The Who and Thin Lizzy

Dinosaur DVDs with a smattering of punk, porn, and R&B

Celebration Day

The Who

Live in Texas '75 (Eagle Rock)

Thin Lizzy

Live at the National Stadium Dublin (Universal UK)

By mid-decade, the Seventies had broken free of its damaged and idealistic predecessor to pound out peak work by groups born of the Sixties – Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti and The Who by Numbers, to name but a pair of 1975 landmarks by foundational powerhouses. The latter's seventh album, The Who by Numbers still suffers the relative misfortune of following the UK quartet's Himalayan summit: Tommy (1969), Who's Next (1971), and Quadrophenia (1973). At another Summit, in Houston, a venue whose audio-visual setup must have been state-of-the art judging from the CD/DVD bonuses it's supplied in the last decade, The Who by Numbers only debuts three tracks in the riveting two-hour set, but such footage – washed-out, yet thankfully dinosaur in its nonextant quick cutting – remains rarest of the rare. The album's amped-up folk-pop single, "Squeeze Box," glistens in the three spot, but it's a thrilling back-to-back of two of the LP's best tracks – principal songwriter Pete Townshend's rambling alcoholic confession (about "the night I gave up drinking"), "However Much I Booze," complete with lyrics on a music stand and Keith Moon's rolling drum thunder, plus the gorgeous "Dreaming From the Waist," a symphony of progressive melody – that singles out Live in Texas '75. When the band jams the outro to "Dreaming," bassist John Entwistle watching Townshend for cues while playing lead as his electric cohort chops power chords, Moon tumults into orbit, and Roger Daltrey croons another immaculate lyric, the classically minded rock & roll magnificence of Quadrophenia continues. In fact, the Who's only warmed up by the time a casually epic summation of Quadrophenia arrives with "Drowned" a half-hour in, and soon a 30-minute Tommy extract writhes and cries like the day it was born. 1975 also birthed London fourpiece Thin Lizzy's best lineup, Dubliners Philip Lynott and drummer Brian Downey paired with dual lead guitarists Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham. That year's fifth Lizzy attack, Fighting, provides most of the set list, though it's the frontman (with his halo Afro still only at three-quarters bloom) getting soulful on "For Those Who Love to Live" that almost thieves the gig. "Suicide" later anchors Lizzy breakthrough Live and Dangerous, but what puts this out-of-nowhere DVD into must-have band catalog territory is its filling out the almost hour long Irish set with another hour of Emerald Isle TV in a multipart band documentary centered around an interview with Lynott. Further bonuses include a tech doc from Lizzy's last tour, preserved here on sulfurous goodbye ballad "The Sun Goes Down," and three video clips, including a 1981 reunion of the original Irish trio on first hit "Whiskey in the Jar," with a hold-your-breath live vocal by Lynott. God bless.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More The Who
Phases & Stages
Live Shot: The Who
Frank Erwin Center, April 27

Raoul Hernandez, May 1, 2015

The Boxing Lesson
The Who
Box sets grow up and out

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 20, 2013

More Thin Lizzy
Collector's Disease
Thin Lizzy
Box sets as catalog ghetto

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 23, 2011

Phases and Stages
Vinyl Lizzy
Jailbreak, Black Rose, Still Dangerous (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, April 24, 2009

More Music Reviews
Review: Holy Wave, <i>Five of Cups</i>
Review: Holy Wave, Five of Cups
Five of Cups (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Sept. 1, 2023

Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, <i>Emergency Leisure</i>
Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, Emergency Leisure
Emergency Leisure (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Aug. 4, 2023

More by Raoul Hernandez
Croy and the Boys, Warpaint, a Metal Fest, and More Crucial Concerts
Croy and the Boys, Warpaint, a Metal Fest, and More Crucial Concerts
Recommended shows for the week

May 24, 2024

Austin’s Crucial Concerts for the Week
Austin’s Crucial Concerts for the Week
Jackie Venson, Grace Sorensen, Monte Warden, and many more

May 17, 2024


The Who, Thin Lizzy

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle