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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 11:37 AM
I love this documentary about the Who. They are one of my favorite bands, if not my favorite. That build up and release of energy in their music is like nothing else. I was watching it while waiting for Gregg to come on Leno’s show last night. The rest of Leno’s show is so tedious, I had to turn it off. Luckily, I found Amazing Journey. They were such a powerhouse it was unreal. Some of the footage they had from when they started touring in support of Tommy was off the charts. They really were genius, although it’s quite a sad story too. I found it interesting that at the time of writing Tommy, Pete could not write songs like Cousin Kevin and Uncle Ernie because it was too close to his experience as a child. So the Ox came up with the ideas.

They have some great footage in this documentary too. They document showed how banged up Moon was and how naďve Pete was about Moon and Entwistle’s coke use in the earlier days. They talked about how Moon would just eat anything anyone ever gave him. They had a shot of Moon totally limp and being carried off the drums by roadies while Pete is telling the audience something like, “errr, he seems to have eaten something bad, perhaps a foreign food of sorts.” He is not really looking at the audience when he is saying it, but rather looking at John and Roger like, “now what do we do?”

I thought they had even captured some of the old magic just before the Ox passed away too. They even comment in the movie how their performance at the Concert for NYC after 9/11 may have been one of their all time great performances, with or without Moon on drums. It certainly was. I remember it like yesterday and how emotional and powerful it was. It still makes my hair stand up when I hear that performance. I also caught them a few times in that period, and I was stunned how much they could still bring it. Unfortunately, it’s just not the same since the Ox died. I think he created a noise level of about 20 musicians.

 
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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 11:39 AM
You can get the D.V.D. in stores. Great buy if you love the Who
 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 11:39 AM
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Never been said better.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 12:23 PM
and great documentary.....i watched a good deal of last night too...

 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 01:00 PM
What channel was it on?

 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 01:05 PM
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Terri - I think it was on VH1.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 01:06 PM
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Terri - I think it was on VH1.

yes, VH1 Classic

 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 01:08 PM
It was on VH1 Classic last night. Its really a great documentary. I love that Pete essentially claims that Keith and John were genius, he was bordering on genius, and Roger was just a singer. Kind of cool too the way Roger asked Pete if he could be Tommy. They said after Roger essentially became Tommy some glorious years followed in terms of the music.
 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 01:32 PM
One of the BEST films put together about a Band I've ever watched ! I saw The Who in 1967 and have always been a fan , but the older I get the more I appreciate what a huge band they really were (still are ). I'd recomend that even if you're a casual fan of The Who go out and buy The Amazing Journey. It's worth every penny and you'll surley enjoy it everytime you watch it. GREAT ! In my humble opinion of course.
 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 01:50 PM
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the older I get the more I appreciate what a huge band they really were


Agreed. One of the few bands I never had the chance to see while the original 4 were on stage...

..."Who's Next"...will always be in my top five of all time.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2009 at 04:56 PM
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It was on VH1 Classic last night. Its really a great documentary. I love that Pete essentially claims that Keith and John were genius, he was bordering on genius, and Roger was just a singer. Kind of cool too the way Roger asked Pete if he could be Tommy. They said after Roger essentially became Tommy some glorious years followed in terms of the music.


Yes, but I also love the absolute love and respect and credit Pete gives to Roger. I think Roger takes too much flack sometimes... at least with the people I've met throughout my life.

Of course I have only seen the DVD with all the bonus stuff, I can't remember what was said in which part of what...

 

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It was on VH1 Classic last night. Its really a great documentary. I love that Pete essentially claims that Keith and John were genius, he was bordering on genius, and Roger was just a singer. Kind of cool too the way Roger asked Pete if he could be Tommy. They said after Roger essentially became Tommy some glorious years followed in terms of the music.


Yes, but I also love the absolute love and respect and credit Pete gives to Roger. I think Roger takes too much flack sometimes... at least with the people I've met throughout my life.

Of course I have only seen the DVD with all the bonus stuff, I can't remember what was said in which part of what...


Considering how much the band did not like Roger at the beginning and constantly put him down, they finally came around to how important he was to their sound.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2009 at 07:39 AM
By the way, if you want a great later live Who disk, pick up Live from Royal Albert Hall. I think it’s from like 2000 and it rocks. There a bunch of guests on it too. I love what they have done with the Kids Are Alright (added some new lyrics) and also with Magic Bus. The Magic Bus is awesome. At the end they go into Country Line Special, and Roger is wailing away on harmonica, and the whole band is searing. As Pete says at the end of the song, “That was Roger on very very heavy breathing. The end of that song is what’s known as a transmogrification, where the bus turns into a train.” And from the sound of it, it sounds like a freight train is coming at you. There is also some great banter on the disk. At one point, someone in the crowd must have made some snide remark and Pete essentially yells at the guy. I think that actually might be one of my favorite things about the Who is their banter between songs. They are actually quite funny. When they introduce A Quick One on Live at Leeds, it sounds like it could be a comedy show.
 
 


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