Tommy (soundtrack)

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Tommy
Tommysoundtrackalbum.jpg
Soundtrack album by The Who
Released March 1975
Recorded January–March 1974
Studio Ramport Studios and Eel Pie Studios, London, England
Genre Rock
Length 90:35
Label Polydor Records
Producer The Who
The Who chronology
Odds & Sods
(1974)Odds & Sods1974
Tommy
(1975)
The Who by Numbers
(1975)The Who by Numbers1975
Singles from Tommy soundtrack
  1. "Pinball Wizard"
    Released: 26 March 1976

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 John 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 where noted. (For narrative, see Tommy (1975 film).)

Bonus track on CD reissues (CD 1)
No. Title Performer Length
1. "Overture from Tommy" Instrumental 5:01
LP side one (cassette side 1, CD 1)
No. Title ... Length
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" (Willie "Sonny Boy" Williamson) Eric Clapton 3:21
LP side two (cassette side 1, CD 1)
No. Title ... Length
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" (John Entwistle) Paul Nicholas 3:07
4. "Do You Think It's Alright? (2)" Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed 0:46
5. "Fiddle About" (John Entwistle) 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)
No. Title ... Length
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" (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) Roger Daltrey 2:49
LP side four (cassette side 2, CD 2)
No. Title ... Length
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) Keith Moon 1:29
6. "We're Not Gonna Take It[2]" Roger Daltrey with the vocal chorus 4:46[2]
7. "See Me, Feel Me/Listening to You[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 Entwistle — bass, brass overdubs

Keith Moon — drums, vocals for "Uncle Ernie"

Pete Townshend — guitar, keyboards, vocals for "Narrator"

"Prologue - 1945"[edit]

John Entwistle — brass overdubs

Pete Townshend — all other instruments

"Captain Walker/It's a Boy"[edit]

Pete Townshend — all instruments

"1951/What about the boy?"[edit]

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Mike Kellie — drums

Mick Ralphs, Caleb Quaye — guitar

Chris Stainton — organ

"Amazing Journey"[edit]

Phil Chen — bass

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

Arthur Brown -- vocals

"Acid Queen"[edit]

Kenney Jones — drums

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Ronnie Wood — guitar

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

Phil Chen — bass

Graham Deakin — drums

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

"Cousin Kevin"[edit]

Tony Newman — drums

Dave Wintour — bass

"Extra, Extra, Extra"[edit]

Kenney Jones — drums

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

Tony Stevens — bass

"Pinball Wizard"[edit]

Elton John — lead vocals and piano

Davey Johnstone — guitar

Dee Murray — bass

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

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Caleb Quaye — guitar

"Tommy, Can You Hear Me?"[edit]

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Alan Ross, Chris Stainton — acoustic guitar

"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

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

"Miracle Cure"[edit]

Kenney Jones — drums

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

Tony Stevens — bass

"Sally Simpson"[edit]

Phil Chen — bass

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

"We're Not Gonna Take It"[edit]

Nicky Hopkins — piano

Mike Kelly — drums

Alan Ross — acoustic guitar

Fuzzy Samuels — bass

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 c |extra7 = Roger Daltrey with the vocal chorus |length7 = 4:19Note: "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.