THE WHO - LONDON 1972

November 15, 2013 – 4:50 am

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THE WHO
Orchestral Tommy [Party Line PLCD-001, 1CD]

Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London, UK; December 9, 1972. (It’s more likely this was performed on December 13 or 14, 1972.) Very good soundboard.

Behold… another Deluxe edition of The Who’s Tommy was unveiled on November 11, 2013.

Two performances spread over one night offered up a live rendering of the orchestral Tommy already rendered onto vinyl by producer Lou Reizner and a cast of thousands. And, it has to be said, the result was far more satisfying on stage than on record, as the album was partially recast to spotlight David Essex (who turns in a phenomenal “Amazing Journey”), Viv Stanshall (a terrifying Uncle Ernie) and more. Where it goes from there, however, depends upon how much one appreciates an orchestra and choir stepping in where the Who themselves had once roared so triumphantly - remember, it was less than two years since the band itself was playing Tommy in its entirety, meaning the memory had yet to be scarred by the manifold stagings that have since added disfigurement to the deaf, dumb and blind boy’s woes. Musically, the show is peerless. But is it rock’n’roll? - Dave Thompson

Posted at the wikipedia:

On 9 December 1972, entrepreneur Lou Reizner presented a concert version of Tommy at the Rainbow Theatre, London. There were two performances that took place on the same evening. The concerts featured the Who, plus a guest cast, backed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Measham. The concerts were held to promote the release of Reizner’s new studio recording of this symphonic version of Tommy, which was released on Ode Records.

Both in concert and on record, major singing roles were performed by leading pop and rock stars of the day – Graham Bell (as The Lover), Maggie Bell (as The Mother), Sandy Denny (as The Nurse), Steve Winwood (as The Father), Rod Stewart (as The Local Lad), Richie Havens (as The Hawker), Merry Clayton (as The Acid Queen) and Ringo Starr (as Uncle Ernie).

Pete Townshend also plays a bit of guitar, but otherwise the music is predominantly orchestral. Richard Harris sang-talked the role of the specialist on the record, but he was replaced by Peter Sellers for the stage production, which was repeated with a substantially different cast including David Essex, Elkie Brooks, Marsha Hunt, Vivian Stanshall, Roy Wood, and Jon Pertwee on 13 and 14 December 1973.

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Track 01. Overture 4:46 (8.0MB)
Track 02. It’s A Boy 1:14 (2.1MB)
Track 03. 1921 2:00 (3.4MB)
Track 04. Amazing Journey 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 05. Sparks 2:07 (3.6MB)
Track 06. Eyesight To The Blind 3:27 (5.8MB)
Track 07. Christmas 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 08. Cousin Kevin 4:46 (8.0MB)
Track 09. The Acid Queen 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 10. Underture 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 11. Do You Think It’s Alright 0:37 (1.0MB)
Track 12. Fiddle About 1:42 (2.9MB)
Track 13. Pinball Wizard 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 14. There’s A Doctor 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 15. Go To The Mirror 2:08 (3.6MB)
Track 16. Tommy Can You Hear Me 2:38 (4.4MB)
Track 17. Smash The Mirror 0:30 (834k)
Track 18. I’m Free 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 19. Miracle Cure 0:14 (404k)
Track 20. Sensation 3:00 (5.0MB)
Track 21. Sally Simpson 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 22. Welcome 4:30 (7.6MB)
Track 23. Tommy’s Holiday Camp 5:18 - cut (8.9MB)
72 mins

Click here to order 2013 Deluxe version of The Who’s Tommy (released November 11, 2013).

Note: Dave Thompson is the British born author of over 100 books, including U2: Stories For Boys (1985), The Psychedelic Furs: Beautiful Chaos (2004) and Black and White and Blue: Erotic Cinema from the Victorian Age to the VCR (2007). Click here to order Dave’s Ultimate Listening Guide Vols 1-14.

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  1. 24 Responses to “THE WHO - LONDON 1972”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Nov 15, 2013

  3. But is it rock’n’roll? - Dave Thompson
    NOT TO ME. TO ME ROCK AND ROLL IS THREE MINUTES OF UNBRIDLED , ENERGY A LA LITTLE RICHARD,JERRY LEE LEWIS ETC.
    ROCK AND ROLL IS A CATCH PHRASE FOR SO MUCH MUSIC BUT THERE REALLY IS VERY LITTLE AUTHENTIC R`N`R THESE DAYS.
    FOLKS TEND TO CALL POP, METAL , BLUES ROCK AND OTHER GENRES R`N`R BUT IT ISN`T. THE BLASTERS PLAYED EXCELLENT ROCK AND ROLL..ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHO DELIVERS THE REAL DEAL NOWADAYS ?

    By dropkick sarge on Nov 15, 2013

  4. Het big O how bout a Steely Dan 2013 live concert?

    By fiberman on Nov 15, 2013

  5. yo sarge- barrance whitfield & the savages, black joe lewis, left lane cruiser, dog party, john paul keith, the yahoos, terry anderson and the olympic ass kicking team, dan baird, king kahn & the shrines, the len price 3, diarrhea planet, the hoodoo gurus, japandroids, the drive-by truckers, and theres gotta be a few i missed.

