Tommy [DVD Audio 2-CD]

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All Music Guide
The full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom, written almost entirely by Pete Townshend. Hailed as a breakthrough upon its release, its critical standing has diminished somewhat in the ensuing decades, because of the occasional pretensions of the concept and the insubstantial nature of some of the songs that functioned as little more than devices to advance the rather sketchy plot. Nonetheless, the double album has many excellent songs, including "I'm Free," "Pinball Wizard," "Sensation," "Christmas," "We're Not Gonna Take It" and the dramatic ten-minute instrumental "Underture." Though the album was slightly flawed, Townshend's ability to construct a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom, written almost entirely by Pete Townshend. Hailed as a breakthrough upon its release, its critical standing has diminished somewhat in the ensuing decades, because of the occasional pretensions of the concept and the insubstantial nature of some of the songs that functioned as little more than devices to advance the rather sketchy plot. Nonetheless, the double album has many excellent songs, including "I'm Free," "Pinball Wizard," "Sensation," "Christmas," "We're Not Gonna Take It" and the dramatic ten-minute instrumental "Underture." Though the album was slightly flawed, Townshend's ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music. Despite the complexity of the project, he and the Who never lost sight of solid pop melodies, harmonies, and forceful instrumentation, imbuing the material with a suitably powerful grace. The 2004 double-disc DVD Audio release follows the same pattern as the two-CD Deluxe Edition, in terms of arrangement of bonus materials etc., with three important differences. On a properly equipped DVD machine which is to say, DVD Audio-capable players, it offers Advanced Resolution 24-bit Surround Sound and Advanced Resolution 24-bit Stereo, which are extremely impressive through good speakers and bring out even more nuances in the playing and singing than the Deluxe Edition; and on ordinary DVD Video players that is, not equipped with, which is what most of us have, it offers Dolby Digital Surround Sound, which is still a step up from standard CD playback. But lest anyone think that DVD Video owners have to settle for "second best" buying this package, disc two contains an extended on-camera interview playable on DVD Video machines with Pete Townshend discussing composition of the original work and the details of the original recording as well as the remastering and remixing for the current project, the genesis of various intermediate reinterpretations of the work -- most notably Lou Reizner's early-'70s orchestral recording of the piece -- and various aspects of his rediscovery of the music off the original studio masters. He also explains precisely why Keith Moon comes off so magnificently on the new edition of the work including the Deluxe CD edition; Townshend's work always came out well, but here bassist John Entwistle is finally heard properly in the mix, and Moon's drumming now comes off as the best of his career to date and perhaps the best across a full album of his whole career -- Moon's drums serve the same role on Tommy that the orchestra would have, had the band had the time and money to engage an orchestra for this recording, and it's a wonder to behold in the hearing, on this set or the Deluxe Edition; but here Townshend goes into the mechanics of it, and he remembers everything. The interview by itself is worth the price of the package. ~ Richie Unterberger & Bruce Eder
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498618363
  • Catalog Number: 000210319

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture
  2. 2 It's a Boy
  3. 3 1921
  4. 4 Amazing Journey
  5. 5 Sparks
  6. 6 Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)
  7. 7 Christmas
  8. 8 Cousin Kevin
  9. 9 The Acid Queen
  10. 10 Underture
  11. 11 Do You Think It's Alright?
  12. 12 Fiddle About
  13. 13 Pinball Wizard
  14. 14 There's a Doctor
  15. 15 Go to the Mirror!
  16. 16 Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  17. 17 Smash the Mirror
  18. 18 Sensation
  19. 19 Miracle Cure
  20. 20 Sally Simpson
  21. 21 I'm Free
  22. 22 Welcome
  23. 23 Tommy's Holiday Camp
  24. 24 We're Not Gonna Take It
  25. 25 See Me Feel Me/Listening to You
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Was
  2. 2 Christmas
  3. 3 Cousin Kevin Model Child
  4. 4 Young Man Blues
  5. 5 Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  6. 6 Trying to Get Through
  7. 7 Sally Simpson
  8. 8 Miss Simpson
  9. 9 Welcome
  10. 10 Tommy's Holiday Camp
  11. 11 We're Not Gonna Take It
  12. 12 Dogs, Pt. 2
  13. 13 It's a Boy
  14. 14 Amazing Journey
  15. 15 Christmas
  16. 16 Do You Think It's Alright?
  17. 17 Pinball Wizard
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Vocals
Pete Townshend Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Interviewee
John Entwistle Bass, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Vocals
Technical Credits
Pete Townshend Composer, Reissue Producer, Remixing
Mose Allison Composer
Jon Astley Mastering
Keith Moon Composer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
John Entwistle Composer
Kit Lambert Producer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Timothy Drury Art Direction
Chris Stamp Executive Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Paul Bishow Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    35 years of the pinball wizzard

    just brought the dvd audio of the whos tommy and gave it a listen on my system it totaly knocked me out of my seat. the whole thing sounds awesome in 5.1 pete townsend did a awesome job doing the 5.1 mix for this dvd./this album rocks

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