Friday, 16 November 2012


1979, Jeff Stein, 111 mins.

A celebration of fiteen years of The 'Orrible Who

Sheer pleasure from start to finish, this is a collection of songs and interviews from the first fifteen years of The Who. It was originally intended to commemorate fifteen years together but when Keith Moon died during production, it became a tribute to the greatest drummer in rock history. He’s on wonderful form here, whether going mad during “Baba O’Reilly” or taking his clothes off on the Russell Harty show. The insight comes largely from the reliably eloquent Pete Townshend seen in conversation with Melvyn Bragg and a young Jeremy Paxman. But the songs are the thing and they’re quite wonderful. Pride of place goes to the almighty diptych from “Who’s Next” – “Baba O’Reilly” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” but we’re also treated to clips from Woodstock and superb versions of “A Quick One While He’s Away”, and “Magic Bus”. 

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