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Review Plumpton, Sat, 09 August 1969

New Musical Express, 16-08-1969

The Who topped the bill on Friday Night (sic - Saturday actually) and quickly established the fact that they are still one of the world's loudest groups. It's quite possible, that the people in the villages around Plumpton Racecourse could have sat in their living rooms and listened to the group. But the loudness did not disguise the quality of the playing which has increased tremendously. The best part of the act consisted of a good deal of Tommy and this was the first time most people had had a chance to hear it 'live'.

All the guitar smashing and mike throwing was included and The Who looked pleased with the way things were going - both musically and visually. The visual bit got even better when a girl in a revealing dress came on stage during »Summertime Blues« and began cavorting about. There were numbers like »Shakin' All Over« and »I Can't Explain« and »Substitute« from the old days getting just as much attention as »Pinball Wizard« and the whole thing tore the audience up. An unqualified hit.


Richard Green