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Tommy is the fourth album by the English rock band The Who, released by Track and Polydor in the United Kingdom and Decca and MCA in the United States. A double album telling a loose story about a "deaf, dumb, and blind boy" who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by guitarist Pete Townshend. In 1998 it… read more



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  • Avatar for pteronophobic
    Not to take anything away from the other band members, but I think Daltrey is the real star of this album (apart from Townshend's songwriting, of course.) His voice really matured and he really distinguished himself as one of rock's greatest singers with this album.
  • Avatar for hessel-z
    Great album. I didn't like it all that much the first couple of listens but I feel like I've been able to appreciate it more now. And for the people that are experiencing trouble trying to scrobble the 3 short tracks (< 30 seconds), try to scrobble them manually using Anytime.
  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    There are certain albums that transcend the "everyone has an opinion and opinion can be neither correct nor incorrect" platitude. Generally speaking I feel pretty strongly that "to each his own," but as I said, in certain cases one can simply be objectively wrong for disliking an album (or movie, book . etc.). This is one of those albums. If you don't like Tommy, you're wrong. Simple as that.
  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    @CousinEarl You were listening to something great. Why'd you turn it off to look for something that's merely "good?"
  • Avatar for mugiwara95
    listen to tommy with a candle burning and you'll see your entire future
  • Avatar for CousinEarl
    I got to the ninth song, and I really had to push myself to get that far. Time to listen to something good.
  • Avatar for gokunirvana
    Well, those were two walls of text... TL;DR: This album is awesome, but not better than Quadrophenia.
  • Avatar for gokunirvana
    And the story is not that bad for a first try. What I really like is the coherence and consistency between the songs. As a clue, the plot is not about a literal "deaf, dumb and blind" kid, but it has many parallelisms with the life of Meher Baba, Pete's spiritual idol. Finally, of course Quadrophenia is better. That means the Who did evolve their sound. In fact, I think it's the pinnacle in their career, and my favorite album ever, but it would not have happened without Tommy.
  • Avatar for gokunirvana
    @Abomination317: The Who started as a "power pop" band, and with Who Sell Out and Tommy they just started to develop their "classic" sound that you were expecting. As you can hear, as well, Roger was still looking for a suiting voice for the band. The arrangements alone of those simple songs is enough to see they were "really trying". Also, Tommy has a way better balance between story and music than what Waters did with The Wall. Don't get me wrong, I like that album, but there are many songs that could have easily worked as spoken word tracks. Don't Leave Me Now and Outside the Wall , for example.
  • Avatar for j-osi
    ♪♫ Listening to you, I get the music ♫♪

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