Tommy

Label
Universal Strategic Marketing
Release date
5 Aug 2008
Running length
42 tracks
Running time
121:25

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Who - Overture (original album version) 3:46 640
2 The Who - It's A Boy (Original Album Version) 2:14 530
3 The Who - 1921 (Original Album Version) 2:49 479
4 The Who - Amazing Journey (Original Album Version) 4:26 466
5 The Who - Sparks (Original Album Version) 2:43 480
6 The Who - Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) (Original Album Version) 2:14 401
7 The Who - Christmas (Original Album Version) 4:33 513
8 The Who - Cousin Kevin (Original Album Version) 4:07 349
9 The Who - The Acid Queen (original album version) 3:33 500
10 The Who - Underture (Original Album Version) 10:03 315
11 The Who - Do You Think It's Alright? (Original Album Version) 0:24 4
12 The Who - Fiddle About (Original Album Version) 1:29 283
13 The Who - Pinball Wizard (original album version) 3:01 7,124
14 The Who - There's A Doctor (Original Album Vertsion) 0:23 10
15 The Who - Go To The Mirror! (Original Album Version) 3:48 376
16 The Who - Tommy Can You Hear Me? (Original Album Version) 1:35 188
17 The Who - Smash The Mirror (Original Album Version) 1:35 262
18 The Who - Sensation (Original Album Version) 2:26 252
19 The Who - Miracle Cure (Original Album Version) 0:12 9
20 The Who - Sally Simpson (Original Album Version) 4:11 301
21 The Who - I'm Free (original studio version) 2:37 1,165
22 The Who - Welcome (Original Album Version) 4:33 259
23 The Who - Tommy's Holiday Camp (Original Album Version) 0:57 254
24 The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It (Original Album Edit) 3:28 266
25 The Who - Listening To You / See Me, Feel Me (Original Album Edit) 3:42 235
1 The Who - I Was (2003 Stereo Version) 0:17 11
2 The Who - Christmas (Out Take 3) (2003 Stereo Version) 4:44 131
3 The Who - Cousin Kevin Model Child (2003 Stereo Version) 1:25 179
4 The Who - Young Man Blues (Stereo Version 1) 2:51 197
5 The Who - Tommy Can You Hear Me? (Stereo Alternate Version) 1:59 188
6 The Who - Trying To Get Through (2003 Stereo Version) 2:51 169
7 The Who - Sally Simpson (Stereo Out-Takes) 4:10 174
8 The Who - Miss Simpson (2003 Stereo Version) 4:18 142
9 The Who - Welcome (Stereo Version Take 2) 3:45 162
10 The Who - Tommy's Holiday Camp (Stereo Band's Version) 1:07 171
11 The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It (Stereo Alternate Version) 6:09 166
12 The Who - Dogs Part Two (2003 Stereo Version) 2:26 146
13 Pete Townshend - It's A Boy (Demo) 0:43 46
14 The Who - Amazing Journey (2003 Stereo Demo) 3:41 149
15 The Who - Christmas (Stereo Demo) 1:55 196
16 Pete Townshend - Do You Think It's Alright? (Demo) 0:28 4
17 Pete Townshend - Pinball Wizard (Demo) 3:47 308

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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  • 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
  • Darkhorse74

    Mi álbum favorito, uno de los bombazos de los 60.

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • Heester

    Great album

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Bastard1

    I do think it's alright. Fantastic, even.

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Kristhamaria

    wonderfull

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Juan-k_86

    Their best album, i love it!!! <3

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cooler-king

    I never really got this album. It's ambitious but way too long and the songs just aren't that great. Especially when compared to that other rock opera from the Who...

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mutinyonark

    what a fucking album..

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    fix the tracklist goddamn

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • a13xTM

    It speaks.

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Sheik777

    After watching the Tommy movie, I fell like I will never more listen to this album the same way I did. [3]

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
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