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The Tracks of this item include: 1. You Didn't Hear It 3. Eyesight To The Blind 5. Christmas 6. Cousin Kevin 7. The Acid Queen 8. Underture 9. Pinball Wizard Authority control MBRG : c1dcdaf-4ca-9fe8dc3f2. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Ramport and Eel Pie , London.
Tommy The Who by Numbers Paul Nicholas. Simon Townshend. Tommy is the fourth studio album by the English rock band The Who , a double album first released in 23 May The album was mostly composed by guitarist Pete Townshend , and is a rock opera that tells the story of Tommy Walker, 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 , 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 and 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 , an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in , a film in , and a Broadway musical in 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 , a deluxe Super Audio CD in , and a super deluxe box set in , including previously unreleased demos and live material.
Tommy has never had a definitive plot, but the following synopsis was published following the original album's release. British Army Captain Walker goes missing during an expedition and is believed dead "Overture". His wife, Mrs. Walker, gives birth to their son, Tommy "It's a Boy". Years later, Captain Walker returns home and discovers that his wife has found a new lover. The Captain kills the lover in an altercation. Tommy's mother brainwashes him into believing he didn't see or hear anything, shutting down his senses and making him deaf, dumb and blind to the outside world "".
A quack claims his wife can cure Tommy " The Hawker " , while Tommy's parents are increasingly frustrated that he will never find religion in the midst of his isolation "Christmas".
They begin to neglect him, leaving him to be tortured by his sadistic "Cousin Kevin" and molested by his uncle Ernie "Fiddle About". As Tommy grows older, he discovers that he can feel vibrations sufficiently well to become an expert pinball player " Pinball Wizard ". His parents take him to a respected doctor "There's a Doctor" , who determines that the boy's disabilities are psychosomatic rather than physical. Tommy is told by the Doctor to " Go to the Mirror! After seeing Tommy spend extended periods staring at a mirror in the house, his mother smashes it out of frustration "Smash the Mirror".
This removes Tommy's mental block , and he recovers his senses, realising he can become a powerful leader "Sensation". Tommy retreats inward again " See Me, Feel Me " with his "continuing statement of wonder at that which encompasses him". Townshend had been looking at ways of progressing beyond the standard three-minute pop single format since The first use of the term was applied to a suite called "Quads", set in a future where parents could choose the sex of their children.
A couple want four girls but instead receive three girls and a boy, raising him as a girl anyway. The opera was abandoned after writing a single song, the hit single, " I'm a Boy ". Townshend initially objected, but eventually agreed to do so, coming up with " A Quick One, While He's Away ", which joined short pieces of music together into a continuous narrative. Pete Townshend talking to Jann Wenner , August . By , Townshend was unsure about how the Who should progress musically.
The group were no longer teenagers, but he wanted their music to remain relevant. Townshend and Kit Lambert realised they needed a larger vehicle for their music than hit singles and a new stage show, and Townshend hoped to incorporate his love of Meher Baba into this concept.
He also wanted the material performed in concert, to counter the trend of bands like the Beatles and the Beach Boys producing studio output that was not designed for live performance. In August , in an interview to Rolling Stone , Townshend talked about a new rock opera, which had the working title of Deaf, Dumb and Blind Boy , and described the entire plot in great detail, which ran to 11 pages.
Townshend eventually settled on Tommy because it was a common British name, and a nickname for soldiers in the First World War. Sessions were block-booked from 2pm — 10pm, but recording often spilled over into the early morning. The album was recorded using an eight-track system , which allowed various instruments to be overdubbed. Townshend used several guitars in the studio, but made particular use of the Gibson J acoustic and the Gibson SG. Keith Moon used a new double bass drum kit owned by roadie Tony Haslam, after Premier had refused to loan him any more equipment due to the items repeatedly being abused.
Singer Roger Daltrey later said that Townshend often came in with a half-finished demo recording , adding "we probably did as much talking as we did recording, sorting out arrangements and things. Moon got the songwriting credit for suggesting the idea, though the music was composed and played by Townshend.
Moon later said, "It was, at the time, very un-Wholike. A lot of the songs were soft. We never played like that. Some of the material had already been written for other projects. A cover of Mercy Dee Walton 's "One Room Country Shack" was also recorded but was scrapped from the final track listing as Townshend could not figure out a way to incorporate it in the plot. Recording at IBC was slow, due to a lack of a full plot and a full selection of songs.
The group hoped that the album would be ready by Christmas, but sessions dragged on. All tracks are written by Pete Townshend , except where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Packaged like a classical opera with a full libretto, the orchestral version of Tommy is overblown and lacks the raw energy of the original on MCA.
Billboard Top Pop Albums St Ives, N. The Smithereens Play Tommy.
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