The tale of a boy who endures abuse, reaches stardom, becomes a messianic figure, and ultimately has his cult turn on him feels like some kind of loose metaphor for the 60s. There's something really admirable about the ambition and execution of this record: the first real rock opera. And for the most part, I think the Who hit the mark (barring a few tracks that don't quite stand up as well). I particularly appreciate how the band works so well within their musical language, rather than taking too many ill-advised detours. At its highest highs, this album is something almost otherworldly. This era, 1967-1971, is the Who at their best. Rating 4.5/5 Favourite tracks: "Go To The Mirror!", "I'm Free", "Pinball Wizard", "Amazing Journey", and "Underture"
Other bands that describe their albums as "concept albums" sure sound silly after you hear Tommy. I can't believe Pete was only 23 when he wrote this masterpiece. He is also one of the best acoustic players and has the knowledge of music and the guitar that allows him to compose and play things that few others can. The strumming after the initial vocals in the Overture shows his prowess on acoustic. Amazing Journey is one of the best songs ever written and was made for a live Who performance as there are lots of short pauses between chords so Pete can windmill and jump, plenty of 5 second breaks from singing so Roger can twirl the mic, and ample opportunities for ass kicking drum and bass sequences. When they played Tommy live, Amazing Journey is when the rocket that is a Who concert blasts off. Tis the season . . . The song Christmas is amazing. Moon is on fire. Cousin Kevin is an excellent song about the school bully. Pete asked John to write the two songs that addressed bullying and molesting since John was better at creepy songs. I guess Boris the Spider was the creepy example pre-Tommy. John stepped up and wrote two good creepy ones. The Acid Queen was perfect for the times given the popularity of experimenting with acid. Sure the underture is a little too long but this really is a musical so it comes with the territory. The two opening chords to Pinball Wizard are iconic. Since Pete is as far as you can get from a three chord wonder, the two chords are difficult for mere mortals. The fingering for the two opening chords are: 7x997x and 7x987x so the 1st and 5th strings must be deadened. This means strumming the other four strings very quickly while making sure the 6th string is in play but the 5th and 1st aren't. Next time a guitar is nearby, ask the best player in the room to try and make those chords sound right. And wish him luck. Some of the lesser known songs are now among my favourites. Songs like Go To The Mirror! and Sally Simpson with excellent keyboards that I think were played by Pete?? (I wouldn't have been surprised to see an Ian Stewart credit but there are no credits for him or anyone else.) We're Not Gonna Take is an amazing finish. Yeah See Me Feel Me gets a little long the 5 millionth time I heard it. But hey, the sun rose at Woodstock when they played this song. After Jimi upstaged them by burning his guitar at Monterey, time was their friend as they evened the score at Woodstock. Who fans will tell you that this album fails to capture the energy the Who has live. Anyone who assumes the studio version of Tommy is The Who's sound would find the Live at Leeds album eye opening since it contains some of the non-Tommy songs The Who played on the Tommy tour and gives a hint of how Tommy was played live. I had a bootleg called Gather Your Wits (a line from the Acid Queen), that was the full concert from the Tommy tour and the difference in rawness and energy was unbelievable. It's interesting that Pete gave Moon the songwriting credit for Tommy's Holiday Camp since Pete wrote it. I expect it was a way for him to give Moon some extra cash from the royalties. Pete also had an obscure unreleased Keith Moon composition be the B side for the Tommy single which would have also been a financial windfall for Keith.
The first real rock opera and certainly one of the greatest. I have to admire the vision and bravery it took to bring this project to completion. And I love that the arrangements were such that they could essentially play the whole of it live. Not bogged down with an orchestra and the like. Can you imagine seeing this live back in the day? My stepdad did and said they played Tommy through, then took an intermission and came back and basically played a whole nother set worth of their other material. The energy and stamina each of them possessed! Some absolute anthems in here. Only thing that really threw me off was "Tommy's Holiday Camp"
Dear Diary....it's been about 20 days since our last Who album. I fear we may never hear another band again. Out of morbid curiosity, I looked and saw only five Who albums on this list, and we've had four in our first 80. Something tells me these things are like the heads of the Hydra—for each one you finish, two more are created. Tommy is in an interesting experiment that overstays its welcome. The movie was entertaining, but not even "Pinball Wizard" is worth 75 minutes of generic opera-rock. Technically this fits in the "classics week" category, but it's not a classic for my taste. Favorite tracks: Pinball Wizard, I’m Free, Acid Queen. Album art: Intriguing design, I can tell someone worked hard on this. It’s very recognizable but doesn’t hold much weight for me. I’ll always think the “Who’s next?” cover is their best. 3/5
Just can’t get through it. Not invested in the concept. I don’t think it holds up otherwise.
This album is an utter, rotten mess. There is one hit and the rest is stream-of-conciousness rot. There's no structure to most of the songs and the story they tell is utterly reprehensible and pointless. The ONLY reason this is getting 2 stars is because "Pinball Wizard" is still pretty good, though I don't like it as much as I did before I had this album as context. What a waste of time.
The best moments for me come with the Who's special brand of pop/rock in tracks like 'The Acid Queen', 'I'm Free' and the absolute classic 'Pinball Wizard'. There's also a few daft moments from Keith Moon, like 'Tommy's Holiday Camp' and 'Uncle Ernie' (albeit with a sinister story). The rest is powerful rock music that's well played and sung. Like most double albums, it does sag in places, still this is a knockout classic album.
The movie Tommy was on HBO a lot when I was about 11 years old. I remember circling all of the times it aired in the HBO guide that came in the mail so that I could tune in for the last ten minutes of every airing and watch Tommy scrabble over all those rocks singing, "I get excitement at your feet!" I hoped none of my siblings would come in the room and interrupt, tears streaming down my face as I watched Tommy raise his arms, palms open toward the enormous rising sun. This was more spiritual to me than anything that happened at church. I found the rest of the movie pretty incomprehensible. But the music, especially "Listening to You" and its reprise that played over the end credits, was as moving a thing as I'd ever heard. I didn't get the original studio album until college. But once I did, it became one of my favorites. I still get a little choked up when I listen to it. Thanks Pete, Roger, John, and Keith for taking me to church. I love you for it.
Such an interesting record, and I agree with Nick's sentiments that the narrative of "Tommy" feels like Townsend's cynical summary of the late 60s/Summer of Love. While this narrative is not entirely clear at times, the grand concept and sonic atmosphere of "Tommy" elevates it to a higher plane. But I wonder if the concept of a blind Tommy actually plays well into the dense storytelling. I enjoyed the interplay between the hard rock that the Who are known for, to the more fragile, softer moments. I don't think I've noticed the double tracked vocals of Daultry before, which might sound counterintuitive because of his huge voice, but it really adds to the spacey/ethereal vocals. "Tommy" feels like a signpost to show where rock music was headed into the 1970s. Fav Tracks: I'm Free, Sparks, Pinball Wizard, Underture, Go To The Mirror!, Amazing Journey Rating: 4.5/5
A wholly interesting album that screams "rock opera." The album is at times catchy (Pinball Wizard), at times disturbing (Fiddle About), but on its whole it was a joy to listen to and a feat for The Who to accomplish. Following Tommy throughout his life, I suppose it would make sense to visit all of the ups and the downs, because that is what makes up all of our lives. Parts of it put me off, but in the end the album won me over.
