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Tommy Soundtrack, Original recording remastered, Import

3.3 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: 3.3 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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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! You will find such classic artists as Elton John, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton performing not to mention Jack Nicholson! I highly recommend this double CD set!
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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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By A Customer on April 23 2001
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First off, you will hear many bad reviews for this album because it is constantly compared to the original. People would realize how good the album was if they stopped comparing it to The Who's original. The album has some catchy songs by some great artist. We go from Oliver Reed's jumpy and campy (and dare I say good) "Bernie's Holiday Camp" to Eric Claptons errie "Eyesight To The Blind" to Turner's dark "Acid Queen".
The highlights are:
Sally Simpson: This song is the story of a groopie who goes a little two far and winds up ruining her life. It is performed by The Who and is a true rock classic.
Amazing Journey: This dark and eerie songs talks about how you view things differently in sollitude. The excellent poetry was written and performed by Pete Townsend.
Smash The Mirror: This song is performed angerly by Ann-Margerat and gives her a chance to reach her high vocal point. It is perhaps her greatest work ever.
I'm Free: Far superior than The Who's original, this version allows Roger Daltrey to reach his vocal high point. It accomplishes more and you have to hear it to understand.
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Yes, dear boys, according to the Who's biographers, Pete suffered another nervous breakdown during the filming of Ken Russell's Tommy and the compilation of the soundtrack album. Listen to it, and you'll find out why. Between Oliver Reed (can act, can't sing, tries) and Ann-Margaret (can't act, can sing, doesn't bother) warbling through what Townshend once said was the story of his life, if I were him I'd of had a breakdown too. All in all, the soundtrack is like the movie. There are a few marvellous moments in it sadly glimmering in what is otherwise a muddled mishmash of ideas they never really got off the ground. Five dollars for a vinyl copy is more than worth the price of these moments. It's worth buying even if you're not the world's biggest Who fan, just so you can say you have a record with Oliver Reed singing on it. Another standout is Townshend's rendition of Amazing Journey, which is the reason I bought the record in the first place. It is profoundly moving, nothing less than spectacular. But, to shell out in excess of twenty bucks to buy a CD of this...OK, I did it once. But I'm not springing for the remaster. How could Amazing Journey get any better? And how could Ann-Margaret get any worse? I say pass on the CD, but for Who fans, find yourself a copy of the record. The packaging alone will make you want to cry.
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Okay...,this is one those things you're either going to love or hate. If you buy this CD expecting another Who album then you'll hate it. If you're looking for a truly original intrepretation of Pete Townsend's rock opera (that means there's a story involved) then you'll love it. Sure, the singing isn't your usual rock star stadium type Roger Daltrey wailing, because the characters wouldn't sound like that..., People constantly complain about vocal style/ability of the movie soundtrack and it drives me up the wall. It's a STORY with CHARACTERS! Tommy's mother wouldn't sound like Ann Wilson, she would sound like Nora Walker. Ann-Margret manages to convey the essence of Nora Walker and develop her character through her her ability to pack her singing with a wallop of emotional punch. Sure, it's over the top sometimes, but this is director Ken Russell's intent. The same thing goes for the wonderfully sleazy Oliver Reed as Frank Walker. That's the way Frank Walker would sing! The Acid Queen, on the other hand would sound like Tina Turner. Are you following me? I have to tell you I saw the Broaway production of Tommy and absolutely hated it. The 'chorus' was embarrasingly bad-it reminded me of 'Up With People', and the story was difficult to follow. I find the movie soundtrack to the definitive recording of Tommy.
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