'The Who: Live in Texas '75'
(The Who / DVD / NR / 2012 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: Filmed at The Summit in Houston, Texas on November 20th 1975, this film captures a typically incendiary live performance by The Who at the start of the US leg of their tour in support of 'The Who By Numbers' album which had been released earlier that year.
DVD Verdict: Yes, I'm a HUGE Who fan. And yes, I am old enough to remember '70s gigs such as this one. But somehow along the way, I either forgot about this one in Texas, or just didn't come across it back in the day. And my, what a fantastic flashback to the classic era of rock music it was once again to behold.
Filmed at The Summit in Houston, Texas on November 20th 1975, it shows The Who in typical manic style re: one mighty fine firestorm of a performance. It was the start of the US leg of their tour in support of the great The Who By Numbers album (which had been released earlier that year), and so featured heavily a multitude of tracks from that very same album.
Which is just fine and dandy with me. Here we have the original video footage restored, and the sound remixed by longtime Who collaborator Jon Astley. But, and even with the new hands having "tinkered" with the old goodness, the entire performance still retains the raw appeal of kids having fun - their energy levels boundless, their passion for their chosen profession endless.
The whole show kicks off with a blazing 'Substitute,' before heading into such tracks as 'I Can't Explain,' 'Squeeze Box,' 'Baba O'Riley,' 'Boris The Spider,' ' Drowned,' and both 'However Much I Booze' and 'Dreaming From The Waist.' And therein lies the beauty of this live gig in that fans of The Who might well know all the "hits," but do the know such tracks as 'Amazing Journey,' 'Sparks,' 'Fiddle About' and 'Naked Eye'?
The show also includes such now-classics as 'Behind Blue Eyes,' 'Pinball Wizard,' 'Summertime Blues,' 'My Gneration,' 'Magic Bus,' and of course both 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and the showending 'My Generation Blues.'
Featuring one of the best drummers of all time, Keith Moon the entire set (running at 117 minutes) is soemthing to settle in with for sure. Including not only tracks from the new album at the time, but an extensive Tommy mid-section, this "original line-up" shows us what rock music was truly all about. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.