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listen  1. Overture From TommyThe Who 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Prologue - 1945Pete Townshend 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Captain Walker / It's A BoyPete Townshend 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bernie's Holiday CampOliver Reed 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 1951 / What About The Boy?Oliver Reed 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Amazing JourneyPete Townshend 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. ChristmasOliver Reed 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Eyesight To The BlindEric Clapton 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Acid QueenTina Turner 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Do You Think It's Alright? (1)Oliver Reed0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cousin KevinPaul Nicholas 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Do You Think It's Alright? (2)Oliver Reed0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Fiddle AboutKeith Moon 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Do You Think It's Alright? (3)Oliver Reed0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. SparksThe Who 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Extra, Extra, ExtraThe Who0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Pinball WizardElton John 5:14$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. ChampagneRoger Daltrey 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. There's A DoctorOliver Reed0:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Go To The MirrorRoger Daltrey 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tommy, Can You Hear Me?Ann Margret0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Smash The MirrorAnn Margret 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I'm FreeRoger Daltrey 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mother And SonRoger Daltrey 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. SensationRoger Daltrey 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Miracle CureSimon Townshend0:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sally SimpsonRoger Daltrey 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. WelcomeRoger Daltrey 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. T.V. StudioOliver Reed 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tommy's Holiday CampKeith Moon 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. We're Not Gonna Take ItRoger Daltrey 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. See Me, Feel Me / Listening To YouRoger Daltrey 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001FR6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The soundtrack to Ken Russell's, er, excessive version of Pete Townshend's rock opera, featuring tracks- Overture from Tommy by the Who and Pete's Sensation Parts I & II -not available on the soundtrack's previous release. 20-bit remastered!

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During a 1971 concert performance, a seemingly relieved Pete Townshend announced that the event would mark the last performance of the Who's landmark rock opera Tommy. To paraphrase Adam West: "Poor, deluded boy." Over the ensuing decades, the mushrooming popularity of the Who's tour de force would inspire an all-stars-meet-the-London Symphony album (1972), a star-studded Ken Russell film epic/soundtrack (1975), a Broadway show (1992)--and become an enduring millstone around Townshend and the band's collective necks. But it was over-the-top auteur Russell who would give the morality tale of the deaf, dumb, and blind boy-cum-reluctant-messiah some of its most indelible pop-cultural iconography: Eric Clapton as High Priest; Acid Queen Tina Turner; Elton John in sky-high stack soles as the Pinball Wizard. The accompanying album is dutifully sprawling, a monument to Me Decade excess studded with loopy star turns (including the, er, "operatic" charms of Ann Margaret and Jack Nicholson), swelling choirs, and blustery synth fills. As he would later do to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, executive producer Robert Stigwood manages to turn one of rock's seminal achievements into something more artistically akin to the World Wrestling Federation, and every bit as musically subtle. It's no mean feat to virtually overwhelm the Who on their own record; Stigwood makes it sound like a vendetta. Still, it's an album so ambitiously bad it's but one William Shatner performance away from being a kitsch masterpiece. --Jerry McCulley

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I would recommend this to anyone that has seen the movie or if you are a fan of music by The Who.
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Okay, I'll admit it, I had the LP back in the day and really don't care all that much for most of it, but I upgraded to a CD of it anyway just for one song.
Robert Jordan
This is the first & perhaps most important pivotal moment in the plot development of the lead character!
RJ Nuzzi

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Stafford on November 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Not to at all be confused with The 1969 masterpeice album by The Who "Tommy". Speaking of this soundtrack, I would have to reflect on the movie itself, since basically, the entire movie is here on this CD with the inclusion of the single only release of "Overture From Tommy", which in like many cases in this soundtrack, has The Who playing most if not all instrumentation.
Ok, that aside, I as a young 10 year old Who/ Elton John fan went to the cinema over and over to see this grandioso Rock opera come to life before my eyes. Even today watching the film on DVD brings back the original excitement. It was up to the casting director to chose who took each role and would sing each part. Ken Russell was a genius in my opinion on his choices. I always wondered what Pete thinks today of this movie.

