The Who's Tommy [Original Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Broadway cast album of Tommy called The Who's Tommy presumably to alert Who fans that this really is the stage version of the group's 1969 "rock opera" and not some unrelated Tommy is the best recording of Peter Townshend's song cycle since the Who did the original; Beatles producer George Martin was in the recording booth, and a stellar cast led by Michael Cerveris sings fervently. That's the good news. The bad news is that Townshend has radically rethought his ideas in 24 years, and rewritten nine songs to reflect his many changes of heart. Artists rarely improve their work by changing it years later, although they frequently succumb to the temptation, and anyone...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Broadway cast album of Tommy called The Who's Tommy presumably to alert Who fans that this really is the stage version of the group's 1969 "rock opera" and not some unrelated Tommy is the best recording of Peter Townshend's song cycle since the Who did the original; Beatles producer George Martin was in the recording booth, and a stellar cast led by Michael Cerveris sings fervently. That's the good news. The bad news is that Townshend has radically rethought his ideas in 24 years, and rewritten nine songs to reflect his many changes of heart. Artists rarely improve their work by changing it years later, although they frequently succumb to the temptation, and anyone familiar with the original who tries to sing along to this album is in for a rude surprise. The Broadway Tommy has been secularized and domesticated; no longer a messiah, he now longs for normality. It's too bad that Townshend didn't have the wisdom to bring Tommy to the stage intact. The Who's Tommy tied for the 1993 Tony Award for Best Score.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1993
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266187423
  • Catalog Number: 61874

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Overture - Bill Buell (4:41)
  2. 2 Act 1. Captain Walker - Pete Townshend (1:45)
  3. 3 Act 1. It's a Boy (0:53)
  4. 4 Act 1. We've Won - Donnie Kehr (1:01)
  5. 5 Act 1. Twenty-One (4:14)
  6. 6 Act 1. Amazing Journey - Michael Cerveris (3:12)
  7. 7 Act 1. Courtroom Scene (dialogue) (1:16)
  8. 8 Act 1. Sparks (2:14)
  9. 9 Act 1. Amazing Journey (reprise) - Michael Cerveris (1:04)
  10. 10 Act 1. Christmas (5:04)
  11. 11 Act 1. Do You Think It's Alright - Marcia Mitzman (1:09)
  12. 12 Act 1. Fiddle About - Paul Kandel (1:35)
  13. 13 Act 1. See Me, Feel Me (reprise) - Michael Cerveris (1:08)
  14. 14 Act 1. Cousin Kevin - Anthony Barrile (3:35)
  15. 15 Act 1. Sensation - Michael Cerveris (4:14)
  16. 16 Act 1. Sparks (reprise) (1:55)
  17. 17 Act 1. Eyesight to the Blind - Michael McElroy (2:50)
  18. 18 Act 1. Acid Queen - Cheryl Freeman (4:01)
  19. 19 Act 1. Pinball Wizard (3:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Act 2. Underture (2:37)
  2. 2 Act 2. It's a Boy / There's a Doctor - Marcia Mitzman (1:13)
  3. 3 Act 2. Go to the Mirror / Listening to You (3:36)
  4. 4 Act 2. Tommy, Can You Hear Me? (2:00)
  5. 5 Act 2. I Believe My Own Eyes - Marcia Mitzman (4:01)
  6. 6 Act 2. Smash the Mirror - Marcia Mitzman (2:41)
  7. 7 Act 2. I'm Free - Michael Cerveris (2:52)
  8. 8 Act 2. Streets of London 1961-63 (dialogue) / Miracle Cure (0:36)
  9. 9 Act 2. Sensation (reprise) - Michael Cerveris (2:21)
  10. 10 Act 2. I'm Free / Pinball Wizard (reprise) (3:55)
  11. 11 Act 2. Tommy's Holiday Camp - Paul Kandel (1:57)
  12. 12 Act 2. Sally Simpson (3:35)
  13. 13 Act 2. Welcome - Michael Cerveris (3:20)
  14. 14 Act 2. Sally Simpson's Question - Sherie René Scott (1:13)
  15. 15 Act 2. We're Not Gonna Take It - Michael Cerveris (3:03)
  16. 16 Act 2. See Me, Feel Me (reprise) / Listening to You (reprise) - Buddy Smith (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tracy Chapman Vocals
Lee Morgan Vocals, Track Performer
Sanford Allen Violin
Michael Arnold Vocals, cast
Charles Descarfino Percussion
Crystal Garner Viola
Todd Hunter Vocals, cast
Maria Kitsopoulos Cello, Viola
David Kuhn Bass
Kevin Kuhn Bass, Guitar
Jesse Levy Cello, Viola
Giles Martin megaphone
John Meyers Percussion
John Putnam Guitar
Luther Rix Drums, Snare Drums
Ann Labin Violin
Ted Baker Keyboards
Dale Stuckenbruck Violin
John Putman Guitar
Michael Cerveris Vocals, cast
John Dexter Viola
Kaitilin Mahony French Horn
Jeanine Levenson Keyboards
Anthony Barrile Vocals, cast
Paul Dobie Vocals, cast
Jonathan Dokuchitz Vocals, cast
Romain Frugé Vocals, cast
Jody Gelb Vocals, cast
Donnie Kehr Vocals, cast
Tracey Langran Vocals, cast
Lisa Leguillou Vocals, cast
Marcia Mitzman Vocals, cast
Carly Jane Steinborn Vocals, cast
Timothy Warmen Vocals, cast
Buddy Smith Vocals, cast
Maria Calabrese Vocals, cast
Joseph Church Conductor
Paul Kandel Vocals, cast
Alexandra Cook French Horn
Alice Ripley Vocals, cast
Bill Buell Vocals, cast
Cecelia Hobbs Gardner Violin
Michael McElroy Vocals, cast
Henry Aronson Keyboards
Victoria Lecta Cave Vocals, cast
Tracy Nicole Chapman cast
Cheryl Freeman Vocals, cast
Christian Hoff Vocals, cast
Pam Klinger Vocals, cast
Norm Lewis Vocals, cast
Sherie René Scott Vocals, cast
Tom Flynn Vocals, cast
John Meyers Percussion
Cecilia Hobbs Gardner Violin
Kaitilin Mahoney French Horn
Lee Morgan Vocals, cast
Technical Credits
Pete Townshend Composer, Lyricist, Liner Notes, Book, Liner Note Art
Keith Moon Composer, Lyricist, Additional Music
George Martin Producer
Rupert Coulson Remixing
John Entwistle Lyricist, Additional Music
Steve Margoshes Orchestration
Alan Snelling Engineer, Remixing
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Joseph Church Director, Musical Director, Direction
Doug Johnson Logo, Cover Art
John Arnone Scenery
Wayne Cilento Choreographer
Frank Hartenstein Production Stage Manager
Steve Canyon Kennedy Engineer, Contributor
Des McAnuff Director, Book
Sandy Carlson Company Manager
Hughes Moss Casting
Brian Chavanne Casting
Foy Contributor
Gary Gunas Executive Producer
Wendall K. Harrington Projection
Rita D. Jacobs Liner Notes, Liner Note Art
Mary Margiotta Casting
Gregory Meeh Special Effects
Steve Rankin Contributor
David Strong Executive Producer
David C. Woolard Costume Design
Scott Zeiger Executive Producer
Doug Johnson Logo, Cover Art
Joseph J. Stelmach Art Direction
Emily King Librettist, Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOMMY as trend setter for New Musicals

