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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Kids Are Alright indeed!

    The soundtrack to their mammoth 1979 documentary film (released in the wake of Keith Moon's passing) is essentially the Who's official bootleg album. Where Odds & Sods was ramblings of unreleased songs and outtakes, The Kids Are Alright is a collection of the Who's most important performances. You even get to hear Tommy Smothers "interview" the boys at the beginning of their "My Generation" live performance (which was even at the start of the film). Because each performance was from a different recording, the sound quality can range from excellent to poor (that is, a better sounding version can't be found anywhere and it's the best collectors can have). Some of the best performances on the album are the Beat Club version of "Magic Bus," "A Quick One, While He's Away" at the Stones' Rock 'n' Roll Circus, "Pinball Wizard" and "Happy Jack," a track that didn't make onto Live At Leeds. The artwork and liner notes are also cool. The cover, however, is the best of all the Who albums. (Second would probably be The Who Sell Out.) I haven't seen the film in its intirety, but having listened to this album and enjoyed it, I think that's what I should be doing right now. So what am I waiting for? [N.B.: I don't have a vinyl copy of this album (yet), but I own the 2000 remastered CD which has great packaging as opposed to the first MCA CD's yucky "booklet." White Fang's Who page says that even though this CD restores the Join Together/Roadrunner medley, he says the mastering is bad! I think it sounds just FINE! If you want to hear a bad sounding remaster, listen to an early CD of Frank Zappa's "You Are What You Is."]

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