A Broadway revival of the musical will premiere inin a production directed by Des McAnuff. Note that there are several plot differences between the album, the film, and the stage production, though the general storyline is largely the same.
An opening montage of London is presented, beginning in with the initial meeting and then marriage of the Walkers. Back in London at 22 Heathfield Gardens, the captain's brother Ernie delivers a care package to the pregnant Mrs Walker just as two officers arrive at the home to announce the disappearance and presumed death of her husband "Captain Walker".
Mrs Walker has since attained a new lover, and they celebrate her twenty-first birthday and discuss marriage together with four-year-old Tommy "Twenty-One". To their surprise, Captain Walker enters the house and a fight erupts between Captain Walker and the boyfriend.
Mrs Walker turns Tommy away, but he watches his father shoot the boyfriend to death through a large mirror. Captain and Mrs Walker embrace but soon realise what Tommy has witnessed, and violently shake him, telling him he did not see or hear anything "What About the Boy". The police arrive; Tommy simply gazes at the mirror in silence. A narrator—Tommy's older self—appears to the audience, introducing and framing the story of his exceptional childhood " Amazing Journey ".
Captain Walker is tried for murder but found not guilty by reasons of self-defense. However, Tommy fails to celebrate his father's release, and his family quickly realizes that he has apparently gone deaf, mute, and blind. Tommy's parents have him undergo a battery of medical tests, to no avail "Sparks". At ten years of Prelude - Anything Goes 1989 London Cast - Anything Goes: 1989 London Cast Recording (Vinyl, Tommy's unresponsive state remains unchanged "Amazing Journey — Reprise".
The Walkers all go to church and host a Christmas family dinner, though the family is unnerved that Tommy does not know that it is Christmas or understand its significance " Christmas ". Everyone is stunned when Tommy responds only to his uncle Ernie's playing the French horn.
Mr Walker, in a desperate attempt to reach his son, Prelude - Anything Goes 1989 London Cast - Anything Goes: 1989 London Cast Recording (Vinyl "Tommy, can you hear me? Cousin Kevin and his friends take Tommy to a youth club where, to everyone's astonishment, Tommy plays pinball brilliantly "Sensation". Meanwhile, another doctor, a psychiatrist, tests Tommy yet again with no success "Sparks — Reprise". They take young Tommy to the Isle of Dogs to find a prostitute called The Gypsy, who tries to convince Captain Walker to let her spend time alone with Tommy, introducing him to drugs " The Acid Queen ".
Horrified by her methods, Captain Walker snatches Tommy away. ByTommy has apparently become a pinball-playing expert as Cousin Kevin and a group of adolescents await year-old Tommy's appearance at the amusement arcade, where his rise to local popularity has begun " Pinball Wizard ". ByTommy has become the local pinball champion and hero of the neighborhood lads "Underture".
Captain Walker persists unsuccessfully in seeking doctors and a cure for Tommy "There's a Doctor" and " Go to the Mirror! One doctor discovers that Tommy's senses do function but not at a self-aware or openly expressive level.
The Walkers, at their wits' end, passionately confront each other in an effort to reconcile and face the reality that Tommy might never be cured "I Believe My Own Eyes". Captain Walker leaves Mrs. Walker with Tommy. Tommy stares into the mirror blankly as his mother tries desperately to reach him one last time, before smashing the mirror in a rage "Smash the Mirror".
With the mirror in pieces, Tommy suddenly becomes fully lucid and interactive for the first time since the age of four, and he leaves home " I'm Free ".
Through tonews of Tommy's miraculous regaining of full consciousness receives huge media attention "Miracle Cure"Tommy is idolized by the public and the press "Sensation — Reprise"and he begins appearing in packed stadiums, playing pinball with a helmet that temporarily blinds and deafens him "Pinball Wizard — Reprise".
Uncle Ernie tries to capitalise on Tommy's newfound stardom, by selling cheap souvenirs for a grand opening party of Tommy's new holiday campPrelude - Anything Goes 1989 London Cast - Anything Goes: 1989 London Cast Recording (Vinyl, resulting from Tommy's cult-like following "Tommy's Holiday Camp".
That night, an adolescent fan named Sally Simpson falls from the stage in her eagerness to touch Tommy and is pummeled by guards "Sally Simpson". Tommy, in horror, stops the show and tends to Sally. He says he has had enough and decides to go home. Realizing how caught up in celebrity he has become, Tommy wishes to do something in return for his fans and invites them all back to his house "Welcome". Sally then asks Tommy how she can be more like him and less like herself "Sally Simpson's Question".