Until today, known as the album William Miller was told to listen to with a candle burning so he could see his future. Zooey Deschanel knows of what she speaks of. Listen to this thing in order as the rock opera Townshend intended it to be. Both surprised and not surprised by how much I love this thing. Does Townshend sing lead on too many of the songs? Probably, but this is his baby, and Daltrey does justifiably handle lead vocals on the most famous song ("Pinball Wizard"). I have a sneaky suspicion a number of Who albums could get 5 ratings from me. And this is somewhere between a 4 and a 5. It's just a little too long. Maybe I just need to light a candle while listening to it.
It's long, and self-indulgent, and it's not perfect. But it's damn good. Concept albums are always a tricky business because it's hard to pull it off without sounding like you're patting yourself on the back for the whole thing, lauding how clever you are. And the idea of this album, as narrative heavy and out-there as it is, is certainly lofty and far-fetched. But in all fairness, the writing, imagination, and delivery on this album are great. The whole album works as a single body of work, while also having some excellent single material, like Pinball Wizard, I'm Free, The Acid Queen... and both Overture and Underture are a delight to listen to. It does feel bloated at times, and at it's points of greatest contrivances, it is a bit ridiculous. But you've got to say that in as far as they could, they pulled this one off
Good album with some classic who tracks. Dragged on a bit
Cool story song and theme about Tommy but not a big fan of the lyrics “we’re going to rape you”
R Kelly did it better.
Pinball ball wizard
Loved it! I've never listened to this album but it was an awesome journey. I can see why people went crazy for it.
Spotify only had disk 1 and 3 I enjoy rock opera/albums that tell a story Only listened to released album, no demo or live
Classic! However, I really only knew Pinball Wizard, but this whole album is a banger. 'Christmas' and 'Underture' are my other stand-outs thus far.
Classic 70s concept album! Love it!
I knew many of these songs before listening to the album in full, but it was great to hear them all connected to better understand the full concept
This is a tough one to give a 5 to. I didn't find it a particularly enjoyable album, frankly, but it's clearly competent musically. I'm giving it a 5 mostly for its sheer scope and ability to make you feel things, even if it wasn't always pleasant.
Classic! One of the original rock musicals. Some controversial themes. Great music
First great who album
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I know The Who are one of the most influential rock bands, but this is the first album I've listened to. I've got to say, I love this! Would love to see the this production on stage.
Oh YES YES YES!!
I mean, it's Tommy. I don't know what else to say.
Truly epic! There's a reason that this is THE quintessential rock opera. Jam packed with fun, rock n' roll, and cameos.
Enjoyed the live half of this more than I typically do. Lots of classics, and of course got Pinball Wizard stuck in my head for hours after this.
A sort of depressing loop, but purely cinematic and and wonderful. My only complaint is that songs tended to be incredibly samey.
The first real rock opera!!!
This has big nostalgic vibes for me, since it was a large part of me growing up. Apart from a single skip, it's basically still perfect to me.
O The Whosach napisalem juz wszystko co zem wiedzial na dwoch poprzednich albumach, ktore chronologicznie ustawione byly akurat miedzy dzisiejszym pickiem, magnum opus bandy jakim niewatpliwie jest Tommy, czyli plyta z gatunku oper rokowych traktujaca o gluchym, glupim i slepym biednym chlopcu zwanym Tommy, od wczesnego dziecinstwa, przez dorastanie jako wyalienowany inwalida, gnebienie w rodzienie, szukania sposobow na uzdrowienie, muzyke, znalezienie pinballowego sensu zycia, do zostania bozkiem, ktory jest wykorzystywany do robienia piniedzy przez dobrego wujaszka, a ta historia opowiedziana jest w 24 aktach, bo tyle wlasnie kawalkow ma ten 75 minutowy album, a jak to byla z dobrymi lirykami, a takimi stoi cala plyta, Pete Townshend potrafi przekazac cos wiecej niz tylko opowiesc na danym traku, a cos znacznie bardziej osobistego, jesli chodzi o strone instrumentalna plyta ta poprzedza live at leeds, ktora czerpie wlasnie z Tommiego, wiec album byl nagrywany z mysla o tym zeby go sprzedac na zywca, a polaczyc to z trzymajaca sie kupy historia to nie lada sztuka, najlpeszy zywy tommy jakie slyszalem to nagranie z Ottawy z 69, wiec z roku wydania albumu, na plycie nie ma zadnych sesyjnych muzykow, a jedynie czterech czlonkow bandy, z nietypowych instrumentali pojawia sie harmonijka, puzon lub trabka francuza, czy bonjo, ciezko wybierac plejkowe utwory z tak konceptowego albumu, ktory warto przesluchac od poczatku do konca zeby uzyskac pelnowymiarowe doswiadczenie, ale na liscie mialem juz pinballowego wizarda, to dodam jeszcze songa o leczeniu tommiego przez pimpa hawkera, eyesight to the blind i zamykajacy calosc song we are not gonna take it, gdzie kampowicze daja do zrozumienia, ze nie sa w stanie podazac za naukami pinballowej religii, ktora moze byc nawiazaniem do rewolucji dzieco kwiatowej, ktora w 69 juz zaczynala umierac, jak wszystkie albumiki piecio gwiazdkowe calosc leci na spotifajowa poleczke biblioteczna
The Overture and Underture pieces sound a bit cliched now, but in 1969 they were probably cutting-edge, and of course, apropos for the first Rock Opera. The songs seem a bit stripped down by today’s standards, more acoustic than I remember, but that makes them riper for the orchestrated and produced versions that followed. Lots of great tracks, like the series that starts with Amazing Journey. Like the album that preceded it, I’m surprised Pete does so much singing. I was going to give it a 4, but since I gave George Jones a 4....
Incredible. Loved the Album front to back. Had heard the big hits before on thr Album but they work much better in chronological order.
Wow, what a trip. I went through a big Who phase in my teens. I've listened to this album probably 30 times and every time it makes me stop what I'm doing to listen to every lyric. It's so so so good. Not many of these songs would be considered some of their greatest hits, but every song is fantastic in its story telling. How can he be saved??? See me. Feel me. Touch me. Heal me. Favorite Tracks: Overture, Christmas, Cousin Kevin, Pinball Wizard, and I'm Free.
A rock opera about a boy who is blind, deaf, and mute but sells his soul to an old gypsy woman in order to become a world class pinball player by playing with his sense of smell. I didn’t have enough LSD on hand to enjoy it the way it’s meant to be enjoyed, but it’s a true original and a great classic rock album.
