October 26, 2020

1987-02-12 – Argus Leader

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Thursday. Feb. 12, 1987 38

‘Deep End’ soundtrack
captures vivid concert

By STEVEN WINE
The Associated Press

If forced to say something nice
about the effect of video on popular
music. say it has inspired Pete Town-
shend.

The former Who guitarist followed
1985‘s lively White City concept video
with a video of a concert he per-
formed in Brixton. England. Deep
End Live! (an Atco release) sound-
track documents the depth and
breadth of Townshend’s talent and
shows that more than two decades
after the "British Invasion." Town-
shend still has plenty to say and the
chops with which to do it.

Deep End Live! includes two
Covers as well as songs Townshend
recorded solo or with The Who. Part
of the fun is that he gets radical with
the arrangements: Eyesight to the
Blind. from The Who’s Tommy

Review

album. and I Put 3 Spell on You, a
Creedence Clearwater Revival hit.

bear little resemblance to earlier ver-
sions. '
Pinball Wizard is Simply Town.

shend singing and strumming, with
the crowd providing backup vocals.
Elsewhere, the grooves are filled by
keyboards. an airtight horn section
and rich percussion.

Townshend is bummed out about
love through much of the record. But
he changes his tune on the soaring A
Little Is Enough. singing: “Your
love’s so incredible. your body so edi-
ble. you give me an overdose of love.
Just a little is enough."

Townshend gives us a happy end-
ing. and it’s clear his career is far
from finished.