Houston '75.....Oh My!

Roy Ratcliffe rratcliffe at rmcontrols.com
Sun Feb 6 22:07:42 CST 2005

How do I order a copy? Thanks, Shrade.


Roy A. Ratcliffe
RM Controls,Inc.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Scott Schrade" <schrade at akrobiz.com>
Reply-To: The Who Mailing List <thewho at igtc.com>
Date:  Sun, 6 Feb 2005 21:22:25 -0500

>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
>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.  
>- SCHRADE in Akron
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