    By barth on Nov 15, 2013

  6. …can’t forget the bottle rockets, detroit cobras, the oblivians, low cut connie, vintage trouble, the ten foot polecats, and the late slobberbone.

    By barth on Nov 15, 2013

  7. the aforementioned ‘groups’ pretty much suck.
    ‘Little boys’ bands’ is what we would call them.

    By speedboy on Nov 15, 2013

  8. The Steely Dan idea is excellent!!! Especially if there is a soundboard recording out there somewhere….

    Big O rules consistently!!

    By Big Dave on Nov 15, 2013

  9. speedboy/gerbil joe colostomy bag butt plug etc… whats your answer to sarges question? who plays real rock ‘n roll for u? enlighten us please.

    By barth on Nov 15, 2013

  10. i havent seen any recent sbd steely dan’s other than 2009 and 2011 lately. there are a few from each of those years. this site has offered 2 shows from 09 and one from 2011. the two were audience and the one was sbd. but a quick check on tube7 will find 13 sd shows and a few from each of those years that are sbd. nothing since however. a check on bklynsteve’s site will show 5 items but nothing since 2000.

    a quick check on sugarmegs will show that there are 4 shows from 2013 there. all are audience recordings. 3 from the 2nd half of september and the last one from oct 3rd from the beacon th nyc. the first one lists the quality as being A.

    By darth on Nov 15, 2013

  11. Great thanks for “upping” this!!!!

    By Norm on Nov 15, 2013

  12. BARTH I REALLY ENJOY THE DRIVE BY TRUCKERS BUT DO YOU CONSIDER THEM ROCK AND ROLL?

    By dropkick sarge on Nov 15, 2013

  13. SPEEDBOY IS PROBABLY GONNA BE ONE OF THOSE WHO IS GOING TO TELL US METAL IS ROCK AND ROLL, THAT IS IF HE HAS THE STONES TO TELL US ANYTHING.
    I `M NOT FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF THE BANDS YOU MENTIONED BARTH, BUT THE DRIVE BY TRUCKERS A LITTLE BOYS BAND ???
    C`MON ,THAT BAND IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE BANDS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW.

    By dropkick sarge on Nov 15, 2013

  14. sarge i don’t expect “speedboy” or whoever he is today to reply.

    if u like the dbts i highly recommend barrance whitfield, the bottle rockets, detroit cobras, john paul keith, the yahoos, terry anderson, dan baird (ex georgia satellite), the hoodoo gurus, and slobberbone. theyre older dudes playing 3 chord rock n roll with a brain and a sense of humor. bloodshot is a great label that carries some of these people. the other bands are younger and have the right attitude. adios lounge is a fine blog for this music and he has a blasters video with carl perkins and willie dixon in there somewhere. heres a good interview with rachel nagy of the detroit cobras: http://tinyurl.com/m2×9sv8

    By barth on Nov 15, 2013

  15. hey sarge i missed your query- no i cant really call the dbts 3 chord rock n roll theres a lot more depth to their music. i hope u saw their recent tour some shows had the old 97s opening. eddie spaghetti of the supersuckers is here soon.

    By barth on Nov 15, 2013

  16. IT’S OKAY BARTH-I’M GOOD WITH ALL OF IT-BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT-THE NRBQ GUYS ARE GOOD BUT MAYBE SPEEDBOY IS RIGHT ABOUT THE OTHERS.I ONLY PRETENDED TO LIKE THE RAMONES BECAUSE I WANTED TO FIT IN WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE

    By dropkick sarge on Nov 15, 2013

  17. IT’S OKAY BARTH-I’M GOOD WITH ALL OF IT-BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT-THE NRBQ GUYS ARE GOOD BUT MAYBE SPEEDBOY IS RIGHT ABOUT THE OTHERS.I ONLY PRETENDED TO LIKE THE RAMONES BECAUSE I WANTED TO FIT IN WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE

    not my post [speedboy]..but i do like nrbq and never did like the ramones.

    By dropkick sarge on Nov 15, 2013

  18. kinda disturbing news and some might think it belongs here for an interesting reason. uncle ernie or cousin kevin etc.

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/roy-harper-charged-with-sexual-assault-of-a-minor/

    By darth on Nov 16, 2013

  19. even more disturbing than your behavior,lol

    By speedboy on Nov 16, 2013

  20. that was me posting as speedboy-just so you know

    By widdle dwight on Nov 16, 2013

  21. anyone know why sugarmegs’ files are always such low quality bitrate, which result in “sybillant-s” gurgling noises in the upper frequencies?

    great site, but they need to increase the quality of the files. and maybe eat a nice plate of sausages.

    By Sausages on Nov 17, 2013

  22. i would answer that but i think youre ridiculous.

    on another note - this might be of interest to faces fans -

    http://psychedelicsight.com/9671-small-faces-box/

    By darth on Nov 22, 2013

  23. Right after this Pete Townshend produced a Graham Bell solo album which was never released. Did anyone ever hear this?

    By JB on Nov 26, 2013

  24. JB: ??? More info please!!!

    By DanC on Nov 27, 2013

  25. thats all the info jb has because thats what he read here -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Bell_(singer)

    By darth on Nov 27, 2013

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