A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who

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A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who

Cover to the Compact Disc edition of the album
Live album by Roger Daltrey
Released 1994
Recorded 23–24 February 1994, Carnegie Hall
Genre Rock
Label Continuum
Producer Richard Flanzer, Bob Ezrin
Roger Daltrey chronology
Rocks in the Head
(1992)
A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who
(1994)
Martyrs and Madmen
(1997)
Video cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, also known as Daltrey Sings Townshend, is a music event and later album documenting a two-night concert at Carnegie Hall in 1994.[2] It broke Carnegie Hall's two day box office gross record, and was the fastest sell-out in the historic venue's history. The concert also raised money for Columbia Presbyterian Babies Hospital. This event was produced by Richard Flanzer and Roger Daltrey of English rock band The Who in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. The Who's music was arranged for orchestra by Michael Kamen, who directed The Juilliard Orchestra for the event. Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Eddie Vedder, Sinéad O'Connor, Lou Reed, David Sanborn, Alice Cooper, Linda Perry, The Chieftains and others performed as special guests.

The event was followed by a major tour of the same name and including John Entwistle on bass, Zak Starkey on drums and Simon Townshend on guitar. Although the tour was considered an artistic success, it didn't earn enough profit in several cities to cover high expenses, so it was concluded early. However, it did serve the purpose of attracting attention to songs from The Who's Quadrophenia, and gathered support for a staging and major tour of the rock opera in 1996-1997.

In 1994 Daltrey's manager, Richard Flanzer, made a $1M plus deal to release the CD and a VHS video edited from the two nights of Carnegie Hall performances with direction credited to Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The CD was released on Continuum 19402 USA. Edited by Alan Miller, a DVD was released 14 July 1998.[3] The vocal contribution of Sinéad O'Connor on "Baba O'Riley" and "After The Fire" were edited from the CD, but included on the DVD.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Pete Townshend. The track listing for the CD and video is as follows:

  1. Overture (7:26)
  2. Pinball Wizard (3:19)
  3. Imagine a Man (4:29)
  4. Doctor Jimmy (6:15)
  5. The Song Is Over (5:43)
  6. The Real Me (4:42)
  7. Baba O'Riley (6:42)
  8. After the Fire (5:12)
  9. 5:15 (5:58)
  10. The Sea Refuses No River (6:11)
  11. Who Are You (6:25)
  12. Won't Get Fooled Again (8:07)[2]

N.B. "Overture" is not The Who Song from Tommy, but a special medley for these concerts and subsequent tour, consisting of "A Little Is Enough," "Rough Boys," "Sparks," "Dr. Jimmy" ("Is It Me?" section), "Baba O'Riley," "Who Are You," "Quadrophenia" ("Helpless Dancer" theme) and "See Me, Feel Me,"

Personnel[edit]

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Technical[edit]

  • Produced by Bob Ezrin
  • Recorded by Thom Panunzio and Bob Ezrin
  • Mixed by Thom Panunzio, Bob Ezrin, Martin Horenburg
  • Production and Technical Supervision: Robert (Ringo) Hrycyna

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