Tommy [Original Soundtrack]

Tommy [Original Soundtrack]

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The Who's album Tommy, released in 1969, was the first rock opera, a story tracing the life of a deaf, dumb, and blind boy who happened to be a pinball wizard. Six years later, the band revisited Tommy (primarily written by Pete Townshend) with a film adaptation starring Who vocalist

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The Who's album Tommy, released in 1969, was the first rock opera, a story tracing the life of a deaf, dumb, and blind boy who happened to be a pinball wizard. Six years later, the band revisited Tommy (primarily written by Pete Townshend) with a film adaptation starring Who vocalist Roger Daltrey -- the movie's companion soundtrack album reached the Top Ten and was certified gold. The album features such classic Who tunes as "I'm Free," "Sensation," and "We're Not Going to Take It," plus guest vocals from cast members including Ann-Margaret, Who drummer Keith Moon, Elton John ("Pinball Wizard"), and Tina Turner ("The Acid Queen"). This double-CD 2001 reissue of the soundtrack is bolstered by detailed annotations, song lyrics, and a full list of the cast, musicians, and chorus that made it happen.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ken Russell's adaptation of the Who's rock opera Tommy has always been greeted with skepticism, and years after its controversial release, it remains a polarizing experience, due to its sheer garishness (no big surprise from Russell) and its bevy of guest stars. These two traits, unsurprisingly, spill over to the soundtrack, which is hardly just a re-recording of the Who album -- it's a reinvention of the album, padded with elaborate production twists until it's ready to burst. This, of course, means it's more musical than rock & roll, which sort of fits this project. Elton John's spirited rendition of "Pinball Wizard" (the man was at the top of his game in 1975, after all) and maybe Tina Turner's "Acid Queen" give this spark.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2001
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0042284112123
catalogNumber:
841121
Rank:
52357

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Overture from Tommy
  2. Prologue 1945
  3. Captain Walker / It's a Boy
  4. Bernie's Holiday Camp
  5. 1951 / What About the Boy?
  6. Amazing Journey
  7. Christmas
  8. Eyesight to the Blind
  9. Acid Queen
  10. Do You Think It's Alright? (1)
  11. Cousin Kevin
  12. Do You Think It's Alright? (2)
  13. Fiddle About
  14. Do You Think It's Alright? (3)
  15. Sparks
  16. Extra, Extra, Extra
  17. Pinball Wizard

Disc 2

  1. Champagne
  2. There's a Doctor
  3. Go to the Mirror
  4. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  5. Smash the Mirror
  6. I'm Free
  7. Mother and Son
  8. Sensation
  9. Miracle Cure
  10. Sally Simpson
  11. Welcome
  12. T.V. Studio
  13. Tommy's Holiday Camp
  14. We're Not Gonna Take It
  15. Listening to You / See Me, Feel Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger Daltrey   Vocals
Elton John   Piano,Vocals
Ray Thomas   Percussion
Pete Townshend   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer,ARP
Tina Turner   Vocals
Who   Group,Track Performer
Ronnie Wood   Guitar
Ronnie Ross   Musician
Nicky Hopkins   Piano
Davey Johnstone   Guitar
Keith Moon   Drums,Vocals
Jess Roden   Vocals
Alan Ross   Acoustic Guitar
Simon Townshend   Vocals
Ann-Margret   Vocals
Vicki Brown   Vocals
Phil Chen   Bass,Bass Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Geoff Daley   Musician
Alison Dowling   Vocals
Bob Efford   Musician
John Entwistle   Bass,Bass Guitar,Horn,Vocals,Brass
Paul Gurvitz   Vocals
Dee Murray   Bass,Bass Guitar
Margo Newman   Vocals
Tony Newman   Drums
Paul Nicholas   Vocals
Jack Nicholson   Vocals
Nigel Olsson   Drums
Caleb Quaye   Guitar
Mick Ralphs   Guitar
Oliver Reed   Vocals
Fuzzy Samuels   Bass,Bass Guitar
Gerald Shaw   Organ
Chris Stainton   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Chris Stanton   Organ
Tony Stevens   Bass,Bass Guitar
Liza Strike   Vocals
Dave Wintour   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Kelly   Drums
Kenney Jones   Drums
Graham Deakin   Drums
Tony Neman   Drums
Kit Trevor   Vocals
Mylon Le Fevre   Vocals
Billy Nicholls   Vocals
Mike Kelly   Drums
Sara McIntosh   Vocals
Helen Shappell   Vocals
Richard Bailey   Drums

Technical Credits

Pete Townshend   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Musical Director
Nicky Hopkins   Arranger
Keith Moon   Composer,Lyricist
Bill Curbishley   Executive Producer
Gus Dudgeon   Producer
John Entwistle   Composer,Lyricist
Martyn Ford   Arranger
Kit Lambert   Producer
Ron Nevison   Engineer
Robert Stigwood   Producer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer,Lyricist
Chris Stamp   Executive Producer
Bill Levy   Art Direction
Beryl Vertue   Executive Producer
Robert Rosenberg   Executive Producer
Richard Evans   Art Direction,Reissue Design
Ken Russell   Director,Producer,Screenplay
Ken Russell   Producer

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