The Who - Tommy and Quadrophenia Live
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Both performances featured on this DVD set are taken from tours posthumous to the band's breakup, so it is understandable if more than a few fans are cynical about this package, but the truth is that it is better than they might expect. Granted, this isn't the classic Who (they ceased to exist with the death of Keith Moon in 1978), but it is classic Who material, and most of it is performed quite brilliantly here. The performance of `Tommy' takes place in Los Angeles in 1989 and at the time, it was quite a special event. A star-studded affair, with guests ranging from Billy Idol, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle, Steve Winwood and Elton John, the entire performance was televised live. At the time I was ready, and I taped the entire performance on my Sony Betamax (which was dated even then!). I thought the performance was absolutely excellent, and I still have that copy today, although this well-produced DVD makes it even more obsolete than it already has been.Read more ›
Purists will argue that these two concerts do not capture the raw, agressive power of the Who as a live band. Rather, these concerts showcase the power of the Who's music and the stories they tell. Quadrophenia in particular is a masterful marriage of a band on stage, live-action performance, and pre-recorded imagery on a large screen behind the stage. Throughout it all, the music stands out leading the narrative.
A word of warning that must be re-iterated, this is not a typical Who concert. The band does not perform as a four or five piece. Each concert includes several backing singers, extra guitars, and a brass section. This is a celebration foremost of the narratives of Pete Townshend, gloriously realized by a bevy of extremely talented musicians including the surviving Who members. If you're looking for the gnashing, snarling, loud Who, you won't find *much* of it hear, though there is some.
DISC 1 - Tommy, 1989
This concert came at the end of a 25th anniversary tour that the Who had undertaken. Special guests include Steve Winwood playing the part of the Hawker, Patti LaBelle as the Acid Queen, Elton John reprising his film role as the Pinball Wizard, Billy Idol as Cousin Kevin, and Phil Collins as Uncle Ernie.
The entire breadth of Tommy is covered in this performance with the exception of "Underture" and "Welcome.Read more ›
The "Tommy" performance admittingly is not The Who at their peak, but that's not really expected is it? It's 3 warhorses who've weathered the challenges of the true rock 'n roll experience and are now soaking in one of their greatest achievements with "Tommy" the deaf, dumb & blind boy and his quest for salvation and enlightment within himself as well as peace with the world that has done him harm. This performance is tight and "big band" sounding w/ guest stars (Steve Winwood, Elton John, Patti Labelle, Billy Idol), but it really fits the operatic feeling of the source material. It's really a good version of the piece actually when you give the band credit for what it actually is at this time in their careers. Entwistle still smokes on the bass and Daltrey still has his olympian voice, but Townshend, due to an effort to save his hearing, regulates himself to an acoustic guitar. All in all a pretty fine concert.
It's the 1997 "Quadrophenia" here that's really something special. The band is in another place musically and mentally and they deliver a seriously rocking version of their 1973 classic. Quadrophenia deals w/ a young mod, Jimmy, and his frustrations that come w/ being a troubled adolescent who is disillusioned w/ his parents, his heroes, girls and everything else that plagues adolescents during their time of self-discovery. He suffers from 4 split personalities, each symbolic of the identities of the orginal Who.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not much of a Who fan, but enjoyed this a bunch!! After watching the Quadrophenia documentary 'Can You See The Real Me', I became fascinated with it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael L. Nowakowski
do not buy this! my dvd player says " unable to play in this area" whatever that means. it will not play!Published 23 months ago by johnnyt
These DVDs are the best. The live concert Tommy and Quadraphenia were both excellent.
The Encore concert after the Tommy concert was superb
This was a xmas present for a friend and she claims it was one of her best presents. She obviously loves it!Published on January 9, 2014 by Mike
excellent concerts, fabulous package, lots of guests, quality made, Pete and Roger commentaries interesting, besides Tommy and Quadrophenia concerts other songs dynamitePublished on November 14, 2013 by James A. Quasius
amazing, all in all very very well, thank you very much. I look forward to further purchases with you. iPublished on June 4, 2013 by Andres Perez Vargas
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