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The Who Reissuing 'Tommy' With Orchestra and All-Star Cast: The Who News

08/11/2015
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(hennemusic) The Who have announced that they will reissue a 1972 recording of "Tommy" featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and Chambre Choir and all-star cast on September 11.

The Who's 1969 rock opera returns featuring the addition of a full 104-piece orchestra - conducted by David Measham and arranged by Wil Malone - and a 60-voice Chambre Choir, adding a fuller sound than the band's original studio release.

"I always saw The Who's version of Tommy as more of a sketch and felt there was more that could be done with it," says Pete Townshend. "The London Symphony project, I think, paved the way for more to come."

The project was recorded with an all-star cast of guest soloists including The Who's Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle along with Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Steve Winwood, Merry Clayton, Richie Havens, Sandy Denny, Maggie Bell, Graham Bell and actor Richard Harris.

Reissued on CD, vinyl and digital download, the 1972 recording has been re-mastered at 24/192 bitrate. The package includes the original design concept libretto with a 20-page color illustration of the characters and lyrics.

The original release of the album won a Grammy for Best Album Package and Rod Stewart's version of "Pinball Wizard" has become a staple of best-of collections throughout his career. See the track and cast details here.

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