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This review is from: The Who At Kilburn: 1977 (DVD)
Hey Zebba 9, what film were YOU watching?? The opener Can't Explain is kind of a warmup, after which Townshend is absolutely ferocious on guitar. And as animated & glassy-eyedly immersed as at any time in his career--this is definitely the Pete that would've kicked Abbey Hoffman off the stage again had he showed up. This performance demonstrates everything that makes the Who great~ these guys hadn't performed in a year, and they find spaces that hearken back to Leeds & Isle of Wight. Moon may look a little bloated, but he's in tremendous form musically. They all are, individually and as the collective organism that was the 'Orrible 'Oo.
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.
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William A. Walters says:
¶ I think you said it very well. I've never been a big fan of concert films though I cannot say why. I caught this Friday night, 5/09/14 on VH1 Classic, a network I never watch but my wife was asleep so I had the headphones on and was channel surfing and came upon this concert, part way into it. ¶ I realized without knowing the history of this performance that is was a kind of "farewell". The next day I learned it was Keith Moon's next-to-last performance (I knew he died around 1978 or '79 and that "Who Are You" wa last single he was on) and you've informed me they hadn't played in almost a year. The sound that came out of this performance was astonishing. No words. I'm ordering it. ¶ The Who have shafted their fans a lot. "Who's Next" which I bought in the fall of 1971 was so great it foreever changed my life. A couple of years later they released "Who by the Numbers" which was such an abortion, so bad, utterly filled with filler cuts, that it forever put the Who in the bottom 5 of my Top 10 All-Time rock groups list. ¶ Also, they were anemic on singles, say compared to the Rolling Stones, and about at the level of the Kinks.
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