Well worth every bit of praise it gets.
Pinball Wizard was a staple of my childhood. I knew there was a full story across this double LP rock opera, but I never really paid attention to the story until today, and now I’m eager to spend several more hours with this album and to watch the movie. The overture has that great French horn, sets up the premise with a few lines, and ends on a wonderful guitar rift. 1921 is delightful and soothing, which hides the horrific gaslighting lyrics as the parents tell Tommy he didn’t see a murder. Although, I do wish I had listened more to “Got a feeling ‘21 is going to be a good year” more last year. I loved Underture! A wonderful rock symphony. The guitar, the rumbling kettle drums. Oh, momma! I’m a huge fan of funk, so sign me up for more Smash the Mirror! I jammed to the piano in Sally Simpson. The whimsical Tommy’s Holiday Camp makes me smile and laugh at the absurdity of this crazy amazing journey. This weekend I plan to listen to it again on vinyl and read the lyrics in real time to go another layer deeper. PS - the intro to Pinball Wizard will be my new walkout music
Fun, original, 4.5
I LOVE the movie Tommy. In college we had a weeklong fundraiser where we showed Tommy for 6 nights in a row. I was the projectionist and watched the movie 13 times that week - never tiring of it. I absolutely love the music but had only heard the soundtrack with The Who, Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, Elton John et. al. I don’t know that I’ve ever listened to the original album in its entirety. Excited to do so now! I must admit to being a little bit underwhelmed by some of the performances on this album. Ann-Margret, Tina Turner and Elton John outdo these performances by leaps and bounds. So there were times I wished I was listening to the movie version. But there were several points where I liked what was going on on the album better. And it would be unfair to knock this for not living up to a star-studded, full-blown theatrical version. I love ths album. A great concept supported by great music.
Another very grand rock album! Although I sometime find myself comparing tracks to the movie soundtrack versions (probably because I knew the movie before I knew this album), Tommy by The Who is another amazing work of art on this list!!
This took some audacity to make, and I love that about it. A double album telling the epic story of... well, maybe it's not an epic story but it involves playing pinball. It's always been weird and mysterious enough to be quite compelling. I love that it feels like what it created, a rock opera. It feels orchestral but it's all rock instrumentation...plus French horn, of course. While many of the songs, although being part of a sequence, are great standalone songs, it's not true for them all. "Fiddle About" may be the most horrifying thing I've heard all year. *shudder* But as a whole, listening to this felt like an event today and it was great.
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I get a lot of the same feelings from this that I had as a child at our evangelical Christian church (I'm an atheist now). I thought those feelings of joy, excitement, and wonder came from God and Jesus but it was really the music and stories. What a wild story Tommy is and the music is fucking great---love those instrumental tracks.
Projet ambitieux, construction solide... "Underture" demeure ma pièce préférée.
This album is a pretty impressive accomplishment, a complete story told over an hour solid classic/prog rocks tracks skillfully composed using a number of interesting techniques such as reccuring motifs, lyrical themes and segues. I did find it to be a little slow in parts, imo not all the tracks necessitate their inclusion on the album, but overall as one of the first rock opera / concept albums it stands up well and kicked off a style of musical composition that I love.
I've loved this album for years, so this an easy 5 for me. I love the whole rock-opera concept - I know a lot of people criticize this album as overblown. Yeah, the story is dense and weird (and the movie is even weirder!), but it holds together both musically and thematically. There's so much I love about this album. Favorite moments include all the instrumentals (Overture - love the acoustic guitar part; Sparks; Underture); the thundering bass at 3:25 of Amazing Journey particularly when performed live - John Entwistle was a BEAST; Pinball Wizard (great track); We're Not Gonna Take It including the anthemic ending (this is a week of anthemic endings - at least this one doesn't involve necrophilia like "I Love the Dead"); all the repeating motifs - "see me, feel me" "Tommy can you hear me" plus the repeating musical motifs; Keith Moon's drumming. I also love the line "You've been told many times before, Messiahs pointed to the door, but no one had the guts to leave the temple." I could go on and on. Oh, and TIL that Eyesight to the Blind was a cover. I had no idea. Go check out Sonny Boy Williamson's original. I've listened to this album more times than I can count, but it was fun to dig in again. I ended up watching clips from the movie and from the 1989 all-star performance including Billy Idol, Patti LaBelle, Phil Collins, and Elton John. I remember watching that when it came out. Definitely an album worth hearing many times before I die!
the who changed music forever with tommy. a concept album, yes, but a rock opera most importantly. it has all of the characteristics of a stage musical: overture/underture, recycling melodies, reprises. perfect for adapting into a movie! the who were influential for a few reasons but i stand by my belief that creating the first rock opera was their most important contribution to the world. this album takes you on such a journey alongside tommy. yes, perhaps some suspension of disbelief is involved and it is such a product of the sixties. you meet such a range of characters (including a sexual abuser! cool, she said sarcastically) while tommy journeys through a traumatic incident as a child to becoming a cult leader. obviously, i enjoy the story a lot but the music! the who is so solid; tommy's instrumentation is without flaw. i know this album quite well, but it's still surprising to me that "we're not going to take it," one of the who's most notable songs, a protest song, comes from this album. it has transcended tommy to stand on its own! "you've got to play pinball/and put in your ear plugs/put on your eye shades/you know where to put the cork"
Classic rock opera.
Classic. Interesting hearing the studio versions since I’m mostly familiar with Live at Leeds.
Epic, and the ones that aren’t overplayed are great
One of the founders of hard rock, at this moment the album isn't that special to listen to, but this was unheard of at the time.
Apparently, I like concept albums. I'm typically not a huge fan of The Who, but this one is an easy 4 stars for me.
beautiful but quite a long album
Some great songs. Some very forgettable ones. Album was a very long for my liking but pretty solid.
La música que hicieron para este disco es sin duda excelente: arreglos de voces, solos de guitarra, hasta el uso de motivos que se repiten en toda la obra al estilo de la música clásica. Además, romper con la base de los sencillos comerciales de tres minutos era todavía algo novedoso en aquel entonces. No más por eso se lleva, facilito, una buena calificación. Por el lado personal, sin embargo, aunque los discos conceptuales me gustan, este a veces es muy largo y muy rebuscado dentro de su mismo concepto… Quizá la película podría ser más interesante, pues lo que me falta es ver las imágenes.
