Flash Movie Review: Lambert & Stamp
The first time I saw the album cover was at my friend’s house. It was their brother’s record so we had to be careful when we pulled the record off of the shelf. I remember looking at the album cover and thinking I had seen it on a T-shirt that was hanging in the window of a store that was known as a “head shop.” I was not sure why the store was called that but I remember there were black lights inside that made things glow eerily in the dark. We would gently ease the record out of its paper sleeve and put it on the record player. (For those of you who do not know, this was a device that was used to listen to music pre-CD, cassette and 8 track times.) The music told a story all the way through the various song tracks. We especially enjoyed singing along with the lead singer Roger Daltrey when he sang, “See Me. Feel Me. Touch Me. Heal Me.” It was soon after I discovered this album was being referred to as a rock opera. I was fascinated with this term since I had never heard it before. Growing up I was exposed to operas like Carmen and Madame Butterfly, but for a popular piece that could be heard on the top 40 hits radio station to be called a rock opera was new to me. I did not know at the time I was listening to something that would become known as a rock classic and the band known as The Who would become world famous. ASPIRING filmmakers Kit Lambert and Christopher Stamp were looking to make a movie about the changing times in England. They came upon a band known as the High Numbers whose players looked the part the two men wanted to portray in their film. These men from opposite sides of the tracks were the most unlikeliest guys to manage a band, but they wound up becoming the band’s managers and so the story began. This biographical documentary was a walk in history for me. Still having vivid images of Tina Turner as the Acid Queen and Elton John as the Pinball Wizard, I enjoyed hearing about the band’s rise from obscurity to super stardom. Christopher who is the brother of actor Terrence Stamp (Wanted, Unfinished Song) and Pete Townshend handled the bulk of the narrative. Though I was pleased to see such early footage, I did not enjoy it being jerky and shaky. I understood a good portion of it had to be non-professional, but I still found it irritating. It was a small price to pay to gain insight into the workings of this band. The movie was too long as it was but I really wished they had shown the band performing some full songs from their rock opera.
Posted on May 20, 2015, in Documentary and tagged 3 stars, christopher stamp, documentary, kit lambert, music, pete townshend, rock classic, roger daltrey, the who. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.