Tommy

~ Release group by The Who

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Tommy 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 14 Track Record 613 013/4
Tommy 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 14 Decca Records DXSW 7205
Tommy 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 2668 013 [none]
Tommy 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 2612 006
Tommy 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 11 Decca Records 7-11976, 7-11977, 7-11978, 7-11979, DL 75126, DL 75127, DXSW 7205 [none]
Tommy: Part 1 12" Vinyl 10 Track Record 2406 007
Tommy 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 11 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCA2-10005, MCA2-9000 [none]
Tommy 2×CD 10 + 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 800 077-2 042280007720
Tommy 2×CD 8 + 13 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) D 263684 [none]
Tommy 2×CD 8 + 13 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) DIDX-157, DIDX-158, MCAD2-10005 [none]
Tommy 2×CD 8 + 13 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD2-10005
Tommy 2×CD 8 + 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) P58P 25007/8
Tommy (1st pressing, ¥5,800) 2×CD 10 + 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) P58P 25007/8 4988005002532
Tommy (2nd pressing, ¥5,449) 2×CD 10 + 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) P58P 25007/8 4988005002532
Tommy CD 21 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 533 015775153325
Tommy CD 21 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-10801 008811080129
Tommy CD 24 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 531 043-2 731453104327
Tommy CD 24 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-11417 008811141721
Tommy (unknown) 23
Tommy CD 24 MCA Records Canada (1970–1995) MCASD-11417 008811141721
Tommy CD 24 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) D 112317, MCAD-11417 [none]
Tommy CD 24 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) *MCAD-11417 020831168526
Tommy (deluxe edition) Hybrid SACD + SACD 25 + 17 Geffen Records B0001386-36 602498610114
Tommy (deluxe edition) 2×SACD 25 + 17 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 9861011 602498610114
Tommy 2×DVD-Audio 50 + 29 Geffen Records B0002103-19 602498618363
Tommy (deluxe edition) 2×CD 25 + 17 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 0602498272367 602498272367
Tommy (SHM-SACD) 2×SACD 25 + 17 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UICY-93746/7 4988005535467
Tommy (deluxe edition) Digital Media 24 Geffen Records B0001386-36 008811141721
Tommy SHM-SACD 24 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UIGY-9089 4988005705181
Tommy 2×CD 24 + 21
Tommy (super deluxe edition) 3×CD + Blu-ray + Digital Media 24 + 25 + 48 + 21 + 2 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3747396 602537473960
Tommy (High Fidelity Pure Audio) Blu-ray 48 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3747405 602537474059
Tommy (2013 remastered edition) CD 24 Universal (plain logo: "Universal"), Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3747403 602537474035
Tommy SHM-CD 24 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UICY-40082 4988005838124
Tommy (super deluxe, hi-res) Digital Media 70 Geffen Records 602537947782

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: I’m Free
translated covers: Di-rect doet Tommy by Di-rect
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 96)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000392525 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/68455 [info]
Wikidata: Q372055 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/The_Who:Tommy_(1969) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_who/tommy/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/4719/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/chdp [info]

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Thirty five years on from its original release many myths have been born and subsequently dispelled about Pete Townshend's sprawling tale of the deaf, dumb and blind boy. The most common is the one about the original master tapes being destroyed/original pressings being lightyears ahead of later versions etc. Now the tapes have been found and the rather spiffing reissue from 2000 has apparently been superseded by this new-fangled SACD. But how did the world's most famous concept album end up with such a twisted sonic history, and how does this version really compare?

Answers can be found in Townshend's own candid telling of the story of Tommy's conception. This was the zenith (and, ultimately, the end) of his creative partnership with the band's producer/manager Kit Lambert. Lambert's utter belief in Pete's ability to take a bunch of West London mods into a studio to forge a coherent statement that came to be known as 'rock opera' was the fire that lit the fuse. Well, that and the fact that the bailiffs were knocking at the door. Years of auto-destruction in the name of performance art had left a lot of repair bills to be paid. Yet Lambert's ambitions to turn the whole thing into a film (as if...) were rejected out of hand by Pete. The end was nigh...

Townshend had already attempted the concept format with his semi-successful A Quick One. In reality this and Tommy had much in common. Both showed the composer to be fast outgrowing his r 'n' b roots to become an accomplished explorer of themes and moods. (Tommy's true glory lies in its extended instrumental passages that, while being a little repetitive, blend themes gloriously). And both had librettos which were, somewhat shakey. Yet, while A Quick One concerned a woman's extra marital affair with a train driver, Tommy took itself slightly more seriously.

It being the late sixties, certain substances and philosophies were even creeping into the vocabulary of a Shepherd's Bush boy. Tommy's vague plotline of childhood trauma, spiritual chicanery and redemption to this day remains just as impenetrable. Much of it was conceived on the hoof with the killer single ''Pinball Wizard'' only added on Lambert's insistence that they needed an obvious hit, suggesting that pinball was a hip enough subject for the kids. The band, honed by touring, threw themselves behind Lambert and Townshend with little of the usual bickering, and the playing on this mix indeed sounds exuberant. The project overran massively, only ceasing when time and money ran out and there's still an incompleteness to parts of the work. Yet the SACD only serves to make this pared-down quality more exciting.

In fact, the quality so roundly hits you between the eyes that you wonder how on earth anyone put up with anything less over these three decades. Every slip, every bum note and every wobbly vocal (Townshend took up far more of the vocal duties on this album) merely makes it more precious. Tommy we can hear you...