Epic and nostalgic
Probably a classic
Siempre he sido demasiado fan del pinball; si tuviera suficiente dinero una larguísima fila de máquinas sería uno de los proyectos sin sentido que seguramente realizaría de inmediato. En algún momento entre los 13-14 años estando en las maquinitas vi una máquina que tocaba una y otra vez el inicio de una canción y eventualmente se quedó embebida en mí "Ever since I was a young boy I've played the silver ball From Soho down to Brighton I must have played 'em all But I ain't seen nothing like him In any amusement hall That deaf, dumb and blind kid Sure plays a mean pinbaaaaaall DU-DU DU-DUN DU-DUUUUUUUN" Y básicamente, eso fue lo que me llevó a conocer a The Who, no había escuchado Teenage Wasteland, quizá conocía My Generation pero no los relacionaba, no sabía nada y me dediqué a buscar una ópera rock de la nada por un pinball. En su momento se me hizo el disco revelación de mi vida, quizá no me interesaba aún realmente por el mensaje en la música (que de hecho la "historia" y letras creo desde ese entonces se me hacía medio vagas y ahora las compararía con un viaje espiritual tipo canción Led Zeppelin sin sentido pero que dura una hora y media) pero musicalmente se sentía el contar una historia, la variación de canciones pero manteniendo siempre el sentido del album, esas partes que ahora entiendo como leit motifs. En su momento a mis 13 se me hizo una cosa brillante de genios. Hoy en día me sigue gustando, quizá no a ese nivel. Lo que tengo que admitir, tanto para bien como para mal es que es la VERDADERA Opera Rock (no, ni The Wall ni Quadraphenia y nada... es este) tiene overtura, interludios, una historia que se sigue por tejido narrativo y no solo por ideas conceptuales, es ambicioso, es un musical entero es... operático. Lo malo es que también siento que esa ambición hoy, analizada con calma, trabaja un poco en su detrimento en cuanto a que no se puede realmente apreciar como disco e historia, musicalmente escucharlo termina con pedazos que se sienten sobran, ese dramatismo de sentirse tal cual como si fuera un musical hace que solo pienses que estas escuchando algo incompleto (que por ejemplo no pasa ni con Quadraphenia ni con The Wall). Disco super ambicioso, grande, muy muy bueno pero quizá "too big for it's own good" lo detiene de llegar a la cima.
Enjoyed it but i felt like it dragged on a little bit.
As a double album, it's tough to listen to all the time, but it is dramatic and playful all at once. It's nice to be able to listen to one song (the intro), and really get the feel of the whole album.
Didn't finish because it was toooo long. But I enjoyed very much. I thought The Who were harder, this was like too soft. Really good, though!
Not really my style, but good music!
pretty good rock n roll
Veel beter einde dan begin. Het concept van een rock opera is heel tof. Werkt wel beter als je het verhaal eens leest.
The Who is definitely a band I’ve listened to before and tried to get into at some point in my life; their music never really stuck, but this album is great nonetheless. I see why it’s highly praised. Honorable mentions: Cousin Kevin and Acid Queen.
Bei The Who gibt es noch was für mich zu entdecken eher 4-5
Erstmals am Stück gehört! Tolles Album! Nicht nur wegen Pinball Wizzard!
Loved the opening journey of this one!
Excellent album. Had not listened to all the way thru but knew some of the songs.
Have heard many times. Some great songs, some not so much. Weird story makes me worry about Pete Townsend.
Saw this play as a kid. Listening took me back. Very clear that it was for a play, lots of consistency in some of the melodies that appear through the album. A classic.
Watched the film a long time ago, it was nice to revisit the music
Wow! Een Engelse vertaling van "Di-rect doet Tommy". Vandaag luister ik beiden naast elkaar om goed te vergelijken. Ik hoor bij The Who veel Supertramp, maar ook Beatles en Queen. Zang is net als bij Di-rect soms een beetje vals, maar de muziek is echt geniaal. Favorieten zijn nummers als "Pinball Wizard / Flipper Koning" en "I am free / Were vrij" maar ook vele anderen zijn prachtig gecomponeerd. Zeer melodieus en met gevoel. Naar het einde wordt het album alleen maar beter. Met als hoogtepunt het nummer "We are not gonna take it / Niemand van ons pikt dit" waarin het hele album samenkomt. Na afloop van deze twee albums ook nog effe de film gekeken. Nu valt alles op zijn plaats. Wat is dit een fijne verrassing op een volledig vrije dag. ****
It’s good. It’s really good. But it does drag in some spots- some of the instrumental interludes kinda drag, even within the lyrical focused songs. Most of the time it’s awesome, but when it drags-it DRAGS. Still, some amazing song writing and performances from The Who. On the flip, the good stuff is REALLY good. Definitely would recommend, just pack your patience for some dull parts.
I really love it this far, it's a long album though. That's a four for some reason :))
The real OG rock opera. It has that classic Who sound, but unfortunately I think the narrative is muddy to say the least; unfortunate, considering what I was hoping for out of a rock opera. The music itself was pretty consistently fun, however. Even more interesting is knowing how this project almost acted as a vehicle for Townshend to explore his own traumas and spirituality; that honestly is the most interesting part of it all for me.
Haven't listened to this in quite awhile. I was never a massive Who fan back in the day but I thought this held up really well and was very interesting to listen to all the way through and follow the story. A lot of it I never really picked up on before. Cool shit.
My second favorite The Who album, the one that firmly established the rock opera genre (although SF Sorrow came first). I argue it is also the second best rock opera after The Wall. Production is among the best of the era. Lyrics are clear and spread out enough for people to understand what's going on. The short interludes help with the synopses, while the songs may be short or long but covers some central theme in Tommy's story. The music, often hard, psychedelic, or orchestral, perfectly reflects the subject. Tracks blend in really well, and it truly does feel like listening to a movie. There's a lot of diversity in these tracks, but besides "Pinball Wizard," I'm not hearing any hits. (Oh fun fact, pinballs were illegal at the time of this album release, so the song showed Tommy as a social rebel.) They could all just fly by if you're not paying attention. It doesn't help that the album's double in length, so a bunch of not-so impressive songs with lyrics you need to pay attention to can be an unappealing experience. The psychedelic instrumentals help keep things interesting for the most part. The opening track was a great choice, but the closing track felt a little rough. These weaknesses would normally justify a 3 star rating, but the fourth star comes from the storytelling, innovation, and diversity in tracks. Favorite Tracks: Sparks, Eyesight to the Blind, Christmas, Underture, Pinball Wizard
Me ha resultado un poco largo
Another great one I actually have on vinyl. Never saw the play or the film, but I have loved the album. I think that's pretty incredible for a rock opera in that it really stands alone and it stands the test of time. Daltery and Townsend are a legendary duo. I went through a Who phase. They have a ton a of great songs, but when it comes to an album, I come back to Tommy every time. Who's Next and Quadrophenia are crazy good though.
Weird story but love the music
Over-inflated, ludicrous storyline - but brilliant
Es un disco muy ridículo pero funciona muy bien como ópera.
This is an epic - in the sense that it is really long. Plenty of bangers are included, but can get a bit lost in the length of the album. It does take the listener of an engaging and enjoyable journey, though. That this is a rock opera is very apparent. The ebb and flow, big choruses, and narrative of musical theatre are clear, so the length gets a pass in this case and it is judged as something different (more?) than just an album of songs. 3.5/5 (for the bangers, narrative journey and a bonus half point for ambition).
