Tommy is a British rock opera movie from 1975, based upon The Who's 1969 album „Tommy“. It was directed by Ken Russell and features a star-studded cast, including the band members themselves: Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Arthur Brown and Jack Nicholson. Tina Turner plays the „Acid Queen“, a prostitute dealing in LSD, who sends Tommy on a wild trip. In addition to the movie, Tina was also involved in the soundtrack album with the song Acid Queen and released also a Acid Queen solo album the same year, including a re-recorded version from the soundtrack. In 1993 the home video „Tommy - The Amazing Journey“ was released, which details through interviews and archive footage the history of the rock opera TOMMY, including the album, the movie and the broadway musical.
Written by Pete Townsend / Produced by Robert Stigwood, Ken Russell
March 22, 1975
The obvious first question upon seeing this LP is how many helpings of Pete Townshend's classic rock opera can the public take? Well, the answer in this case is certainly one more. Arrangements and production here are both quite different from the Who's original LP and the stage version that came out a bit over a year ago. With an exceptionally strong cast that includes Who lead singer Roger Daltrey as Tommy, the rest of the Who, Elton John, Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Arthur Brown, Oliver Reed and Eric Clapton, this lavishly produced version of the opera (Townshend handled production) should do just as well as its predecessors. Musicians include the likes of Clapton, Townshend, parts of the Who and Faces, Elton John and his band members. An entirely new interpretation of the work and one deserving of special attention.
Best cuts: "Christmas," "Acid Queen," "Cousin Kevin," "Pinball Wizard," “l'm Free," "Sally Simpson," "We're Not Gonna Take lt."
Dealers: Movie is going to get mammoth exposure, and two disk iacket is deluxe design.
This classic rock opera is brought energetically to life by an outstanding cast including many stars of the rock music industry. Told through the remarkable music of The Who, this is the story of Tommy who when just a boy of six witnessed the murder of his father by his mother (Ann-Margaret) and her lover (Oliver Reed). They command him, „You didn’t hear it, you didn’t see it, and you won’t say anything to anyone …“ As a result, the traumatized boy retreats into the shadows of his mind and becomes deaf, dumb and blind.
Growing into man- hood, Tommy (Roger Daltrey) is subjected to several bizarre cure attempts by The Acid Queen (Tina Turner), the Preacher (Eric Clapton), and the Specialist (Jack Nicholson). In spite of his handicap, Tommy defeats the Pinball Wizard (Elton Iohn) and becomes the champ, attaining a devoted following. When he is finally cured, he is hailed by his fans as a „Messiah“.