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Audio DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, April 27, 2004
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The Who's defining, breakthrough concept album - a full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom, written almost entirely by Pete Townshend is now available as a new LIMITED EDITION Super Deluxe version that that includes 4 audio discs, an 80 page hardback book and a poster.
The audio features the original album re-mastered along with a wealth of previously unheard material in the form of 20 demos from Pete Townshend's archive and also a full live performance of Tommy from 1969 taken from tapes that infamously Townshend asked the band's sound engineer to burn. 18 of the previously unheard and thought to be long lost live tracks are taken from a live show at the Capital Theatre, Ottowa, Canada on October the 15th 1969. Three others, 'I'm Free,' 'Tommy's Holiday Camp,' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It' were lost due to tape reels being changed during the show so are taken from later shows of the same era. As discussed at length in Pete Townshend's autobiography the tapes were all supposed to be destroyed but were kept by long time Who sound man Bob Pridden despite Pete's instructions.
The Super Deluxe box also features a 5.1 mix featuring the complete album remixed in surround sound on new Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format.
The hardback 80-page full-colour book features rare period photos, memorabilia, a 20,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes and a rare facsimile Tommy poster housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case.
(Disc 1) The original album digitally re-matsered in HD.
(Disc 2) The demos and out-takes. Features 25 tracks (20 previously-unreleased) from Pete Townshend's archive. Tracks 1-23 - Pete Townshend original demos.
All previously unreleased except 2, 11 and 12 - released in 2003.
Track 24 - The Who studio demo/out-take.
Track 25 - The Who studio recording. (NOTE: This version was previously only available on 'The House That Track Built' vinyl sampler).
(Disc 3) The 5.1 album mix - Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray.
(Disc 4) The live 'bootleg' album - Features 21 previously-unreleased tracks from various live shows from 1969.
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I was careless and ended up purchasing the 1996 remaster thinking it was or included the SACD. It of course was not the multi-channel SACD I was hoping to get when I read the reviews. My own fault, just hoping to save a few others from making the same mistake.
Amazon, this needs to be addressed. Reviews are speaking not only to the quality of the music but also the packaging, remastering and other attributes that just are not pertinent to all editions/formats. You get the track listings correct for each format, can we not have at least a filter to see only reviews for the selected format?
This record (the surround mix) is one of the most amazing rock music collections I have heard. It is stunning in a lot of ways, but if you think Keith Moon is a great drummer, the surround mix makes you realize he's even better than that. For those of you who think he's sloppy and thrashy, you must listen to this. The spaciousness of the surround mix allows the details of the playing and singing to "breathe", you are there with the band as the music literally fills the room, as it would if you were there.
Some complain that the surround mix goes too far in this way, and changes the character of the music of the "Tommy" we grew up with. I agree that the "character" is changed, but I feel it's different in a great way, as if you are hearing Tommy for the first time. No doubt that the excellence of the songwriting and playing allowed Townshend to create two different interpretations of the same material.
BY the way, Pete Townshend did the surround mix, and there is a 30 minute feature in this set where he tells you how he did it. You also get the original mix remastered at 96khz/24 hi res audio. Thunderous through a nice playback system
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