Tommy

Tommy

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by The Who
     
 

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The full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom, written almost entirely by Pete Townshend. Hailed as a breakthrough upon its release, its critical standing has diminished somewhat in the ensuing decades because of the occasional pretensions of the concept and because of the insubstantial nature of some…  See more details below

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The full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom, written almost entirely by Pete Townshend. Hailed as a breakthrough upon its release, its critical standing has diminished somewhat in the ensuing decades because of the occasional pretensions of the concept and because of the insubstantial nature of some of the songs that functioned as little more than devices to advance the rather sketchy plot. Nonetheless, the double album has many excellent songs, including "I'm Free," "Pinball Wizard," "Sensation," "Christmas," "We're Not Gonna Take It," and the dramatic ten-minute instrumental "Underture." Though the album was slightly flawed, Townshend's ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music. Despite the complexity of the project, he and the Who never lost sight of solid pop melodies, harmonies, and forceful instrumentation, imbuing the material with a suitably powerful grace.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/1996
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811141721
catalogNumber:
11417
Rank:
11873

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Who   Primary Artist,Group
Roger Daltrey   Harmonica,Vocals
Pete Townshend   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Keith Moon   Drums,Vocals
John Entwistle   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Pete Townshend   Composer,Lyricist
Jon Astley   Reissue Producer,Remixing
Keith Moon   Composer,Lyricist
Richard Barnes   Liner Notes
Chris Charlesworth   Executive Producer
Bill Curbishley   Executive Producer,Management
John Entwistle   Composer,Lyricist
Kit Lambert   Producer
Damon Lyon-Shaw   Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Chris Stamp   Executive Producer
Mike McInnerney   Cover Design
Robert Rosenberg   Executive Producer
Michael McInnerney   Artwork,Cover Design
Richard Evans   Art Direction,Reissue Design
Andy Macpherson   Remixing

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Tommy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This concept album is The Who's adolescent angst personified. As such it has remained an important part of my own youth, along with the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper and Led Zeppelin's IV. This is even considering that I'm 21 years old and wasn't around at the time that Tommy was first released. It's universal appeal is widened by the fact that Townshend was writing undeniably catchy pop songs for it - 'Amazing Journey', 'Christmas', 'The Acid Queen', 'Pinball Wizard', 'Go To The Mirror', 'Sensation' - all great tunes, played to precision by one of rock's most accomplished bands. The only reason I can't give it the full five stars is that there is a considerable amount of filler on the record too - who needs 'Do You Think It's Alright' or 'Tommy's Holiday Camp' anyway? But the overall quality of this album is enough that I'd recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Who albums, and the one that first introduced me to the group. All the songs are good, and many of them are great. ''Tommy'' is highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tommy is a great album because the lyrics and music are very powerful. No visual images are needed. I enjoyed it more than the movie soundrack with Elton John, Tina Turner, and others because the vocals were more restrained. You can't go wrong with this double album on a single compact disk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
but i want to now if the lp of tommy's is wort something, dose any one now where i can find info on it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This by far one of the greatest rock albulms ever. The lyrics and styles of playing, ecspecially in "overture", are amazing. Even thought a few songs are long winded and very strange it is purely perfect. Tommy is good from the beggining to end. The last song, "Were not Gonna Take It" really defines the late sixties era. If anyone like me saw the movie first the albulm is so much better. Pete Townshenzds guitaring is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is incredible. having been in the actual production of the musical "Tommy" i think i understand the need for what some call "filler". songs like "do you think it's alright", "fiddle about", "cousin kevin", and "tommy's holiday camp" all help to drive the complex plot...although it is sketchy to those unfamiliar with the who's occasional oddities. become familiar with bands like the who, led zepp, the stones, and yes...they're not goin' anywhere anytime soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of rocks greatest albums, the who's second greatest album but it's still great with the classics "Pinball Wizard" "I'm Free" "See me feel me" and "Acid Queen" its hard to pass this one up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overrated, but still excellent. Not my favorite Who record but still better than anything by just about any other band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember the very first time I heard this album--I was on the road with my dad, and I told him how much I liked the song "Pinball Wizard". He replied to me,"Have you heard the entire album from which it came from?" I told him, "No." He quickly popped it in, and I was simply blown away! This is an amazing Who album and i highly recommened it for people who like being told stories through music. It's awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Make you want to fall inlove with The Who all over again
Guest More than 1 year ago
you have not heard rock music until you have heard The Who's TOMMY!! It itroduced me to the phrase &amp quot rock opera&amp quot and changed my perspective on the entire genre of rock music!! PLEASE listen to this b4 you call yourself a Who fan!
jcbookmaster More than 1 year ago
The Who give us a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
just brought the dvd audio of the whos tommy and gave it a listen on my system it totaly knocked me out of my seat. the whole thing sounds awesome in 5.1 pete townsend did a awesome job doing the 5.1 mix for this dvd./this album rocks
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant album, though admittedly sounding a bit dated, but this album took Rock to a new level of possibilities and the influence of this album to the future of Rock was profound. An essential album in rock history.
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