Tommy [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The two-CD deluxe edition of the Who's masterpiece -- a hybrid playable on both SACD and standard CD players -- is bigger, but not necessarily better. Audiophiles with the appropriate equipment will welcome the chance to hear it as remastered and remixed by Pete Townshend himself, in both stereo and with the exception of five Townshend solo demos on disc two 5.1 Surround Sound for SACD. And everyone, of course, gets the chance to hear not just the original album in all its glory on the 75-minute disc one, but also 17 additional tracks many, though not all, of them previously unreleased on disc two. It's the additional material that's rather disappointing, for a few ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The two-CD deluxe edition of the Who's masterpiece -- a hybrid playable on both SACD and standard CD players -- is bigger, but not necessarily better. Audiophiles with the appropriate equipment will welcome the chance to hear it as remastered and remixed by Pete Townshend himself, in both stereo and with the exception of five Townshend solo demos on disc two 5.1 Surround Sound for SACD. And everyone, of course, gets the chance to hear not just the original album in all its glory on the 75-minute disc one, but also 17 additional tracks many, though not all, of them previously unreleased on disc two. It's the additional material that's rather disappointing, for a few reasons. First, most of it really is marginal, even for the kind of fans who thrive on hearing outtakes and demos. A bunch of the cuts are merely vocal-less alternate backing tracks, similar to the ones on the official Tommy album but a little sloppier. As for the two songs previously unavailable in any form, "Trying to Get Through" is a not terribly melodic, repetitive hard rock move-the-plot-along number that Townshend and the Who were wise to cut from the final running order, while the 16-second "I Was" is a lyric-less vocal cacophony whose purpose is unexplained by the liner notes which, in fact, don't comment in detail on any of the bonus material. Alternate versions of "Sally Simpson" and "We're Not Gonna Take It" are welcome for aficionados, but not that radically different from the ones that made the final cut, except that they're less tightly organized. The mediocre outtake "Cousin Kevin Model Child" already appeared on the CD version of Odds & Sods, and while "Version 1" of "Young Man Blues" and the instrumental "Dogs, Pt. 2" the non-LP B-side of "Pinball Wizard" are cool hard rock tunes, they don't have anything to do with the Tommy project. Finally, though it's nice to hear five Townshend demos of Tommy tunes, hardcore Who fans know that there are at least a couple of dozen such demos. It would have been great to hear all of them particularly as the sound on the demos here is better than the fidelity in which they're presented on numerous bootlegs, but that probably would have meant a three-CD deluxe edition rather than a two-CD one, which might have been too much for the market to bear. This deluxe edition is still worthwhile for aficionados though certainly the liner notes could have been more extensive, but the more general Who and rock fan probably won't be missing anything, and will be saving some money, by sticking with the album in its original unadorned version.
Rolling Stone - Mac Randall
Almost thirty-five years later, this classic-rock touchstone still has the power to enthrall.
Tracks - Mark Rozzo
This edition... offers the Who in their prime, gloriously making it up as they go along.

