San Francisco Bay Guardian on IOW '70 DVD

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Wed Aug 11 06:25:48 CDT 2004

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[After review of a G.G. Allin DVD]
The social graces are valued, relatively speaking, on
The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (Red
Distribution), with the "Newly Restored Film and
Remixed Audio" that brings "1970 to today." This
package contains a streamlined, high-gloss artifact as
commercially ready as Allin's dried bile felt like it
had been found on a subway train. It could be the
difference between rich and poor, between mainstream
aesthetics and a train wreck – and possibly between
talent and none. Allin could care less, but he's got a
vociferous, semicerebral fan club that uses him to
make its point. Wight was shot in the middle of the
night, but the sound is great. The band whip through a
modest nine-song opening set and then charge into
rock's official opera, Tommy ("Serious stuff!" drummer
Keith Moon yells, beer in hand), which they deliver
from beginning to end. The band's performance is
nearly as good as it gets, despite the handicap
presented by supremely clueless vocalist Roger Daltry,
who goes after his parts with the dogged
sing-by-numbers determination of a drunken DMV clerk
at a karaoke bar. Nevertheless, songwriter-guitarist
Pete Townshend brings a coiled, understated
intelligence to the performance, bassist John
Entwhistle is rock-solid, and exuberant Moon's
drumming is simply brilliant. Four stars on a scale of

-Brian in Atlanta
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