The Kids Are Alright (soundtrack)

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The Kids Are Alright
Soundtrack album by The Who
Released 8 June 1979
Recorded 1965–1978
Genre Rock
Label Polydor
Producer Various
The Who chronology
Who Are You
(1978)Who Are You1978
The Kids Are Alright
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
MusicHound Rock 3/5[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice B[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]

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 Comedy Hour, 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[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 2017-06-15. 
  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. ^ 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 2012-01-11. 
  6. ^ The Who at
  7. ^ a b RIAA