The Who - Tommy
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1969 Ratings: #59 / 104
User Score
Based on 212 ratings
1969 Ratings: #35
Liked by 6 people
May 23, 1969 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Rock / Genres / Website
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Despite the complexity of the project, he and the Who never lost sight of solid pop melodies, harmonies, and forceful instrumentation, imbuing the material with a suitably powerful grace.
'Tommy' stands as an object lesson for any of today's young turks; as soon as you think, 'Rock opera: good idea', then it's time to think, 'Give up drugs'.
One of my favorite albums of all time, I could talk about this record for days, but I'll make this short, this is a masterpiece, every aspect is either perfect or near perfect, every song, every piece of the story, it's so good.
i like some songs but overall this 'rock musical' didn't do it much for me
Really love the album and it’s impact on the idea of the rock opera, but JEEZ this story is dumb.

His disabilities are cured by smashing a mirror. Wow.
I'm a tommy knocker and proud
The Who excel in the realm of a concept album, their sound being even more driven on this record than many others due to the thematic elements and the massive feeling of each track. Hearing the group play many of the tracks live with a large orchestral backing also made the songs feel even more essential, and listening to the record following the groups live performance show just how powerful this album is as a whole. One would think that a rock opera would come across as silly and trite, but a ... read more
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Track List

  1. Overture
  2. It's a Boy!
  3. 1921
  4. Amazing Journey
  5. Sparks
  6. 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 
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