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The Who - Tommy

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
03/12/1996
Artist
The Who
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
MCA / Geffen
Duration
01:15:03

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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. ~ Richie Unterberger

1) Tommy, a rock opera~Overture (05:21)
2) Tommy, a rock opera~It's a Boy (00:38)
3) Tommy, a rock opera~1921 (02:49)
4) Tommy, a rock opera~Amazing journey (03:25)
5) Tommy, a rock opera~Sparks (03:46)
6) Tommy, a rock opera~Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker) (02:13)
7) Tommy, a rock opera~Christmas (04:34)
8) Tommy, a rock opera~Cousin Kevin (04:07)
9) The Tommy, a rock opera~The Acid Queen (03:34)
10) Tommy, a rock opera~Underture (10:09)
11) Tommy, a rock opera~Do You Think It's Alright? (00:24)
12) Tommy, a rock opera~Fiddle About (01:29)
13) Tommy, a rock opera~Pinball Wizard (03:01)
14) Tommy, a rock opera~There's a Doctor (00:23)
15) Tommy, a rock opera~Go to the Mirror! (03:49)
16) Tommy, a rock opera~Tommy Can You Hear Me? (01:36)
17) Tommy, a rock opera~Smash the Mirror (01:35)
18) Tommy, a rock opera~Sensation (02:27)
19) Tommy, a rock opera~Miracle Cure (00:12)
20) Tommy, a rock opera~Sally Simpson (04:12)
21) Tommy, a rock opera~I'm Free (02:40)
22) Tommy, a rock opera~Welcome (04:34)
23) Tommy, a rock opera~Tommy's Holiday Camp (00:57)
24) Tommy, a rock opera~We're Not Gonna Take It (07:08)

Album
Tommy
Publisher
Universal Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Tommy | The Who