The Who - Tommy

Limited Double Album 2LP Gram Heavyweight Vinyl

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Tommy is the fourth studio album by British rock band The Who, originally released in May 1969 by Decca Records.

The full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom, written almost entirely by Pete Townshend.

Apart from being historically significant as the first “rock opera” (or at least the first good one), Tommy is a beautify personal album that stands the test of time as being warm and easy to listen to. This is really quite rare for gargantuan, conceptual double albums, this is a consistent pleasure to listen to.

Pete Townshend is famous for his mastery of chords, and certainly every composition on Tommy is based around chord sequences, rather than the riffs that other guitarists of the time were known for. And they are great chord sequences; innovative yet simple-sounding, and always optimistic. The songs are built around Townshend's guitar of course, and both the acoustic and electric get put in the spotlight (not really any solos though). Piano, organ and some horn from John Entwistle get put to good use as well, although the sound of the album isn't particularly varied. I think the echoey drums and vocals get a bit tiring by the fourth side, but it's the storyline that keeps you interested. 

Deaf, dumb and blind until the end, Tommy is not the most interesting character in the world, and most of the album just describes his growing up.... but in such as fantastic and dramatic way. The philosophical and spiritual undertones of the piece are perhaps cliché now, but certainly add weight to the story and carry a message, even if it's an obvious or immature message. It's good fun if nothing else, and although Townshend has dissed the song “Pinball Wizard” in the past, it’s a necessary and relevant part of the album's nature. 

Overall, Tommy is kind of unique in being such a literal, yet totally economic album. There's no big orchestrations and everything sounds rather modest and thought-out. The vocal harmonies are a dream on tracks like “Cousin Kevin” and “We're Not Gonna Take It!

Townshend's ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music. 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.

Check out the tracks: “Pinball Wizard”; “I’m Free” and “See Me, Feel Me”.

This Limited Edition double LP with remastered audio and tri-fold gatefold sleeve and printed booklet is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(602537157495)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Overture

3:50

A2

It’s A Boy

2:07

A3

1921

3:14

A4

Amazing Journey

3:25

A5

Sparks

3:45

A6

The Hawker

2:15

B1

Christmas

5:30

B2

Cousin Kevin

4:03

B3

The Acid Queen

3:31

B4

Underture

9:55

C1

Do You Think It’s Alright?

0:24

C2

Fiddle About

1:26

C3

Pinball Wizard

3:01

C4

There’s A Doctor

0:25

C5

Go To The Mirror!

3:50

C6

Tommy Can You Hear Me?

1:35

C7

Smash The Mirror

1:20

C8

Sensation

2:32

D1

Miracle Cure

0:10

D2

Sally Simpson

4:10

D3

I’m Free

2:40

D4

Welcome

4:30

D5

Tommy’s Holiday Camp

0:57

D6

We’re Not Gonna Take It

6:45

SKU 602537157495
Record Label Polydor Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 3715749
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 15 November 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 23 May 1969
Barcode # 602537157495
Shipping Weight 0.7650kg
Shipping Width 0.012m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.001183000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Tri-Fold Gatefold Sleeve, Plain Paper Inner Sleeves, Printed Booklet, Remastered Audio, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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