At the height of their dynamic power Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon combined to produce the extreme outer limit of rock experience. More so than any of Britain's legendary rock bands, The Who ... more »built their reputation as concert performers, setting standards by which all other rock bands continue to measure their own worth. The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Live features The Who playing not only their well-known hits, but lesser-known material that came to life on stage. It is the nearest thing yet to what, for many, was the ultimate high--The Who live. Also includes unseen early documentary footage plus exclusive new interviews with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle. Songs: Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, So Sad About Us, A Quick One While He's Away, Happy Jack, Heaven and Hell, I Can't Explain, Water, Young Man Blues, I Don't Even Know Myself, My Generation, Substitute, Bell Boy, My Generation Blues, Dreaming from the Waist, Sister Disco, Who Are You, 5:15, My Wife, Music Must Change, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes, Love Reign O'er Me, Boris the Spider, I Can See For Miles, See Me Feel Me. END« less
Jeffrey Castel De Oro | Upland, CA USA | 01/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a mediocre DVD version of an excellent home video. The sound has not been upgraded in any way from the VHS version, and the "eight page booklet written by John Atkins..plus detailed liner notes" referred to on the back of the package are nowhere to be found inside. It seems the old VHS package was simply reproduced without thought to actually including a booklet. Seems like a quickie release. All of that said, there is is some wonderful material on here for the serious Who fan. Worth buying if you don't already have the VHS. If you do, you might want to wait for the (hopefully) inevitable corrected/upgraded re-release of this DVD."
a writer | USA | 05/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A true Who fan already owns the Jeff Stein classic "The Kids Are Alright," but there's ample reason to add "Maximum R&B" to one's shrine. The difference here is that the band interviews (minus the late Keith Moon) between concert footage show the group in later years, with plenty of reflection and musing over their place in rock and roll pantheon. The songs, culled from sets spanning over two decades, are a good mix of The Who's Mod, Pop Art, and hard rock catalogue, and each performance is riveting.A sample of my favorite moments show how much the band evolved from their debut in 1964: the anarchic jamming of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (with screaming teenaged audience), to the overdriven pop of "So Sad About Us" where I could swear John Entwistle's bass sounds like a demonic piano. The best (in my opinion) era is the post-"Tommy"/Woodstock appearances at Tanglewood and Isle of Wight, where the band burns through "Heaven and Hell," "I Can't Explain," "Water" and "I Don't Even Know Myself." The abandon and power in The Who's playing was never equalled and seldom surpassed even by the group's later efforts.The later years, of course, show the band getting bigger (chalking up a Guiness world record for attendance at Charleton concert in 1974) yet still game, mixing songs from "Quadrophenia" with 60's hits like "Substitute." I was surprised at how powerfully they pulled off the "Quadrophenia" set, loaded as it was with synthesizer tapes and technical booby traps. When The Who rocket through "Drowned " and "Bell Boy" it's clear that their chemistry was partly fired by Moon's mania; when he died, something of the old Who died with him. But "Maximum R&B" is as good as any tribute to this excellent band."
A wonderful peek at rock-n-roll's greatest live band!!
a writer | 09/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video more than adequately convinces the viewer that The Who were, and still are rock-n-roll's GREATEST live band then, now, and forever more, in perpetuity! (a deliberate overusage of grammatical tenses, but what the hell, I enjoyed it immensely!) Whether seeing Keith Moon bash the living hell out of his drumkit to the tune of "So Sad About Us" early on or the entire band playing the hell out of their set at the Tanglewood Music Shed gig or their wonderfully blistering performance at The Isle of Wight Festival attests to The Who's exponential talent for playing live on stage. Pete Townshend's stingingly nasty guitar playing (including a number of trademark windmill guitar chords) is nicely complemented by Roger Daltrey's fearless vocals, John Entwistle's incredibly fluid bass riffs and Moon's maniacally yet timely drum assaults all throughout-and trust me, as an ardently passionate Who fan, this video MORE than cuts it- is someting that even non-Who fans will love! Of special note is the gig at 'The Tanglewood Music Shed' where it all comes together so wonderfully that you'll be left absolutely stunned! And, of course, the interspersed commentary by the three surviving members is also quite interesting; Pete Townshend's mention of the fact that The Who were "..scruffy, ugly , noisy horrible, loud, inconsiderate bunch of ---holes " and that in conclusion, "We became successful because that's what the AUDIENCE were like TOO." adds balance to this more than intriguing video. Do I recommend it? Take a guess."
The Best Who Video
Roger | Castles | 10/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to watch the Who performing, this is the video to have. The Tanglewood Music Shed performance is SUPERB!!!, then the Isle Of Wight, Holland 1972, the Charlton concert 1974 is AWESOME !!!, the excerpt from the unrealesed movie "Who Are You" is very interesting, The Chicago Ampiteather concert in 1979 is excellent. A MUST-HAVE for WHO FANS and ROCK fans. The greatest live band ever, and here's their testimony. Nice interviews between set of songs too. PERFECT compilation of WHO live history.Nancy from CA, don't be so funny please. One Star 'cos you couldn't watch the video 'cos they sold it to you in bad shape??? what's that please. Such was the need to type a review? Don't Do It if you couldn't see it. Plain and simple.
We don't care your stupid story. Watch the video and then talk :-)"
Terran | Sunny CA USA | 12/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only problem with this filmed collection of live performances is it doesn't go on forever. Especially mesmerizing are the Charleton mid-seventies show and the Shea Stadium show in 1982. Both very important periods for the band, beautifully filmed, yet not released as solo packages to the audience yet. The 70s show is post-TOMMY, post-Daltrey's influential hair and attire, setting the trend for all the other rock groups and singers of the decade, and pre-Moon's sad departure. The Shea Stadium show is when the band thought they'd really be gone from live performances forever, and the style changes from their seventies look is visually striking. The only problem with interlinking the segments are the portions which appear oddly dated - and you have to remind yourself the collection was put together in the mid-nineties and band relationships - as ever with Daltrey and Townshend - are in perpetual motion. There are several stinging, sarcastic pure-Townshend moments that come off as insulting and insensitive to his fellow WHO bandmembers. People who are only casual fans of the band - not knowing the history - may be put off by Townshend's ascerbic attempt at wit. On the whole, it is frustrating realizing how much rehearsal and live concert footage must be available and yet the public doesn't yet have access to it. It's obvious the bandmembers were consumed by their own legacy even while they were creating it, making the individuals and the band itself, really the most provocative in the history of rock."