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Review: The story of 'Tommy' is best told by the Who alone

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"Sensation: The Story of Tommy"


“Sensation: The Story of Tommy,” which came out on DVD and Blu-ray March 11, isn't the first time the album has been analyzed and examined by the Who on film.

But as the years go on and fewer of the original members are left, it falls to the two remaining members, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, to tell as much of the story here as they can. They're surrounded by talking head critics, who while knowledgeable, are on screen too often, and more importantly, don't talk from the first-person perspective that Daltrey and Townshend do.

That's the real downside to “Sensation: The Story of Tommy.” There are, however, some great moments with the Who, and archival interviews with Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

But there is a reason to recommend it, especially to collectors: The special features include a previously unreleased “Beat Club” German TV show from 1969 featuring the group performing tracks from the album and an interview with Townshend, plus a longer version of the program, which was originally aired on the BBC.


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