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Performs The Who’s Tommy And More [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome, Italy;
February March 23, 2012. Excellent cable broadcast Radio RAI 2 (mpeg-2 192 kbps).
Paedophiles, messianic cults, sadism, pimping and prostitution, not to mention sex and drugs… and killer tracks such as Pinball Wizard and I’m Free, The Who’s Tommy rock opera was heady when it was released in 1969 and the issues continue to be headline news today.Unlike the more vitriolic and outspoken Pete Townshend, Daltrey probably preferred to let the songs do the talking. The result is a straight run through of Tommy - albeit very well performed - though some personal commentary from Daltrey (even if it’s an Italian audience) or even reinterpretation of some tunes [god forbid! - no?] would have lifted the show several notches higher.
Well, here’s one for those good times, as Debs of livinginrome.net observed:
It was already clear from the buzz of excitement in the foyer that this was going to be more than a mere concert - this was an event – with fans of all ages posing for souvenir photographs in front of the advertising billboards. After all, this was one of those “you had to be there” opportunities to hear The Who’s 1969 album played live in its entirety, and sung by Roger Daltrey.
As the lights dimmed and Daltrey appeared on stage to thunderous whoops and cheers, and the opening notes of the Tommy Overture began, it became instantly clear that he had brought a stunningly good backing band with him (including Simon Townshend on guitars, looking and sounding remarkably like his older brother Pete).
Moving swiftly on through the original recording with no banter - It’s A Boy, 1921, Amazing Journey – it was also clear that Daltrey, who has been beset with throat problems in recent years, was in fine voice. Effortlessly charismatic and with his trademark microphone swirls, double tambourines and poses, he was clearly enjoying himself, whilst the enthralled audience was noisily appreciative - Pinball Wizard raised the roof - but curiously remained sitting, as if in respectful reverence throughout the whole Tommy performance, until very suddenly as the “Listening to you” chorus of the final track We’re Not Gonna Take It began, the audience got to its feet and there was a rush, en masse, to the stage for Tommy’s exhilarating finale.
Music fan survivor69 had, on March 24, posted a lossless FM broadcast of this show at The Traders’ Den. The downside of the FM version is that there is a lot of DJ talk (in Italian) between the tracks, especially on Disc Two (after the Tommy section). Meanwhile, at Dime, swisstapes posted his version of the show recorded from a lossy cable broadcast. swisstapes also made the effort to remove as much of the DJ talk as possible. The cuts, which add up to 11 minutes, are noticeable - in many instances swisstapes used fade-outs (with the DJ talking) and fade-ins to bridge the tracks - but the cuts are not jarring and they won’t hamper your enjoyment of the show.
Thanks to swisstapes for sharing the tracks at Dime. Thanks also to frikiepalo for the artwork.
Radio RAI2 > DVB-C (mpeg-2 192 kb/s) > Dreambox 600pvr > Audacity > Flac
Collectors who want the lossless FM broadcast (with comments from the Italian DJs intact) can download the tracks at The Traders’ Den.
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 101. Overture/It’s A Boy (8.6MB)
Track 102. 1921 (4.0MB)
Track 103. Amazing Journey (4.7MB)
Track 104. Sparks (5.2MB)
Track 105. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) (3.1MB)
Track 106. Christmas (6.5MB)
Track 107. Cousin Kevin (5.4MB)
Track 108. The Acid Queen (5.6MB)
Track 109. Do You Think It’s Alright (561k)
Track 110. Fiddle About (2.2MB)
Track 111. Pinball Wizard (4.6MB)
Track 112. There’s A Doctor (2.3MB)
Track 113. Go To The Mirror! (3.5MB)
Track 114. Tommy Can You Hear Me? (2.0MB)
Track 115. Smash The Mirror (1.9MB)
Track 116. Sensation (5.2MB)
Track 117. I’m Free (3.7MB)
Track 118. Miracle Cure (425k)
Track 119. Sally Simpson (7.0MB)
Track 120. Welcome (5.7MB)
Track 121. Tommy’s Holiday Camp (1.6MB)
Track 122. We’re Not Gonna Take It (10.9MB)
Track 201. I Can See For Miles (6.1MB)
Track 202. The Kids Are Alright (4.2MB)
Track 203. Behind Blue Eyes (4.8MB)
Track 204. The Way It Is (Simon Townshend) (5.7MB)
Track 205. Pictures Of Lily (3.8MB)
Track 206. Who Are You (8.1MB)
Track 207. My Generation (1.8MB)
Track 208. Young Man Blues (9.6MB)
Track 209. Baba O’Riley (7.3MB)
Track 210. Without Your Love (4.4MB)
Track 211. Red Blue And Grey (4.8MB)
Roger Daltrey - vocals
Frank Simes - guitars
Simon Townshend - guitars
Jon Button - bass
Scott Deavours - drums
Loren Gold - keyboards
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