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Tommy: London Symphony
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Tommy: London Symphony
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Classic Rock, Metal, Broadway & Vocalists
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Tommy: London Symphony
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Release Date: 5/12/1989
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Classic Rock, Metal, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: By Decade, 1970s, Progressive, Progressive Rock, British Invasion, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Supergroups, Musicals
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227111328, 081227111342

CD Reviews

Not As Good As the Other One
Jason_Els | Warwick, NY USA | 06/07/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"First off I LOVE this version with the London Symphony Orchestra backing The Who and a who's who of guest rock legends. The orchestrations are outstanding, particularly the first half. When I first heard this as a child of 5 or 6 I was amazed and played the record with the kind of unending repetition that only kids can do. As a result, I know this recording inside and out.My beef is this particular CD. This version is from Rhino and while (to their credit) Rhino releases stuff that's hard to find they don't put a lot of effort into remastering or cleaning-up their recordings. The unfortunate result is that this has background tape hiss, piercing highs that are occasionally shrill, recessed mid-bass and midranges that at times are barely audible, and thumpy bass that turns to mud. Please, I am not bragging but I have an outrageous sound system with Definitive Bipole towers and a B&K 307 receiver and while it makes excellent recordings akin to heaven it does reveal poor quality recordings without mercy. Whether Rhino used a poor master or there just isn't a better recording than this I don't know but I do remember the vinyl version to be balanced much better. I still have that version, beaten and with a few scratches and I'm not wrong.This version also lacks the outstanding libretto which came with the original vinyl set and that's a shame considering how good the art is.I love this piece but while it's passable on my home theater/music system it's abysmal in the car where I would listen to it most frequently. If another, cleaner, better-mastered version were to come out I wouldn't hesitate to toss this one and get it. "Tommy" is a landmark of rock and belongs in every rock lover's collection; particularly the LSO version where "Tommy" takes flight and soars far above the other versions of it.Many thanks!"
Phenominal interpretation of a seminal album!
Eric V. Moye | New York, by way of Dallas | 08/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a wonderful adaptation of the Who's classic rock opera. To my mind, it is far, far superior to the movie soundtrack. The trouble with the Soundtrack (in my opinion) was the predominance of the non-singers like Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margaret and Oliver Reed (the Broadway version does not even merit mention). Sure, there was Tina Turner and Elton John, but overall, the hallmark of that 'track was the signature non-singers singing in what was an incredibly weak effort. By contrast, here we have Merry Clayton, Rod Steward and Ritchie Haven. Do they match up performer to performer with the Soundtrack? Depends on whether you prefer Elton to Rod, and Tina to Merry. Otherwise down the line, this is far superior. But it is the fabulous performance of the London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir gives this effort a fullness and lush quality which is missing from every other adaptation. Give a listen to the cut called the "Underture" which sounds just fine on the original concept album, until hearing it done by a full orchestra. Critic 'Music fan' may be correct. The way to go may well be by the purchase of the movie soundtrack (for Elton and the Divine Ms Turner), the Original, and this effort. Then burning one's own CD (or making an original cassette) will give the best of all worlds. This albumstands very well, however, alone, which until now was something that only the Original Concept Album could do.If my memory serves, this came out in 1975 or so. One of my best friends from the old neighborhood gave me this for a birthday present before heading back to college (thanx, Roger). I made a cassette, then combined the three onto my reel-to-reel. I am glad to have it on CD and MP. It has been a long long time since I heard this. It returned to the front of my brain, like a long lost friend. "
Larry Gaugenmaier | Newport Beach California | 11/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had a hard time finding this particular C D, Because it is under Classical rather than rock. I have found out that there are 3 different versions of this same name title. The one with the London Symphony Orchistra is the best one for me, because it has some great artists on it with all the great music of a very large and perfected group of musicians."