This edition... offers the Who in their prime, gloriously making it up as they go along.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498610114
  • Catalog Number: 000138636
  • Sales rank: 34,242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (5:20)
  2. 2 It's a Boy (0:38)
  3. 3 1921 (2:48)
  4. 4 Amazing Journey (5:04)
  5. 5 Sparks (2:05)
  6. 6 Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker) (2:14)
  7. 7 Christmas (4:32)
  8. 8 Cousin Kevin (4:06)
  9. 9 The Acid Queen (3:34)
  10. 10 Underture (10:04)
  11. 11 Do You Think It's Alright? (0:24)
  12. 12 Fiddle About (1:31)
  13. 13 Pinball Wizard (3:01)
  14. 14 There's a Doctor (0:23)
  15. 15 Go to the Mirror! (3:47)
  16. 16 Tommy Can You Hear Me? (1:35)
  17. 17 Smash the Mirror (1:34)
  18. 18 Sensation (2:28)
  19. 19 Miracle Cure (0:12)
  20. 20 Sally Simpson (4:10)
  21. 21 I'm Free (2:39)
  22. 22 Welcome (4:32)
  23. 23 Tommy's Holiday Camp (0:57)
  24. 24 We're Not Gonna Take It (3:28)
  25. 25 See Me Feel Me / Listening to You (3:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Out-Takes and Demos: I Was (0:17)
  2. 2 Out-Takes and Demos: Christmas (Out-Take 3) (4:44)
  3. 3 Out-Takes and Demos: Cousin Kevin Model Child (1:26)
  4. 4 Out-Takes and Demos: Young Man Blues (Version 1) (2:53)
  5. 5 Out-Takes and Demos: Tommy Can You Hear Me? (Alt. Version) [Alternate V (2:00)
  6. 6 Out-Takes and Demos: Trying to Get Through (2:51)
  7. 7 Out-Takes and Demos: Sally Simpson (Out-Takes) (4:10)
  8. 8 Out-Takes and Demos: Miss Simpson (4:20)
  9. 9 Out-Takes and Demos: Welcome (Take 2) (3:44)
  10. 10 Out-Takes and Demos: Tommy's Holiday Camp (Band's Version) (1:09)
  11. 11 Out-Takes and Demos: We're Not Gonna Take It (Alt. Version) [Alternate (6:12)
  12. 12 Out-Takes and Demos: Dogs - Part 2 (2:30)
  13. 13 Stereo Only Demos: It's a Boy (0:44)
  14. 14 Stereo Only Demos: Amazing Journey (3:43)
  15. 15 Stereo Only Demos: Christmas (1:58)
  16. 16 Stereo Only Demos: Do You Think It's Alright? (0:29)
  17. 17 Stereo Only Demos: Pinball Wizard (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist, Group
Roger Daltrey Vocals, Group Member
Pete Townshend Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
John Entwistle Bass, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Pete Townshend Composer, Lyricist, Reissue Producer, Remixing, Remastering
Mose Allison Composer, Lyricist
Jon Astley Mastering
Keith Moon Composer, Lyricist
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer, Management
John Entwistle Composer, Lyricist
Kit Lambert Producer
Damon Lyon-Shaw Engineer
Elliot Mazer Pre-Production Consultant
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer, Lyricist
Timothy Drury Art Direction
Chris Stamp Executive Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Meire Murakami Cover Design
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Matt Kent Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Tim Drury Art Direction
Michael McInnerney Original Design Concept, Original Cover Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    From out of the murk...

    ...comes a masterfully redone Tommy. The original recording to me has always sounded muted and murky. No longer. Apparently, the first CD pressing of Tommy (with which I'm most familiar) was taken not from master tapes (which were believed to be lost) but from a later generation set. This remastering, done by Pete Townshend himself, is from the found masters. Everything is crisper, clearer, and more punchy. Moon's drums jump out and take their rightful place in the mix. Townsend's electric guitar tracks finally have bite and edge.

    The remastering is applicable to both the stereo CD and SACD formats. My review is based on the good old CD format. Incredible. Worth the outlay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AKA The Poor Student bodered The Bully

    yeah I know this album connects to the problem child or to a child that is different or tramatised, or a album that a kid goes to school and gets bodered by kids and bullies. So I think this album shoude me know as the School kid or something like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This CD is as captivating as the original 1969 release, but with a lot of added goodies. The sound restoration (done by Mr. Pete Townshend himself) is great. The only thing I didn't like about the album part of the edition was that the famous piano intro and the drum track in "1921" are pushed into the back of the mix. Oh well. I loved the demos and alternate takes, especially the ones where you can hear the band goofing around and joking with eachother. The only part I didn't like about the second disk was that they put all of the demos that people have already heard on it. I would have rather heard rarer demos, and not stuff already released on Pete Townshend's "Scoop" collections.

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    Posted October 20, 2008

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