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The Who’s Tommy to receive super deluxe reissue

on August 30, 2013, 11:40am

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Two years after reissuing Quadrophenia as a super deluxe box set, The Who are giving the same treatment to their other, more-renowned rock opera, Tommy. On November 11th, Universal will release both a Deluxe and Super Deluxe edition of the 1969 classic.

Both versions come with the complete 24-track album freshly remastered on CD, plus a second CD of 25 rarities like Pete Townshend’s original demos, full-band studio outtakes, and more. A final CD contains a bootleg of Tommy recorded on October 15, 1969 in Ottawa, Canada. Adding some mystique to the live takes, “I’m Free” “Tommy’s Holiday Camp”, and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” were actually lost from the original concert recordings. Here, they come from a later show from around the same time, which were apparently kept by a sound engineer even after Townshed requested their destruction.

The fourth disc in the Super Deluxe edition is a 5.1 surround sound mix of the record on Blu-ray. In addition, there’s an 80-page book with photos, a 20,000 word essay, and a replica poster from a performance of Tommy at the London Coliseum.

The reissue is also available as a single CD, double-CD (the second CD being the live bootleg), a vinyl release of the original album, a separate vinyl of the live bootleg, and the Blu-ray disc by itself. Digital versions of all the material will also be available.

Next question: When’s the Tommy tour?

Tommy – Super Deluxe Box Set Tracklist:

Disc 1: Tommy (remastered)
01. Overture
02. It’s a Boy
03. 1921
04. Amazing Journey
05. Sparks
06. The Hawker (Eyesight to the Blind)
07. Christmas
08. Cousin Kevin
09. The 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. Sensation
19. Miracle Cure
20. Sally Simpson
21. I’m Free
22. Welcome
23. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
24. We’re Not Gonna Take It

Disc 2: demos & extras
01. Overture
02. It’s A Boy
03. 1921
04. Amazing Journey
05. Dream One
06. Sparks
07. The Hawker
08. Christmas
09. Acid Queen
10. Underture (Dream Two)
11. Do You Think It’s Alright
12. Pinball Wizard
13. There’s a Doctor
14. Go to the Mirror!
15. Success
16. Tommy Can You Hear Me
17. Smash The Mirror
18. Sensation
19. Miracle Cure
20. Sally Simpson
21. I’m Free
22. Welcome
23. We’re Not Gonna Take It
24. Trying To Get Through
25. Young Man Blues

Disc 3: Tommy (5.1 surround sound Blu-ray)
01. Overture
02. It’s a Boy
03. 1921
04. Amazing Journey
05. Sparks
06. The Hawker (Eyesight to the Blind)
07. Christmas
08. Cousin Kevin
09. The 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. Sensation
19. Miracle Cure
20. Sally Simpson
21. I’m Free
22. Welcome
23. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
24. We’re Not Gonna Take It

Disc 4: live bootleg  
01. Overture (including introduction)
02. It’s a Boy
03. 1921
04. Amazing Journey
05. Sparks
06. The Hawker (Eyesight to the Blind)
07. Christmas
08. The Acid Queen
09. Pinball Wizard
10. Do You Think It’s Alright?
11. Fiddle About
12. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
13. There’s a Doctor
14. Go to the Mirror!
15. Smash the Mirror
16. Miracle Cure
17. Sally Simpson
18. I’m Free
19. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
20. We’re Not Gonna Take It
21. See Me, Feel Me / Listening to You

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