Tommy (soundtrack)

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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.

Differences between film soundtrack and album[edit]

Although released at the same time as the film (March 1975) and marketed as the "Original Soundtrack" of the film, the Tommy soundtrack album is notable for the fact that many of the songs and instrumental tracks are distinctly different from the recordings featured in the film itself. Many of the cuts used in the film are apparently either different takes or significantly different mixes, they feature additional instrumentation (e.g. synthesiser) not included on the album versions, and in many cases the film versions are longer than album versions - notably "Acid Queen", where the film version of this track is nearly three times the length of the album version. The audio track of the film also includes a number of short instrumental passages that are not included on the soundtrack album, and the film's music track was also overdubbed with numerous programmatic "Foley" sounds (explosions, etc.) and sound effects that were not reproduced on the album versions of the songs.

  • "Eyesight to the Blind": although the basic rhythm track and Clapton's vocal and guitar solos may be sourced from the same original "take", the film and album mixes are noticeably different; in the film version Clapton's vocal is more prominent, there are overdubbed synthesiser parts not used in the album mix, and the film version runs more than two minutes longer (5'40") than the album version (3'20"). On the album version, the song consists of three verses and an instrumental fadeout, with the entire vocal sung by Clapton, whereas in the film version, Clapton solos after the second verse, then sings the last verse, then the foregoing solo is edited in as a repeat, and then the third verse is sung for a second time, this time by Arthur Brown; in the film version, Clapton's solo over the coda of the song continues at least a minute longer than the album version and is overlaid with additional synthesiser parts towards the end.
  • "Pinball Wizard": in the film version of the song's introduction, Elton's piano is backed by a synthesiser 'pad', whereas the album version substitutes wordless backing vocals by Elton's band; in the film version, the call-and-response in the middle-eight ("How do you think he does it?" - "I don't know!") includes 'crowd' vocals that are not used on the album version; the instrumental break in the film version features Elton's piano only (with numerous sound effects added), whereas the album version features a guitar solo by Davey Johnstone, and the film version was evidently also "tweaked" (sped up) in post-production, and is pitched about a semitone higher than the album version. The film version also includes Foley components and sound effects (including crowd noise, pinball machine sounds, singing, explosions, etc.) that do not appear in the album version.
  • "Acid Queen": although the basic rhythm track and Tina Turner's dynamic vocal performance may be from the same original 'take' in both versions, the arrangements of the film and album versions of the song are dramatically different. The film version runs over 9 minutes, while the album version has been edited down to 3'50" (presumably to allow the track to be used as the B-side of the "Pinball Wizard" single); in the film version, a section of Turner's vocal is double-tracked and panned across the stereo field to create noticeable "slapback" echo effect that matches the optical 'doubling' effect used in that part of the sequence; the film also version includes two extended instrumental breaks, one of which was omitted from the album version, and additional synthesiser parts not used in the album version.
  • "I'm Free": the film and album versions appear to be different recordings. The film version runs approximately 10 seconds longer in total than the album version, although Townshend's famous guitar intro has noticeably more reverb, and is about 5 seconds shorter than the album version; Daltrey's vocal on the film version is different, with a noticeably "drier" vocal sound, and his phrasing of the opening (title) words is more extended than on the album version. The film version also contains two distinct edits, where the song cuts into instrumental breaks, one of which is omitted from the (re-recorded) album version.
  • "Sensation": the film version has a musical interlude which is actually a verse of "Sensation" sung by Pete not on the soundtrack ("While Tommy flies, our world keeps turning. Life goes on for you and me..."). This verse then segues into a musical section for the fight between the different gangs. When "Sensations" begins again with Roger singing, there is a noticeable lyrical difference between the movie and the soundtrack. The movie version has "Grounded angels, your wings are broken. Time to mend and learn to fly." Where as the soundtrack has the lyrics: "Lovers break caresses for me, love enhanced when I come by."

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.