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Tommy - Deluxe Edition [Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered, SACD]

Tommy (Related Recordings), The Who Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Jan 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered, SACD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0000DJZAH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. It's A Boy
3. 1921
4. Amazing Journey
5. Sparks
6. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
7. Christmas
8. Cousin Kevin
9. The Acid Queen
10. Underture
See all 75 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Was
2. Christmas (Out Take 3)
3. Cousin Kevin Model Child
4. Young Man Blues
5. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
6. Trying To Get Through
7. Sally Simpson
8. Miss Simpson
9. Welcome
10. Tommy's Holiday Camp
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BBC Review

Thirty five years on from its original release many myths have been born and subsequently dispelled about Pete Townshend's sprawling tale of the deaf, dumb and blind boy. The most common is the one about the original master tapes being destroyed/original pressings being lightyears ahead of later versions etc. Now the tapes have been found and the rather spiffing reissue from 2000 has apparently been superseded by this new-fangled SACD. But how did the world's most famous concept album end up with such a twisted sonic history, and how does this version really compare?

Answers can be found in Townshend's own candid telling of the story of Tommy's conception. This was the zenith (and, ultimately, the end) of his creative partnership with the band's producer/manager Kit Lambert. Lambert's utter belief in Pete's ability to take a bunch of West London mods into a studio to forge a coherent statement that came to be known as 'rock opera' was the fire that lit the fuse. Well, that and the fact that the bailiffs were knocking at the door. Years of auto-destruction in the name of performance art had left a lot of repair bills to be paid. Yet Lambert's ambitions to turn the whole thing into a film (as if...) were rejected out of hand by Pete. The end was nigh...

Townshend had already attempted the concept format with his semi-successful A Quick One. In reality this and Tommy had much in common. Both showed the composer to be fast outgrowing his r 'n' b roots to become an accomplished explorer of themes and moods. (Tommy's true glory lies in its extended instrumental passages that, while being a little repetitive, blend themes gloriously). And both had librettos which were, somewhat shakey. Yet, while A Quick One concerned a woman's extra marital affair with a train driver, Tommy took itself slightly more seriously.

It being the late sixties, certain substances and philosophies were even creeping into the vocabulary of a Shepherd's Bush boy. Tommy's vague plotline of childhood trauma, spiritual chicanery and redemption to this day remains just as impenetrable. Much of it was conceived on the hoof with the killer single ''Pinball Wizard'' only added on Lambert's insistence that they needed an obvious hit, suggesting that pinball was a hip enough subject for the kids. The band, honed by touring, threw themselves behind Lambert and Townshend with little of the usual bickering, and the playing on this mix indeed sounds exuberant. The project overran massively, only ceasing when time and money ran out and there's still an incompleteness to parts of the work. Yet the SACD only serves to make this pared-down quality more exciting.

In fact, the quality so roundly hits you between the eyes that you wonder how on earth anyone put up with anything less over these three decades. Every slip, every bum note and every wobbly vocal (Townshend took up far more of the vocal duties on this album) merely makes it more precious. Tommy we can hear you... --Chris Jones

