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The Who – Tommy (1969)

The Who – Tommy (1969)

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  • play_circle_outlineOverture
  • play_circle_outlineIt's a Boy
  • play_circle_outline1921
  • play_circle_outlineAmazing Journey
  • play_circle_outlineSparks
  • play_circle_outlineEyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)
  • play_circle_outlineChristmas
  • play_circle_outlineCousin Kevin
  • play_circle_outlineThe Acid Queen
  • play_circle_outlineUnderture
  • play_circle_outlineDo You Think It's Alright?
  • play_circle_outlineFiddle About
  • play_circle_outlinePinball Wizard
  • play_circle_outlineThere's A Doctor
  • play_circle_outlineSmash the Mirror
  • play_circle_outlineTommy Can You Hear Me?
  • play_circle_outlineSmash the Mirror
  • play_circle_outlineSensation
  • play_circle_outlineMiracle Cure
  • play_circle_outlineSally Simpson
  • play_circle_outlineI'm Free
  • play_circle_outlineWelcome
  • play_circle_outlineTommy's Holiday Camp
  • play_circle_outlineWe're Not Gonna Take It

Tommy is the fourth studio album by the English rock band The Who, a double album first released in May 1969. The album was mostly composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a “deaf, dumb and blind” boy, including his experiences with life and his relationship with his family.

Townshend came up with the concept of Tommy after being introduced to the work of Meher Baba, and attempted to translate Baba’s teachings into music. Recording on the album began in September 1968, but took six months to complete as material needed to be arranged and re-recorded in the studio. Tommy was acclaimed upon its release by critics, who hailed it as the Who’s breakthrough. Its critical standing diminished slightly in later years; nonetheless, several writers view it as an important and influential album in the history of rock music. The Who promoted the album’s release with an extensive tour, including a live version of Tommy, which lasted throughout 1969 and 1970. Key gigs from the tour included appearances at Woodstock, the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, the University of Leeds, the Metropolitan Opera House and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The live performances of Tommy drew critical praise and rejuvenated the band’s career.

Subsequently, the rock opera developed into other media, including a Seattle Opera production in 1971, an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975, and a Broadway musical in 1992. The original album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has been reissued several times on CD, including a remix by Jon Astley in 1996, a deluxe Super Audio CD in 2003, and a super deluxe box set in 2013, including previously unreleased demos and live material.

The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most more...

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