    After many versions of TOMMY ( Sound track, live tapes etc ) this G.Martin recording is the best CD set after THE WHO´s Original & DELUXE & ( ... what better technology will come next ). The acteurs, musicians & technicians were brilliant. And if Rock Music will influence "Broadway" ( e.g.RENT ) THE WHO´s TOMMY will be still alive when I am a "veteran". When I was teenie, I could not imagine to love Old King Cole PORTER, but ROCK. Some decades later I love both & and these record has shown me the way. Thanks to Pete & Martin !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Believe Your Own Ears

    After bashing the movie soundtrack (though I was fair enough to point out the more tolerable moments), I figured reviewing this would only be fair. Besides, talking about good stuff is more fun! Kudos to George Martin, who produced this and conducted the orchestra. Also, Pete Townshend has changed some of the words and the ending of the original to make it more cohesive and perhaps more believable. Here, you have Tommy, who after witnessing his father's arrival back home thinks he's become deaf, dumb and blind after his parents warn him "You didn't hear it, you didn't see it, etc." This leaves the parents going crazy for a solution. A street vagabond suggests to the father that they visit the Acid Queen for their problem. It's not long before they realize the Gyspy is little more than a cheap prostitute. However, Tommy finds his "miracle cure" by a pinball machine and becomes an overnight hero. Pete Townshend has added 2 new songs "I Believe My Own Eyes" and "Sally Simpson's Question." I will admit I stubbornly boycotted this on Broadway after Ken Russel's lackluster movie. When it comes to my area again, I will see it (I promise!). In the meantime, we all have this soundtrack to enjoy

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