Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who
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A second disc contains superb outtakes from Amazing Journey, with an emphasis on the wisdom of Daltrey and Townshend, both in their 60s, examining their individual artistries. Who fans and musicians alike will certainly enjoy an exciting analysis, from the likes of the Edge, Simon Townshend (Petes brother and member of the Whos backing band) and Eddie Vedder, of Townshends gifts as a guitarist. A wonderful mini-documentary co-directed by D.A. Pennebaker (Dont Look Back) captures a recording session from 2003, and footage of the High Numbers in a 1964 performance (from an aborted film by the Whos late co-manager, Kit Lambert) is a remarkable artifact. --Tom Keogh
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However, what is here is great. More footage of the Kilburn 1977 show than I thought I'd ever see, to hear how the band supposedly hated the gig/Jeff Stein's footage of that show. We see part of a great, pre-album (almost by a year) version of "Who Are You" live at Kilburn, with Moon and Entwistle jamming underneath Pete's guitar. Pete sings the chorus by himself (!), even the "Who the f ...." part, and Daltrey later joins in. It's wonderful to see Moon playing drums on a live version (other than the live-in-the-studio take in "The Kids Are Alright." The Who, from the clips seen in this DVD, sounded pretty stinking good at Kilburn. Moon actually looks like he was in better shape and less tired than the 1978 Shepperton footage in "TKAA." Don't get me wrong, I love the two Shepperton clips in "TKAA," but Moon seems more firey and hits the drums and cymbals faster (and with less effort) on the Kilburn clips. Good footage of Entwistle's crazy fingers on the bass at Kilburn, although a couple segments don't quite match up with his fingers, but nonetheless, it's great to see 1970s footage of the Ox cuttlng loose on the bass. This happens at the end of "Dreaming from the Waist" at Kilburn. Unfortunately, we only see the end of the song, but it's great to see John wailing on four strings.
it's also great to see The Who clowning around in the studio while trying to do the backing vocals to "Pictures of Lily," and there's a quick segment of Pete laying down the electric guitar for the track.Read more ›
The main film is cut up nicely into chapters, and each chapter is titled with a line from a Who song that pertains to stories described in that given chapter. Which many of the stories talked about in these film can be truly quite moving.
The end of the main two hour film has the most emotional parts. They describe trying to move on after the death of Keith Moon. Pete Townshend gives much heartfelt praise about John Entwhistle, and goes to talk of his death and moving on thereafter. The film also talks a lot about the Cincinnati tragedy, better than they ever had in the past. They even get brave enough to tackle Pete's legal problems he faced regarding the Child Pornography incident. In fact Pete speaks more clearly and eloquently in these films than I have ever heard before.
The second disc has short films that are collectively called "6 Quick Ones" which has mini-documentaries about the main four members. They even speak of Pete's guitar techniques witch is quite interesting as a guitar player myself.
This is a great piece to be viewed by anyone whether or not they think they are interested. It is captivating film for anyone.
The "Six Quick Ones" are the highlight. They provide entertaining and illumaniting views into each bandmember (prompting my wife to comment, "Wow, I never really appreciated how awesome Keith was as a drummer"). The movie iteself moves at a good pace and has some interesting tidbits, but very little that the serious Who fan would find new or surprising.
The most frustrating aspect of the movie is that we never see a song in its entirety. The Who's power as a creative force is not apparent in 20 second clips (a scissor kick or a windmill or a lunatic drum bit is now a rock cliche -- what makes one appreciate the Who is seeing that these were not poseur moments, but part of a constant, all-out assault on the senses in each song driven by passion and competition).
The Kids Are Alright, by contrast, is a fan's love letter, the uber-mix tape to show why this band is great musically, and generates such passion amongst its fans. The full-length clips, interspersed with interviews from assorted literati, cogniscenti, and roustabouts paint a picture (albeit an Impressionistic one) of the Who's unique and self-contradicting blend of utter seriousness about the saving power of music, pop-art self-mocking, and all-out joyous abandon. I dare you to watch Baba O'Riley or the montage of "Cobwebs and Strange", and at least not walk away with the impression that this band is something special, worth investigating further... Amazing Journey is a good one to watch to learn more.
the other discs are great stuff. for a fan the 10 minute railway hotel show as a bonus to disc 2 is worth the 22 bucks. i can't believe how tight and strong they sounded as just kids in their first moving images. the documentary itself is well done also. people are comparing this to the kids are alright, "kids" had great footage, introduced you to the band and told you a little about them. this tells you their whole story from day one til now by them, unlike the many other docs that are third person.
if you just recorded the two shows on vh1 there are a few more things on the discs, like all of disc three. one more thing, the bestbuy sets are priced wrong from the distribution center. the limited 3 disc set is marked 32.99 the regular 2 disc sets are marked 33.99, but they all ring 22.99 at the register.
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Tons of information and insight on the history of the band and personalities.Published 2 months ago by Jim Williamson
Purchased as a gift for a long time Who fan. The videos cover multiple concerts and interviews with the Who members. Great for any music lover and especially a Who lover.Published 4 months ago by Barb
This is the best Who documentary that I've ever seen, great stuff!Published 6 months ago by RockSteadyEddie
Long ago, the film "The Kids Are Alright" and its soundtrack album set were the definitive documentary of the band. Read morePublished 7 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
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