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Tommy [Original recording remastered]

Tommy (Related Recordings), The WhoAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 12, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
11. Do You Think It's Alright?
12. Fiddle About
13. Pinball Wizard
14. There's A Doctor
15. Go To The Mirror!
16. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
17. Smash The Mirror
18. Sensation
19. Miracle Cure
20. Sally Simpson
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Tommy had the dubious distinction of being the first-ever rock opera; however, it's none the worse for that, Ken Russell's adaptation notwithstanding. Due largely to Pete Townshend's skill as a songwriter and composer, Tommy tells a coherent story and includes quality rock and roll at the same time, an impressive feat by itself. While surprisingly more linear than the later Quadrophenia, Tommy boasts several songs that stand up well on their own, including the classic "Pinball Wizard," "The Acid Queen," "I'm Free," and "Sally Simpson." Much of the rest doesn't make much sense lyrically unless you listen to the entire album, but you'll probably want to do that anyway, preferably with the lights low and the stereo cranked. --Genevieve Williams

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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review From Someone With SACD Player... December 30, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
okay... i normally don't review too many albums on amazon, but was i amazed to read all these reviews from people who chat about the album but then go on to say "but i haven't heard it on SACD yet." so i thought someone might benefit from reading about the surround mix in SACD...
well, it is simply amazing, especially for having been mixed by the near-deaf townsend (surely its a joke!).
the most amazing thing about the 5.1 surround mix is how present and powerful keith moon's drumming is. i have always pointed to "quadrophenia" as the shining example of his frenetic hammering of the drums. but now i can more fully appreciate his drumming on "tommy." the drums sound amazing on this SACD surround mix. no other words can describe it.
one of the reasons for the drums being more powerful is the ability to follow keith's "live in the studio" drumming more closely. you see, all the "accentuating" drum parts (tympani, gongs, cymbal splashes) are all separated from keith's drums in the mix... it wasn't as clear in the stereo mix which drums keith is playing, and which drums are over-dubbed elements.... but here, they are coming at you from different sides of the room. this makes for some amazing parts, particularly during "sparks" and "overture", where keiths keeps pounding out a rhythm, then the tympani drums build up to a crescendo.
also, pete and roger's vocals are sometimes separated in the mix. pete's first words on the alubm came as a shock. he sings, "captain walker didn't come home. his unborn child will never know him." and he's coming from the rear right speaker (mostly) and roger and all come in later, together chanting "a son, a son, a son" from the front speakers.
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216 of 243 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Rock Opera. Seminal Storytelling Album August 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Pete Townshend possibly feels a lot like David O. Selznick, the producer of the movie `Gone With The Wind' in fearing that he will only be remembered in his obituary by his creating that one work, as Townshend, like Selznick, seems to have been spending his time after completing their most important work in trying to top it.

To my mind, Townshend should have no regrets about not topping `Tommy', as it is easily one of the two or three most important albums and works in the entire Rock canon, similar in importance and possibly superior in quality to `Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and `Blond on Blond', to name just two others high in the ranks of great Rock albums.

One thing which surprises me about writing on `Tommy' is how little deep analysis has been essayed about the story behind the songs. In a nutshell, the story is this:

