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Tommy [Original recording remastered]

The Who Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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14. There's A Doctor
15. Go To The Mirror!
16. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When people talk about The Who's Tommy, they generally seem to focus on the form rather than the content of the album. Listeners will comment on the originality of Townshend's application of opera sensibilities to a rock and roll album, and so on and so forth. Yes, it's true, what made The Who's Tommy a major hit rather than a pop-culture after-thought was its structure and distinction as the first "Rock Opera," but I believe that the most artistically redeeming quality of the album is its message.
During a time when psychedelic experimentation was the order of the day, The Who had the intestinal fortitude to release an album preaching transcendence through spiritual exploration. Tommy is a wholesale rejection of the entire psychedelic culture dominating the late 60's and a plea for spiritual enlightenment. More than just great music, Tommy is an album with purpose and a positive message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars blu ray 5.1 mix so so May 3 2014
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
The 5.1 mix does not produce a great soundstage like the sadc version. The drums are sticked at The left rear speaker, The electric guitare at The right front speaker. The bass is at The left speaker and The centre channel is not used significantly. You are always confronted with an x listening pattern (rear left_rigth front pattern). This is very annoying. In the future i will be very selective with product mix by bob Britten and Richard Whittaker. why not hired Steven Wilson or Nick Davis that do great job in The 5.1 music mix world. I give a 4 stars not for the 5.1 mix, but for the high fidelity sound crisp, clear and precise of the stereo mix.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been more... Dec 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The whole Who "deluxe edition" release effort has been a mixed bag, especially this Tommy set which is missing a couple of important elements. In contrast, the Live at Leeds set was released previously with a remixed and upgraded package that was terrific. The later Leeds deluxe set could be justified because it made the entire concert available in a cleaned up format with the complete Tommy on Disk 2 and decent liner notes (the bootleg version of complete Leeds was sonically uneven but was, at least, chronologically correct - "Tommy" did not end the show but was the middle core of it). The Who's Next set, while the first disk was interesting but not as well chosen as the remixed single '95 release, was justifiable because of (finally) releasing the Old Vic concert tracks in pristine form on Disk 2. And the liner notes were informative and worthwhile.
Tommy, on the other hand, was never released in enhanced form, just a mid-nineties remix that was good, not great. The jump to a deluxe set disappoints in several ways: the remix of the original tracks was great, in either format, but to make the argument for a two disk set the additional material needs to expand the artistic vision of the work. Here, the second disk seems somewhat hashed together yielding little insight into the creative process. The unreleased tracks were either undistinguished instrumental tracks or inferior releases of out takes already released on other sets. For example, Cousin Kevin Model Child is a pale copy of the one on Odds and Sods and the Townsend demos are presented in better context in his "Scoop" series and seem tacked on here to fill time. The Beatles anthology series did this better. However, finally getting the frantic track "Dogs, Pt. II" on CD is welcome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great journey. June 20 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although this is not the first "Rock Opera", that title belongs to The Pretty Things " S. F. Sorrow " which is where Townsend got the idea, it still is perpetrated to be so. I acquired this for my son as he is a bigger fan of the Who than I am and after hearing it again, it still doesn't hold a candle to the genius of "S.F. Sorrow " !
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say that hasn't already been said. May 31 2014
By Tonnee
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
This collection of songs is a classic. But to have it in lossless and 5.1 surround sound just puts icing on the cake.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another edition? March 16 2014
By Gis A. Bun TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I would be giving Tommy five stars but the number of releases are getting out of hand. Original release. A few years ago a 2CD version with demos on the second CD [there was a DVD audio release as well]. Now released again on 2CD but this time with a "concert" from the Tommy tour from various locations [and a Blu-ray audio release]. Was the release from a few years ago that bad? Did Pete just tinker a bit with the release - or was it an excuse to have a box set as well? [I suspect some of the other big Who albums like Who's Next will get the box set and re-release editions again].
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy in 5.1 mix March 14 2014
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A great job by Pete Townsend in the mix. Sounds great if you have an SACD player.
Some Sony blu-rays have the capability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I expected Jan. 9 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Everything is great, it arrived in 2 days and was awesome. I gave it
to my step-dad for Christmas and he was very pleased
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4.0 out of 5 stars 5.1 Blu Ray Reveiw
The first of The Who's Masterpeices this was the album that gave The Who their push into superstardom. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Bieth
5.0 out of 5 stars A_Who must have
Again DVD AUDIO makes its case for great multichannel sound. You will love your favorites of this iconic album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Randy Romer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome in blu ray
awesome. clear and detailed. strange the way keith moon's drums are only in the left rear channel. wonder if that was intentional or a screw up?
Published 7 months ago by Bruce M. Garber
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Journey
The Who were the best pure rock band ever, Townshend is a genius, and Tommy is their masterpiece? Yes to the first two, but I think there's a good argument that Who's Next may just... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy I Can Hear You
Saw Tommy performed in Stratford and instantly knew I needed the CD. Great memories of The Who in their prime.
Published 10 months ago by David Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling!
Still the best version of this so-called rock opera. It doesn't have the extra stars of the movie version but rips at the soul with its emotional depth and the raw originality of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by eeyoore
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for fans of The Who!
This two disc SACD version of the The Who's Tommy has much improved dynamics and resolution over the redbook CD.
Roger Daltrey's vocals are sharp and focused. Read more
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