Rock Operas are usually a by-word for naff. But this one is ace
This story of "deaf, dumb and blind" Tommy couldn't have been written in any other time than '69, but that's when this kind of art would be heralded as game-changing. Thus, even though the taste is questionable and the music not particularly mind-blowing, the adventurous attitude at the root of this record still reels me in.
Maybe a bit over-blown in places, but it's well-crafted & will reward multiple listens.
La primera gran òpera-rock de la història. He fet l'experiment d'escoltar-lo en shuffle i s'ha demostrat un gran error: sona totalment desllavassat i inconnexe. Tal com s'ha de sentir, però, reforça el seu posi històric. Malgrat que a mí sempre em va semblar més complet i disfrutable 'Quadrophenia', 'Tommy' va ser el primer i amb el qual van aconseguir arribar a l'estratosfera com a banda. I això sense gaire singles roents, més enllà de les increïbles 'I'm Free'. 'We're Not Gonna Take It' o 'Pinball Wizard', però amb un tot molt difícil d'igualar, tant en història com en composició
I actually liked this MUCH better than I thought I would. My pre-judgements coming in...too long, stupid premise, hokey songs. The premis still strikes me as stupid but the songs are so strong - what a drummer Keith Moon was - that I did not feel the album was bloated at all. very little filler and some truly transcendent musical moments. 4.5 stars
Ogħġobni. Twil istja.
Not all the music here is tip top, but I'm giving points for sheer ambition, and for spinning a rather peculiar yarn in the process. Incidentally, when the music clicks, it's fantastic. Stuff like 'Sensation', 'Pinball Wizard', and the Overture/Underture passages are top tier Who
Noted for delisted but this is a groundbreaking album
Certainly an ambitious project but Tommy really is all over the place. I only saw the musical about two months back thanks to NetflixUK and my reaction to that was 'what did I just watch', the album by itself feels even more abstract and disconnected without the imagery. That's not to say it isn't enjoyable, in parts it's almost so bad it's brilliant and it's still a pivotal album regardless.
I wasn't sure I'd heard it in one sitting before, but I'd heard all the tracks before. It was good but I think I'll try the live version that came as bonus with my cd of 'Live In Leeds'. I love the sound on it, and if Tommy live has that same, beefed up, sound. I imagine it'll be the version I spin.
Pretentious, overblown, and up its own bottom. I still rather enjoyed it.
Hearing it right now. I like The Who, this album seems to be a masterpiece, but I just didn't have the time to dive deep into it today. Maybe I'll listen to it again in the future, in a less busy moment.
Really nice listen
Rock Opera. I think that says everything you need to know about the album style. It smoothly moves from one song to another with seamless transition. While I feel Quadrophenia may be their opus, the album has left a long impression on many music fans through the generations.
Yeah yeah yeah
If there's a better rock opera about child abuse I don't wanna hear about it! 🙃 Fave track - "Pinball Wizard" - kinda has to be, right!?
Great Rock Opera! I'm sure 4 is probably low given the influence of this classic, but listening through it is awesome, just not a feeling a full 5.
A lot of bands have tried to rock opera thing, but I think tThe Who probably did it best (twice). A couple of great songs and the rest is really good. My favorite memory about this album was when my brother in law, Peter, gave me a copy to hold for our first-born child - Thomas. He said “make sure he knows this was a gift from his uncle Pete!” That’s when I asked him if he was sending a hidden warning for our little Tommy in the lyrics to “Fiddle About”? He took the album back.
I know I am alone in this, but Quadrophenia is a much better album.
Me resultó un poco largo. 4.
Sometimes an album just click after a second or third listen. This was one of them. I have owned the album for quite a while and might've listened to it once or twice. Never got into it, I thought The Who had made much better. Now years later re-listening it on a 3rd and 4th listen and it fully clicked. It's an amazing album.
Holy cannoli, now that is a rock opera. The Super Deluxe release is almost 3.5hrs long. It’s like the LOTR Extended Editions of rock opera. I enjoyed what I got to, but this album requires some dedicated time to actually get through and chew on. Cousin Kevin and Pinball Wizard stood out to me. 4/5 for now, could very well be 5/5 given more time. Was this conceptual album about a dumb, deaf and blind kid somehow inspirational for the premise of the movie Tommy Boy?
Love coming back to any record from the 60s, this one does an excellent job of storytelling, super captivating while still managing to experiment with instrument and vocal performances. I appreciate the harmonies used throughout the album, and the mastering of the left/right channel recordings of guitar/drums simulates the experience of standing right in the middle of this band. Underture was my favourite track this session.
24 трека с очень интересной игрой на гитаре и вокалом, из которых примерно 8 песен длятся больше или около 5 минут (это так, к сведению). Если честно, сначала навевали сомнения о идеальности и гениальности альбома, что его аж прям нужно до смерти обязательно прослушать. Но по итогу прослушал и мне понравилось. На самом деле очень хороший альбом, могу сказать, что это какой-то ранний The Beatles, имхо. Несколько треков сохранил себе, а это уже показатель, хх. Но есть также и несколько слабых песен, без которых альбом бы ничего не потерял, кроме общей продолжительности и количеству песен.
Another solid rock opera. But I don't know, I think I might like Bat out of Hell more. There's some good stuff and then there's some throwaways. Sometimes the songs don't seem to flow into each other as well as they should or could (e.g., Christmas to Cousin Kevin). Maybe that's also because some songs weren't initially conceived of for the album (e.g., Sally Simpson) and were trying to be fit in somewhere. And I'm not sure if there are any absolute show stoppers besides Pinball Wizard (what a great tune). Still, I really enjoyed both the Overture and Underture (orchestral feel without the orchestra), and the also-instrumental Sparks. Christmas was solid but felt like a Beatles knock-off. Fiddle About is just disturbing but I appreciate it.
My first true introduction to the Who was through Tommy. When they were doing their first comeback tour back in 1989, I remember watching the concert downstairs in the basement of my college freshman dorm. There were a number of us watching it, too young to have seen them when they were first touring but now experiencing them live on TV. I remember watching them play Tommy with special guest stars Phil Collins and Billy Idol... Then I heard the studio album, and it did not sound like that concert. It sounded... tinnier. My biggest problem with Tommy is how the development of the lead is through all these different characters that float in and out of the opera. In the story, it's not through his own internal development that Tommy as a character grows. Townshend's writing for character development really hit its peak in the next rock opera, Quadrophenia. The songs themselves do a lot of variation, and Moon pounds the HELL out of the drums. So yeah, as much as I appreciate this album for what it is, it only has a few great songs on it. I mean, you cannot deny the greatness of "Pinball Wizard" or "See Me, Feel Me." But besides that, a lot of the other songs are to beholden to the opera itself. So if Quadrophenia is a 5-star (which in my mind it is) this is definitely a 4-star album.
