(Eagle Vision, 1970) D: Murray Lerner, w/ the Who. Rating: NNN
If you accept the principle that the Who live were invariably better than the Who in the studio, then this is a must-have for fans of classic Who. With Keith Moon in lunatic form, the DVD offers the complete 2 am set from the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, with a big chunk of Tommy and an assortment of Who concert standards including I Can't Explain, Summertime Blues, My Generation, Magic Bus and Young Man Blues in an even harder version than the contemporary Live At Leeds recording.
Visually, it's subject to the limitations of shooting live shows at night in 1970. It looks acceptable, though not up to the standards of something like AC/DC's Donington show. I'm also struck by how relatively small the stage is - no one in the band ever gets more than 10 feet from the drum kit. Superb sound. Pete Townshend supervised the mix from the original tapes. EXTRAS A half-hour interview with Townshend on the band, the concert and the music. Always one of the more thoughtful rock stars, Townshend offers some exceptional insights here. DTS soundtrack.