He is confused, and insists that there is no reason for anyone to be like him, when everyone else already possesses the amazing gifts that he was deprived of most of his life. He suddenly realises that he had thought his fame came from his miraculous recovery, when it in fact arose due to his fans desire for a spiritual leaderhoping he could communicate wisdom from his experience of not being able to hear, see, or talk for so long.
Now, disenchanted with their hero for failing to provide the answers they wanted to be told to them, the crowd turns on him in anger and eventually leaves "We're Not Gonna Take It"leaving Tommy with just his family surrounding him. Tommy hears the voice of his ten-year-old self from the mirror "See Me, Feel Me" and for a moment, to the horror of his family, seems to be reverting to his old state. The original album was much more ambiguous in its specific plot points than the stage musical and film versions.
Originally, the song "Twenty-One" was called "" as the album version took place in a post-World War I setting.
In the film, the story was changed to be post-World War II and the song was changed to "". In both the album and stage versions, the father comes home and kills the lover in the confrontation. Ken Russell's film made a reversal and killed Mr. Walker's character, having the lover then assume the role of a step-father to Tommy. Pete Townshend made a number of lyrical changes to songs for the film version, many of which were utilized in the stage musical these include revisions made to "It's a Boy", "Amazing Journey", and "Tommy's Holiday Camp", among others.
The new pieces created for the film, however "Bernie's Holiday Camp", "Champagne", "Mother and Son"were not retained for the stage production. Instead, Townshend wrote a new piece called "I Believe My Own Eyes" in which the Walkers resign themselves to accepting Tommy's fate after years of trying.
Tommy's experience with the Acid Queen Scene 11 is also handled differently between the Album, Movie, and Stage productions. In both the album and movie, Tommy appears to have taken a drug from the Acid Queen which produced a visceral response in the otherwise mostly catatonic child.
In the musical, his father brings him to see the Acid Queen, then changes his mind and leaves before Tommy partakes of her "charms. The most fundamental difference in the story is the finale, which was rewritten in Originally, Tommy instructs his followers to become deaf, mute, and blind themselves to find a heightened state of enlightenment. The crowd rejects this and turns on him.
In the stage version, Tommy tells them the opposite: to not try to emulate him, but to rather live out their own normal lives. Upon hearing this message, the crowd still rejects him out of a desire to hear a bolder message from him.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rock musical. This article is about the stage production. For the film, see Tommy film. List of awards.
Inspiration you have given, I can not wait to be able to figure out the best devices to use and purchase to listen to my jazz and other albums from the period. Time to study my albums, one question? Where do I LP) the crystal ball? Thank you! I forgot to say, finding this great group I have learned more in 24 hours then I can thk you all for. When I find the 6 eyed or 2 eyed or any jazz in my collection I recently acquired, I will be excited to discuss them and the sound I feel once I can listen to them.
Again, thk you W. Good day. Ok, so true to my word, I have located my first Jazz album. Below I reviewed the discussion about Mingus. Produced by Teo Macero. Digital Master Prepared by Teo Macero. Engineered by Ray Moore. Both sides have the name of the songs on that side and are labeled, 1 or 2. I forgot to mention, side 1 and 2, not a or b and ALB space E space G1 or 61 also has A9 inscribed on the album side 1 and BLA space E space 61 side 2 does not have A9 inscribed on the album with these other letters and numbers.
I hope I am making sense. Thanks again. The original cat. Thank you, I realized this as well after little research and apologize for the posting without first seeking to find the answer prior to the post. It probably gave you a chuckle, the digital part that is.
I will do a little research first before I make a foolish question. I did locate several 6 eye releases in my classical group and hope to discover a few in Jazz. Thank you for not laughing, publicly at my ignorance. Dear Mr. Nm- so very clean.
Is this considered a sonic upgrade from standard post seventies Columbia all round? I do not see this label and I have never found it before It is Brown vackground. It is on a 78 titled that old gang of mine Ray henderson left side are a That was way before the time period covered in this site. Hi, LJC. I had him send me label pics. They are the same as those in 4. However, E. Is that right? Seems odd for the biggest selling jazz LP of all time! I have entered the fevered world of KoB pursuit….
KoB is not rare in absolute, but the very earliest pressings from six eye are much sought after, especially in near mint condition or promo editions. People appear quite happy to own a dozen copies as a result of their upgrade search for the ultimate listening experience of this life-changing recording.
Later editions find their own price level. Columbia were geared up for the manufacture and distribution of millions of copies of a record. Sooner or later there are pressings flooding out of Santa Barbara, New York, and Indiana, who knows where else. They will also have multiple re-pressings from each distribution centre as sales dictated. Do not despair Martin, you can afford more and better records. All you have to do is re-prioritise your expenditure.