I think this album is fantastic. It's not one I often listen to all the way through, but I should. Tommy is such a great mix of the straightforward rocking with the theatrical and occasionally trippy. And it's at heart just a great Who album, creative and engaging and powerful from beginning to end. There's really nothing else like this in music. Most of the songs are great to listen to on their own, without even engaging with the somewhat hazy plot. A couple of the best songs the Who ever recorded are on this album ("I'm Free," "Pinball Wizard"), as well as some stellar deep tracks ("Christmas," "The Hawker"). The flow from song to song is seamless and the album never drags. It's over an hour long and you don't really feel it. Fave Songs: I'm Free, Pinball Wizard, Christmas, The Hawker, Tommy Can You Hear Me, Welcome, Go to the Mirror, The Acid Queen
This was cutting edge for its time. Rekindled an interest in seeing the movie. 40 years later has lost an edge....
Really like this.
Should probably like Tommy more than I do. Like Pinball Wizard, Go to the Mirror and Tommy can you hear me. Feel like I should watch the movie to get it.
Here's the thing-- the narrative behind Tommy is weird and perverted. But, damn, do they commit to telling a story, and it's pretty entertaining to listen to. Definitely a unique piece in the canon of classic rock but I can't help but think it's the concept album that launched a thousand other concept albums.
More rock operas and especially prog projects need to take cues from this album. The story is small scale, and the 75 minutes drags less than many ambitious 60-minute projects. Fine pop writing, but ultimately the instrumentation doesn't hold up the structure of the thing. A very enjoyable 3.5, but the critical acclaim baffles.
Never been big on the Who, but I did enjoy this one. More of a 3.5ish. Love the idea of a rock opera, it just stretches a bit long. Keith Moon and John Entwistle steal the show on quite a few tracks, but then again, they always did. Favorite tracks: "Eyesight to the Blind", "Go to the Mirror!"
Decided to look up the story this time and cool no one knows what the hell its about either. The music and ideas are still fun tho
Not sure what to think about it. Not really my style
I appreciate that this album has an actual narrative compared to other concept albums of the time that were more about themes. The probably with this album is that it is boring and not good. It’s influence and benefit to the concept album is important but there is no diversity and no pieces to hold on too.
idk man, not that entertaining. Just....bland
Points for being one of the first Rock Operas and reoccurring motifs and cool songs like "Pinball Wizard" and "I'm Free".
Need to listen again for the concept of it, nothing special from a surface listen
Pretty formative for me, this one. It was when I first realised that rock music can tell stories (and as a nerdy kid that loved books but wanted to be cool this was transformative). Yes it's pretentious and pompous at points, but so am I.
This was a trip down to Wikipedia. I can admire the idea of the rock opera, but in some ways this one feels a bit self-indulgent. It feels somewhat exploitive of the idea of a "deaf, dumb, blind kid" as well as abusive situations of said character. I doubt that was their intention, but it's a peculiar choice. I suppose it's "edgy" of those times, now it just feels kind of try-hard. I can definitely respect The Who going for it though, and I think it has artistic significance. No tracks I really dislike, but nothing really speaks out either, which I suppose is potentially good as a cohesive album. There are other rock operas I would rather listen to, but I can respect it.
I used to love this when I was a nipper and I think it mostly held up til around the middle where it gets a bit boring. Also, why is there so much rape/molestation craic on this album? Like a concept album about a wee fella playing pinball doesn’t seem like the right venue?
Interesting to know this is a concept album. Some good songs here and there, but I am having the same experience I have had previously with The Who, which is to say I just can't really get into them.
You can definitely give props for the rock opera attempt... it is interesting, and something that i amazingly love when it comes to quadrophenia. this album doesn't have any great songs (i'm free and pinball wizard are probably my least "favorite" popular who tracks). still originality and style shine through.
Interesting narrative weaved throughout, recognized the pinball song but otherwise unfamiliar with The Who. Felt like relatively standard rock stuff, some cool sounds sprinkled throughout though.
Prior to this I’d only probably heard the singles/famous songs off this album, so it was cool to finally listen to the whole album. Overall, the album was good, but nothing really grabbed me (other than the songs I already knew). Also the story of this concept album is a bit odd at times and not super compelling. However, it’s iconic and I’m glad I listened to it.
Remembered this from the musical. Still like it
Not bad for the first choice.
Mmmm I was a massive Pearl Jam Fan in High School, so had an understanding that The Who was a good band, but just never really got into it. Never listened to this album, but know the story, which is super wierd and interesting. After the first listen...not for me. Sorry Eddie! 24 tracks! For such a long album, I don't think they needed to repeat the chorus so many times in so many songs... Really like the drama of Overture and Underture and Pinball Wizard is the standout track
Some good musicianship. Hit and miss with the songs but some strong ones in there to make up for the weaker ones. Pinball Wizard is a worldie. Album makes more sense as a soundtrack.
Groundbreaking for its time with some fine tracks but overall an underwhelming experience
Speciaal album. Sommige nummers zijn best oké, andere vind ik helemaal niets
That feels sacrilegious, tbh, but I’m writing this as a review hearing it now, not as a product of its times, primarily. It is of course a genre-busting revelation. But wow, the politics of this record do not hold up at all. Disability as metaphor is so tired, and the way sexual violence is portrayed is um, problematic, to say the least. That said, I enjoy the storytelling, and musicianship, and the vision of it all, and also too, I found a fair number of songs to just be boring? And, there are some great lines, harmonies, and sweet memories of singing along to it with my dad as a kid. (edited)
Good album although didn't finish it but would listen again.
Liked this album
It has some nice songs but it drags on too much. By the second hour it was really hard to find this enjoyable. By the end, I no longer cared about the overall story, so I guess rock operas are not my thing.
Not impressed, not quadrophenia. May work better as a live/stage preformance
not as turd as i remember it being last time i listened to it. its a huge self indulgent ego stroking project from townsend but the less said about townsends stroking habits the better. speaking of nonces, not a big fan of listening to any song about noncing. only a nonce thinks a noncey uncle is an integral part to a rock opera. reading the synopsis on wiki did make listening to it more understandable, though it is a plotline that holds up about as well as something from Hollyoaks.
I find it an interesting overlap between stuff like the Beatles and darker/heavier/more psychedelic 70s rock. The vocals occasionally get awful. Especially on cousin kevin. Overall, I like their later albums better. But still enjoy Pinball Wizard
Some very good music here. Unfortunately, the concept it is so famous for brings some quite underwhelming filler tracks.
Slow, relaxing and airy rock. Lots of instrumentals so far. Album seems like it needs to be felt as an experience and in the right setting.
Better story than it is music. Famous concept album But for me not all the songs are that great. It’s definitely better as a whole but only a few songs are enjoyable as standalone pieces. 7.3/10
Gave it a listen, have always been aware of this but never listened to anything other than pinball wizard until now. Really cool concept and can see how it would have been awesome in it's time and context. Doesn't really do it for me listening to it today.
