Q (4/01, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A story-so-far affair, and the album comprises live oddities from the past..."
NME (Magazine) (2/24/01, p.33) - 7 out of 10 - "...Their most memorable TV and film appearnaces....a kind of alternative greatest hits...with a superb, fast version of 'A Quick One'..."
The Who: Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards); John Entwistle (vocals, horns, bass); Keith Moon (vocals, drums); Roger Daltrey (vocals).
Recorded between 1965 & 1978. Originally released on MCA (11005). Includes liner notes by Roy Carr.
Digitally remastered by Jon Astley (Close To The End).
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT is the double-length soundtrack to the film of the same name, which chronicled the rise of the Who from their early days as the High Numbers to their evolution into the innovative, influential and wildly successful rock band they became. Many of these songs are heretofore-unreleased recordings taken from live performances, a setting in which the Who were at their explosive best.
The record features many of the band's greatest songs, either the original versions of early hits like "I Can See for Miles," "I Can't Explain," and "Magic Bus" or live versions that capture the magic of the originals as well as the excitement of the Who's live act. The band's irreverent exuberance is well-documented here, from their off-the-cuff cheekiness on the Smothers Brothers show (followed by a searing performance of "My Generation" that ends with Keith Moon's erupting drum kit) to their performance of proto rock opera "A Quick One" at the Rolling Stones' Rock & Roll Circus. Another highlight is their incendiary convert rave-up of Mose Allison's "Young Man's Blues."