The Kids Are Alright (soundtrack)

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This article is about the album. For the song, see The Kids Are Alright (song). For the movie, see The Kids Are Alright (film).
The Kids Are Alright
Soundtrack album by The Who
Released 8 June 1979
Recorded 1965–1979
Genre Rock
Label Polydor
Producer Various
The Who chronology
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 3/5[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]

The Kids Are Alright is a soundtrack album by British rock band The Who, as a companion to the band's documentary film of the same name.[4]

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. Title Recording venue and date Length
1. "My Generation"   The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 15 September 1967 4:32
2. "I Can't Explain"   Twickenham Film Studios, 3 August 1965 2:01
3. "Happy Jack (not used in the film)"   Leeds University, 14 February 1970 2:13
4. "I Can See for Miles (not used in the film)"   The Smothers Brothers Show, 15 September 1967 4:19
5. "Magic Bus"   Beat-Club, 12 October 1968 3:23
6. "Long Live Rock"   Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, 5 June 1972 3:58
7. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend, Roger Daltrey) Ready Steady Go!, 1 July 1965 2:50
8. "Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison) Coliseum, London, 14 December 1969 5:46
9. "My Wife (not used in the film)" (John Entwistle) Gaumont State Theatre, Kilburn, London, 15 December 1977 6:07
10. "Baba O'Riley"   Shepperton Studios, London, 25 May 1978 5:29
11. "A Quick One, While He's Away"   The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus film, recorded on 11 December 1968 7:32
12. "Tommy Can You Hear Me?"   Beat-Club, 27 September 1969 1:47
13. "Sparks"   Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, NY, 17 August 1969 3:01
14. "Pinball Wizard"   Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, NY, 17 August 1969 2:48
15. "See Me, Feel Me"   Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, NY, 17 August 1969 5:27
16. "Join Together/Road Runner/My Generation Blues (Medley)" (Townshend/McDaniel) Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan on 6 December 1975 9:55
17. "Won't Get Fooled Again"   Shepperton Film Studios, London, 25 May 1978 9:58

Sales chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 8[citation needed]
1979 UK Chart Albums 26[5]

Sales certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – US Gold 26 June 1979[6]
RIAA – US Platinum 5 October 1979[6]



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  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. 
  3. ^ "The Who: Album Guide". Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Who Official Band Website – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon | | The Kids Are Alright". Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  5. ^ The Who at
  6. ^ a b RIAA