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The Kids Are Alright (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

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This soundtrack to the 1979 film The Kids Are Alright features live performances and alternate takes of popular Who songs in a loose, unpredictable framework that makes for an exciting album experience. Things start with The Who performing "My Generation" on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1967 and goes from there to follow the band onto the stages of Shindig!, Leeds University, Ready Steady Go!, Woodstock, and Kilburn. Highlights include The Who's 1968 performance of "A Quick One, While He's Away" from The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus and the demolition of Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues" from the Coliseum in London on Dec. 14, 1969. John Entwistle's "My Wife" from Kilburn in December 1977—not included in the film—showed The Who in good latter-day form, along with live versions of "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" recorded May 25, 1978, at Shepperton Film Studios in London. The soundtrack serves as a great summary of the original Who.

Customer Reviews

For the 'Die Hard' Who Fan

If you are a Who fan, you've already heard the CD and love it. If you are not a die hard Who fan, it may be difficult to appreciate all of this live Who music. If you see The Kids Are Alright movie, you will want this CD. It's one of the best movies I've ever seen and experienced it at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia many years ago. Don't see it often in the stores. Long Live Rock!

Pretty good

This is a pretty good album, good enough for five stars. It's a treasure for any Who fan.

Great, but not for the casual fan

I first saw the movie when I was about 8 years old, and ever since then I've wanted to be Pete Townsend (even despit some recent negetive publicity). In the intervening 22 years my musical tastes have gorwn to include many different forms of music, but I will always hold to my central belief that that kick-ass, power chord chrunching, rock and roll will save the world (if done correctly). As a die-hard Who fan, this album is essential. There are tracks here that you can't get anywhere else, and some which are the finest versions of great who songs ever recorded. For the casual fan, work your way through the studio albums before you buy this. Many of these songs were recorded for TV in the sixties, so the sound quality suffers. Also several versions of these songs are direct from a different album, or very slight studio remixes. Be careful, you might duplicate several tracks in your music library if you buy this album.


Formed: 1964 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few rock & roll bands were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notorious live performances demonstrated: Keith Moon fell over his drum kit while Pete Townshend leaped into the air with his guitar, spinning his right hand in exaggerated windmills. Vocalist Roger Daltrey prowled the stage as bassist John Entwistle stood silent, the eye of the hurricane. They clashed frequently, but these frictions resulted in a decade's worth...
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