Thursday, February 28, 2013


Many place this record at the very top of the Greatest Live Albums ever.  I certainly do.  It really should have been a DLA - then there would be no question.  I ordered it after reading Pete Townshend's book.  And he describes the tour The Who was on from which the live concert recordings were made.  Pete says The Who sounded so good on this tour (1970).  Pete said he could have used concert the recordings from any of the concerts on this tour - but he almost randomly.  It is the only released live album by The Who with their original lineup intact.  Most expert would agree that this was the live album that established the format for the future.   Most live albums are put out to satisfy a band's contract with a record label.  This one did fill a void between Tommy in 1969, and their mega smash follow-up LP Who's Next, out in 1971.  They had of course played a monstrous and career-defining set at Woodstock in August 1969.  Also in the book, Pete describes in great detail his Woodstock experience.  Most memorable to him was playing at dawn. For Woodstock sources:  The Who were scheduled to be the second to last act (before Jefferson Airplane) to play on Saturday, August 16th. When they actually started playing it was already Sunday morning around 5:00 am!  They played their exceptional Tommy album, a Rock Opera, The finale of this performance took place during sunrise which occurred shortly after 6:00 a.m. The first 500 copies issued and sold of Live at Leeds alleged included a copy of the contract for The Who to play at the Woodstock Festival.

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