- Audio CD (11 Nov. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD
- Label: UMC
- ASIN: B00ELAMR60
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | DVD Audio | Vinyl | Personal Care
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Tommy (Deluxe) Double CD
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This new Deluxe version of the album comes with a wealth of previously unheard material in the form of a live performance of Tommy from 1969, taken from tapes that infamously Townshend asked the band’s sound engineer to burn. The unmissable Super Deluxe version also includes 20 demos from Pete Townshend’s archive and the original album remixed in surround sound on new Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray! Furthermore the Super Deluxe completes the ultimate Tommy experience with a hardback 80-page full-colour book featuring rare & unseen period photos, Pete’s hand-written lyrics & notes and fascinating memorabilia, a 22,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes and a facsimile 20” x 30” Tommy concert poster. We are also proud to make the full album available on standard CD, LP and Blu-Ray Audio formats.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an album that I grew up with as I can remember playing my brothers copy regularly during my early teenage years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keith Plant
A rock musical about a deaf, dumb and blind kid, which cannot be beatPublished 2 months ago by Thomas Herbert
I'm happy with my cd and not happy with my damaged order which I'm waiting on a refundPublished 2 months ago by julie hayes
I had forgotten there were a number of sad songs in this but it most probably reflects more of the times we live in now than in the early 70's
The Who were and are an amazing... Read more
The thing that I love about this collection is the live cd which is Tommy at its best and also the demos by Pete Townshend at his most wistful and spiritual. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Track 4 has defect causing corruption of playback. No visible damage to disc.Published 3 months ago by Konrad
I think the vinyl sounds better but this package is still excellent.Published 3 months ago by locolburns