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Tommy Import, Soundtrack, Original recording remastered

3.2 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001FR6
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
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
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
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
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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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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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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The album accompanying the 1975 Ken Russell film of "Tommy" is, in a word, bombastic. After performing the rock opera for five years, Pete the Windmill was, understandably, sick to death of doing the same old shtick. When the inevitable film fell into place with the King of Overkill at the helm, Pete dove into rethinking the score with a vengeance: his synth explosion on the "Overture" fits perfectly with what was in store visually. He even wrote new songs for the film: "Champagne", "Mother and Son", and rewrote and expanded lyrics on many other Tommy tunes, clarifying what never quite worked in the original rock opera, and obfuscating other plot points (most likely, just to see if you're paying attention). When the Who piled into the studio to record the rewritten version of his work, the old Who aggression was in full rage--this became a powerful new Tommy, with hard guitars and huge synth runs very much to the forefront. Roger's voice attacked the lyrics, Ox's bass chudded like a purposeful behemoth, and Moonie's drum kit looked over the edge of the precipice, said, "What the hell", and dove into Valhalla. It's not for everyone, and, God, please never let Nicholson "sing" again, but if you enjoy Wagnerian thunder, go for it! IT AIN'T DEEP, IT'S JUST FUN !
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Ok it's not the who!!! ,It was written by Pete ( webber/rice anyone.......not) In isolation the piece stands up to any scrutiny but that is to miss completely the whole concept of this masterpiece. Ken Russell is a genius for avante garde film making which makes this a marriage made in heaven. This is the perfect accompaniment to a truely groundbreaking genre. Has such great music ever been married to, and in some cases such awful singing? I think not! I personally worked backwards on this one. I saw the film (which at 14 left a life long impression, thanx Pete!!) and I then went back to the original "Who" recording and , although this may sound blasphemous, I found the original rather dull! The wonderful tapestry of the multicoulered textures of the movie soundtrack just aren't there. Anyone familiar with today's multi-layering/tracking can't identify with the nakedness of this whole project. Watch the film, absorb the genius of the creator and then judge......And if you still don't rate it, go buy n'sync
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This is an interesting album, but suffers from the post Quadrophenia blahs( my opinion). NOT a Who album, but a Townshend "experiment" with guest stars. Interesting synth treatments and some good performances. A horrible film that pseudo-intellectualizes the original music and loses the original spirit of the album. How depressed was Townshend after the failure of Quadrophenia to concert audiences? Listen to this Album.Uh... Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed sing on this...I say no more. There is camp...and there is bad. This is bad. I say this as a die-hard fan, tho...so maybe I can't laugh at the schmaltzy symbolism
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)
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Hmmm. What can one say about this CD?
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.
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