Cut down on inessentials, like food, clothing, transport, holidays, move into a smaller home… umm. Hilariously, I actually do live pretty much in the service of secondhand vinyl already! Oh how I laughed. Now, all I need is that mint six-eye promo of KoB and my life will be complete…. I had a bit of an odyssey looking for a decent mono KoB. Returned it. They went back. Bought a better graded copy from the Netherlands that got damaged in transit and never arrived — darn it!
I do love most jazz records in mono though, for the record. Kudos, for trying. I am sure many of us have a litter-trail of dodgy copies of a recording until we have finally found one that works for us. There were about five variations of the stereo two-eyes with arrows in white. Then in late about November or December some Columbia pop labels had rim print right out of the Columbia Masterworks label. They tweaked that in early the stereo equivalent of the mono 4. March-April How long did they use this color?
Plus little bumps within the texture, evidently as from the back of the Kromekote paper which was uncoated and which side was used, from toby Capitol to print LP label blanks. But the similarities are so, ahem, deep. Thank you for the response. Again, as far as back catalogue goes, especially the jazz ones, the same principles apply.
One side has the earlier six eye label and the other side has the CBS overprinted six eye label. I shall be resisting the temptation to open the bag until the weekend when I can set aside time to enjoy the moment. I would like a confirmation about first mono pressing of Friday and Saturday at the Black Hawk.
Giving two cat. It also opened up the possibility to issue each record individually at a later date. Congrats on the sealed Miles! Not common but not super rare either. I never paid attention to it. You draw my attention, but I did not make further checks.
The CBS logo first appeared on the top of the Columbia six-eye label during My other six eyes include the Mingus, Ellington, J.
You could check Vinylbeat for any clues. You learn me that it came out in the Special products line, but this new to me up to this day. So if Columbia used Westrex stereo cutterheads in the six-eye and two-eye eras then are these a smaller v shape groove similar to the stereo pressings or an earlier u shape?
How do you know if you can play with a mono cartridge limited vertical complicancy or not? Do you have any information about this? Thank you in advance! A quick look at Goldmine will tell you how each issue of Ah Um was numbered, by year, example online. This is one thing Goldmine is quite useful for as opposed to prices, the original purpose.
It looks like the CL catalogue number is retained through various different label changes and it is not until much more recently other series pre-fixes occur. Terre Haute, Santa MariaPitmanor any other clues as to origin? The matrix reads XLPH. LP) I assume 8th lacquer, but no indication of the pressing plant as far as I can tell? I can alos just make out a small inverted c stamp, similar to a plastylite ear but smaller on the run out as well. WB is on the case — all I can do is egg him on from the sidelines.
You are in the presence of The Pope of Etchings. Thanks for the comments. Cover is Stereo. I keep searching.
Apparently, as for Nefertitithere was a mono CLbut such copies, if any, would be extremely rare. Can anyone help? I should note that Columbia retired their matrix number machine stamp once and for all in late It had been first put to use around February ofand since February they were bunched together with some characters up and others down to go with the curve in the deadwax.
There were other Columbia studios besides New York that used the machine-stamped type for the deadwax matrix numbers: Hollywood, on and off between and ; Chicago, from to ; and San Francisco, on and off from to c. Only Nashville eschewed any use, going hand-etched matrix numbers all through its history.
As for audio quality of the records, it is believed by some that the best-sounding of albums such as by Brubeck, Miles, Monk et al. The role of cutting heads goes way above my technical understanding but it makes sense as you describe it. A mine of useful information not available elsewhere, as always, WB, thanks. Hi LJC. It sounds very good to my ears.
Have you come across these releases? Nobody wanted the freight costs of moving finished records if they could press locally. I have never understood whether they sent mothers, stampers or copy tape for re-mastering like they did with European distribution. I have an original big old 6 eye blue lable… guess it is only valuable because I love it and it was given to my step father who designed the backdrops for the theater production… guess Canada is ranked as being of no value.
For those wondering. The pressing ring was usually set at 2. As far as two-eye label variants, there were far more, for mono and stereo, than are shown here. The version seen on the copy of the Monk album CS first appeared with uncoated paper stock in warm red ink in falland switched to glossy paper with Pantone Red at the very end of the year. The first two-eye design on the later CL pressing, and also CSlasted from mid to about summer Junethe two-eyes were consigned solely to deep-catalogue releases, with the last stereo labels used up by fall — and mono two-eyes continuing to be used well into the spring of yes, !
It should also be noted that there were typesetting differences on the label based on where pressed. As did PC No stereo inof course, quite right, bottom of the class LJC. The Six Eye logo ran from through tohowever there would not have been a stereo variation until such time as stereo was produced. Oh yes… I forgot about those Ray Conniff records. I acquired the original stereo six-eye a short time ago, which runs for an unusual 30 minutes each side.
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