For more than two years, he collected film, television and fan film footage in England, the United States, Sweden, Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Finland, in some cases actually rescuing footage from the trash. But the film required the shooting of new material. This began on 20 July 1977 at Shepperton Studios in Middlesex, England, with a lighthearted rehearsal of old songs, including the Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann" at Stein's request. bit.ly/W79Es A special one-off show at the Kilburn State Theatre in December 1977, staged for the film, only one song “My Wife” was included on soundtrack. A second performed to a much better level, in front of an invited audience took place at Shepperton Studios on 25 May 1978. "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again".
The sound editing was supervised by bassist John Entwistle. In the summer a early version from soundtrack was compiled according to the film, although it underwent several changes until its release. During the process of sound editing, on 7 September 1978, Keith Moon died. All of the band members except Townshend had seen a rough cut of the film just a week before, and, after Moon's death, they were determined not to change anything, though the lp if it was re-worked.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 14 May 1979. The Who promoted the release of the film with some live performances with their new drummer, former Small Faces and Faces drummer Kenney Jones. A soundtrack album was released in June 8 1979, including some songs and performances from the film. It was originally released as a double album on Polydor Records in the UK and MCA Records in the US. Reached #26 in the UK, and fared better in the US, where it peaked at #8 on the Billboard album charts and went Platinum.
This is an early version made by John Entwistle and Jeff Stein.
Side A: (22:40)
1.The Kids Are alright. (2:52) IBC Studios London. October 13.1965. From “My Generation” album.
2.My Generation. (5:12) Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, CBS Studios, Los Angeles, September 15, 1967.
3.I Can't Explain. (2:29) Shindig!, Twickenham Film Studios, Middlesex, August 3, 1965. Broadcast in the US, October 2.
4.Shout And Shimmy. (3:13) IBC Studios, London. April 12/14.1965. B-side “My Generation” single.
5.Substitute. (3:54).Monterey International Pop Festival. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey Ca.June 18.1967
6.Pictures Of LiLy. (2:41). Monterey International Pop Festival. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey Ca.June 18.1967
7.Happy Jack. (2:15) Monterey International Pop Festival. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey Ca.June 18.1967
Side B: (22:31)
1.A Quick One, While He's Away. (7:44) The Rolling Stones Rock'n'Roll Curcus, Stonebridge Park Studios, Wembley, London, December 10, 1968.
2.Young Man Blues. (5:42) The London Coliseum, Covent Garden, London, December 14, 1969.
3.Tommy Can You Hear Me. (1:32) Beat Club, Radio Bremen Studios, Hamburg, Germany, August 26 and 28, 1969 (Audio pre-recorded).
4.Pinball Wizard. (2:24) Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel, New York, August 17, 1969.
5.See Me, Feel Me. (5:08) Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel, New York, August 17, 1969
. Side C: (21:47)
1.Road Runner / My Generation Blues (Medley). (5:13) Metropolitan Stadium, Pontiac, Michigan, December 6, 1975.
2.Success Story. (3:18) Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England. Using Ronnie Lane´s Mobile Studio . April/June, 1975.
3.Barbara Ann. (2:47) Shepperton Film Studios, Middlesex. July 21, 1977.
4.Who Are You. (5:10) Ramport Studios, Battersea, London, May 9, 1978.
5.Baba O´Riley. (5:18) Shepperton Film Studios, Middlesex, May 25, 1978.
Side D: (20:28)
1.My Wife. (5:56) Gaumont State Theatre, Kilburn, London, December 15.1977.
2.Won´t Get Fooled Again. (9:12) Shepperton Film Studios, Middlesex, May 25, 1978.
3.Long Live Rock. (3:56) Olympic Studios, Barnes, London. June 5, 1972.
4.The Kids Are Alright (edit).(1:23)
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