Tommy

Label
Universal Strategic Marketing
Release date
5 Aug 2008
Running length
42 tracks
Running time
121:28

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Who - Overture (original album version) 3:46 673
2 The Who - It's A Boy (Original Album Version) 2:14 558
3 The Who - 1921 (Original Album Version) 2:49 509
4 The Who - Amazing Journey (Original Album Version) 4:26 495
5 The Who - Sparks (Original Album Version) 2:43 513
6 The Who - Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) (Original Album Version) 2:14 425
7 The Who - Christmas (Original Album Version) 4:33 536
8 The Who - Cousin Kevin (Original Album Version) 4:07 370
9 The Who - The Acid Queen (original album version) 3:34 527
10 The Who - Underture (Original Album Version) 10:03 338
11 The Who - Do You Think It's Alright? (Original Album Version) 0:24 6
12 The Who - Fiddle About (Original Album Version) 1:29 306
13 The Who - Pinball Wizard (original album version) 3:01 7,508
14 The Who - There's A Doctor (Original Album Vertsion) 0:23 13
15 The Who - Go To The Mirror! (Original Album Version) 3:48 401
16 The Who - Tommy Can You Hear Me? (Original Album Version) 1:35 219
17 The Who - Smash The Mirror (Original Album Version) 1:35 286
18 The Who - Sensation (Original Album Version) 2:26 276
19 The Who - Miracle Cure (Original Album Version) 0:12 12
20 The Who - Sally Simpson (Original Album Version) 4:11 327
21 The Who - I'm Free (original studio version) 2:39 1,264
22 The Who - Welcome (Original Album Version) 4:33 280
23 The Who - Tommy's Holiday Camp (Original Album Version) 0:57 278
24 The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It (Original Album Edit) 3:28 327
25 The Who - Listening To You / See Me, Feel Me (Original Album Edit) 3:42 247
1 The Who - I Was (2003 Stereo Version) 0:17 12
2 The Who - Christmas (Out Take 3) (2003 Stereo Version) 4:44 141
3 The Who - Cousin Kevin Model Child (2003 Stereo Version) 1:25 189
4 The Who - Young Man Blues (Stereo Version 1) 2:51 208
5 The Who - Tommy Can You Hear Me? (Stereo Alternate Version) 1:59 198
6 The Who - Trying To Get Through (2003 Stereo Version) 2:51 178
7 The Who - Sally Simpson (Stereo Out-Takes) 4:10 182
8 The Who - Miss Simpson (2003 Stereo Version) 4:18 150
9 The Who - Welcome (Stereo Version Take 2) 3:45 283
10 The Who - Tommy's Holiday Camp (Stereo Band's Version) 1:07 178
11 The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It (Stereo Alternate Version) 6:09 173
12 The Who - Dogs Part Two (2003 Stereo Version) 2:26 157
13 Pete Townshend - It's A Boy (Demo) 0:43 61
14 The Who - Amazing Journey (2003 Stereo Demo) 3:41 155
15 The Who - Christmas (Stereo Demo) 1:55 202
16 Pete Townshend - Do You Think It's Alright? (Demo) 0:28 168
17 Pete Townshend - Pinball Wizard (Demo) 3:47 340

About this album

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 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant” value.

Synopsis

The opera was written to express how Townshend felt after being taught by Meher Baba and other writings and expressing the enlightenment he believes he received — “a metaphorical story of different states of consciousness.”

Characters

Tommy Walker: The main character of the story, from whom the album gets its name.

Captain Walker: Tommy’s father.

Mrs. Walker: Tommy’s mother. (First name given as Nora in the film version)

The Lover: a romantic partner of Tommy’s mother. (Uncle Frank Hobbs in the film version)

Uncle Ernie: Tommy’s “wicked uncle”, a paedophile. The de facto antagonist

Cousin Kevin: Tommy’s cousin, the sadistic “school bully” who brutalizes Tommy when left at home with him. The de facto antagonist

The Hawker: The leader of a cult, where Tommy’s mother takes him in hope for a cure for his affliction.

Local Lad: The reigning champion of a pinball tournament, until Tommy defeats him and takes the title of “Pinball Wizard”. (This character was merged with Cousin Kevin for the Broadway version.)

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  • gokunirvana

    Well, those were two walls of text... TL;DR: This album is awesome, but not better than Quadrophenia.

    15 Jul 3:15am Reply
  • 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.

    15 Jul 3:14am Reply
  • 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.

    15 Jul 3:14am Reply
  • j-osi

    ♪♫ Listening to you, I get the music ♫♪

    8 Jul 11:39am Reply
  • julimaa

    My favorite album by them, for sure!

    3 Jun 12:45am Reply
  • Abomination317

    The worst song on The Wall is better than the best song on Tommy. And The Wall is still not a reat album.

    16 May 10:20am Reply
  • Abomination317

    Frankly, the story is the least of its problems. It's easily ignored. Although it's a case of concentrating on the story and forgetting that there's supposed to be music as well. Because it does feel like they didn't really try.

    16 May 10:19am Reply
  • BallPapers

    This album been stuck in my head for couple days now. Definitely a classic. People that say that the story is weak need to learn to read between the lines. Don't take it so literally.

    15 May 6:36pm Reply
  • VadiushaKomarov

    rating 10/10

    30 Apr 5:23pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Wow, shocked to see some hate for this album. I think it's rightly revered as a classic and it's one of the Who's very best. Yeah, the story kind of sucks, but the songs are awesome!

    22 Apr 11:37pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    So while I wasn't expecting Quadrophenia, this was very disappointing and honestly a poor album. The story is totally ridiculous, the singing quite tame and most of the music forgettable (I still have no idea what Pinball Wizard actually sounds like despite having heard it so much)

    2 Apr 2:40am Reply
  • roemilca111

    wow, i don't remember this being this cheesy.

    13 Mar 5:17pm Reply
  • In_A_Hole

    One of the only hard-rock albums I can manage to listen to.

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor

    right on

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • GreenhouseFect

    I remember hearing songs from this when I was four years old and I remember stopping suddenly as a child and frozen upon hearing songs from this ,... I remember all these jingles since then ,.. Some have tried to say this album isn't good and even that it isn't 'memorable' what-ever that means,..but I know for a fact that's B.s. and I'm living proof,.. and this album was so twisted and subconsciously a dream that penetrates your thoughts and dreams,.. that I would say it screwed up the American Family over time,.. at a time in the 60's when America was already fucked up,..

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Overrated album. Who's Next has more better songs and not a loose storyline.

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • JustUponASmile3

    Che ne pensate di questa recensione di "Tommy"? Ci farebbe piacere avere il vostro parere: https://salteditions.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/the-amazing-journey/

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    it has 3.9 now...

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    why doesn't it have 15 million?

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TheBladeRunner_

    Really wonderfull

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
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