Tommy Walker is born while his father is off on some journey (`It's a boy') from which he becomes several years late in returning. Tommy's mother takes up with a lover, father returns, mother and father kill lover with Tommy as a witness, and mother and father tell Tommy he saw and heard nothing (`You didn't hear it'). (If all you have to go on is the recorded performance on the original album, it is not very clear whether it is the lover or the father who is killed. But, printed copies of the libretto say the lover is the victim.) Tommy becomes functionally blind, deaf, and dumb to all outside appearances, however, it is evident that within his own head, he can see and hear everything (`There's a doctor I've found'). He is tormented by various malicious relatives (`Cousin Kevin' and `Fiddle About') and `treated' by various attempts, including hallucinogens (`Acid Queen').
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reason alone to buy a SACD capable player November 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just get it. I have been enjoying DVD-Audio for the last year yet there were many titles I wanted in the SACD catalog so I recently purchased the Pioneer DV-563AS, a DVD player that will play back both DVD-Audio and SACD yet costs under 200.00. The Deluxe edition of Tommy simply sounds fantastic when playing the SACD 5.1 mix, the difference between it and the regular layer using a normal CD player is quite significant. Although I will admit to being prejudiced as Tommy is one of my all time favotite albums, this new version is simply superb, I am such a believer in the new high bit rate/sampling rate and 5.1 formats. It is amazing how good a near 35 year old recording can sound. Even if you don't have an SACD player this disc is very much worth getting, the stereo mix is excellent, you get a bonus disc with 17 additional tracks and the packaging is excellent, very high quality.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A (Re)Masterpiece! January 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was not my first SACD purchase, but it's the one I'm most satisfied with to date. I'll assume you're familiar with the original recording, agree with me that it is one of the most significant rock albums of all time and give you the reasons why I think should you pick this up in addition to your vinyl or '96 CD remaster. First and foremost, there's the superb 5.1 surround mix. (Some performances were just meant to be heard in surround sound, and probably would have been mixed that way had the technology been available.) Done by Pete Townshend himself using the original 8-track master, this new mix has startling clarity and definition, and presents most of the vocals without reverb or echo. Listening to it, I felt as if I were sitting on the studio floor while the band was recording around me. The wealth of additional material on the second disc includes a studio version of "Young Man Blues" as well as songs left off the original release, alternate takes and instrumental only tracks. Also included are several of Townshend's laboriously made home demos, which give greater insight into the creative process behind the Who's repetoire and the development of this milestone album. The booklet provided features an informative essay and candid snapshots of the band and producer Kit Lambert taken during the recording sessions.
Something I learned reading the essay that might be of interest to those of you who don't own a SACD capable system is that the original master of "Tommy" had been missing and presumed destroyed, and that previous CDs had been mastered from an alternate 'sweetened' by Kit Lambert. While remixing this project, Townshend discovered the original master tape, and used it for the stereo SACD and CD mixes included here, so for the first time on CD, you can now hear the mix the band signed off on back in 1969.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The very Best Rock Opera Ever!
I remember loving this as a junior High school kid, and today, it is as vibrant and amazing as ever. Rock and Roll History for the people!
Published 2 days ago by Joseph Annaruma
5.0 out of 5 stars I have owned this album on almost every type of media except for...
My wife & I just attended a Broadway production of this and it occurred to me that, "Yup, I have to buy it yet again because I have no digital copy of this. Read more
Published 7 days ago by James Corso
4.0 out of 5 stars 2003 Extra Tracks Hybrid SACD DSD Original Recording Remastered $24.80
This was sent to me missing the booklet, everything else was perfect. I emailed Amazon and within minutes I had an apology, new one is on way and printout to send the one I... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mark D Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars good
it's a journey that takes some warming up to just to simply grasp the full range of what is going on here
2 cd journey and it's a big one
however it's old music and... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kevin William Finn
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price
The product arrived quickly, but the jacket was in piss-poor condition. The inserted booklet was in even worse condition. The records themselves were only a little dusty, tho. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy 2013 Remaster
Thought this was a great album when it first was released. Remaster is so much better. Really like the additional music.
Published 22 days ago by dolphinfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done boxed set
This set is worth looking at for the incredible book that comes with it, and the great demos that show what a great one man band that Pete Townshend is....
Published 1 month ago by Peter N. Reum
5.0 out of 5 stars Who? The Who!
I have always loved the band's music, and this is a highlight of their work. A landmark soundtrack from a legendary rock band at its height!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
This has always been one of my favorite albums. I already own it on cd. What a great treat it was to get it for 3.99. Listened to it that day while I was out running errands. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ravette
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS SO GREAT!!
Couldn't believe it when I saw it available! Maybe about 10 years ago, the film, "Rock Opera", was on tv and my daughter who was 16 at the time noticed it, while flipping... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Puddles
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