Tommy -- The Who

This is a show I've never seen. I don't know why I purchased my version on records but I did - and my first version was the orchestral version (which, sadly, after I had been collecting CDs I disposed of my vinyl.) Some short time later someone said I should get the The Who's album. I did and I must admit I preferred the orchestral version.

In 1994, when my second divorce was final I was a member of a book discussion group; most of members were interesting woman. The first meeting after my divorce was final I put a tape of Tommy into a portable tape recorder, cued up to No. 18, I'm Free and played it when I entered.

I feel the audio of the concert version is not the best and the video of the who on stage also is not of the highest quality. Sorry
From the Great Wiki

Tommy is the fourth album by English rock band The Who, released by Track Records and Polydor Records in the United Kingdom and Decca Records/MCA in the United States. A double album telling a loose story about a "deaf, dumb and blind boy" who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by Pete Townshend. In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value". It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

1972 orchestral version

On 9 December 1972, entrepreneur Lou Reizner presented a concert version of Tommy at the Rainbow Theatre, London. There were two performances that took place on the same evening. The concerts featured the Who, plus a guest cast, backed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Measham. The concerts were held to promote the release of Reizner's new studio recording of this symphonic version of Tommy, which was released on Ode Records

Both in concert and on record, major singing roles were performed by leading pop and rock stars of the day – Graham Bell (as The Lover), Maggie Bell (as The Mother), Sandy Denny (as The Nurse), Steve Winwood (as The Father), Rod Stewart (as The Local Lad), Richie Havens (as The Hawker), Merry Clayton (as The Acid Queen) and Ringo Starr (as Uncle Ernie). Pete Townshend also plays a bit of guitar, but otherwise the music is predominantly orchestral. Richard Harris sang-talked the role of the specialist on the record

 1. Overture
 2. It's a Boy
 3. 1921

 4. Amazing Journey
 5. Sparks
 6. Eyesight to the Blind

 7. Christmas
 8. Cousin Kevin

 9. Acid Queen
10. Underture

11. Do You Think It's Alright?
12. Fiddle About
13. Pinball Wizard
14. There's a Doctor

15. Go to the Mirror
16. Tommy, Can You Hear Me?
17. Smash the Mirror

18. I'm Free
19. Miracle Cure
20. Sensation

21. Sally Simpson
22. Welcome

22. Welcome
23. Tommy's Holiday Camp
24. We're Gonna Take It

25. See Me, Feel Me

As performed by The Who

  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica, tambourine
  • Pete Townshend – guitars, banjo, keyboards, lead vocals, backing vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, French horn, lead vocals on "Cousin Kevin" (with Townshend and Daltrey) and "Fiddle About", backing vocals
  • Keith Moon – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Additional musicians
  • Paul Townshend – backing vocals
  • Simon Townshend – backing vocals
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Jan 12, 2013