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DVD Review: Rachel Fuller Presents In The Attic Live with Pete Townshend And Friends

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This nifty little package - 1 DVD and 2 CDs bargain-priced at $11.98 for the set, and only available at Best Buy - captures two of the intimate acoustic productions put together by Rachel Fuller, the English composer, arranger and singer who is also the longtime partner of Pete Townshend, at various stops on the Who’s 2006-07 world tour as a way to keep herself busy. “I said, if I’m gonna go, I’m gonna have to have something to DO,” Fuller explained when the Attic came to the Troubadour last fall. The house-partyish production, which started as a webcast from her actual attic back in 2005 and gradually worked its way into American nightclubs, has allowed Fuller to present her music to a wider audience, and as a side benefit, has sparked some of the most fun and inspired Pete Townshend performances of the last twenty years.

The physical surroundings of these shows, which took place in tiny clubs before less than 200 people, seem to have had an interesting effect on the music. For Who fans who managed to get into these events, the chance to see Townshend in a living-room size venue, pulling out rarely-played gems like “Sunrise” and “The Acid Queen” along with brand-new songs that had never been performed live and the occasional hit, was an unprecedented thrill. But those fans also got to see a rarely-exposed side of Townshend - his proficiency as a side man.