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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970' [3 LP]
Artist - The Who

For all fans of The Who, and you know who (no pun intended) all are, this (because 'Live At Leeds' will always come a close second re: recorded sound and live engineering) is one of their most beloved vinyl releases EVER! 45 years ago, a small island off the coast of England erupted with rock 'n' roll, as The Who brought their now-classic songs to over 600,000 fans in attendance that night! Yep, you read that right, over 600,000 fans were there in 1970 to watch The Who bring their soon-to-be hits alive.

The Who were one year and three months into their Tommy tour when they played their second engagement at the Isle of Wight Festival. As in 1969, they played most of their famous rock opera, which by this time was quite familiar to the festival crowd. Huge spotlights bathed the audience of some 600,000 attendees, and as The Who's tour manager John Woolf recalls, attracted "every moth and flying nocturnal animal on the island".

Barreling through a roster of tracks that would soon go on to be mega, worldwide-known hits, such as "I Can't Explain," "My Generation," and "Magic Bus," combined with those thirteen tracks from Tommy, they brought forth en mass of rock sounds quite like no other band before them. The collective musical prowess of vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwhistle, and drummer Keith Moon on this evening is considered, as aforementioned, by many as one of their finest live performances. Indeed, it was also a live show that The Who started at 2:00am the next morning of that previous night's scheduled start!

1. "Heaven And Hell"
2. "I Can't Explain"
3. "Young Man Blues"
4. "I Don't Even Know Myself"

1. "Water"
2. "Overture"
3. "It's A Boy"
4. "1921"

1. "Amazing Journey"
2. "Sparks"
3. "Eyesight To The Blind"
4. "Christmas"
5. "The Acid Queen"
6. "Pinball Wizard"

1. "Do You Think It's Alright"
2. "Fiddle About"
3. "Tommy Can You Hear Me"
4. "There s A Doctor"
5. "Go To The Mirror"
6. "Smash The Mirror"
7. "Miracle Cure"
8. "I'm Free"
9. "Tommy's Holiday Camp"
10. "We're Not Gonna Take It"

1. "Summertime Blues"
2. "Shakin' All Over" / "Spoonful" / "Twist & Shout"
3. "Substitute"

1. "My Generation"
2. "Naked Eye"
3. 'Magic Bus"

As history has told us about this incredible set list, by August 1970, Pete Townshend was already introducing new songs to it, including "Water", "I Don't Even Know Myself" and "Naked Eye". These songs, which were being recorded at the time of the festival, were intended for an upcoming project known as Lifehouse. Although Lifehouse was eventually abandoned, the sessions paved the way to the Who's classic album Who's Next.

Oh, and for my money, the medley that sits pretty on SIDE E is what makes this concert the renowned one that it historically is! Indeed, the original song is "Shakin' All Over" / "Spoonful", but the crowd wouldn't expect a song written by one of the best bands in the history of rock, (although, I still insist that The Who are much better than The Beatles) to surprise them with "Twist & Shout" also! But, they did, and it caused an immediate impact on the audience, who, by now at 4:00am, were still up and at'em, jumping around and rocking like they never had before!

Also, the song that follows, "Substitute" goes down nicely backing that aforementioned medley, for sure. Many say that this one is The Who's best single of their entire career, but as much as that is indeed a generous statement, it might nestle well into their top 3, for me, at least. For those that are unaware, the song was written by Pete Townshend (as most of them were, in fairness) because the Who considered themselves a "substitute" for the Rolling Stones, back then!

In closing, as I've ranted on enough about this incredible recording, let me make you aware that the original release of this live album was a 2LP vinyl set. Now, here via Eagle Records, we have a Remastered, Limited Edition, Tri-Color (Red, White and Blue) 3LP vinyl set!! It truly is a stunning set now, chock full of sounds from a band that didn't know themselves, at the time, if they would make it past the turn of the Seventies - let alone still be going "strong" here in 2015; some 45 years later!