The Who's Tommy [Original Cast Recording]

The Who's Tommy [Original Cast Recording]

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The Who's Tommy [Original Cast Recording]

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.)

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886979537224
catalogNumber: 795372

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Morgan   Harmonica,Vocals
Michael Arnold   Vocals
Tom Flynn   Vocals
Michael Cerveris   Vocals
Anthony Barrile   Vocals
Paul Dobie   Vocals
Jonathan Dokuchitz   Vocals
Jody Gelb   Vocals
Lisa Leguillou   Vocals
Marcia Mitzman   Vocals
Carly Jane Steinborn   Vocals
Timothy Warmen   Vocals
Buddy Smith   Vocals
Maria Calabrese   Vocals
Joseph Church   Conductor
Paul Kandel   Vocals
Alice Ripley   Vocals
Bill Buell   Vocals
Michael McElroy   Vocals
Tracy Nicole Chapman   Vocals
Cheryl Freeman   Vocals
Christian Hoff   Vocals
Pam Klinger   Vocals
Norm Lewis   Vocals
Donnie Kehr   Vocals
Who's Tommy Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Who's Tommy Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Sherie Scott   Vocals

Technical Credits

Pete Townshend   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes,Book
Keith Moon   Composer
John Entwistle   Composer
Johnson   Cover Art,Logo Design
Steve Margoshes   Orchestration
Alan Snelling   Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Joseph Church   Music Direction
McAnuff   Book,Stage Direction
Rita D. Jacobs   Synopsis
Tammy Van Aken   Packaging Manager
Elisabeth Ladwig   Graphic Design
George Martin   Producer
Emily King   Libretto Editing

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