Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 96/500!
"This is what Tommy was meant to sound like, and I couldn't be happier that the
public will finally hear it the way it was intended." - Pete Townshend
One of the pre-eminent rock albums in history, Tommy by The Who is getting the
“Deluxe” treatment with a new Hybrid SACD edition that can be played on both
SACD and CD players and features a disc of mostly previously unreleased tracks
as well as Pete Townshend’s own 5.1 surround sound mix of the album. And, as he
says, the legendary Who guitar/leader/songwriter couldn’t be happier.
The remarkable original rock opera about the messianic pinball wizard Tommy,
initially released as a double LP in 1969, fills out the first disc of this two
disc “Deluxe Edition,” and features newly minted, high resolution SACD and CD
stereo, remastered from the original two-track stereo mixes, plus Townshend’s
own, very personal remix of the album into 5.1 surround sound.
The second disc begins with a dozen rare and (mostly) unreleased outtakes and
alternate versions of “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “Tommy, Can You Hear Me,”
“Young Man Blues,” among others, and such previously unheard songs as “Trying To
Get Through” and “Miss Simpson ” all in 5.1 surround sound and CD and SACD
stereo. The second disc concludes with four previously unreleased demos — “It’s
A Boy,” “Amazing Journey,” “Christmas,” and “Do You Think It’s Alright” — plus
the demo for “Pinball Wizard” in sparkling SACD and CD stereo.
The intended purpose of the “Deluxe Edition” series is to provide listeners with
new musical insights into classic albums. Courtesy of The Who, this new
Tommymore than lives up to this goal.
Newly remastered Hybrid SACD “Deluxe Edition” of The Classic Tommy. Both Discs
Playable on SACD and CD Players. Features Pete Townshend’s Own 5.1 Surround
Sound Remix. “Tommy” Includes 14 Previously Unreleased tracks, including Demos.
“Do You Think It’s Alright?” and “It’s A Boy” and Previously Unheard Songs.
Original Mix Of Album Digitally Remastered For CD and SACD Stereo. Expanded
Booklet Includes Rare & Previously Unavailable Photos From The “Tommy” Sessions.
"Rock Opera" is one way to describe the pioneering ambition in Pete Townshend's musical exploration of childhood trauma, sexual abuse, repression and spiritual release. Here's another way: the slash and thunder of "My Generation" blown wide open. Driven by the hellbent drumming of Keith Moon, the Who surge and shine, igniting the drama in Townshend's melodies ("Pinball Wizard," "We're Not Gonna Take It"). "We worked out the sociological implications, the religious implications, the rock implications," he said. "When we'd done that, we went into the studio, got smashed out of our brains and made it." - www.rollingstone.com
Disc One: The Original Album
2. It's A Boy
4. Amazing Journey
6. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
8. Cousin Kevin
9. The Acid Queen
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
19. Miracle Cure
20. Sally Simpson
21. I'm Free
23. Tommy's Holiday Camp
24. We're Not Gonna Take It
25. See Me / Listening to You
Disc Two: Out-Takes & Demos
1. I Was
2. Christmas (Out-Take 3)
3. Cousin Kevin Model Child
4. Young Man Blues (Version 1)
5. Tommy Can You Hear Me? (Alternative Version)
6. Trying to Get Through
7. Sally Simpson (Out-Takes)
8. Miss Simpson
9. Welcome (Take 2)
10. Tommy's Holiday Camp (Band's Version)
11. We're Not Gonna Take It (Alternative Version)
12. Dogs - Part 2
SACD & CD Stereo Only Demos
13. It's a Boy
14. Amazing Journey
16. Do You Think It's Alright?
17. Pinball Wizard