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Tommy [Original recording remastered]

Who Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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1. Overture
2. It's A Boy
3. 1921
4. Amazing Journey
5. Sparks
6. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
7. Christmas
8. Cousin Kevin
9. The Acid Queen
10. Underture
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
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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3 of 4 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 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
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 A_Who must have Jan. 21 2014
Format:DVD Audio|Verified Purchase
Again DVD AUDIO makes its case for great multichannel sound. You will love your favorites of this iconic album. Would recommend highly to anyone with a high end system who loves music the way it should sound.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome in blu ray Dec 25 2013
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Standout Masterpiece among Generations to come June 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Listening to this is pure bliss its a Opera of some of the best rock music you may ever hear in your life.........The Who are a very impressive rock band and some may say Classic Rock sucks but those idividuals are usually "Limp Bizkit" fans who dont really even know what real music is.......take my advice and get this classic opera approach with an open mind and let it soak in your head till the day you die for this is an album to celebrate and cheerish to the end of all things
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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 1 month ago by Stephen Bieth
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 5 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 6 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 11 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
Published on July 4 2011 by Yeer
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money,do not buy!
What a rip off,by the time I had chance to see it,it was too late to return.
You can only play on a DVD & all it has is the album & still pictures,stupidest thing every put... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2009 by Timothy D. Lilleyman
4.0 out of 5 stars I know it's cliche to say that this is an awesome album, but...
Let's face it: 'Tommy' was The Who's final attempt to make it in show business. Even Pete said that if this didn't work, The Who were finished. Read more
Published on July 10 2006 by flaming_pie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The New Mix of a classic. Tommy Deluxe has 42 songs on two CD's over two hours of Music. A must for any who fan
Published on June 29 2004 by Ziggy
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