Greatest Rock Band Ever - at the top of their game
Its 1970 and the real fab 4, Daltrey,Townshend,Moon and Entwhistle have been playing together for ages. They came north to Leeds and Hull to record for a live album, they had been recording their American tour but Pete had all the tapes burned and I bet he wasn't happy when the recording equipment failed at the show in Hull. However out of adversity comes success and the Live at Leeds set (in it new remastered and extended format) is one of the best live sets anyone has ever recorded. Heaven and Hell, I cant explain, Fortune teller and Tattoo open in great style with controlled agression and great sound. Young Man Blues stuns and Substitute (never one of my favourites until I heard this version) lead into Happy Jack and Im a boy then A Quick one, amazing journey, and my favoutite summertime blues. We are then treated Shakin all over, My Generation and the finale of magic bus. Great sleeve notes but the tommy bit of the set has been culled, probably to allow an expanded version to be issued in another 30 years. Still this is an exceptional album and if you love live music you need this in yur collection- THE Who are the greatest rock band there has ever been!
Not my normal type of music but as a live gig - very enjoyable; a good buy.
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
I had often heard this album described as the best live band recording ever made. I am not a big 'Who' fan and had never heard the album, but after wondering about it for the past 40 years or so could not resist finally buying a copy to see what all the fuss had been about. I was not disappointed!
My main loves are vinyl, and 50s rock n roll - so this CD album did not sit easily with either. I could not afford a vinyl copy and had heard about the 'crackles' in the original recording. I was therefore pleased that this CD was the 'cleaned up' version. The recording quality is good. The concert itself is everything you expect of the Who. It is loud, exuberant, wild and yet classy. I found it very easy to listen to, and very enjoyable.
In my humble RnR experience the concert isn't a patch on a live Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard gig but is still a good 'un in its own way. I do not regret the purchase and will be playing it many times in future.
The Who Live at Leeds University
The survivors of The Who are of the classic babyboomer age group. They played hard and after they played on stage they played hard. And although they once said that they wouldn’t, they toured in 2006. The live gig at Leeds University Union on June 17 2006 replayed a great album from 1970. And no-one smashed a guitar. This was probably a relief to Roger Daltrey, who was heard to say to Townshend after the first such event in 1964, “You shouldn’t have smashed it up – I could have got it repaired”.
Still together after all these years, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey seem to represent more than half of the original four. With the passing of Keith Moon on a drug overdose in September 1978, the band lost a little direction. They might have disbanded but their talent and success kept them together and they recruited Kenney Jones (The Faces) as drummer.
In the sixties they were the classic rockers. Yet they were the Mods icons. They were eclectic yet were identifiable by their own style. They could produce songs such as Substitute and My Generation as well as the amusing and off the wall stuff on A Quick One While He’s Away such as Whisky Man and Boris the Spider. Despite the sad loss of John Entwistle in 2002, the band played on to good reviews. Incidentally, the last Townshend guitar trashing took place at Yokohama, Japan in 2004. The victim was a gold sprayed Fender Stratocaster.
A great live performance from a great band
I owned this album on vinyl and this remastered and extended CD version is far superior both in sound quality and also in capturing more of the concert. You get far more of a feel of the occasion with introductions from Pete Townsend and occasional vocal adlibs from the rest of the band. The booklet is also very informative and interesting. Highly recommended for any Who fan
The really rock EVOLUTION(and Revolution)
I think this is the best sounding live album of all times,from the band that really made the step from Rock and roll to ROCK if you know what i mean,if you don't,there is a passage in ALMOST FAMOUS movie By Cameron Crowe(really rock director)where a journalist ask to a singer:"what is rock?",the answer was:"Nobody really knows...maybe Pete Townsend!"