The Who's Tommy has been reissued in the past, but an even more expansive version of the band's landmark 1969 concept album is being prepared for release this fall. Come November, the famous rock opera will be available in a four-disc Super Deluxe box set that includes a plethora of previously unreleased studio and live recordings.
The package will feature a newly remastered version of the original album, a CD made up mostly of unreleased Tommy demos recorded by The Who's Pete Townshend, another CD including rare concert performances by the band from 1969, and a state-of-the-art Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc boasting a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the album. The live disc includes 18 recordings from a show at the Capital Theatre in Ottawa, Canada, that were saved and archived by Who soundman Bob Pridden, even though Townshend had told him to destroy the tapes of the show.
The Super Deluxe set also comes with a hardcover 80-page book featuring rare photos, various pieces of memorabilia, a replica Tommy poster and a lengthy new essay by Who expert Richard Barnes.
The remastered Tommy also will be available in several other versions, including a standard single CD; a two-CD Deluxe Edition featuring the original album and the live disc; a double-LP vinyl set; a standalone Blu-ray Audio disc; and a number of digital versions.
The updated Tommy releases are scheduled to arrive on November 11. Visit TheWho.com to check out full details.
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