Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Live at the Royal Albert Hall

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The Who's Live at the Royal Albert Hall captures a charity concert for a cancer organization the reunited group performed in November of 2000. Given the band's spotty track record in their farewell tours and reunions of the '80s and '90s, it's easy for some longtime fans to be skeptical of the musical merits of the triple-disc hybrid…  See more details below

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The Who's Live at the Royal Albert Hall captures a charity concert for a cancer organization the reunited group performed in November of 2000. Given the band's spotty track record in their farewell tours and reunions of the '80s and '90s, it's easy for some longtime fans to be skeptical of the musical merits of the triple-disc hybrid SACD release of this concert, but this is an exceptional reunion concert, finding the band at their strongest since their early-'80s breakup. Supported by drummer Zak Starkey and longtime keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and John Entwistle (in one of his last major concerts) sound reinvigorated, playing such standards as "I Can't Explain" and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" with vigor and energy, as if they haven't played them countless times. The group also stretches out, as Townshend contributes a new bridge to "The Kids Are Alright" and the band jams through "Magic Bus," "5:15," and "Won't Get Fooled Again," showing both dexterity and muscle. While nobody would mistake this show with the careening power and unpredictability of the band at their peak in the '60s and '70s, this is an impressive mix of maturity, professionalism, and passion, finding the group regaining their sense of authority and integrity -- compare this to such rote reunions as Join Together to hear the difference. At three discs (including four bonus tracks recorded at another Royal Albert Hall show in February 2002), this is a bit long, but for those longtime fans, there's plenty to like here. After all, it's very rare for a reunion album to be this good, and it's even rarer to have one with cameos as good as those here -- Townshend's duet with Paul Weller on "So Sad About Us" and two songs fronted by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder ("I'm One," "Getting in Tune") are as good as those songs by Daltrey, and help make Live at the Royal Albert Hall a really pleasant surprise.

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Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
[This set captures] some of the most propulsive shows in the band's history -- and that's saying something.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Steamhammer Us
UPC:
0693723748825
catalogNumber:
7488

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Who   Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Pete Townshend   Guitar,Vocals
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Keyboards
John Entwistle   Bass,Vocals
Zak Starkey   Drums
Eddie Vedder   Vocals
Noel Gallagher   Guitar
Kelly Jones   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eddie Cochran   Composer
Roger Daltrey   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Jerry Capehart   Composer
Bill Curbishley   Executive Producer
John Entwistle   Composer
Bobby Pridden   Producer
Will Shapland   Engineer
Robert Rosenberg   Executive Producer
Richard Evans   Art Direction

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Live at the Royal Albert Hall 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Who get a lot of stick for their incessant re-releases, the fact that compilations outnumber original releases in their catalog, and for their being an oldies act on the road. And desevedly so. But all of these criticisms forget one salient fact...the Who still rock harder than any band out there. This disc confirms it. Recorded at the end of the 2000 tour, this disc finds the band (joined by assorted guests) blowing through their storied history with fire, passion, and balls. Free of the horns and extra instruments that sullied the "Who Revue" tour of 1989 and the Quadrophenia tour of 1996, this is just Townshend, Entwistle, and Zak Starkey (along with Rabbit Bundrick and PT's brother Simon on acoustic guitar and doing the harmonies Entwistle no longer bothered to sing) conjuring up lightning while Daltrey's voice brings the thunder. "Relay" is tremendous, and there's not a bad performance on the disc. Groups like the Eagles and Stones (never mind newer groups like Pearl Jam) wish they could rock this hard. As a bonus, the CD includes songs from Entwistle's final show with the band before his untimely passing.