Top positive review
on 15 July 2014
Widely acclaimed as popular music's first 'rock opera', 1969 saw the release of 'Tommy' to a highly expectant group of fans and music critics alike. The somewhat offbeat (and indeed controversial) subject matter had the effect of giving dear old 'Auntie Beeb' a fit of the vapours and, unsurprisingly, the BBC banished 'Tommy' from the airwaves. No matter though, the wave of publicity generated from this fall-out helped 'Tommy' greatly and, although the album's concept is rather hard to grasp at times, the music/lyrics written by Pete Townsend have, for me, stood the test of time. At 75 minutes (and containing 24 tracks) things move along fairly swiftly for the most part; only 'Underture' at around 10 minutes, though good, does feel a little overlong. Fans of solid rock music should love 'Tommy' - there is something here for everyone and I can heartily recommend it.