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Overture Pete Townshend. It's A Boy Pete Townshend. Amazing Journey Pete Townshend. I in and London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II , in They were recorded at the same sessions, in January The album was Zappa's fourth to employ an orchestra, following Lumpy Gravy , Motels and Orchestral Favorites The album was recorded using a digital track recorder.
Astley was able to access the original 8 track tapes and bring out instruments that had been buried, such as the guitar in "Christmas", the French horn in "Sparks", the cymbals in " The Acid Queen " and the organ in "We're Not Gonna Take it".
The remastering was done under the supervision of Townshend and also includes related material not on the original album, including "Dogs-Part 2" the B-Side to "Pinball Wizard" , "Cousin Kevin Model Child" and "Young Man Blues", plus demos for the album and other unreleased songs that were dropped from the final running order.
As well as the original album, the package includes additional demos, and a live performance mostly taken from the Who's show at the Capital Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario , Canada on 15 October The live disc was significant, as it debunked a long-standing myth that the tapes for the tour were burned in preference for the Leeds University show in February that made up Live at Leeds.
The Who had planned to perform Tommy live since starting the project. The group spent April rehearsing a live version of the show at the Hanwell Community Centre in Ealing including a final run down of the entire stage piece on 23 April.
After a few warm up gigs towards the end of April,  the group gave a preview concert to the press at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club , London on 1 May. Realising the opera's narrative was difficult to understand, Townshend explained a synopsis of the story, before the Who played Tommy all the way through at full stage volume. This indicated that live performances of Tommy had a significant positive response. The group continued to play large halls in the US, organised by tour promoter Frank Barsalona , and generally avoided festivals,  but made an important exception with the Woodstock festival on 16 August.
During " Pinball Wizard ", Abbie Hoffman took to the stage to protest about the imprisonment of John Sinclair before being kicked offstage by Townshend, while during " See Me, Feel Me ", the sun rose, almost as if on cue.
Townshend later said, "We know that the stage act we had, with Tommy in it, would work under any circumstances, because it had worked many times on tour. Tommy remained in the Who's live set through the rest of the year and into In October , the Who played six shows at the Fillmore East , where Leonard Bernstein praised them for their new music. Townshend said "This is the very last time we'll play Tommy on stage", to which Keith Moon promptly cried, "Thank Christ for that!
Public reaction to the Who's concerts that included Tommy was overwhelmingly positive. The touring helped keep the album in the public eye, and cleared the band's debts.
A complete performance is available on the Deluxe Edition of the live album Live at Leeds , recorded on 14 February The Who continued to play a smaller selection of Tommy live in subsequent tours throughout the s. In , the Seattle Opera under director Richard Pearlman produced the first ever fully staged professional production of Tommy at Seattle 's Moore Theatre.
There were two performances that took place on the same evening. Townshend played some guitar, but otherwise the music was predominantly orchestral. In Tommy was adapted as a film, produced by expatriate Australian entrepreneur Robert Stigwood and directed by British auteur Ken Russell.
Russell insisted on having a known cast, though Townshend wanted people who could sing the material, and was particularly disappointed at not being allowed to cast Stevie Wonder as the Pinball Wizard. Townshend also oversaw the production of a soundtrack album , on which the unrecorded orchestral arrangements Kit Lambert had envisaged for the original Tommy LP were realised by the extensive use of synthesizer.
This sequence in the film depicts Elton John being backed by the Who dressed in pound-note suits ; the band portrayed the Pinball Wizard's band for filming,  but on the music track and soundtrack album, the music was performed entirely by him and his regular touring band. The film and its soundtrack album featured six new songs, all written by Townshend, and an alteration to the running order compared to the original album.
The CD reissue of the film soundtrack also included an additional Overture. In , Townshend broke his wrist in a cycling accident and could not play guitar. Looking for alternative work while recuperating, he responded to a request from the PACE Theatrical Group for the rights to a Broadway musical adaptation of Tommy. The group introduced him to La Jolla Playhouse director Des McAnuff , and the pair began to develop the musical together.
It opened at La Jolla in summer , and was an immediate commercial success. The musical had a mixed response from critics,  while Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle thought the show was too passive. In , bluegrass band the Hillbenders released a cover of the album, arranged by Jim Rea and produced by Louis Jay Meyers. The group have informed Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey in order to get official blessing. Townshend met with the group after the band's May performance in Nashville.Tommy - As Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir is a music studio album recording by VARIOUS ARTISTS (CONCEPT ALBUMS & THEMED COMPILATIONS) (Various Genres/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. This page includes Tommy - As Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & /5(2).