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The famed rock operas been released on CD several times, but this time its mixed *for the first time on CD* from the original two-track stereo mixdown master! And the band has thrown in an entire disc of mostly unreleased outtakes and alternate versions its a sensation!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Must Have Been Deaf, Dumb and Blind 14 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Tommy had a tremendous impact at the time of its release and rightly so.
With hints of what to expect on their earlier albums The Who Sell Out and A Quick One
However, in my own personal opinion this impact was short lived with the follow up releases of Live At Leeds and Who's Next gaining more of my attention.
And the fabulous Quadrophenia, released four years later was also played far more extensively than Tommy.
Although.......and here comes the glaring contradiction Tommy witnessed live on stage is undeniably a 'tour de force' and has remained so, to some extent for 45 years.
Revisiting the live versions and experiencing the raw power of the Live at Leeds and Live at Hull versions undeniably showcases the true impact of one of the first 'Rock Operas'.
This 'Stunning Limited Edition Super-Deluxe Box Set' provides everything, the Remastered Original Album in HD, Pete Townshend's Demo's, The 5.1 Album Mix and The Live Bootleg from 1969.
The Deluxe hard-back book provides an insight into the development of Tommy along with extensive photographs, notes, hand written song lyrics and memorabilia.
The convenience of the CD format (as opposed to having to change each side on vinyl) now allows me to truly enjoy this ground breaking piece of music as I really should have done on its release.
Live at Leeds and Who's Next are still the best the Who have produced but Tommy definitely has a place in history, 'live' or otherwise and to me 45 years later it now sounds so much more coherent.
I will now pay Tommy the respect it deserved but wasn't given on its original release.
This Box Set will take pride of place alongside my Quadrophenia, Super Deluxe Edition and Live At Leeds 40th Anniversary Special Edition awaiting to be joined by the Who's Next Super Deluxe Edition Box Set.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest version yet 26 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Finally mastered from the totally original tapes this really is THE ultimate version of Tommy. Pete Townshend has done a cracking job of the 5.1 mix with clarity and seperation so accurate that it'll make your ears bleed! Pinball Wizard is an especially good example where the acoustic intro comes from one side only for the electric guitar to literally jump out from somewhere else. Out of all the SACDs I have this must be the best in terms of mix quality and the way the various instrumentation is distributed to the 5 channels. The bass is pretty forceful too but never overpowering. All in all the over-equalised sound of the previous remaster is removed and in a way it sounds like the instruments have been set free from any restraints. I haven't yet played the standard CD layer so I can't comment on what the previous reviewer said. If you don't have an SACD player yet then if you are a Who fan you're doing yourself a serious disservice. This disc is a good enough reason to invest. Here's to a few more Who classics being given the same treatment.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More album than albatross 24 Jun 2003
By Touring Mars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's well known that the phenomenal success of Pete Townshend's classic 'rock opera' "Tommy" became a bit of an albatross for the group, in that they could never play another live set again without playing 'Pinball Wizard' or atleast half of this album. That is as maybe, and seasoned Who veterans may be well sick of it by now as well, but the only reason you CAN get sick of this album is because you just can't stop listening to it.
From the first listen I knew I was on to something great... the album is essentially a storyboard, and the songs are interspersed with small 'links' which can't really be called songs, but add to the album's 'concept' of being a so-called 'rock opera'. But it is not just the wild variety in the music that made this album so successful. The range of issues that the narrative of "Tommy" tackles is uniquely broad, challenging and (especially at the time) hugely controversial. Tommy, a deaf, dumb and blind boy, we discover is not physically dysfunctional in any way. Rather, he has become conditioned to be 'deaf, dumb and blind' through the manipulation, mistreatment and abuse of those around him, particularly his family. The way that Townshend addresses these issues in song is really quite remarkable. The lyrics lend the album a disturbing overtone which gives the music an extra cutting edge.
The musicianship throughout the album is of the highest order as well. Townshend's guitar is unerringly brilliant, from his carefully crafted finger picks, to his characteristically fierce rhythm and powerful electric riffs. He also has his lion's share of lead vocals ('Sensation' being an outstanding example), although it is Daltrey once again who steals the show with some powerhouse performances, including 'I'm Free', 'Pinball Wizard' and 'Amazing Journey'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Rock Opera 15 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Reminds me of my younger days, when it was all very new and revolutionary. The Who are one of those classic bands whose influence echoes down the ages, discernible in many pieces by bands whose fans have never even heard of The Who. Let alone Tommy.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra! Extra! read all about it 26 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
In 1969 with little money remaining from the previous four years of rampant destruction, mutilation,explosions,energy and orgies, The Who aimed at breaking the traditional structure of album containing song after song by releasing what many condsider to be the first proper concept album. Of course it wasn't actualy the first, See the faces 'Odgen's nut gone flake' or The Beatles 'Pepper',but what it did was set the presidence taking an idea for a story line and streching it out over the whole album instead of just a few songs ( as pepper did), or on one side of an L.P (Odgen's...). Townshend had previously experimented with the idea of a longer song with an ongoing narrative in the compositions 'A Quick one while he's away' and 'Rael' with varing success. It was in Tommy however that Townshend would finally bring together his tallent for the three minute pop song and his desire to provide the fans with a little more to digest (lyrically and musicaly) than the usual radio friendly ditties of his contempories. This was after all the period in music history when musicians would begin using the term Rock rather than Pop. Townshend would not disapoint. Tommy contains of not only a collection of Townshends finest moments as a songwriter, but also of a band at their creative height. From the rumbling bass lines of Entwhistle (then as now one of the finest bass players in this country), to the orchestrated precision of Keith's drumming, the ever present block chords of Pete and Daltrey, well, he had never sounded better. Tommy mixed the Who's tendency for loud power pop with their fondness for vocal harmonies, lyrical originality, heavy riffs, striking melodies and their unique tallent for creating so much variation out of just the basic rock set up of guitars and drums. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic album. But...
The original recording of the first rock opera by The 'Oo. The music is classic. I grew up being constantly inspired by their Pinball Wizard. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Pete Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great, great. 5.1 surround sound, nice. Sound is clear and all around you like your in the middle of the recording studio. Its a remix and done well
Published 1 month ago by craig l christensen
3.0 out of 5 stars Unclean!
No need to review the album, but my vinyl arrived covered in dust and fingerprints presumably as a result of the manufacturer's lack of care.
Published 1 month ago by E. M. Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this for my husband for his birthday. I was really impressed with the quality of the sound. Excellent service.
Published 2 months ago by Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who Tommy
Far outshines any copy I ever had of this album, the Bootleg live cut is Essential listening, THE WHO ARE ON FIRE, BUY IT!
Published 2 months ago by Maurice J. Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW OF DELUXE EDITION - DOUBLE CD
This is a nice package - gatefold (or foldout) card sleeve, with a good booklet and some great artwork. Read more
Published 3 months ago by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remaster
Touch me, feel me, heal me...this must be the definitive edition of a classic. Essential in any self-respecting Who collection.
Published 4 months ago by Beatle C.
5.0 out of 5 stars I hate the Who
But for history you can't go wrong getting one of these.
they will be out of print soon so if you are a who fan
then snag one of these NOW....
gerard masters
Published 4 months ago by Gerard Masters
5.0 out of 5 stars TOMMY
as a big who fan i've had this in my collection for years but this c.d. is extra special.I've always liked every thing about the Tommy story.wold recommend you get this ASAP
Published 4 months ago by jonnyswan
3.0 out of 5 stars The genie doesn't quite get out of the bottle....
I can see what Pete Townshend was trying to do with Tommy, but although it has been hugely popular and successful in all its forms, the end result doesn't quite work for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Philip Baird
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