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Tommy DVD-A press release
Audiophile question: Why would you want the DVD-A instead of the SACD? Both
have 5.1 surround, but you can't play the DVD-A on a CD player.
Note to Scott: "[Tommy's] success, bolstered by tours of Europe and the U.S.
and the movie Woodstock, turned The Who into superstars. Tommy also introduced
a new audience to rock music as the band played some of the world's most
celebrated opera houses and luminaries such as Leonard Bernstein praised the
Didn't I just say that?
Tommy DVD-A press release
Official press release:
THE WHO'S CLASSIC TOMMY REMIXED BY PETE TOWNSHEND IN 5.1 SURROUND SOUND FOR
DVD-AUDIO RELEASE. TWO-CD DELUXE EDITION FEATURING RARE BONUS OUTTAKES,
ALTERNATE VERSIONS, DEMOS, AND EXCLUSIVE IN-STUDIO INTERVIEW
"Tommy can you hear me?" will be heard like never before with the DVD-Audio
release on April 27th, 2004 of the double-disc Tommy - Deluxe Edition
DVD-Audio (Geffen/UMe). One of the pre-eminent rock albums in history, Tommy -
Deluxe Edition DVD-Audio marks the first release of any of the band's albums
on DVD-Audio. The DVD-Audio contains an exclusive thirty minute video
interview with Pete Townshend in the studio discussing the original Tommy
recording session, working with producer Kit Lambert, and the creation and
remixing of the album. Tommy also includes a collection of rare demo and
outtake recordings, never-before-published photographs, on-screen lyrics, and
original lyric manuscripts (viewable on computers).
All of UMG's DVD-Audio releases have been remixed and remastered from the
original multi-track masters, taking advantage of the superior Advanced
Resolution surround and stereo sound quality available with DVD-Audio. UMG
DVD-Audio discs will also play on existing DVD-Video players using Dolby
Digital surround sound. To learn more about DVD-Audio and UMG releases, visit
Disc 1 features the complete original album in 5.1 Surround Sound, Stereo and
Dolby Surround (remixed for surround by Pete Townshend and remastered by Jon
Astley, Townshend's catalog reissue collaborator). Disc 2 brings together 17
rare or previously unreleased outtakes (such as 'I Was' and 'Miss Simpson')
and alternate versions (such as for 'Tommy Can You Hear Me?,' 'We're Not Gonna
Take It' and 'Christmas') plus four never-before-released demos ('It's A Boy,'
'Amazing Journey,' 'Christmas' and 'Do You Think It's Alright?').
The first 'rock opera,' Tommy tells of a 'deaf, dumb, and blind kid' who
witnessed traumatic events in his adolescence. Released in 1969, the album was
hailed by both rock critics and the mainstream press. Tommy includes such
classics as 'I'm Free,' 'Sensation,' 'We're Not Gonna Take It,' 'Pinball
Wizard,' 'The Acid Queen,' 'Eyesight To The Blind,' 'See Me Feel Me/Listening
To You' and the 10-minute instrumental 'Underture.' Its success, bolstered by
tours of Europe and the U.S. and the movie Woodstock, turned The Who into
superstars. Tommy also introduced a new audience to rock music as the band
played some of the world's most celebrated opera houses and luminaries such as
Leonard Bernstein praised the work. Tommy has since been performed as a play,
a 1975 film starring Roger Daltrey and a 1993 Broadway musical which earned
five Tony Awards (the West End version was nominated for eight prestigious