The Who To Release TOMMY Super Deluxe Boxset and Deluxe Edition

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Released November 11th 2013


August 28, 2013 – Tommy, The Who’s defining, breakthrough concept album – a full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom is to be released in Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions this Autumn.


Originally released in May 1969, The Who were at a career crossroads, known mainly as a singles band, but this project launched them as a serious ‘albums band’ and it has now sold over 20 million copies as well as regularly turning up in lists of the most influential albums of all time.


Coming after The Who Sell Out in 1967, it marked a complete change in style with Pete Townshend’s lengthy conceptual narrative bringing exciting new opportunities to rock music. Tommy was and remains to be an ambitious, complex and controversial work, which was initially banned by the BBC.


This new Deluxe and Super Deluxe version of the album comes with a wealth of previously unheard material in the form of 20 demos from Pete Townshend’s archive and also a full live performance of Tommy from 1969 taken from tapes that infamously Townshend asked the band’s sound engineer to burn!


18 of the previously unheard and thought to be long lost live tracks are taken from a live show at the Capital Theatre, Ottawa, Canada on October the 15th 1969. Three others, I’m Free, Tommy’s Holiday Camp and We’re Not Gonna Take It were lost due to tape reels being changed during the show  so are taken from later shows of the same era.


As discussed at length in Pete Townshend’s autobiography the tapes were all supposed to be destroyed but were kept by long time Who sound man Bob Pridden despite Pete’s instructions.


The Super Deluxe box also features a 5.1 mix featuring the complete album remixed in surround sound on new Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format


As well as the music the limited edition Super Deluxe boxset comes with a hardback 80-page full-colour book featuring rare period photos, memorabilia, a 20,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes and a rare facsimile Tommy poster housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case.





Super-Deluxe Edition (UPC 006025 37473960)


Disc 1 – The original album (2013 re-master)

Digitally re-mastered in HD


Disc 2 – The demos and out-takes

Features 20 previously unreleased tracks from Pete Townshend’s demo archive.


Disc 3 – The 5.1 album mix – Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray

The complete album remixed in surround sound on new Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format


Disc 4 – The live ‘bootleg’ album

Features 21 previously-unreleased tracks from various live shows from 1969 


Hardback 80-page full-colour book featuring rare period photos and memorabilia 


20,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes


Rare facsimile Tommy poster


Limited edition, housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case 




Disc 1 The original album (2013 re-master)


1.     Overture                                                          5.20

2.     It’s A Boy                                                         0.38

3.     1921                                                                2.49

4.     Amazing Journey                                            5.04

5.     Sparks                                                             2.05

6.     The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind)              2.13

7.     Christmas                                                        4.34

8.     Cousin Kevin                                                   4.05

9.     The Acid Queen                                              3.34

10.  Underture                                                        10.01

11.  Do You Think It’s Alright?                               0.24

12.  Fiddle About                                                    1.29

13.  Pinball Wizard                                                 3.01

14.  There’s A Doctor                                             0.23

15.  Go To The Mirror!                                           3.47   

16.  Tommy Can You Hear Me?                            1.35

17.  Smash The Mirror                                           1.34

18.  Sensation                                                        2.25

19.  Miracle Cure                                                    0.12

20.  Sally Simpson                                                 4.10

21.  I’m Free                                                           2.39

22.  Welcome                                                         4.32

23.  Tommy’s Holiday Camp                                  0.57

24.  We’re Not Gonna Take It                                7.06


Disc 2 Demos & extras

1.     Overture                                                         4:07

2.     It’s A Boy                                                        0:41

3.     1921                                                               3:13

4.     Amazing Journey                                           4:47

5.     Dream One                                                    3:09

6.     Sparks                                                            7:38

7.     The Hawker                                                    4:45

8.     Christmas                                                       4:42

9.     Acid Queen                                                    3:35

10.  Underture   (Dream Two)                               1:47

11.  Do You Think It’s Alright                                 0:26

12.  Pinball Wizard                                                3:42

13.  There’s A Doctor                                            0:24

14.  Go To The Mirror!                                          4:32

15.  Success                                                         0:10

16.  Tommy Can You Hear Me                             1:15

17.  Smash The Mirror                                          1:37

18.  Sensation                                                       2:47

19.  Miracle Cure                                                   0:11

20.  Sally Simpson                                                4:50

21.  I’m Free                                                          2:27

22.  Welcome                                                        3:26

23.  We’re Not Gonna Take It                               5:02

24.  Trying To Get Through                                   2:27

25.  Young Man Blues                                           2:47


Tracks 1 – 23 – Pete Townshend – original demos.