Elton John's great version of "Pinball Wizard" (with a bit of "I Can't Explain" thrown in at the end) is worth half the 5 stars I listed. What I also love are the new renditions of the Tommy tunes that The Who actual do like "Amazing Journey", "I'm Free", "Sensation", "Listening To You/See Me, Feel Me" & "Sally Simpson" to name a few. If you are a Who nut like me, this collection is a must! The hard rocking version of "I'm Free" I always loved better than the original laid back version.
Then again, if you are a Who completest like myself, you have this already! The soundtrack to one of the greatest musicals of my time!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Rody on April 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I purchased the original movie soundtrack LP recording by Polydor in the `75/'76 time frame, before I actually saw the movie. (I still have this album.) Then, a few years ago, I purchased the CD when it was finally available. There are some differences in the two. There is more content to the CD (the Overture, some short transition songs, and some extensions of the songs, as they were presented in the movie), possibly due to the time limitations associated with vinyl recording technology.

As I recall, being a Who fan, I was initially somewhat disappointed by the fact that many of the songs are not actually performed by The Who and sung by Roger Daltrey. Guest artists and musicians (studio and band) appear frequently, w/ or w/o members of The Who. However, they do, for the most part, their own great job of interpreting the music from the Tommy rock opera. There is a lot to like here if you can get past the fact that The Who did not perform in much of this recording.

I must admit, I do not own a copy of the original Who recording of Tommy. Though, I have heard many of the songs played on radio. With exception of possibly the live performances of Tommy (e.g. at Woodstock), in nearly all cases, the original movie soundtrack recording surpasses the original album release. As noted by others below, there is a lack of energy and a laid back approach (forgive me, mellowed out) in The Who version of Tommy and a fair amount of harmonization of vocals by the band. In contrast, in the movie soundtrack, the song arrangements have all been improved and embellished with additional instrumentation (keyboards & brass), synthesizers, energy, and emotion.

Daltrey's voice is powerful, clean, and he holds notes better than ever before.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was delighted to find this on CD when I first got it. A more or less exact replica of Tommy the film, which is what I wanted, saved me getting out the video, putting it in rewinding all over the place, and needing a telly whenever I wanted to listen to it.
However, Tommy the Soundtrack was a bit of a dissappointment. There are a few minor discrepancies, like a strange error in Captain Walker, which sounds like the CD is skipping, and yet the timer proceeds as normal, and a few mixing problems in things like Eyesight to The Blind and Cousin Kevin.
But the most unforgivable crime on the whole album, and for this I am losing it two stars, is that for some reason some of the songs were cut short - Eyesight To The Blind and Acid Queen are the main offenders. I especially love the instrumental part in the middle of Acid Queen, and was disappointed to learn that it was gone. I don't see the reason for it, there was plenty of time on the CD - the two best songs on the album were ruined!
Keep the film after you buy this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daria on June 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
While the original concept album is far superior to some...ok, MANY of the performances on this soundtrack, the amazing music of the film version of The Who's "Tommy" is always worth reviewing. Mind you, nothing will ever surpass sitting in a rumbling cinema listening to this soundtrack in actual Quintaphonic Sound, but cranking the volume to "10" on the dial whilst jumping up and down might come close! (Ahhh, memories)! Most important, a great wrong has been righted by the placement of the originally missing "Overture" (once only available as the B-side of a 7" 45rpm single) in its rightful place at the beginning of this bombastic piece of work! Ken Russell (another bombastic piece of work) was in his glory on "Tommy" and so perfectly scripted was this film that you'll see every scene play out in your head as you follow Tommy's amazing journey while away from your TV screen. Ignore John Entwistle's machine gunning of his gold records for this soundtrack---blast it loud and proud, holiday-makers!
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