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The Who: Live At The Fillmore East 1968

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For long-time fans of the the Who acquainted with the less-than-stellar audio quality of bootlegs that have circulated over the years, this two-CD (and three-vinyl LP )fiftieth-anniversary set Live at the Fillmore East 1968 will no doubt be a revelation. Those more casual followers who may only know of the iconic British group as of their widespread commercial breakthrough in the form of Tommy (MCA, 1969) will quite possibly be more astonished-and on multiple fronts-hearing the quartet's stage show before ...

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The Who At The Isle of Wight Festival 2004

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The Who Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 Eagle Rock 2017 The Who Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 documents an appearance at the famed British festival two years after the untimely death of bassist John Entwistle and thirty-four(!) years after the original four-man lineup of the Who, as documented on Live At The Isle of Wight 1970 (Columbia, 1996) galvanized an audience with the prowess and power of the band ...

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The Who: The Official History

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The Who The Official History Ben Marshall with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey 320 Pages ISBN: # 0062396366 Harper Design 2015 The explosive dynamism of The Who on stage, at the peak of their career, was so intense it had to be seen and heard live in the moment to truly appreciate it. Even so, the intensity was so great that more than enough of it translates to the photographs within The Who: ...

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The Who Live in Hyde Park

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The Who Live in Hyde Park Eagle Vision 2015 If seeing The Who in Hyde Park in a theater the fall of 2015 didn't provoke the thought, watching the DVD of Chris Rule's terrific film cements the impression the group now fronted by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Pete Townshend and lead vocalist Roger Daltrey is the greatest tribute band in the world. Anyone who's been apprehensive about seeing the Who since the passing of original members, ...

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Fathom Events Presents The Who in Hyde Park

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The Who The Who in Hyde Park Fathom Events: Palace 9 Cinema South Burlington, Vermont October 8, 2015 As presented by cinema entrepreneurs Fathom Events in selected cities the fall of 2015, Chris Rule's film of The Who in Hyde Park is ideally suited for viewing in theaters, particularly those like South Burlington's Palace 9 where the Grateful Dead's annual Meet-up at the Movies as well as the July 4th 2015 Fare Thee ...

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The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982

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The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982 Eagle Vision 2015 It's equal parts courageous and foolish for The Who to release this document of their 'farewell' tour from over four decades ago as the group celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. Business enterprise aside, the band as it was constituted at Shea Stadium outside New York was not capable of the explosive dynamics of the original quartet with drummer Keith Moon who had died four ...

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The Who: Sensation - The Story of Tommy

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The Who Sensation-The Story of Tommy Eagle Video 2014 In a reflection of the dynamism of their stage presence, Sensation -The Story of Tommy jumps back and forth between a history of the early Who and the seeds of inspiration that, in combining guitarist/composer Pete Townshend's ambition, encouragement from co-manager Kit Lambert and the exploratory creativity of the late Sixties, ignited a not so spontaneous combustion of rock and roll art that was Tommy.

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The Who: Tommy Deluxe Edition 2013

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The white-hot intensity with which The Who play their rock opera on the second deluxe edition almost, but not quite, renders moot any reservations about the concept of the package. Far from merely coasting in the afterglow of the appearance at Woodstock that galvanized the band as much as the audience, the quartet sounds flush with confidence, authority and abandon as they play Tommy. The uniformity of the sound, even rough as it is, belies rumors of the recording not ...

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The Who: Live in Texas '75

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The WhoLive in Texas '75Eagle Rock2012In their performing prime, between 1969 and 1971, The Who were the most thrilling performers rock had ever known (and may remain so). The original quartet remained exciting through 1975 when The Who: Live in Texas '75 was filmed, though in the flood of kinetic energy exploding from the band at this point in their career, there are, in retrospect, hints they had already reached their peak. ...

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The Who: Denver, Colorado, February 12, 2013

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The WhoPepsi CenterDenver, ColoradoFebruary 12, 2013The Who Pepsi Center, Denver, CO February 12, 2013One of the greatest moments on record from the Classic Rock era is the stunning contrast between the first two songs on the Who's Quadrophenia (MCA, 1973). The first cut, “I Am the Sea" is dominated by sea sounds with some tinkling piano and a far-away horn here and there. Roger Daltrey introduces the album's four recurring themes at various ...

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The Who: Quadrophenia

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Tommy (MCA, 1969) brought The Who to a mainstream audience and Who's Next (MCA, 1971) solidified its position in the pantheon of 1960's-1970's artists. But it is Quadrophenia (MCA, 1973) that has grown exponentially in importance--not only in the history of the band, but in the history of rock. Quadrophenia is the second rock opera to be authored by guitarist Pete Townshend (the third, if you count the much more abbreviated “A Quick One," from the 1966 Polydor ...

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The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970

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The Who Live at The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 Eagle Vision 2004

Just by virtue of the combustible dynamics of their personalities, The Who on stage were an improvisational unit of the highest order, apt as easily to implode as explode. At the time of their appearance at The Isle of Wight Festival in August of 1970, The Who were at the peak of their powers as a performing act. Having ...


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