The Kids Are Alright [DVD] review by The Who

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  • Released: Sep 30, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 9
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (6 votes)
The Who: The Kids Are Alright [DVD]

Sound — 10
The Who's music, is the type of music is sometimes soft and meaningful, other times it can make people so amped, and makes them want to shout "Yeah!" at the top of their lungs. This DVD shows the Who at their best. The DVD is electrifying and awesome, even though there are a few missing classics. All the members show the best of their abilities, with the vocals of Roger Daltry, the laws of physics-defying drum playing of Keith Moon, with some humorous moments also, the amazing speed of John Entwistle's Bass playing, and the pure genius of Pete Townshend's songwriting (he wrote almost every song by himself on this DVD).

Content — 9
The DVD is mostly concert footage, with some interviews from all the members of the band, and even Ringo Starr. However the first part of the DVD is not the best way to star a DVD, because according to Roger Daltry, "Most rock films are pretentious." They're made for the sole purpose of making Robert Plant's dick look big. This is totally the opposite. Within the first half hour we're made to look complete idiots". There are a few songs I would have liked to see, like "Bargain", "Going Mobile", or "Behind Blue Eyes". Normally I would review all the songs in the DVD, but there are over 40 tracks, and I'm not doing that. "Won't Get Fooled Again" is one of the best concert performaces I have ever seen in my life, with amazing solos, lasers, and the incredibly hyper playing of Pete Townshend. "Baba O'Riley" is also good with a harmonica solo from Roger Daltry. The first performance of "My Generation" from the Smothers Brothers Show is very entertaining. It starts out with Tommy Smothers interviewing the band, and calls Keith Moon's Drum-playing "sloppy". Keith Moon replys with "My friends call me Keith, you can call me John". During the introduction of the song, while Tommy Smothers is talking, Keith Moon shouts out a loud noise and says "You got sloppy stage hands". The band continues to the song, and at the end they start to smash their instruments. Keith Moon's bass drum was supposed to explode, and they told him the amount of dynamite to put in it. But he decided to put 3 times the amount of what they told him. Unfortunately, when it exploded, Pete Townshend was smashing his guitar right in front of it. After the explosion, he was patting the back of his head because it was slightly on fire. He then went up to Tommy Smothers, grabbed his guitar and began to smash it. The accident left him with a partial hearing loss. There is a short interview with Ringo Starr talking about Keith Moon. After the interview, an video is shown of Keith with a "lady-friend" whipping him in the back. Although this DVD does have its humorous, slightly unrelated moments, it accomplishes one thing, The Who knows how to play music. "Pinball Wizard" at Woodstock is also a good performance. Although I'm not a fan of all the songs on the DVD, The Who never plays a song weakly. All performances are strong and electrifying. The DVD also shows some of the recording of "Who Are You". Although I don't need more than one performance of "My Generation", this DVD is very good.

Production Quality — 9
The picture is in widescreen format and the quality is very good. I haven't seen anything added like a music video. It's all pure concert, unlike MTV music videos. And it is a very good thing that this is concert and not MTV music videos. However I have found one or two slight volumes drops for a very brief moment, but I will let that slide.

Overall Impression — 9
This is the best DVD I have seen from The Who, and like most DVD's, it has its cons, but I don't regret buying it at all. All songs are done with the Who showing no laziness. It makes people laugh, and gets people so amped. The music took alot of skill to make, and The Who are probably the best band to see in live video, so I highly recommend this DVD.

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