It's kind of a shame that this album developed a reputation as the great early rock opera, since The Pretty Things did it first (and better) with S.F. Sorrow. It's not great, not terrible - just like everything else The Who has ever done. Best track: Pinball Wizard
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I loved Tommy the first time I heard it. But then I heard Quadrophenia and realised everything the band did better. Tommy has aged much worse in my book, with a story which hangs together by a thread with an awkward mix of molestation and whimsy. The amount of short \"filler\" tracks wears thin, as does the long \"Underture\" jam to fill out time. I also much prefer the energy that \"Listening to You\" has in concert or in the 1975 film. At its best, Tommy showcases the Who as an ensemble of peerless musicians and must have been powerful live. Christmas, Pinball Wizard, Go to the Mirror... all classics. I have to appreciate the scope and ambition behind it as well, so this gets 3* from me.
Liked though couldn't listened to the end.
I'm conflicted about The 'Oo. Daltrey must be the worst singer ever to become a rock Gos after Dylan. Townsend lurches from writing absolute classics to ridiculous nonsense. Most of this album falls into the latter. Sometimes I love them, but other times (like this) I just wonder what they were thinking.. Rock opera? Well if you must, Pete, but I'd prefer Who's Next instead, please.
Mostly good - better than I was expecting, but too many off tracks for me
Goes on a bit, some great tracks and a lot of filler IMO, doesnt change my mind on rock operas
Plenty of good musicians in the band. Why moot them? I didn’t mind it, and know it’s a concept album, but it’s probably more up Helen Keller’s alley.
Pinball wizard is good. The rest of it is kind of a slog.
Ooof, this was a little darker than I was expecting. I guess you can’t drag out pinball wizardry for a full 75mins but that didn’t prepare me for the torture of for poor inert Tommy to be his uncle’s fuckmeat. Musically it’s not doing much for me, I thought The Who were supposed to Rock, this is all jangly folk acoustic guitars. A bit forced and lame. Fun fact: how does Tommy play such a mean pinball? Answer: he’s not blind at all, it’s psychosomatic so his eyes are perfectly fine.
No me emocionó tanto como lo otro que ha salido acá de los The Who. 7/10
Si lo curtiese más seguro me gustaría más.
No songs I had heard before, and unfortunately none that stood out.
Not a huge fan of the softer, high pitched voices used in this album. For a hard rock album, it's decidedly soft. Rock Opera is a cool concept, but some real strange tracks exist to hold the confusing narrative together. Highlight Tracks: 4, 8, 13, 21
Es como una ópera rock. Se me ha hecho bastante bola.
Quite strange and confusing, in almost an interesting way. Lots of potential here
A lot of short little tracks, I think I'd enjoy this more if I had watched the show beforehand or read up on the plot synopsis. As it is, it's an okay listen but I didn't connect very well to the music. Favourites: Pinball Wizard, Go to the Mirror
Don’t listen to a ton of The Who but I thought this was good
Pinball Wizard is the best song and naturally the most well known. There are some weird songs on this album. I have seen bits and pieces of the motion picture before but I did not watch it for this listening. I am not sure I will watch it or listen to this album again.
wasalt sa nofsu
I love a concept album. This is great in scope, I just need more listens to get the lyrics down. Likely to grow on me further
I liked I’m Free
Ambitious but overly long and overblown. Quite dark at times with songs like Cousin Kevin and Fiddle About is literally about Tommy getting molested by his uncle, wtf? Anyway, there are some good tunes on here, Pinball Wizard being the highlight but overall it does drag on a bit and I think would benefit from some visuals on stage or film.
I don't believe I'd ever listened to this whole album before. It does feel rather unfair to write a review after one listen of something that's, if memory serves, 487 songs long. But my gut instinct tells me I'll reach for Who's Next over this every single time. I do like all things pinball though, so...
I don't like rock operas and this album didn't change that, but I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. 2.5/5
An interesting attempt at a rock opera concept album, but I think it wears out its welcome and got very repetitive fast and could have been shortened to just one album. I look forward to hearing their later efforts which are much better eg Quadrophenia
how to disguise halfassed songwriting by telling people it's on purpose pinball wizard is sick
I have a difficult time with concept albums, especially with linear story lines. I don't feel there is enough for me to grab on to and follow through in the music. The guitar work ranges from great to mediocre, but i think this would be worth another spin. Undertone is a good self contained groove. Pinball Wizard kicks ass. Sally Simpson is a cool groove. We're not Gonna Take It/See Me, Feel Me doesn't feel powerful enough musically to match the lyrical content cap of the album.
This is definitely one of the first cohesive concept albums/rock operas ever released by a band which means it definitely earns a spot on this list; however, I feel that it was a bit pretentious and overly long for what it was. Don't get me wrong: I had a fun time listening to the whole album and thought there was plenty of variety and great instrumentation here, but I can't help but feel that it came across as a bit generic and repetitive at times. While the concept was carried throughout the whole album, the overall story was not very clear to me upon my first listen. Maybe this is something that becomes more apparent in subsequent listens, but typically an album of this sorts makes its characters and plot clear from the start and has story beats that carry this all the way to the end. With 'Tommy', I did not feel a strong connection to this concept which just left me listening to it as a random collection of songs. When looking at it through this lens, I don't think it's their best work from a songwriting and arrangement perspective (although I have not heard a ton of Who material). This one has the potential for me to truly understand and respect it more, but I am not sure that there was enough here even in its long length to make me want to come back for sure. Overall, I enjoyed this one and understand its spot on this list, but it wasn't as great as some people might think it is. 3/5.
some classics on here but pretty long...
lots of tracks that have no words so I zone out. i liked pinball wizard and tommy's holiday camp. they were funky.
Catchy rock, elguitar riffs, fængende
I preferred the film version.
Pretty great album. Never really listened to the whole thing before. 3/5
Pinball Wizard was great. The rest was just okay. Interesting concept, but not for me!
It is a fairly bloated album. Fair play for trying to pull this off but they have better albums - the subject matter of pinball, pop-culture messiah and paedos is probably not for everyone. Where's the book Pete? Best Tracks: 1921; Pinball Wizard; We're Not Gonna Take It
Pinball wizard rb2 memories
I wonder if it is possible to submit reviews for others
This album coined the term Rock Opera. Regardless of what I think about the music, I have to at least appreciate it for the courageous step out of the norm that it is.
The Who's: Tommy stands apart from other Who material for me. This sorta album was not being done at the time and though they can make better music, looking at what was created with this rock opera, the legendary status of it can not be denied. I just have to compartmentalize this from the rest of The Who discography. For me personally, I'd give it a 3. For the impact it made on culture and what have you, at least 4 stars.
Not their best album, not even their best double album (Quadrophenia is more consistent), but completely with the zeitgeist in the late sixties, hence it's the one Who album everyone has head of.
Decent, but not their best
It is musical feat that I appreciated more when I was in college.
