By RadioMaxMusic


Feature LP: The Who – Tommy (1969)

TommyalbumcoverTommy is the fourth studio album by the English rock band The Who, a double album first released in May 1969. The album was mostly composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and the relationship with his family.

Townshend came up with the concept of Tommy after being introduced to the work of Meher Baba, and attempted to translate Baba’s teachings into music. Recording on the album began in September 1968, but took six months to complete as material needed to be arranged and re-recorded in the studio. Tommy was acclaimed upon its release by critics, who hailed it as the Who’s breakthrough, although its critical standing diminished slightly in later years. Nonetheless, it has since been viewed by several writers as an important and influential rock album. The Who promoted the album’s release with an extensive tour, including a live version of Tommy, which lasted throughout 1969 and 1970. Key gigs from the tour included appearances at Woodstock, the Metropolitan Opera House and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The live performances of Tommy drew critical praise and rejuvenated the band’s career.

Subsequently, the rock opera developed into other media, including a Seattle Opera production in 1971, an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975, and a Broadway musical in 1992. The original album has sold over 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has been reissued several times on CD, including a remix by Jon Astley in 1996, a deluxe Super Audio CD in 2003, and a super deluxe box set in 2013, including previously unreleased demos and live material. – Wikipedia

1 Overture   3:50
2 It’s a Boy!   2:07
3 1921 3:14
4 Amazing Journey   3:25
5 Sparks   3:45
6 The Hawker (Sonny Boy Williamson II) 2:15
1 Christmas   5:30
2 Cousin Kevin (John Entwistle) 4:03
3 The Acid Queen   3:31
4 Underture   9:55
1 Do You Think It’s Alright?   0:24
2 Fiddle About (Entwistle) 1:26
3 Pinball Wizard   3:50
4 There’s a Doctor   0:25
5 Go to the Mirror!   3:50
6 Tommy Can You Hear Me?   1:35
7 Smash the Mirror   1:20
8 Sensation   2:32
1 Miracle Cure   0:10
2 Sally Simpson   4:10
3 I’m Free   2:40
4 Welcome   4:30
5 Tommy’s Holiday Camp (Keith Moon) 0:57
6 We’re Not Gonna Take It   6:45

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