Tommy

Label
Universal Strategic Marketing
Release date
5 Aug 2008
Running length
42 tracks
Running time
119:53

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Who - Overture (original album version) 3:46 726
2 The Who - It's A Boy (Original Album Version) 0:38 602
3 The Who - 1921 (Original Album Version) 2:49 554
4 The Who - Amazing Journey (Original Album Version) 5:05 538
5 The Who - Sparks (Original Album Version) 2:05 560
6 The Who - Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) (Original Album Version) 2:14 466
7 The Who - Christmas (Original Album Version) 4:33 574
8 The Who - Cousin Kevin (Original Album Version) 4:07 404
9 The Who - The Acid Queen (original album version) 3:33 566
10 The Who - Underture (Original Album Version) 10:03 376
11 The Who - Do You Think It's Alright? (Original Album Version) 0:24 13
12 The Who - Fiddle About (Original Album Version) 1:29 335
13 The Who - Pinball Wizard (original album version) 3:01 7,991
14 The Who - There's A Doctor (Original Album Vertsion) 0:23 19
15 The Who - Go To The Mirror! (Original Album Version) 3:48 432
16 The Who - Tommy Can You Hear Me? (Original Album Version) 1:35 250
17 The Who - Smash The Mirror (Original Album Version) 1:35 313
18 The Who - Sensation (Original Album Version) 2:26 301
19 The Who - Miracle Cure (Original Album Version) 0:12 18
20 The Who - Sally Simpson (Original Album Version) 4:11 355
21 The Who - I'm Free (original studio version) 2:39 1,349
22 The Who - Welcome (Original Album Version) 4:33 305
23 The Who - Tommy's Holiday Camp (Original Album Version) 0:57 305
24 The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It (Original Album Edit) 3:28 292
25 The Who - Listening To You / See Me, Feel Me (Original Album Edit) 3:42 260
1 The Who - I Was (2003 Stereo Version) 0:17 15
2 The Who - Christmas (Out Take 3) (2003 Stereo Version) 4:44 146
3 The Who - Cousin Kevin Model Child (2003 Stereo Version) 1:25 197
4 The Who - Young Man Blues (Stereo Version 1) 2:51 217
5 The Who - Tommy Can You Hear Me? (Stereo Alternate Version) 1:59 207
6 The Who - Trying To Get Through (2003 Stereo Version) 2:51 184
7 The Who - Sally Simpson (Stereo Out-Takes) 4:10 190
8 The Who - Miss Simpson (2003 Stereo Version) 4:18 159
9 The Who - Welcome (Stereo Version Take 2) 3:45 177
10 The Who - Tommy's Holiday Camp (Stereo Band's Version) 1:07 187
11 The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It (Stereo Alternate Version) 6:09 182
12 The Who - Dogs Part Two (2003 Stereo Version) 2:27 168
13 Pete Townshend - It's A Boy (Demo) 0:43 91
14 The Who - Amazing Journey (2003 Stereo Demo) 3:41 163
15 The Who - Christmas (Stereo Demo) 1:55 212
16 Pete Townshend - Do You Think It's Alright? (Demo) 0:28 7
17 Pete Townshend - Pinball Wizard (Demo) 3:47 384

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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  • MisterJunior

    @CousinEarl You were listening to something great. Why'd you turn it off to look for something that's merely "good?"

    10 Jan 5:38pm Reply
  • mugiwara95

    listen to tommy with a candle burning and you'll see your entire future

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CousinEarl

    I got to the ninth song, and I really had to push myself to get that far. Time to listen to something good.

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • gokunirvana

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

    15 Jul 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • j-osi

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

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • julimaa

    My favorite album by them, for sure!

    3 Jun 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • VadiushaKomarov

    rating 10/10

    30 Apr 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • roemilca111

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

    13 Mar 2014 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
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