ARTIST:

THE WHO

(DEFAULT)
TITLE:

TOMMY

(1969)
LABEL:

POLYDOR

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Old School
"Released in 1969, "Tommy" remains a major work in the world of rock and will give the Who and its creator, Pete Townsend, a legendary status."
PETER HACKETT (04.11.2011)  
5/5
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In 1921, against all odds, while thought lost at sea, Captain Walker returns home and find his wife with her lover. What the captain does is not mentioned in the song, but 10-year-old Tommy, who was born while his father was away from home, witnesses the scene. Mr. and Mrs. Walker say to the child: "You haven't seen anything, you haven't heard anything and you'll never say anything about it", so much so that Tommy locks himself up in the world of silence and night. Blind, deaf and dumb, young Tommy only sees his reflection in a mirror and develops great dexterity at pinball. All the medical, spiritual, drug and sex remedies will not be able to get Tommy out of his confinement. Tommy creates emulators and a new religion is born that worships the new messiah. It will take his mother to break the mirror so that Tommy is finally freed from the chains that were binding him in his reclusion and can finally proclaim to the world: "I'm free!"

Released in 1969, "Tommy" remains a major work in the world of rock and will give the Who and its creator, Pete Townsend, a special aura. In 69, the vocals of Daltrey, the raging reels of Townsend on his Gibson, the roar of Entwistle's bass and Moon's demonic strike will make the great hours of the Woodstock festival. Songs like "Pinball Wizard", "I'm Free", "We're Not Gonna Take It" will become hits. Numerous performances of the opera followed with multiple guest performers until Pete Townsend realized his ultimate dream in 1972, the interpretation of "Tommy" by the London Symphony Orchestra, but that will be the subject of a future review ....

What more can be said about this mythical album? The somewhat zany story of Tommy will be a vector of unprecedented success for the English quartet. The creative genius and the so typical guitar playing of Townsend, the surgical bass of Entwistle on the background of surrealistic percussions of the crazy drummer Moon, at the service of the powerful vocal of Daltrey carry this scenario like a hymn to freedom. "Tommy" can be listened to without pause from the first to the last note, booklet in hand, from the first sentence "Captain Walker didn't come home." to the final "From you I get the story." The improbable meetings of the young hero with a cruel cousin, a pedophile uncle or a gypsy who heals by making love, are so many pretexts for compositions resolutely rock and definitely unavoidable.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Overture - 05:21
02. It's A Boy - 00:38
03. 1921 - 02:49
04. Amazing Journey - 03:24
05. Sparks - 03:46
06. Eyesight To The Blind (the Hawker) - 02:13
07. Christmas - 04:34
08. Cousin Kevin - 04:07
09. The Acid Queen - 03:34
10. Underture - 10:09
11. Do You Think's Alright - 00:24
12. Fiddle About - 01:29
13. Pinball Wizard - 03:01
14. There's A Doctor - 00:23
15. Go To The Mirror! - 03:49
16. Tommy Can You Hear Me? - 01:36
17. Smash The Mirror - 01:35
18. Sensation - 02:27
19. Miracle Cure - 00:12
20. Sally Simpson - 04:12
21. I'm Free - 02:40
22. Welcome - 04:34
23. Tommy's Holiday Camp - 00:57
24. We're Not Gonna Take It - 07:08

LINEUP:
John Entwistle: Chant / Basse / Cor
Keith Moon: Batterie
Pete Townshend: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
Roger Daltrey: Chant
   
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