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Item 590 - The Who: Tommy Catalog 415 (Sep 2013)

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Two double-sided 12″ acetates of The Who’s 1975 soundtrack for Tommy, each disc featuring two different sides of the final release. Both are identified in type on The Mastering Lab labels with the album title and side listed. In overall fine to very fine condition. Both accompanied by their original sleeves from The Mastering Lab. Originates from the personal collection of legendary engineer and producer Ron Nevison.

Tommy was first released by The Who in 1969, an album they envisioned as a singular 'rock opera,' telling the story of a 'deaf, dumb and blind kid.' In 1975, it was adapted for the screen with a star-studded cast that included members of The Who, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Elton John, and Jack Nicholson. Pete Townshend oversaw the production of an entirely new Tommy album for the soundtrack, this time using synthesizers to create orchestral arrangements he had envisioned and taking advantage of the available musicians—Elton John's rendition of 'Pinball Wizard' was later released as a single and became a top-ten hit. While these acetates feature the soundtrack in traditional stereo form, Tommy was especially innovative in that it was one of the first music films that used multichannel ‘quintaphonic sound,’ similar to the surround sound systems of today. RR Auction COA.

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