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It wasn’t until Live at Leeds that many Who fans heard just how ferocious the band was. Its studio albums gave listeners the suggestion that The Who might have greater reach in front of a live audience, and certainly word of mouth confirmed this. But to hear the band in action is a mighty experience. This Isle of Wight concert has often been bootlegged, but its official release ensures the finest sound possible. It’s unusual to say the drums lead the way at a concert, but here Keith Moon’s anarchic style takes the band and shakes it to the core. Live staples such as Mose Allison’s “Young Man Blues,” Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues," and The Who's own “My Generation” and “Magic Bus” are here, along with arguably the band’s finest performance of its rock opera Tommy, which takes up most of the concert in slightly reshuffled and abbreviated form. While “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free," and “We’re Not Going to Take It” have made it into regular rotation, “Eyesight to the Blind,” “Christmas," and “Go to the Mirror,” for starters, make this a necessary edition to any Who fan’s collection.

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Absolute Classic WHO!

This is a classic performance by the Who. As a live album its solid. The live footage of this show catches the true essence of the band. The Wight Festival may not have been as big as Woodstock - but for those that attended it was just as memorable. This album testifys to that! Long Live Rock!


It's great to finally see the full version of this album on iTunes after years of having only an incomplete version available for purchase. As the iTunes review says, this isn't Leeds, but a close second. My only serious complaint is the sound quality, but I guess fans of the Who are spoiled in that regard because the quality of Live at Leeds is so spectacular (especially on the the 2010 reissue). So, in the grand scheme of things, the sound quality isn't good compared to Leeds but better than many other live albums out there from the same time period. This album also differs from Leeds due to the shift in focus as far as songs go. This is one of the last times the Who played Tommy all the way through during their prime. You can see the beginnings of the Who's Next and Lifehouse material popping up in here in "Water," "Naked Eye" (which features one of Pete's best guitar solos ever!), and "I Don't Even Know Myself." These are swapped out for a lot of the early Who material seen on Leeds, namely I'm A Boy, Happy Jack, Tattoo and A Quick One. As the songs change, so does the band. The band is a bit heavier and has a more of an edge as the pop material of the old days is exchanged for the classic rock that most people are most fond of. This change in style is seen in all of the songs, although Tommy sounds pretty much the same as it does on Leeds, if not a little worse. If you own the Leeds version of Tommy, I would recommending picking up the non-Tommy tracks especially Naked Eye. If you don't have the Deluxe Edition of Leeds, but the whole thing. You will not be disappointed.

Ties with Live at Leeds

Ties with the best Live album ever....even though they seem like the same set of songs...the feel at Live at the Isle of Wight is powerful and Keith Moon is insane on the drums here. The best Version of "Water" ever!!!!


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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