The Kids Are Alright (soundtrack)

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The Kids Are Alright
Soundtrack album by
Released8 June 1979
The Who chronology
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
MusicHound Rock3/5[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]
The Village VoiceB[4]

The Kids Are Alright is a soundtrack album by the British rock band The Who, as a companion to the band's documentary film of the same name.[5] As compilation album, it serves as a retrospective look at the band's biggest hits throughout their career to the point it was released. Most of the tracks are live recordings, rather that the original studio versions.

It was originally released as a double album in June 1979 on Polydor Records in the UK and MCA Records in the US. The performance of "My Wife" was from a concert The Who filmed for The Kids Are Alright at the Gaumont State Cinema in Kilburn; however the footage was not used in the film. That show was later restored for DVD and released as The Who at Kilburn: 1977 in 2008. "Tommy Can You Hear Me" had a longer outro with Roger Daltrey repeating the word "Tommy" before Keith Moon screams "'Ello!" to end the song. The soundtrack album did well in the US and peaked at #8 on the Billboard album chart and went platinum, while it peaked at a disappointing #26 on the UK charts.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Pete Townshend, except where noted.

No.TitleRecording venue and dateLength
1."My Generation"The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 15 September 19674:32
2."I Can't Explain"Twickenham Film Studios, 3 August 19652:01
3."Happy Jack (not used in the film)"Leeds University, 14 February 19702:13
4."I Can See for Miles (not used in the film)"credited as from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 15 September 1967, actually a new stereo remix of the standard studio version4:19
5."Magic Bus"Beat-Club, 12 October 19683:23
6."Long Live Rock"Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, 5 June 19723:58
7."Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend, Roger Daltrey)Ready Steady Go!, 1 July 19652:50
8."Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison)Coliseum, London, 14 December 19695:46
9."My Wife (not used in the film)" (John Entwistle)Gaumont State Theatre, Kilburn, London, 15 December 19776:07
10."Baba O'Riley"Shepperton Studios, London, 25 May 19785:29
11."A Quick One, While He's Away"The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus film, recorded on 11 December 19687:32
12."Tommy Can You Hear Me?"Beat-Club, 27 September 19691:47
13."Sparks"Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, NY, 17 August 19693:01
14."Pinball Wizard"Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, NY, 17 August 19692:48
15."See Me, Feel Me"Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, NY, 17 August 19695:27
16."Join Together/Road Runner/My Generation Blues (Medley)" (Townshend/McDaniel)Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan on 6 December 19759:55
17."Won't Get Fooled Again"Shepperton Film Studios, London, 25 May 19789:58


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Sales chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 8[citation needed]
1979 UK Chart Albums 26[6]

Sales certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – US Gold 26 June 1979[7]
RIAA – US Platinum 5 October 1979[7]


  1. ^ "The Kids Are Alright – The Who | Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1227. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "The Who: Album Guide". Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (31 December 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  5. ^ "The Who Official Band Website – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon | | The Kids Are Alright". Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  6. ^ The Who at
  7. ^ a b RIAA