A Mixed Tribute to Townshend
By SANDY MASUO
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
ete Townshend's greatest con-
tribution to rock was the
unique combination of intellect
and emotion he infused in his
music. While the mix has inspired
countless fans and musicians. it is
also what makes the music of the
Who leader so difficult to reinter-
pret, because the songs demand
great thought and feeling.
“The Songs of Pete Townshend,"
a benefit tribute revue sponsored
by the National Academy of Re-
cording Arts & Sciences on Satur-
day at Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Santa Monica, featured some v
iant forays into the Townshedd
repertoire, yet yielded predictably
mixed results. There was plenty bf
earnest emotion, but a bit too little
The evening’s most bizarre hom-
age was by Ye Olde English, a Los
Angeles octet that worked up en 0
ambitious ska version of Town-
shend’s “Tommy" two years age.
As clever as the zesty renditions of
“I’m Free” and “Pinball Wizard"
were, the novelty factor tended to
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