Tommy (soundtrack)

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This article is about the 1975 film soundtrack. For the 1993 theatre soundtrack, see Tommy (original cast recording).
Tommy
Soundtrack album by The Who
Released March 1975
Recorded January-March 1974 at Ramport Studios and Eel Pie Studios, London, England
Genre Rock
Length 90:35
Label Polydor
The Who chronology
Odds & Sods
(1974)
Tommy
(1975)
The Who by Numbers
(1975)
Elton John's "Pinball Wizard" from Tommy

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Tommy is a soundtrack album by The Who with contributions from numerous artists. The soundtrack was used in the 1975 Tommy film that was based on the original album that was released by The Who in 1969. Pete Townshend oversaw the production of this double-LP recording that returned the music to its rock roots, and on which the unrecorded orchestral arrangements he had envisaged for the original Tommy LP were realised by the extensive use of synthesiser. The soundtrack LP also employed many leading sessions musicians including Caleb Quaye, Phil Chen and Nicky Hopkins (who also receives a "Special Thanks" in the album credits for help with the arrangements) as well as members of The Faces' Ronnie Wood and future Keith Moon replacement Kenney Jones. The song "Pinball Wizard", performed by Elton John, was a major hit when released as a single.[1] Although the music for this song is performed by "The Elton John Band", as he was calling his musical team, the film depicts Elton being backed by The Who (dressed in pound-note suits). Townshend performs additional synthesizer and/or guitar on all tracks. Credits to "The Who" indicate performances by Townshend, John Entwistle and Moon jointly, regardless of vocalist.

Track listing[edit]

All songs are written and composed by Pete Townshend, except for "Eyesight to the Blind" by Willie "Sonny Boy" Williamson, "Cousin Kevin" and "Fiddle About" by John Entwistle, and "Tommy's Holiday Camp" by Keith Moon. Lead vocals are indicated in parentheses, in order of appearance. (For narrative, see Tommy (1975 film).)

  1. "Overture from Tommy" (instrumental) – 5:01 (Only on CD issues, CD 1)
LP side one (cassette side 1, CD 1)
  1. "Prologue - 1945" (instrumental) – 2:55
  2. "Captain Walker/It's a Boy" (Pete Townshend, Margo Newman and Vicki Brown) – 2:38
  3. "Bernie's Holiday Camp" (Oliver Reed, Alison Dowling and Ann-Margret) – 3:42
  4. "1951/What about the Boy?" (Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed) – 2:49
  5. "Amazing Journey" (Pete Townshend) – 3:19
  6. "Christmas" (Ann-Margret, Alison Dowling and Oliver Reed) – 3:59
  7. "Eyesight to the Blind" (Eric Clapton) – 3:21
LP side two (cassette side 1, CD 1)
  1. "The Acid Queen" (Tina Turner) – 3:47
  2. "Do You Think It's Alright? (1)" (Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed) – 0:57
  3. "Cousin Kevin" (Paul Nicholas) – 3:07
  4. "Do You Think It's Alright? (2)" (Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed) – 0:46
  5. "Fiddle About" (Keith Moon) – 1:40
  6. "Do You Think It's Alright? (3)" (Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed) – 0:29
  7. "Sparks" (instrumental) – 3:07
  8. "Extra, Extra, Extra" (Simon Townshend) – 0:37
  9. "Pinball Wizard" (Elton John) – 5:22
LP side three (cassette side 2, CD 2)
  1. "Champagne" (Ann-Margret and Roger Daltrey) – 4:43
  2. "There's a Doctor" (Oliver Reed and Ann-Margret) – 0:29
  3. "Go to the Mirror" (Jack Nicholson, Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret) – 3:49
  4. "Tommy, Can You Hear Me?" (Ann-Margret) – 0:55
  5. "Smash the Mirror!" (Ann-Margret) – 1:22
  6. "I'm Free" (Roger Daltrey) – 2:36
  7. "Mother and Son" (Ann-Margret and Roger Daltrey) – 2:36
  8. "Sensation" (Roger Daltrey) – 2:49 (on the LP and 8-track; the cassette and CD feature a lead-in verse sung by Pete Townshend and a guitar solo, making it 4:37)
LP side four (cassette side 2, CD 2)
  1. "Miracle Cure" (Simon Townshend) – 0:23
  2. "Sally Simpson" (Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey) – 5:38
  3. "Welcome" (Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed) – 4:15
  4. "T.V. Studio" (Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed) – 1:14
  5. "Tommy's Holiday Camp" (Keith Moon) – 1:29
  6. "We're Not Gonna Take It" (Roger Daltrey with the vocal chorus) – 4:46[2]
  7. "See Me, Feel Me/Listening to You" (Roger Daltrey with the vocal chorus) – 4:19[2]

