Album Review #138: Tommy (The Who)

in music •  5 months ago

THE WHO
TOMMY
1969-MCA
Produced By KIT LAMBERT

  1. Overture
  2. It's A Boy
  3. 1921
  4. Amazing Journey
  5. Sparks
  6. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
  7. Christmas
  8. Cousin Kevin
  9. The Acid Queen
  10. Underture
  11. Do You Think It's Alright?
  12. Fiddle About
  13. Pinball Wizard
  14. There's A Doctor
  15. Go To The Mirror!
  16. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  17. Smash The Mirror
  18. Sensation
  19. Miracle Cure
  20. Sally Simpson
  21. I'm Free
  22. Welcome
  23. Tommy's Holiday Camp
  24. We're Not Gonna Take It

The Who's fourth album was not just a rock & roll record. It was something completely new, the ultimate concept album. The story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy who plays pinball sounds like it might be a little spotty, and it is. Some of the songs are less than what the band is capable of, some of them are simply great ("Pinball Wizard", "We're Not Gonna Take It", "I'm Free"). But it's not so much the songs as it is the scope of what they took on. As a whole, even though it's not all greatness in the songs, it's classic for the overall accomplishment. They did the entire album without the aid of an orchestra...it was just the four band members who played the entire album. It's a piece of rock history, and it still sounds good today.

The Who is now down to two surviving members. It's hard to believe that between 1964 and 1982 they released only 10 studio albums...but they were always a bigger live act. Tommy is still a great achievement.

This is album #138 in an ongoing series.

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Some of these songs were the soundtrack to my childhood. Thanks for takin' me back there!

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Hi Zippy! So happy to see you here! I'm glad I could do that for you. And your picture there is pretty!

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