Houston '75.....Oh My!



Jim Kane j.m.kane at worldnet.att.net
Mon Feb 7 09:13:20 CST 2005


Scott:
Is this a commercially available or private?
Would appreciate a link for ordering. 
Thanks!
Jim
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Schrade" <schrade at akrobiz.com>
To: "Relayers" <Relayers at yahoogroups.com>; "IGTC" <thewho at igtc.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2005 9:22 PM
Subject: Houston '75.....Oh My!


> Wow.  Who heaven.  A Who dream come true.  An entire concert
> from '75.  Above-average video quality & surprisingly good sound.
> I can't say enough about this 'unofficial' release.
> 
> Sure, there are some rough spots (more on those later), but to get 
> this much rare, high-quality Who footage on a single DVD is one of
> those treats that - maybe - comes around once in a decade.
> 
> First, the packaging.  It's a skinny, cardboard-type case with a more
> professional-looking design than most commercial releases.  These
> people went all out.  Great pictures, none straying too far date-wise 
> from the era of actual content - which boots are sometimes notorious
> for.  I couldn't even find a spelling or grammatical error in any of
> the text!  Wonderful attention to detail.
> 
> The actual Houston '75 footage is wild.  Two cameras.  One, upper
> level left, OX-side - and one seemingly on the right-center side of
> the floor, fairly close.
> 
> The quality of the video is great.  Very clear.  The only bummers
> being the camera placements.  Shots from the upper-level left cam-
> era often have OX drifting out of view, behind some stage speakers.
> And the floor camera shots sometimes get blocked by fans moving
> around.
> 
> Another slight bummer is that the cameras heavily favor shots of
> Pete & Roger, Moon coming in third, & our beloved OX getting
> short shrift once again.
> 
> BUT!!!  I must stress, these 'slight bummers' I've mentioned barely
> put a dent into the excitement & joy I felt watching this DVD.  It's
> a winner despite any of the nitpicking.
> 
> The sound is pretty good, too!  Loud, crunchy guitar.  Good vocal
> level most of the time.  Thankfully loud drums, having a crisp, flat
> (in a good way) sound.  And the bass is there, too - however, it 
> seemed to get louder at various points.  No biggie.
> 
> Moon is fucking nuts.  And in fantastic form.  Not '69-'70-era form,
> but arguably the next best thing.  The 16th-note snare rolls, the sweep-
> ing combination tom-cymbal runs, the stick-spinning, the stick-breaking!
> And his in-between song banter had me laughing out loud.  He really
> seems together & not too inebriated.  Moon, not Townshend, rules
> this Who performance.
> 
> Pete is great.  Not overly animated but there are still plenty of leaps,
> windmills, etc.  Along with some minor autodestruction.  Pete, too,
> is very 'in control.'  Excellent playing.  An amazing balance of complex-
> ity & power with the guitar.
> 
> Daltrey sounds in top form.  Super-strong.  Complete command of 
> his voice.  As usual, he's stunning in his intensity.
> 
> OX is.....well.....he's the OX.  Has he ever played poorly?
> 
> Moon is wearing his gas/petrol station attendant uniform. (!)  Pete
> wears the giant, white, slack bell-bottoms & the super-tight, sleeve-
> less striped shirt.  OX is in a black jacket & black trousers.  And
> Daltrey is in his tan animal-skin looking outfit with the questionable
> scissor alterations.  Not the prettiest era Who, but, oh well....
> 
> Fucking great concert.  During "However Much I Booze" (what a 
> live rarity!) Pete uses a music stand with lyrics for help!  You don't
> see that every day.  And he *still* flubs the lyrics!  Ha!  Who cares!
> 
> Apart from the above-mentioned rarity, it's the usual '75 setlist, in-
> cluding the big chunk of "THOMAS."
> 
> What an outstanding document of the mid-'70s Who.  You'll be a
> bigger Who fan after you've seen this show.  It's *that* compelling.
> 
> And that's only part of this DVD.  Then there's a high-quality trans-
> fer of the 42 minutes that exist from the Pontiac '75 show (think
> "Roadrunner / My Generation Blues" from TKAA).
> 
> Then there's about a ten or fifteen minute interview with Keith Moon
> from a 1975 British TV show.
> 
> THEN!!  There are the Who-related excerpts from the 1972 "Roadies"
> documentary & the French "Fete D L'Humaninite" film.  These in-
> clude both live clips & interview segments.  All very rare.
> 
> Finally, there is a lip-synched performance of "Long Live Rock"
> from the Old Grey Whistle Test TV show which sticks out like a
> sore thumb because the quality isn't especially good & it isn't
> as rare as the footage that surrounds it.
> 
> Grade-wise, I can give this unofficial DVD release no less than an
> A+.  It was obviously designed & put together *by* Who freaks, 
> *for* Who freaks.  And they did a bang-up job.  Well worth the price.
> I'm reminded of the part during "Squeeze Box," from the Houston
> footage, when the audio feed is lost for 8 seconds & an actual
> *apology* pops up on the screen informing us that the glitch was
> unavoidable, as it was on the master tape.  Such care.  
> 
> A+.
> 
> 
> - SCHRADE in Akron
> 
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