Billboard Magazine - 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.
Acid Queen (Soundtrack Version 3:49
Acid Queen (Movie Version 8:56
Written by Pete Townsend / Produced by Robert Stigwood, Ken Russell
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“.