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September 30, 2003

The Kids Are Alright

 

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US: Pioneer 12116; Pioneer 12103 Deluxe Edition
Re-released: 30 September 2003
UK: BMG 74321 100878
Re-released: 26 April 2004 

 

An essential upgraded DVD that restores the original unedited cinema print, at the correct speed with a 5.1 stereo audio track. 

 

This first-rate, 100 minute biopic – among the apex of rock on celluloid – appeared as an unwitting tribute to Keith Moon when first issued in 1979. Directed with genuine affection by US fan Jeff Stein, this exhilarating, non-chronologically assembled documentary includes live and lip-synched footage and interviews stretching back to 1964, concluding with WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN from a specially filmed performance at Shepperton Studios in 1978, which turned out to be Moon’s last stand. Highlights include non-split screen footage from Woodstock (PINBALL WIZARD, SPARKS and SEE ME, FEEL ME), A QUICK ONE from THE ROLLING STONES’ ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS, and spectacular footage of the band smashing their equipment, notably the (literally) explosive opening sequence from ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour ‘(the Who’s US TV debut) in 1967. 

 

Also worth mentioning are some amusing and insightful interviews with Pete stretching back to 1965 and the non-performance B&W promotional film made for HAPPY JACK in 1966. 

 

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT is the definitive rock documentary, essential not only to Who fans but lovers of music in general. 

 

Live or alternate version tracklisting only: 

 

MY GENERATION
From ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hou’r, CBS TV Studios, Los.Angeles, recorded 15/9/67, broadcast 17 September1967 

 

I CAN’T EXPLAIN
From ‘Shindig!’ filmed at Twickenham Film Studios, Middlesex, 3 August 1965, broadcast 2 October 1965 and 6 January 1966 

 

BABA O’RILEY recorded at B Stage, Shepperton Film Studios, Middlesex, 25 May 1978 

 

SHOUT AND SHIMMY
Recorded at 5th National Jazz And Blues Festival, Richmond Athletic Grounds, 6 August 1965 and broadcasted on ‘Shindig! Goes To London’, 9 December 1965 

 

YOUNG MAN BLUES
Recorded at the Coliseum, London, 14 December 1969 

 

PINBALL WIZARD
Recorded at Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel, New York, 17 August 1969 

 

SEE ME, FEEL ME / FINALE
Recorded at Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel, New York, 17 August 1969 

 

ANYWAY, ANYHOW, ANYWHERE
Recorded at Redifusion Studios, Wembley 1 July 1965, broadcast on ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ 2 July 1965 

 

A QUICK ONE, WHILE HE’S AWAY
Recorded at The Rolling Stones’ Rock & Roll Circus, 11 December 1968 

 

SPARKS
Recorded at Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel, New York, 17 August 1969 

 

BARBARA ANN
Recorded at J Stage, Shepperton Film Studios, 21 July 1977 

 

ROAD RUNNER / MY GENERATION BLUES
Recorded at the Metropolitan Stadium, Pontiac, Michigan, 6 December 1975 

 

WHO ARE YOU
Promotional video shot at Ramport Studio, 4 May 1978 

 

MY GENERATION
Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival, 18 June 1967 

 

WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN
Recorded at B Stage, Shepperton Film Studios, 25 May 1978 

 

The 2003 deluxe edition featured a second disc with the following bonus items: 

 

1. Miracle Cure – Restoring the film for DVD
2. Getting In Tune – Audio Showdown
3. Trick Of The Light – Picture Showdown
4. The Ox: An Isolated Track of John’s bass feed
5. The Who’s London – Tour of important Who locations in London
6. Behind Blue Eyes: Q&A with Roger Daltrey
7. Anytime You Want Me – Multiple camera angles
8. Pure And Easy – A warm-up for the casual fan
9. It’s Hard – 21 correct answers wins the prize
10. See My Way – Q&A with Jeff Stein, Director 

 

Directed by Jeff Stein 

 

 

2 Responses to The Kids Are Alright

laura says: November 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Love this film! Funny how the years can pass, I have a profession, a mortgage, 2 cars, and my own children are quite alright (despite their mother – me!); and yet, in a trick of the light, I’m back with Pete hearing about his first time meeting Keith with his ginger hair, ginger trousers … You are a gift, my glorious WHO.

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matt king says: September 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm

fantastic website, have been an avid fan
since i was a teenager, and always will be
so, keep up the good work on this site
m king

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