Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Who - Tommy and Quadrophenia Live
Part 3

Disc three of this set is my personal favorite, as it puts together a compendium of performances of a number of The Who's best songs. When put together with the first two DVDs, the set really is a terrific retrospective of the band's later concert tours.

The first set comes from the 1989 Tommy show highlighted on disc one. It starts off with "Substitute", one of the band's earliest singles (and one that I never heard getting much airplay through years of listening to classic rock). Other "greatest hits" type songs included in this performance are "I Can See for Miles", "Baba O'Reilly", "Love Reign O'er Me", "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Who Are You?". For my part, I was excited to see two of my personal favorites, Pete Townshend's "Face the Face" and the '80s hit "You Better You Bet" (among my favorite songs ever, in fact). Also in the set is "Boris the Spider", a song that I grew to love in a long-ago television performance by the band. This song is performed by bassist John Entwisle, which Roger Daltrey providing some vocal support as well. Like the Tommy performance, these songs are extremely upbeat and just a blast to watch.

Set two is the encore from the Quadrophenia tour of 1996-1997. It replicates several songs from the Tommy set, but adds in stuff like "I Can't Explain", "The Kids Are Alright" and "Behind Blue Eyes". The final set closes out with more Tommy music, specifically "The Acid Queen" and "Pinball Wizard" performed by the band members rather than guest stars.

As a fan of The Who, I found this set to be entirely satisfying. It might not really be a great set for those who aren't fans of the band beyond their radio played greatest hits, but for diehards, I'd say it's a must-have.

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