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The Who 31/2/1996


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. Hailed as a breakthrough upon its release, its critical standing has diminished somewhat in the ensuing decades because of the occasional pretensions of the concept and because of the insubstantial nature of some of the songs that functioned as little more than devices to advance the rather sketchy plot. Nonetheless, the double album has many excellent songs, including "I'm Free," "Pinball Wizard," "Sensation," "Christmas," "We're Not Gonna Take It," and the dramatic ten-minute instrumental "Underture." Though the album was slightly flawed, 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. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Tommy, a rock opera~Overture The Who 5:21
  3. 2 Tommy, a rock opera~It's a Boy The Who 0:39
  4. 3 Tommy, a rock opera~1921 The Who 2:49
  5. 4 Tommy, a rock opera~Amazing journey The Who 3:25
  6. 5 Tommy, a rock opera~Sparks The Who 3:47
  7. 6 Tommy, a rock opera~Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker) The Who 2:14
  8. 7 Tommy, a rock opera~Christmas The Who 4:33
  9. 8 Tommy, a rock opera~Cousin Kevin The Who 4:7
  10. 9 The Tommy, a rock opera~The Acid Queen The Who 3:35
  11. 10 Tommy, a rock opera~Underture The Who 10:7
  12. 11 Tommy, a rock opera~Do You Think It's Alright? The Who 0:25
  13. 12 Tommy, a rock opera~Fiddle About The Who 1:30
  14. 13 Tommy, a rock opera~Pinball Wizard The Who 2:59
  15. 14 Tommy, a rock opera~There's a Doctor The Who 0:24
  16. 15 Tommy, a rock opera~Go to the Mirror! The Who 3:50
  17. 16 Tommy, a rock opera~Tommy Can You Hear Me? The Who 1:31
  18. 17 Tommy, a rock opera~Smash the Mirror The Who 1:35
  19. 18 Tommy, a rock opera~Sensation The Who 2:25
  20. 19 Tommy, a rock opera~Miracle Cure The Who 0:12
  21. 20 Tommy, a rock opera~Sally Simpson The Who 4:11
  22. 21 Tommy, a rock opera~I'm Free The Who 2:40
  23. 22 Tommy, a rock opera~Welcome The Who 4:33
  24. 23 Tommy, a rock opera~Tommy's Holiday Camp The Who 0:58
  25. 24 Tommy, a rock opera~We're Not Gonna Take It The Who 7:5

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