The Who To Release “Tommy” Super Deluxe Boxset And Deluxe Edition

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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 Super Deluxe editions this Autumn.

Originally released in May 1969, The Who were at a career crossroads, known mainly as a singles band, but this project launched them as a serious ‘albums band’ and it 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, it marked a complete change in style with Pete Townshend’s lengthy conceptual narrative bringing exciting new opportunities to rock music. Tommy was and remains to be an ambitious, complex and controversial work, which was initially banned by the BBC.

This new Deluxe and Super Deluxe 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.

18 of the previously unheard and thought to be long lost live tracks are taken from a live show at the Capital Theatre, Ottawa, Canada on October the 15th 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 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 long time Who sound man Bob Pridden despite Pete’s instructions.

The Super Deluxe box also features a 5.1 mix featuring the complete album remixed in surround sound on new Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format

As well as the music the limited edition Super Deluxe boxset comes with a hardback 80-page full-colour book featuring rare period photos, memorabilia, a 20,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes and a rare facsimile Tommy poster housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case.

Super-Deluxe Edition

Disc 1 – The original album (2013 re-master)
Digitally re-mastered in HD
Disc 2 – The demos and out-takes
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-colour book featuring rare period photos and memorabilia
20,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes
Rare facsimile Tommy poster
Limited edition, housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case

Tracklisting:

Disc 1 The original album (2013 re-master)
1. Overture
2. It’s A Boy
3. 1921
4. Amazing Journey
5. Sparks
6. The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind)
7. Christmas
8. Cousin Kevin
9. 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

1. Overture
2. It’s A Boy
3. 1921
4. Amazing Journey
5. Dream One
6. Sparks
7. The Hawker
8. Christmas
9. 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

Tracks 1 – 23 – Pete Townshend – original demos.
All previously unreleased except 2, 11 and 12 – released in 2003
Track 24 – The Who – studio demo/out-take.
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)

Overture
It’s a boy
1921
Amazing journey
Sparks
The Hawker
Christmas
Cousin Kevin
The acid queen
Underture
Do you think it’s alright?
Fiddle about
Pinball wizard
There’s a doctor
Go to the mirror!
Tommy can you hear me?
Smash the mirror
Sensation
Miracle cure
Sally Simpson
I’m Free
Welcome
Tommy’s holiday camp
We’re not gonna take it

Disc 4 Live Bootleg

1. Overture (including Introduction)
2. It’s A Boy
3. 1921
4. Amazing Journey
5. Sparks
6. The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind)
7. Christmas
8. The Acid Queen
9. 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

OTHER FORMATS OF THE WHO’s TOMMY DELUXE EDITION
Physical
2-CD deluxe, digi-pak
CD 1 Original album remastered
CD 2 Live Bootleg
1-CD remastered version
Original album (single disc)
Deluxe vinyl edition
2-piece, heavyweight
Original LP configuration
UVINYL Website
Exclusive vinyl version of live ‘bootleg’ album
Hi Fidelity Pure Audio (Blu-ray)
‘Stand-alone’ original album mixed in 5.1

Digital Formats
Super-deluxe box set
Tracks from SDE box, excluding 5.1 mixes
+ MFiT version (iTunes only)

Digital deluxe edition
‘Mirror’ of 2-CD physical
+ MFiT version (iTunes only)

Digital album (original album)
Mirror’ of 1-CD physical
+ MFiT version (iTunes only)