The Who: Tommy
MCA B0001386-36 (2 discs)
"Tommy" - Deluxe Edition
Recorded at Londons IBC Studios between September 1968 and March 1969, The Whos first official performance of TOMMY was at a press preview at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in Londons Soho on 1 May 1969, the same month the original double album was released. The final TOMMY performance, until their 25th Anniversary reunion tour in 1989, was at Londons Roundhouse on 20 December 1970, when they dedicated it to their support act, an upcoming singer-songwriter/pianist called Elton John. In between, The Who took TOMMY across Europe and America, performing it over 160 times. Despite the perfect timing its mystical themes were ideal for 1969 and the general hullabaloo surrounding its release, TOMMY stalled at #2 in the UK charts. In America it eventually reached #4 on re-entering the charts. Overall, it re-entered the Billboard charts several times for a total of 126 weeks, far longer than any other Who album.
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