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'The Who - Live At Shea Stadium 1982' [SD Blu ray]
(The Who / SD Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Eagle Vision)

Overview: The Who's 1982 tour, which was all in North America apart from two warm-up dates at the Birmingham NEC in England, was their last to feature Kenney Jones on drums and they wouldn't tour again until 1989. The tour promoted the recent It's Hard album, which had been released in June 1982, and the set list included a number of tracks from that album, some of which the band would only play live on this tour.

Blu ray Verdict: I have to say I don’t think that I have ever NOT been a fan of The Who! From early b/w times through to modern day tours, The Who has been a staple in my musical upbringing and life thereafter.

So it was a real joy to review this brand new release, 'The Who - Live At Shea Stadium 1982' out now on SD Blu ray through Eagle Vision. Indeed, Eagle Vision's SD Blu-ray range presents upscale standard definition original material with DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM stereo sound for the best possible quality. And, trust me, once you watch this concert on their SD Blu ray you'll never want to witness a concert on regular joe Bly ray ever again!

The show kicks off, quite literally with a blistering "Substitute" and never, ever backs down from a full tour de force of a show. Dressed in a light colored shiny suit, that would have fitted in just perfectly on 'Miami Vice' (hey, it was the 80's, after all), the guys storm onwards through hits such as "I Can't Explain," "Eminence Front," "Baba O'Riley," "Who Are You," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Long Live Rock," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and other such as both "Young Man Blues" and even a cover of "Twist And Shout."

'The Who - Live At Shea Stadium 1982' features the show from the second of their two nights at New York's Shea Stadium and was filmed on October 13th 1982. Although a couple of tracks have appeared on compilations, this is the first official release of the full show and features restored footage and newly mixed sound.

The performance is incredible, Roger Daltrey's vocals not as powerful as I would have liked (maybe that's just the soundboard recording though, but still a joy to sit back and listen to. It is, simply put, a GREAT concert. That said, and this is coming from a true blue Who fan, perhaps they should have thought about calling it quits after this tour. Roger's voice is noticeably shot and as I myself just saw them at the United Center in Chicago, I can testify that his vocals are still not what they once were. Of course they're not, but I can't help but think he's been tearing through his vocal chords for so long now that he might actually have to retire soon.

Pete Townshend's guitar work is as pristine, as loud, as youthful as ever here, and even he wears a jacket over his cut off top for a lot of the show! It's as if they actually dressed UP for this live Shea Stadium gig! Although not a perfect recording, 'The Who - Live At Shea Stadium 1982' makes me very grateful that they bothered to record it at all. History unfolding before our very eyes, that's for sure.

Track Listing: 1) Substitute 2) I Can't Explain 3) Dangerous 4) Sister Disco 5) The Quiet One 6) It's Hard 7) Eminence Front 8) Behind Blue Eyes 9) Baba O'Riley 10) I'm One 11) The Punk And The Godfather 12) Drowned 13) Tattoo 14) Cry If You Want 15) Who Are You 16) Pinball Wizard 17) See Me Feel Me 18) Love Reign O'er Me 19) Long Live Rock 20) Won't Get Fooled Again 21) Young Man Blues 22) Naked Eye 23) I Saw Her Standing There 24) Summertime Blues 25) Twist And Shout.

Bonus Features: Bonus tracks from the first night at Shea Stadium: (1) My Generation (2) A Man Is A Man (3) 5.15. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.