Does anyone still have the original 2 CD set on MCA?
No, but I've had my share of Tommy versions. First one was the MCA in two single jewel cases in a longbox, which I got in 1985. It sounded like crap, if I remember correctly. Of course, now it's fashionable to say that those CDs were pure mastering gold, but I'm sticking with crap in this case. Tons of hiss and thin, thin, thin (even for Tommy).
Then I got the European Polydor version, which was two CDs in a fat double case. It was better, but not great. After that it was the MoFi, which is the best version of the original mix I've heard. (I never heard the 1993 single-disc.)
I actually got rid of the MoFi after the remix came out, because the money was good and I liked the remix better. I kinda wish I still had it now, from a collector's standpoint, but I don't really miss it otherwise.
I don't know if they changed the pre-1993 MCA version, but it wouldn't surprise me.
The "audiophile" line is pretty sad/amusing/etc, but everything else doesn't sound too far off base.
Yeah, it was the "audiophile" part I thought you'd enjoy.
BTW, any mention about the demos or outtakes?
Not much on the demos, but there was quite a bit on the outtakes. I'll report back after I get home tonight (where the magazine is).