All previously unreleased except 2, 11 and 12 – released in 2003

Track 24 – The Who – studio demo/out-take.

Track 25 – The Who – studio recording (NOTE: This version was previously only available on ‘The House That Track Built’ vinyl sampler).


Disc 3 Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc (5.1 mixes)

  1. Overture                                                          5.20
  2. It’s a boy                                                          0.37
  3. 1921                                                                2.49
  4. Amazing journey                                             5.05
  5. Sparks                                                             2.05
  6. The Hawker                                                     2.14
  7. Christmas                                                        4.34
  8. Cousin Kevin                                                   4.07
  9. The acid queen                                               3.34
  10. Underture                                                        10.05
  11. Do you think it’s alright?                                  0.25
  12. Fiddle about                                                    1.31
  13. Pinball wizard                                                  3.01
  14. There’s a doctor                                              0.24
  15. Go to the mirror!                                              3.48  
  16. Tommy can you hear me?                              1.35
  17. Smash the mirror                                            1.33
  18. Sensation                                                        2.27
  19. Miracle cure                                                    0.12
  20. Sally Simpson                                                 4.11
  21. I’m Free                                                           2.39
  22. Welcome                                                         4.32
  23. Tommy’s holiday camp                                   0.57
  24. We’re not gonna take it                                   7.06

Disc 4 Live Bootleg 


1.     Overture (including Introduction)                    7.00 

2.     It’s A Boy                                                        0.39

3.     1921                                                               2.28

4.     Amazing Journey                                           5.07

5.     Sparks                                                            2.49

6.     The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind)1.54

7.     Christmas                                                       3.11

8.     The Acid Queen                                             3.30

9.     Pinball Wizard                                                2.47

10.  Do You Think It’s Alright?                               0.21

11.  Fiddle About                                                   1.12

12.  Tommy Can You Hear Me?                           0.55

13.  There’s A Doctor                                            0.24

14.  Go To The Mirror!                                          3.22

15.  Smash The Mirror                                          1.10 

16.  Miracle Cure                                                   0.12

17.  Sally Simpson                                                4.01

18.  I’m Free                                                          2.12

19.  Tommy’s Holiday Camp                                 0.48

20.  We’re Not Gonna Take It                               3.28

21.  See Me, Feel Me / Listening To You              7.51






2-CD deluxe, digi-pak

CD 1 Original album remastered

CD 2 Live Bootleg


1-CD remastered version

Original album (single disc)


Deluxe vinyl edition  

2-piece, heavyweight

Original LP configuration


UVINYL Website

Exclusive vinyl version of live ‘bootleg’ album


Hi Fidelity Pure Audio (Blu-ray)

‘Stand-alone’ original album mixed in 5.1


Digital Formats

Super-deluxe box set 

Tracks from SDE box, excluding 5.1 mixes

+ MFiT version (iTunes only)


Digital deluxe edition

‘Mirror’ of 2-CD physical

+ MFiT version (iTunes only)


Digital album (original album)

Mirror’ of 1-CD physical

+ MFiT version (iTunes only)



Itunes UK:


Amazon UK:


International links coming soon.


26 thoughts on “The Who To Release TOMMY Super Deluxe Boxset and Deluxe Edition”

  1. bruce says:

    sorry, you guys have it as: Capital Theatre, Ottowa, Canada

    should be OTTAWA

  2. Melenny says:

    Omg. The Who is my dads favorite band! I listened to. them the entire time growing up. I now have a christmas idea for him, and myself!

  3. michael vozzelli says:

    i have been a WHO fan fo soo long, i just love you guys thanks. i bought petes book, he is a verry strong man. GOD bless you.

  4. Joe says:

    Wish they released a DVD with this, like their performance at Woodstock! We need to see that concert in it’s entirety!

