The Who's 'Tommy' Gets Deluxe Box; Demos, Live '69 Concert Included

The Who's classic 1969 "rock opera" Tommy will be released in a variety of special packages on November 12 including a four-disc, "super deluxe" box set. Of particular note is the inclusion of twenty original Pete Townshend demos of the Tommy songs as well as a collection of live performances of the album, the bulk of which were recorded at a 1969 concert in Ottawa, Canada. See the full track listing below.

From the press release: 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!

Eighteen 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 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 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.

TRACKLISTING AND FURTHER INFORMATION

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                                                          5.20

2.     It’s A Boy                                                         0.38

3.     1921                                                                2.49

4.     Amazing Journey                                            5.04

5.     Sparks                                                             2.05

6.     The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind)              2.13

7.     Christmas                                                        4.34

8.     Cousin Kevin                                                   4.05

9.     The Acid Queen                                              3.34

10.  Underture                                                        10.01

11.  Do You Think It’s Alright?                               0.24

12.  Fiddle About                                                    1.29

13.  Pinball Wizard                                                 3.01

14.  There’s A Doctor                                             0.23

15.  Go To The Mirror!                                           3.47   

16.  Tommy Can You Hear Me?                            1.35

17.  Smash The Mirror                                           1.34

18.  Sensation                                                        2.25

19.  Miracle Cure                                                    0.12

20.  Sally Simpson                                                 4.10

21.  I’m Free                                                           2.39

22.  Welcome                                                         4.32

23.  Tommy’s Holiday Camp                                  0.57

24.  We’re Not Gonna Take It                                7.06

Disc 2 Demos & extras

1.     Overture                                                         4:07

2.     It’s A Boy                                                        0:41

3.     1921                                                               3:13

4.     Amazing Journey                                           4:47

5.     Dream One                                                    3:09

6.     Sparks                                                            7:38

7.     The Hawker                                                    4:45

8.     Christmas                                                       4:42

9.     Acid Queen                                                    3:35

10.  Underture   (Dream Two)                               1:47

11.  Do You Think It’s Alright                                 0:26

12.  Pinball Wizard                                                3:42

13.  There’s A Doctor                                            0:24

14.  Go To The Mirror!                                          4:32

15.  Success                                                         0:10

16.  Tommy Can You Hear Me                             1:15

17.  Smash The Mirror                                          1:37

18.  Sensation                                                       2:47

19.  Miracle Cure                                                   0:11

20.  Sally Simpson                                                4:50

21.  I’m Free                                                          2:27

22.  Welcome                                                        3:26

23.  We’re Not Gonna Take It                               5:02

24.  Trying To Get Through                                   2:27

25.  Young Man Blues                                           2:47

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)

  1. Overture                                                          5.20
  2. It’s a boy                                                          0.37
  3. 1921                                                                2.49
  4. Amazing journey                                             5.05
  5. Sparks                                                             2.05
  6. The Hawker                                                     2.14
  7. Christmas                                                        4.34
  8. Cousin Kevin                                                   4.07
  9. The acid queen                                               3.34
  10. Underture                                                        10.05
  11. Do you think it’s alright?                                  0.25
  12. Fiddle about                                                    1.31
  13. Pinball wizard                                                  3.01
  14. There’s a doctor                                              0.24
  15. Go to the mirror!                                              3.48  
  16. Tommy can you hear me?                              1.35
  17. Smash the mirror                                            1.33
  18. Sensation                                                        2.27
  19. Miracle cure                                                    0.12
  20. Sally Simpson                                                 4.11
  21. I’m Free                                                           2.39
  22. Welcome                                                         4.32
  23. Tommy’s holiday camp                                   0.57
  24. We’re not gonna take it                                   7.06

Disc 4 Live Bootleg 

1.     Overture (including Introduction)                    7.00 

2.     It’s A Boy                                                        0.39

3.     1921                                                               2.28

4.     Amazing Journey                                           5.07

5.     Sparks                                                            2.49

6.     The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind)1.54

7.     Christmas                                                       3.11

8.     The Acid Queen                                             3.30

9.     Pinball Wizard                                                2.47

10.  Do You Think It’s Alright?                               0.21

11.  Fiddle About                                                   1.12

12.  Tommy Can You Hear Me?                           0.55

13.  There’s A Doctor                                            0.24

14.  Go To The Mirror!                                          3.22

15.  Smash The Mirror                                          1.10 

16.  Miracle Cure                                                   0.12

17.  Sally Simpson                                                4.01

18.  I’m Free                                                          2.12

19.  Tommy’s Holiday Camp                                 0.48

20.  We’re Not Gonna Take It                               3.28

21.  See Me, Feel Me / Listening To You              7.51