The Who At Kilburn: 1977
1979's rocumentary, The Kids are Alright, had a huge effect on me. That film, along with Zep's Song Remains the Same, were my original inspirations to pursue playing music. In The Kids are Alright, one sees what I feel are the definitive versions of the Who classics, Baba O'Reilly, and Won't Get Fooled Again. To this day, when I picture the Who, I picture them the way they looked and sounded in those two clips. But I always wondered: Where the hell is the footage from the rest of that concert? The Who At Kilburn: 1977 is the answer to my 30 year-old question. Now finally we get to see other Who classics performed at the same show. Ironically, the band wasn't as on as they might have liked, and after playing I'm Free, a pissed off Townshend states: "this wasn't worth filming. Might as well send the camera man home." The audience had no such complaints, and neither will any Who fan buying this DVD.
It shows the Who in all of their glory and humor. Keith Moon -- in what would be his last concert, is a hilarious joy to watch. Daltrey is a God throughout, Entwistle plays amazing, and Pete is everything from bumbling to brilliant. Ironically, the versions of Baba O'Reilly and Won't Get Fooled Again that appear in The Kids are Alright are not on this DVD. True story: after the show, the young film maker begged the band to go back out re play those songs because he felt the versions played the first time around weren't definitive enough. Turns out he was right. The performances of those songs on this DVD are clearly inferior to the second takes that made it into the movie. Otherwise, I have no complaints. This DVD is a must for any Who fan.