  5. Gisabun says:

    Oh this buggers things up. Already have the 2003 deluxe edition plus the DVD-audio version.

  6. michael says:

    and it’s the province of Ontario – from a person who has collected live recordings of every band that ever existed hardcore for the last 20 yrs complete info is prefered – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  7. Jon says:

    Sounds great, The Who should have added a DVD as well. Also if Pete felt the recordings should have been burned, don’t burn the fans 44 years later with a huge price tag !!!

    1. Pat H says:

      If you read Pete’s autobiography, you would know the reason he wanted them burned was because he didn’t want them showing up on a bootleg somewhere without The Who being able to profit from them. He also said it was incredibly stupid as the band was playing some of their most tight sets during that time. I will say however, that the skeptic in me wonders if Pete might have known these were really still out there somewhere – in Bob’s care.

  8. Barbara says:

    i have the cd and movie but i would like to check out the new cd

  9. Ron Weslosky says:

    It seems to me that the Blu Ray disc could also accomodate all the tracks in this set. I for one am a huge fan of hifidelity recordings and would dig all of the tracks uncompressed….

    For the surround sound mi8x: which one is it? Is it the dvd-audio mix, the sacd mix, or the original quintaphonic mix?

  10. Brad says:

    All Hail Bob Pridden!! Thank You for saving a great pc. of Who History for the Fans…Thank you Pete, for not killing Bob…

  11. Michael says:

    Sadly The Who do not own the Woodstock recording, previous Audio and Video releases such as on 30 Years of Maximum R ‘n B, Kids are Alright etc, were issued under license. Only bootleg I know of was shot from a side of stage camera. Shame, they were great too. Maybe one day.

  12. Dale says:

    Love you Pete and I eve n love how you keep finding new ways for me to buy music I have bought 5 or6 times already….isn’t tech. Great….

  13. David Wooldridge says:

    Long Live The Who..another fab piece of rock history delivered so brilliantly again.looking forward to it very much.Still buzzing from Quadrophenia show at Wembley Arena…and now this..Keiths remembrance next Sat also..Keep going Pete and Rog! legends!

  14. David says:

    Tommy 5.1 on BLU-RAY?!!! AWESOME!

  15. Adrian says:

    Great to see Tommy getting a similar treatment to Quadrophenia.

  16. John Miyagawa says:

    The Who should consider releasing a complete version of the 1969 Ottawa show.

  17. Tim Sullivan says:

    I’m dead Chuffed! Can’t wait. Can I pre-order or did I miss something here?

  18. Mick Parker says:

    What a fantastic Christmas present to me. I’ve already been threatened with extinction if I purchase a copy.

  19. I saw the show 2nights in Detroit after Woodstock. Fantastic!

  20. Saw 2 shows in Detroit in October after Woodstock.
    They were hot !

  21. E C Rocha says:

    The Greatest!!!

  22. Gary Marriott says:

    Oh what a unbelieveable prize to have that would be just to much love to be there yaye,

  23. Manami Izumiyama says:

    Wow!!! I’ve just made a reservation for buying The albun TOMMY deluxe edition through the Amazon. By the way, do you know about 100% Pure LP’s which are released in Japan? They sound soooooooooo GREAT!!!!! I received the DJ copy from an A&R man of The Who’s at Universal Music in Japan last autumn and that sounds GREAT!!! And this morning, I’ve just received another new not-for-sale CD (platinum SHM-CD of the album: WHO’S NEXT”). But I think the ORIGINAL LP sounds much better!!! I love each and every song of the album, but my favorite is “Behind Blue Eyes,” Sometimes I dance with my husband with the song in our living room (smile). Roger’s voice is just brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Peter Chrisp says:

    Surprisingly i new very little of “Tommy”, it’s now an unbelievable 44 years old, but with the super deluxe edition due around 11/11/2013, it will be remarkable to revisit an all time classic album, a massive 4 disc edition and huge book to boot, You better You better You bet.

  25. Peter Chrisp says:

    Just received my copy from the U.K. it will take
    ages to get through, like the music inside, stunning. Absolutely brilliant presentation, a huge thank you from “The Who” and everyone involved. You Better, You Better, You Bet.

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