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The Who: 30 Years Of Maximum R&B Live

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  • Actors: The Who
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM Stereo), English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RULSH6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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NTSC/Region 0. Limited deluxe digipak edition with slipcase and extended booklet with updated liner notes. The most sought after collection of their greatest live performances, spanning 30 years of their frenzied peak, re-issued with previously unreleased material. The main feature has been re-edited with three bonus performances and additional interviews plus the package now includes a bonus disc of the entire never-before-seen concert from Rockpalast, Germany, 1981. Presented for the first time in digital 5.1 surround sound and restored visual clarity.

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Its a must own for any serious Who fan.
Cindy Heilman
Great song list, great footage, short interview clips inbetween songs, cant be beat!
If you want to watch the Who performing, this is the video to have.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mick on May 5, 2009
Format: DVD
Be forwarned that the three 1970 Tanglewood songs from the original release, possibly the best footage on the whole thing, have been omitted from this new version. And the footage of Keith Moon passed out at the 1973 Cow Palace show has been removed. Also, two of the three "new" songs on the first disc were already on the recently released Kilburn DVD set. For many, however, the Rockpalast disc alone will be worth the price.

Two stars for the first disc, four for the second.

[*] = new material

Disc 1

1. Interviews
2. Magic Bus - Montage
3. Archive Interview
4. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere - Richmond Blues & Jazz Festival 1965
5. I Can't Explain - Archive
6. Interviews
7. So Sad About Us - Marquee Club 1967
8. Finland Archive & Interviews
9. Finnish TV Archive Perf.
10. Interviews
11. A Quick One, While He's Away - Monterey Pop Festival 1967
12. Interviews
13. Happy Jack - London Coliseum 1969
14. Interviews
15. I Can't Explain - London Colliseum 1969 [*]
16. Interviews
17. Young Man Blues - Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
18. I Don't Even Know Myself - Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
19. Interviews
20. My Generation - Amsterdam Holland 1972
21. Interviews (Cow Palace re-cut)
22. Interview Intro into Charlton
23. Substitute - Charlton Football Club 1974
24. Drowned - Charlton Football Club 1974
25. Bell Boy - Charlton Football club 1974
26. My Generation Blues - Charlton Football club 1974
27. Charlton Farewells
28. Interviews
29. Dreaming From The Waist - Cleveland 1975
30. Interviews [*]
31. Baba O'Riley - Kilburn 1977 [*]
32. Interviews (Moon Tributes)
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By T. O'Sullivan on April 18, 2009
Format: DVD
The graphics on this DVD set are better than the original. Nice version of WGFA from Shea '82.
The entire Essen '81 show is here in 5.1 sound. Better than the crummy bootleg out there. Why would a Who fan not want this at so low a price? Its better than the original in every way. The only thing missing is Tanglewood 70 ...but who cares, if you have the have it. Plus there are enough shows from the 69/70 era out there anyway.
I would pay 16.99 for just the remastered 5.1 Essen show alone. Everything else is just a bonus. People were paying 50 dollars (and up) on Ebay just for the used original disc........ why not pay 16.99 and get more!?
People wanted a re-release... here it it. Enough complaining.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Castel De Oro on January 30, 2001
Format: DVD
This is a mediocre DVD version of an excellent home video. The sound has not been upgraded in any way from the VHS version, and the "eight page booklet written by John detailed liner notes" referred to on the back of the package are nowhere to be found inside. It seems the old VHS package was simply reproduced without thought to actually including a booklet. Seems like a quickie release. All of that said, there is is some wonderful material on here for the serious Who fan. Worth buying if you don't already have the VHS. If you do, you might want to wait for the (hopefully) inevitable corrected/upgraded re-release of this DVD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By a writer on May 14, 2002
Format: DVD
A true Who fan already owns the Jeff Stein classic "The Kids Are Alright," but there's ample reason to add "Maximum R&B" to one's shrine. The difference here is that the band interviews (minus the late Keith Moon) between concert footage show the group in later years, with plenty of reflection and musing over their place in rock and roll pantheon.
The songs, culled from sets spanning over two decades, are a good mix of The Who's Mod, Pop Art, and hard rock catalogue, and each performance is riveting.
A sample of my favorite moments show how much the band evolved from their debut in 1964: the anarchic jamming of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (with screaming teenaged audience), to the overdriven pop of "So Sad About Us" where I could swear John Entwistle's bass sounds like a demonic piano. The best (in my opinion) era is the post-"Tommy"/Woodstock appearances at Tanglewood and Isle of Wight, where the band burns through "Heaven and Hell," "I Can't Explain," "Water" and "I Don't Even Know Myself." The abandon and power in The Who's playing was never equalled and seldom surpassed even by the group's later efforts.
The later years, of course, show the band getting bigger (chalking up a Guiness world record for attendance at Charleton concert in 1974) yet still game, mixing songs from "Quadrophenia" with 60's hits like "Substitute." I was surprised at how powerfully they pulled off the "Quadrophenia" set, loaded as it was with synthesizer tapes and technical booby traps. When The Who rocket through "Drowned " and "Bell Boy" it's clear that their chemistry was partly fired by Moon's mania; when he died, something of the old Who died with him. But "Maximum R&B" is as good as any tribute to this excellent band.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This video more than adequately convinces the viewer that The Who were, and still are rock-n-roll's GREATEST live band then, now, and forever more, in perpetuity! (a deliberate overusage of grammatical tenses, but what the hell, I enjoyed it immensely!) Whether seeing Keith Moon bash the living hell out of his drumkit to the tune of "So Sad About Us" early on or the entire band playing the hell out of their set at the Tanglewood Music Shed gig or their wonderfully blistering performance at The Isle of Wight Festival attests to The Who's exponential talent for playing live on stage. Pete Townshend's stingingly nasty guitar playing (including a number of trademark windmill guitar chords) is nicely complemented by Roger Daltrey's fearless vocals, John Entwistle's incredibly fluid bass riffs and Moon's maniacally yet timely drum assaults all throughout-and trust me, as an ardently passionate Who fan, this video MORE than cuts it- is someting that even non-Who fans will love! Of special note is the gig at 'The Tanglewood Music Shed' where it all comes together so wonderfully that you'll be left absolutely stunned! And, of course, the interspersed commentary by the three surviving members is also quite interesting; Pete Townshend's mention of the fact that The Who were "..scruffy, ugly , noisy horrible, loud, inconsiderate bunch of ---holes " and that in conclusion, "We became successful because that's what the AUDIENCE were like TOO." adds balance to this more than intriguing video. Do I recommend it? Take a guess.
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