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Tommy Import, Soundtrack, Original recording remastered
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|1. Overture From Tommy - The Who|
|2. Prologue 1945 - Pete Townshend/John Entwhistle|
|3. Captain Walker/It's A Boy - Pete Townshend|
|4. Bernie's Holiday Camp - The Who|
|5. 1951/What About The Boy? - Ann-Margaret/Oliver Reed|
|6. Amazing Journey - Pete Townshend|
|7. Christmas - Ann-Margaret/Oliver Reed/Alison Dowling|
|8. Eyesight To The Blind - Eric Clapton|
|9. Acid Queen - Tina Turner|
|10. Do You Think It's Alright (I) - Ann-Margaret/Oliver Reed|
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|1. Champagne - The Who/Ann-Margaret/Roger Daltrey|
|2. There's A Doctor - Ann-Margaret/Oliver Reed|
|3. Go To The Mirror - Ann-Margaret/Oliver Reed/Jack Nicholson/Roger Daltrey|
|4. Tommy Can You Hear Me? - Ann-Margaret|
|5. Smash The Mirror - Ann-Margaret|
|6. I'm Free - Roger Daltrey|
|7. Mother And Son - Pete Townshend|
|8. Sensation - Roger Daltrey|
|9. Miracle Cure - Simon Townshend|
|10. Sally Simpson - Pete Townshend/Roger Daltrey|
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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!
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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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!
and Vegas-style treatment on top of a rock masterpiece. And I LIKE John Water's films.
HOWEVER...the take on Sensation(Pete on guitar), I'm Free(full band) kicks... There are also some great Who jams on the film that did not make it to the soundtrack...(Sparks, and a biker fight as I recall).Tina Turner is great(as you might suspect), and Clapton holds his own. As others have said...decide whether you want to buy this for a few songs...
or not. I have not heard the remaster though and am about to buy it myself (me=hypocrite/completist)
On the plus side it features some of Pete Townshend's most inventive use of his synthesiser. The sound tapestry he created here is absolutely incredible. It had to be because...
On the negative side it features some of the lamest singing you ever heard in your life. Not from the actual musicians that were used (after all, we're talking about Elton John, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, and Arthur Brown, not to mention Pete and Roger Daltrey, who shines in this movie), but from Oliver Reed and Ann-Margret, who takes up about 70 % of the soundtrack, not to mention Jack Nicholson.
If for some reason you are a fan of the soundtrack, the sound quality here is excellent. Plus it features the "Overture From Tommy" which is not found on the vinyl version (at least not on my copy), credited to The Who but sounding like Pete Townshend playing all the instruments (as he does on a number of songs).
The movie is worth your while seeing, if only for Ken Russell's unique visual style and Roger Daltrey's performance (he was born to play Tommy).
Otherwise stick to the Who's original.
Most recent customer reviews
I loved this album as a kid (40 years ago) and was happy to find it on Amazon recently. For me, this is the definitive music of the Musical Tommy from the 70's! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Peter J Kozak
This soundtrack is great BECAUSE of the bad singing! How can you NOT love Oliver Reed lurching and swaggering his way through a song? Read morePublished on June 2 2002 by CarrieB
The is the soundtrack from the movie. Without the visuals, this album has less to be desired. Fine actors attempting to sing are misplaced in this film, yet The Who and the real... Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by jrscribbler
Don't jump on the Anti-Movie bandwagon! Give this soundtrack a fair chance. The sound is amazing in it's remastered glory and some songs (ie: I'm Free, Fiddle About, Eyesight to... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2002 by C. Gaines
This recording has been bashed and shamed by many, but it is brilliantly unique. Though the film, to the best of my knowledge, has been withdrawn from circulation, this album can... Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2001
I admit, having non-singers singing on this soundtrack is a bit much - no casual Who fan will buy this - but I think a few of the songs (well, two come to mind) rerecorded by the... Read morePublished on May 20 2001 by ApeLieUproar
This album seems to be an argumentative point between all Who fans. From all of the reviews I've read, people either like it or hate it. Read morePublished on May 18 2001 by stlopez
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