Young Man Blues

Hello to all 'Who' fans!

Am curious to know which live version of this song you prefer.

At Woodstock it seemed raw and wild, with Pete really letting loose and playing hard - am not sure how his guitar survived (maybe that's why he threw it to the crowd at the end of the gig!)

The Isle of Wight was technically a much better performance yet still blistering in its approach with Pete, Keith and John combining and playing off against one another in amazing fashion.

The 'Live at Leeds' version seemed as tight as this song would probably be ever played by the band, technically sound, without quite the same ferocity of the other two versions.

If I was forced to choose one, I would run with the Isle of Wight, which I think was a golden moment for The Who, epitomising their brand of music and volatility almost perfectly.

Any thoughts?


Hi delcater ,

Young Man Blues was most certainly not performed at Woodstock . I have a complete bootleg cd of their 65 minutes set . here are the setlists of all performers , btw ( with some mistakes ) :

Maybe you meant the version that was in The Kids are alright ? That one was from London Coliseum , December 14 , 1969 .

By the way : here's a nice info for dates of all footage in the film :

to answer your question - I think I'll go with the Live at Leeds version .


My apologies ivanziv - the coliseum version is exactly the one I meant.
Thanks for the reply and the staggeringly incredible list of Who links!!


see... this is why thing should never be left on the editing room floor...


Hi Ivanziv and Delcater! For me the London Coliseum version is really incredible. Regarding this version, I guess how good the whole concert might have been. My question is: is there a VHS or DVDr of this entire concert?
Thanks, Dú Basconça, Brazil


Hi Basconca! Let me consult about your query with the highest 'Who' authority on the IMDB boards...uuh, Ivanziv, that'd be you!!


hehehe ... well , good news from mr. Lerner , folks :

" The second supplementary film offers two live performances cut from never-before-seen concerts. Complete footage is featured from the London Coliseum in 1969, shot just as the band began to peak as the world's greatest live act, and from Kilburn in 1977, the sister concert to the show immortalized in The Kids Are Alright. An important Who document in its own right, this live document is indispensable to anybody interested in the Who and their music. "



The Young Man Blues from London Coliseum is really the darkest and the closest to the blues. The tone Townshend achieves is sick.


I`ve always been partial to the Live at Leeds version...but then that album just flat kicks ass!


I like bothe Leeds and Collesium versions for different nuances. There's something about the "fuzzy sound" (or whatever you call it - I'm not a guitar player)on the London one that I like. Then again the Leeds one has a more immediate, stripped down sound with some guitar riffs that I really like. Plus, you can more clearly hear Roger say, "sweet *beep* all!" That's important when you're 14...

Based on the Who's use of this tune, I went to see Mose Allison live in around 2002. He didn't play this song, though.


The Live At Leeds version is jaw-dropping. They were like a Panzer division at the time, just a wall of Rock.

"Kunta Kinte... yabba dabba dabba doo"


The Deluxe Edition of "Who's Next" includes a complete "Lifehouse" concert on the second disc. This includes a strong version of "Young Man's Blues." My vote would either go to this one or the "Live at Leeds" version.


I know that version. What makes it particularly interesting is early on in the song, Pete's guitar (or amp) dies for about 2 minutes. In the meantime Moon and Entwhistle carry on. If you want to hear 2 guys at the TOP of their game, listen to this version. The bass is incredible and Moon just hammers at a frantic pace. It's magical!


Am curious to know which live version of this song you prefer. - delcater

Thanks for asking!

The Live at Leeds version, no question in my mind. That version is simply ferocious.

And as much as I appreciate the additional tracks on subsequent editions of the album, it's hard to beat the concentrated thunder of the original six-song album, tics and scratches and all.

"Man becomes the food of the divinity he worships." - Chris Stevens