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Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who

director: Paul Crowder

120 minutes (15) 2008
Universal DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 8/10
reviewed by Jo Johnson-Smith
It's not often you get a DVD trying to span an entire career and force like The Who. I know we've all seen the compilations and the box-sets on the walls of the local stores but this is a real attempt to get underneath the surface of the band that made themselves more than history.

In the first disc we get a history lesson, the way the band came together, how fate seemed to place everything in the right place at the right time to make a band that not only has made forensic science sexy, but has relevance today. We get four sides of history, covering the early days of name changes and styles, to the news of the extremes and lows that the band went through in their explosive growth that created a new sound for the nation's youth to scream at older ears.

There are not many people around in the music world that can't point to an influence that comes from the heady days of The Who's domination of the musical world. Even today, when any member of a band goes off the rails he's doing 'a Mooney', but this history isn't the dry usual stuff we get on the end of concerts. Here we get the things that people in the background remember as well as the band themselves, we hear from the families, the managers, the tour organisers. It lets us see the sometimes unbreakable bonds that nearly strangled them all in their efforts to be free from the constraints of their dreams and the expectations of their public.

The second disc is a little more in-depth and we get to see a previously unseen film of The Who playing their home area, it's all I'm going to say about it because I'm not going to spoil the joy you'll have watching it. I've never seen it before and I was pleasantly surprised with the heat and passion you can see just beginning to emerge as the band find their feet and begin to change the whole world of music around them.

I know it's not everyone's cup of tea or whisky but it's something you should take a look at because if you love the music that's around today you have these guys to thank for it. One to add to the collection, along with the Led Zeppelin biography, there's always room for The Who and when you see this you'll agree with me wholeheartedly.
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