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Music to My Ears

9 Nov, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

I want to take a moment and give a big thumbs up to Eagle Rock Entertainment for relaunching the “Classic Albums” series.

This selection of titles spelled music DVD hit long before there was even a DVD format.

Seriously, I had a VHS copy of the Classic Abums installment for “Who's Next” and I literally wore it down in re-watchings.

Now, of course, I have the new DVD, which was spruced up and re-released early last month, and am using it to introduce others to some of the clues behind my obsession with this seminal rock band and their seminal album.

But it doesn't stop at The Who; this whole series features programs that are like more high-brow, tightly focused VH-1 “Behind the Music” episodes. For some reason, those have never quite translated to DVD. I'm not sure whether that's reticence on VH-1's part or limited market potential or what.

The Classic Albums lineup also includes features on Fleetwood Mac's “Rumors,” Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon,” Queen's “A Night at the Opera” and Paul Simon's “Graceland,” just to name a few.

Here's hoping they all get some special treatment and placement at retail in the months to come.

With documentaries and music documentaries growing more popular all the time, it seems to me a very intuitive step for music lovers to gravitate to titles like this — so many people already have such visceral connections to the music found in these classic albums.

While I'm at it, I want to take a minute to celebrate The Who as well. I was lucky enough to catch them at the Hollywood Bowl last week and while it was poignant and sad for my first live Who siting to be sans John Entwhistle, it was a night to remember nonetheless, and not just because I feel such a deep and profound connection to Roger Daltrey's jeans.

Daltrey, Townshend and crew strolled casually onto the semi-lit stage setup, slightly acknowledging the growing cheers and whistles as they got into position.

Everyone kind of stood around for a second. The crowd was quiet in anticipation.

Then Daltrey went down in some kind of a split maneuver as the first charging notes rang out, and they were off. The set included a fabulous eight-minute jammy version of “Baba O'Rielly” and a mini “Tommy” montage.

Before the show a sexy-voiced announcer, in a lilting British accent, told us several times we could go to www.themusic.com and order a DVD or a double-CD set of the night's show.

It's such a great concept and I am so pleased to see an act of The Who's caliber and longevity embracing this connection to their fans.

I checked out the site and indeed, there it was — for $27.99 I could own that memory. Of course it won't be here until early December, but that's OK, I think I can trust the ole grey matter to replay that fantastic evening under the stars until at least then.

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