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Tommy
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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.
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on 24 July 2017
This was a trip down memory lane for me; if you like The Who then you may well like this.
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on 8 October 2017
brilliant
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on 8 June 2017
Very Happy!! 10/10
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on 18 June 2017
Brilliant fantastic book could have put a bit more in it like qaudrophina boxset but still goood
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on 26 April 2017
highly enjoyable
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on 27 May 2017
Brilliant
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on 14 November 2013
Tommy had a tremendous impact at the time of its release and rightly so.
With hints of what to expect on their earlier albums The Who Sell Out and A Quick One
However, in my own personal opinion this impact was short lived with the follow up releases of Live At Leeds and Who's Next gaining more of my attention.
And the fabulous Quadrophenia, released four years later was also played far more extensively than Tommy.
Although.......and here comes the glaring contradiction Tommy witnessed live on stage is undeniably a 'tour de force' and has remained so, to some extent for 45 years.
Revisiting the live versions and experiencing the raw power of the Live at Leeds and Live at Hull versions undeniably showcases the true impact of one of the first 'Rock Operas'.
This 'Stunning Limited Edition Super-Deluxe Box Set' provides everything, the Remastered Original Album in HD, Pete Townshend's Demo's, The 5.1 Album Mix and The Live Bootleg from 1969.
The Deluxe hard-back book provides an insight into the development of Tommy along with extensive photographs, notes, hand written song lyrics and memorabilia.
The convenience of the CD format (as opposed to having to change each side on vinyl) now allows me to truly enjoy this ground breaking piece of music as I really should have done on its release.
Live at Leeds and Who's Next are still the best the Who have produced but Tommy definitely has a place in history, 'live' or otherwise and to me 45 years later it now sounds so much more coherent.
I will now pay Tommy the respect it deserved but wasn't given on its original release.
This Box Set will take pride of place alongside my Quadrophenia, Super Deluxe Edition and Live At Leeds 40th Anniversary Special Edition awaiting to be joined by the Who's Next Super Deluxe Edition Box Set.
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on 30 November 2016
An album that shows all the eloquence and virtue of The Who. A virtuous and present rock with authentic variations. One can understand in this album the reason of the success of the band. This edition with a second disc of live works at the time reinforces the statement and further qualifies the publication, being a gift for the fans. In the original disc are 24 tracks (disc 1) and disc 2 are 21 tracks to be appreciated for those who like a good rock. Very good! Note 8.5.
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on 1 July 2015
This was where The Who went truly global with the release of this album,the hit single Pinball Wizard and their memorable turn at Woodstock when they performed Tommy in all its glory.Although it did invent the dreaded term Rock Opera, surprisingly Tommy was not the first of its kind.That belongs to S. F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things which Pete Townshend admits to being a big influence at the time of its release.Basically the story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy who finds redemption through being a wiz on the pinball machine, its the outstanding musicianship that makes Tommy a resounding success and not its story. Listen out for Eyesight to the Blind which was originally done by the legendary Sonny Boy Williamson.
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