Me", "There's a Doctor", "Smash the Mirror" and "Tommy's Holiday Camp" were omitted the first time around and haven't been inserted. Most of the editing is smooth enough but the gaps are still glaring.
The saving graces for this film (and especially this release) are the parts of it that have been done right. The interview with Townshend is enlightening and enjoyable (though allowances have to be made for his sense of drama). The picture is much clearer than before. The sound is vastly improved.Read more ›
As for all the complaints about choppy footage, missing songs, out-of-order song list and the like, well, they're all true.
We should remember that, at the time, neither Murray nor The Who knew that this set was going to become one of the most legendary rock performances of all time. Murray Lerner was out to make a rock movie about the Isle of Wight Festival, and The Who (just one standout of the many acts who performed there) were going about the business of being The Who. They had performed hundreds of times before this, and had many, many shows to go afterwards. For them, it was just another night on the job, (although it seems to have been an exceptionally good one.)
No one knew that Keith would eventually semi-fry his brain and then leave us far too soon. No one knew that the short, fragile, golden age of authentic, people-driven rock was about to end. If Murray Lerner had been able to know all of these things, I'm sure he would have given us the complete set, in order, without a single note left out. And while we're dreaming, we'd have a DVD bonus feature of film from a camera pointed directly and unerringly at Keith for the whole length of the concert. Drummers everywhere would give a pint of blood for that one.
But we don't have these things, and we never will. The cut footage from the 1970's editing room floor has undoubtedly long since been swept into the dustbin of history. What we do have, is a glimpse of magnificence. We have a flawed gem, and an irreplaceable one.Read more ›
If you're expecting a high-fidelity kind of Event Coverage that Sees All and does everything except an indepth study of John Entwistle's nose hair, you either were born too late or have gotten too spoiled by culture and technology. It's easy to forget that at the time this concert took place in 1970, Led Zeppelin didn't sell cars and the Rolling Stones didn't shill for Bill Gates. Rock was youth music, viewed with suspicion by Old People (i.e., over 30. Yes, if you're 34, old as you may feel, you were probably an embryo when this gig went off). You never heard real rock on TV, and had to hunt to find it on radio. The Square View was what prevailed in the national media: squeaky guitars, flashing discotheque lights and gyrating girls in plastic dresses and boots. Hippies figured in there somewhere. But the so-called general public, i.e., you, if you were over 30 at the time, didn't know what rock sounded like. The huge potential of the young as consumers was just being sniffed about by The Establishment.
Then there's the filming. Murray Lerner's crew was, well, about as big as your immediate family. There was no Sky Cam. You had a camera here, one there, one someplace else. They pivoted when the person holding them did. OK, not that home-movie primitive, but essentially a hand operation. Rock gigs weren't mass merchandise yet, and you couldn't buy plane, hotel and concert tix on the Internet (something that makes the enormous gatherings at places like Monterey, Woodstock and the Isle even more amazing in retrospect and attests to the pangenerational power of the infant Rock).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok...anybody that cared for the musicianship of the Who. YOU best get your hands on this blu-ray gem. This MONO is seriously bitchin'!!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ricardo Cerrillo
Wow. I have never been a big fan of the Who, but always thought they were OK. I do not own any of their albums. Read morePublished 6 months ago by deepwoods
a lot of fun even though most of the view is from right of stage....sound is great...and of course Enthwhistles skeleton suitPublished 6 months ago by LOU GONZALES
I purchased the 2xcd/PAL dvd set and the dvd plays on my computer using the Windows Media Player.Published 9 months ago by Chris bct
A fantastic performance! This has pretty good sound and not a bad video for back then.Published 11 months ago by joey
One of the best showpieces of how really great they are!Published 11 months ago by j.p. doeringsfeld
Very good show of the early Who. All of the original band members are in this performance. The show is great. Sound quality is very good. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Willis A. Allen
Love this and I am so thankful that someone had the presence of mind to record this amazing event. I just wish that teh camera had panned back a bit so you could see the whole... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Debra K Martson
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