Artist: The Who
Title: “Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970”
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 8/10/2010
Having never owned this CD when it was originally issued or even the one that was listed as “remastered” some years later, I was quite cool with Eagle Records giving fans of The Who another chance to enjoy them in what is often termed as their finest hour. If you already own a copy of the DVD that was re-released back in 2006 by Eagle Vision then you know full well how that film brought you right to the concert stage and made you feel as though you were there amidst the hundreds of thousands of crazed music fans. This is the perfect audio companion for that video and lets you take the amazing performance with you after loading it onto your Ipod or other media player (if any still are relevant at this point in time). Of course if you don’t yet own the film for any reason then I strongly recommend that you get to ordering one as soon as you finish lashing yourself for the oversight. After you get caught up to speed on the video you can order the audio companion, but I do recommend the film be enjoyed first. Despite these rules, here is what is to be found on the CD version of the Isle Of Wight performance. The show begins with some of your classic Who standards and even a lengthy “Young Man Blues” that is sure to get the groove going on in your stereo. After the tune “Water” completes we get the full performance of their magnum opus “Tommy” and while it begins with CD1 and requires you swap CD’s out (if you don’t have a changer), I hardly think that you will find this a problem. The show continues on CD2 beginning with “Acid Queen” and a rousing “Pinball Wizard” which is still one of my very favorite songs by the band even though many might feel this is too overplayed at this point in time.
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