“TOMMY” BY THE WHO
20 UNRELEASED DEMOS, A FULL UNRELEASED LIVE VERSION OF TOMMY and HI-FIDELITY 5.1 MIX
Released November 12, 2013
August xx 2013 - Tommy, The Who’s defining, breakthrough concept album – a full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom – is to be released in Deluxe and limited edition Super Deluxe editions November 12.
Originally released in May 1969, The Who were at a career crossroads, they were known mainly as a singles band but this project launched them as a serious “album band” and has now sold over 20 million copies as well as regularly turning up in lists of the most influential albums of all time.
Coming after The Who Sell Out in 1967, Tommy marked a complete change in style with Pete Townshend's lengthy conceptual narrative bringing exciting new opportunities to rock music. Tommy was and remains an ambitious, complex and controversial work.
This new Deluxe and Super Deluxe remastered version of the album comes with a wealth of previously unheard material in the form of 20 demos from Pete Townshend’s archive and also a full, live performance of “Tommy” from 1969 taken from tapes that infamously Townshend asked the band’s sound engineer to burn!
Eighteen of the previously unheard and thought to be long lost live tracks are taken from a live show at the Capital Theatre in Ottowa, Canada, on October 15, 1969. Three others, “I’m Free,” “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” were lost due to tape reels being changed during the show, so they are taken from later shows of the same era. As discussed at length in Pete Townshend’s autobiography, the tapes were all supposed to be destroyed but were kept by longtime Who sound man Bob Pridden, despite Pete’s instructions.
The limited edition Super Deluxe box features a 5.1 mix featuring the complete album remixed in surround sound on new Hi-Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format. The box set also comes with a hardback 80-page full-color book featuring rare period photos, memorabilia, a 20,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes and a rare facsimile “Tommy” poster, all housed in a hardback deluxe slipcase.
TRACKLISTING AND FURTHER INFORMATION:
Disc 1 – The original album (2013 re-master)
Digitally remastered in HD
Disc 2 – The demos and outtakes
Features 20 previously unreleased tracks from Pete Townshend’s demo archive
Disc 3 – The 5.1 album mix – Hi-Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray
The complete album remixed in surround sound on new Hi-Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format
Disc 4 – The live ‘bootleg’ album
Features 21 previously unreleased tracks from various live shows from 1969
Hardback 80-page full-color book featuring rare period photos and memorabilia
20,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes
Rare facsimile “Tommy” poster
Disc 1 The original album (2013 re-master)
Disc 2 Demos & Extras
Tracks 1 - 23 - Pete Townshend - original demos.
All previously unreleased except 2, 11 and 12 – released in 2003
Track 24 - The Who - studio demo/outtake.
Track 25 - The Who - studio recording (NOTE: This version was previously only available on “The House That Track Built” vinyl sampler).
Disc 3 Hi-Fidelity Pure Audio -Blu-ray disc (5.1 mixes)
Disc 4 Live Bootleg
OTHER FORMATS OF THE WHO’s TOMMY
CD 1 Original album remastered
CD 2 Live Bootleg
Original album (single disc)
Original LP configuration
Digital Formats and Optimized for Digital Formats:
Super deluxe box set
Tracks from SDE box, excluding 5.1 mixes
Digital deluxe edition
‘Mirror’ of 2-CD physical
Digital album (original album)
Mirror’ of 1-CD physical
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