Personnel[edit]

The Who comprises the skeleton band for most of the songs. All instrumentation (credited and uncredited) on each song is by them, except for additional or alternate musicians indicated below for individual songs in which the lineup is wholly or partially different.[3] Lead vocals are as indicated in track listing above.

The Who:

Roger Daltrey — vocals for (grown up) "Tommy" ("Young Tommy" by Alison Dowling)

John Entwistlebass guitar, brass sections

Keith Moondrums, percussion, vocals for "Uncle Ernie"

Pete Townshendguitars, keyboards, ARP synthesizer, vocals for "Narrator"

Prologue - 1945[edit]

John Entwistle — opening brass

Pete Townshend — all other instruments

Captain Walker/It's a Boy[edit]

Pete Townshend — all instruments

1951/What about the boy?[edit]

Nicky Hopkinspiano

Mike Kelly — drums

Mick Ralphs, Caleb Quaye — guitars

Chris Staintonorgan

Amazing Journey[edit]

Phil Chen — bass guitar

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Tony Newman — drums

Christmas[edit]

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Vocal chorus — backing vocals

Eyesight to the Blind[edit]

Eric Clapton — vocals and guitar

Kenney Jones — drums

Acid Queen[edit]

Kenney Jones — drums

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Ronnie Wood — guitar

Tina Turner - lead vocals

Do You Think It's Alright? (1, 2, and 3)[edit]

Phil Chen — bass guitar

Graham Deakin — drums

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

Cousin Kevin[edit]

Tony Newman — drums

Dave Wintour — bass guitar

Extra, Extra, Extra[edit]

Kenney Jones — drums

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

Tony Stevens — bass guitar

Pinball Wizard[edit]

Elton Johnlead vocals and piano

Davey Johnstone — guitars

Dee Murray — bass guitar

Nigel Olsson — drums

Ray Cooper — percussion

There's a Doctor[edit]

Kenney Jones — drums

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

Chris Stainton — piano

Ronnie Wood — guitar

Go to the Mirror[edit]

Richard Bailey — drums

Phil Chen — bass guitar

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Caleb Quaye — lead guitar

Tommy, Can You Hear Me?[edit]

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Alan Ross, Chris Stainton — acoustic guitars

Smash the Mirror![edit]

Kenney Jones — drums

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

I'm Free[edit]

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Kenney Jones — drums

Mother and Son[edit]

Pete Townshend — all instruments

Sensation[edit]

Phil Chen — bass guitar

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

Miracle Cure[edit]

Kenney Jones — drums

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

Tony Stevens — bass guitar

Sally Simpson[edit]

Phil Chen — bass guitar

Eric Clapton — guitar

Graham Deakin — drums

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Welcome[edit]

Pete Townshend — all instruments

T.V. Studio[edit]

Pete Townshend — all instruments

Tommy's Holiday Camp[edit]

Gerald Shaw — organ (arranged by Martyn Ford)

We're Not Gonna Take It[edit]

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Mike Kelly — drums

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

Fuzzy Samuels — bass guitar

Chris Stainton — organ

Caleb Quaye — guitar

Vocal chorus — backing vocals

See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You[edit]

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Chris Stainton — organ

Vocal chorus — backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thewho.com/index.php?module=discography&discography_item_id=105&discography_tag=albums
  2. ^ a b Note: "See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You" is the name given in the song book for the soundtrack album; the soundtrack album itself, counterintutively, calls it "Listening To You/See Me, Feel Me". Also, the CD version, curiously, splits the last two tracks at the onset of the "Listening To You" movement, leaving the "See Me, Feel Me" movement with "We're Not Gonna Take It". Times given here, however, represent the correct split between the two songs.
  3. ^ Tommy the movie: Original Soundtrack Recording, CD liner notes; Pete Townshend's contributions are not explicitly credited on a song-by-song basis.