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Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
The Who - Pinball Wizard (YouTube)

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Elton John - Pinball Wizard (YouTube)

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"Pinball Wizard" is a song written by Pete Townshend and performed by the English rock band the Who, featured on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy. The original recording was released as a single in 1969 and reached No. 4 in the UK charts and No. 19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The B-side of the "Pinball Wizard" single is an instrumental credited to Keith Moon, titled "Dogs Part Two". Despite the title, it has no musical connection to the Who's 1968 UK single "Dogs".
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The lyrics are written from the perspective of a pinball champion, called "Local Lad" in the Tommy libretto book, astounded by the skills of the opera's eponymous main character, Tommy Walker: "He ain't got no distractions / Can't hear those buzzers and bells / Don't see lights a flashin' / Plays by sense of smell / Always gets a replay / Never seen him fall / That deaf dumb and blind kid / Sure plays a mean pin ball.",[3] and "I thought I was the Bally table king, but I just handed my pinball crown to him".

Townshend once called it "the most clumsy piece of writing [he'd] ever done".[4] Nevertheless, the song was a commercial success and remains one of the most recognised tunes from the opera. It was a perpetual concert favourite for Who fans due to its pop sound and familiarity.

The song was performed by Elton John in Ken Russell's 1975 film adaptation of Tommy. This version was released in 1975 as a promotional single only in the US, and in 1976 in the UK, where it reached number 7. Because it was not released as a commercial single in the US, it was ineligible to be listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it did however make the US Radio & Records airplay chart where it reached number 9.

John's version uses a piano as the song's centerpiece in place of the acoustic guitar in the original (in the film, John's character is shown playing his pinball machine via a small piano keyboard), and features additional lyrics specially written by Townshend for the movie version, as well as a subtle inclusion of musical phrases from The Who's 1960s hit "I Can't Explain" during the outro (similarly, The Who's later cover of Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" included parts of "Take Me to the Pilot"). Unlike most of the soundtrack's music, which featured various combinations of The Who and some of the era's best session players, Elton John used his own band and producer Gus Dudgeon for the track. John has performed the song as part of his Las Vegas Red Piano Show, as well as on various tours. To date, it is the only cover of a Who song to reach the top 10.
Wikipedia - Pinball Wizard
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lammo
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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
The Who - duh


When in Rome
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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
I agree, lol

I heard the founder of Rhapsody try to say on Lex Fridman's podcast that the Elton John version was better, and I disagreed. Good to know I'm not the only one.


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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
I like Elton but this is no contest


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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
EJ


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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
The Who by a wide margin.


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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
Elton John’s version of Pinball Wizard is a staple of my tailgate set list.


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MorbidTheClown
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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
Elton


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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
The Who did it best, and I'm a huge Elton fan.


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I tend to favor whoever writes a song so I have to go with the Who. Pete Townshend wrote it


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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
As much as i like Elton's piano work and vocals on this song, the Who is just the definitive version and I can't see them giving up that honor anytime soon.



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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
EJ
More energy.


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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
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the definitive version
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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
The Who and it aint even close.


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re: Who has the better version of Pinball Wizard - The Who, or Elton John?
EJ's version is better, as is his version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.


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