Tsja. Hier en daar een beetje theatraal, maar zeker acceptabel.
Hele zit, maar wel ontzettend goed gedaan. En gewoon een goede band.
There were some good songs on it but it was way too long. 2.5
You know... fine, okay. I guess.
It was ok.
not for me
Es como una ópera rock. Se me ha hecho bastante bola. Ni fu ni fa.
My first time giving this a spin, and I mostly enjoyed it. The first few tracks are nice and theatrical and set the scene well - much like the start of a musical, which I guess this pretty much is (didn't realise See Me, Feel Me was originally more of a recurring theme than it's own track - another musical theatre trope?) I like the really short tracks (they help a lot with plot exposition) and always have respect for ambitious concept albums, especially groundbreaking ones like this. I'm not sure the individual parts are strong enough to keep me coming back to listen to the whole, though, especially when it's so long. 3.5
C'est OK. Pas mauvais, très bon concept, mais j'ai l'impression d'écouter une comédie musicale sans l'image
Ah, the original rock opera. I think it's pretty cool how the concept was birthed out of a desire to find a way to escape the "short song format" of music that had existed up until this point. I had not heard this in full before, and was not familiar with the plot. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to completely discern the plot from the music alone; I had to rely on a little help from Wikipedia. Needless to say, the plot is very much a product of the 1960s. The album did feel a little long and bloated, but it was bizarre, which I appreciate, so it evens out. There were some great songs on this album. That said, musically, this particular album is classic Who. They aren't reinventing any wheel there; this particular album is all about the introduction of the rock opera format, which it turned out their musical style was perfect for. This album dared to try something new, and while not perfect, brought about a significant form of musical storytelling. That in and of itself makes this album a worthy addition to the project. Thanks, Who, for gifting us the rock opera!
A cool concept with some great songs mixed in... but man did it really start to get tedious. I was ready for this one to be over by the time Tommy got his senses back.
Never have I looked up the supposed story of Tommy. It is bonkers. I've listened before without really paying attention and the album is much better knowing the rough storyline.
It's certainly ambitious and there is some great stuff here. The drumming in particular is obviously fantastic but all the performances are great, there are some lovely harmonies, and it introduces and develops certain motifs in a really satisfying way It's a bit all over the place though - the concept is so scattered, and musically it doesn't exactly gel together (Good Morning Campers or whatever it's called is fun but incredibly out of place) and it really feels like the entire thing hangs around Pinball Wizard. Which is an incredible song but... the 70+ minutes bookending seems excessive
I do not get the story but I do get the music.
This did have it's ups and downs but I really enjoyed this! I am confused tho- is Tommy ok?
I have probably listened to this album at least 10 times before reviewing this album. The first few times was out of curiosity about the rest of the album that includes "Pinball Wizard". The next few times was to try and understand the whole rock opera. The last couple of times was to decide how much some of the characters and songs creep me out. This album still makes me feel icky. I haven't watched the movie yet (maybe never will?). I did not know that a couple of the creepiest songs were credited to Entwistle. I thought the creepiness was all on Townshend's shoulders. There are tracks that I still enjoy ("Pinball Wizard", "I'm Free") and some of the instrumentals are worth listening to, to see what the band was trying to explore musically (my fav was "Sparks"). Overall, the album comes out as an "okay", with a wish to skip some of the story portrayed across the album.
I know for many Tommy is the Who's magnum opus. But for me I want the power. Pete attacking the guitar, Keith treating everything as if he's the frontman, Roger preening and John holding it all together
🎵 He's a pinball wizard 🎵
Much of the music is pretty decent and I had partly hoped this might be instrumental so I didn’t have to listen to this nonsense story full of Townsend’s weird obsessions. I get that he’s probably working things through but this Tommy metaphor is in such poor taste.
Ok but a bit more 'operaish' than i had expected. i am sure it would be better having seen the film but none of the songs seems to be given the space to get going.
Sasvim dobar album, ali ga nisam previše pratio koliko sam trebao, svakako mislim da bih se trebao vratiti na ovaj album da ga još bolje jednog dana poslušam.
Only knew a few of the songs but nothing really stood out to me on my first listen
heeel medium, vond het echt niet zo leuk was een chore om naar te luisteren
De este álbum conocía la canción de "Pinball Wizard". Nunca imaginé que la canción formara parte de una ópera, y conforme escuchaba la letra de las canciones entendí el por qué del nombre del disco. Me parece una idea muy genial y original. A pesar de lo original, y de haber escuchado el disco unas tres veces (por curiosidad), no me veo escuchándolo muchas veces en el futuro, excepto por Pinball Wizard. Creo que es un disco que "envejeció mal", lo cuál es una lástima.
Production: 8/20 Songwriting: 6/20 Innovation: 9/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 5/20 =33 Booooooring
Definitely sounds like a rock opera.
really don’t like the who as much as I used to. 2.5
Kind of got bored with this album for some reason.
1.5 i don't get it
It was ok. None of the songs connected with me on the 2 play throughs.
Listened to half. It felt so pretentious.
What a stark difference between this and their prior album. I could not get into this one and I think that's because all my favorites are on the other album and besides those the Who kinda just feels like folksy UK music. Didn't even feel like rock music. Mixing between one minute songs and ten minute songs on an album with 24 total songs feels a lot like the preamble to Drake's Scorpion.
I mean all Who jokes aside this one is kinda boring
It's cool but not for 2 hours
Ik vind het niet heel mooi. een tikkeltje te bizar
3-4 absolute classics don’t hide the fact this is a bloated mess.
It would probably be of more interest to me alongside the stage play but I couldn't be assed with this as a stand-alone album.
If you're into that sorta thing. I bet I could beat that deaf dumb and blind kid at pinball.
Not a fan.
Couple of good tracks, couple of pompous shit tracks, mostly average guff
I think I'm just not into Rock Operas. It has some good songs for sure, but it's more filler than killer.
Not what I expected tbh, not a fan
Meh. Late 60s, rock opera, double LP. Too long and most songs sounds very similar.
Had high expectations of this as a story based album, but the songs were boring leaving me not caring about the narrative.
THE FIRST ROCK OPERA?! Other than that it’s pretty lame, the bad songs to quality songs ratio is appalling. Would not listen again
What a drag.
Hoewel ik een enorme progliefhebber ben, vind ik ‘vroege’ conceptalbums vaak wat moeilijk, zoals King Crimson’s eerste. Ik weet hoe invloedrijk Tommy is geweest, maar het raakt me niet. De muziek is wat te gekunsteld en het is voor mij meer behang dan een actieve luister.
Meh. Not into concept albums, even less so rock operas. Pinball Wizard is a bop though, I do enjoy that tune. Props for the ambition with this album and it's amazing how they used to do the whole thing live, but I'm just not into it.
Who liked this? There are a few songs that are bangers but most of it is awful.
I want to like The Who, I hate The Who
Pinball Wizard is a great song. Didn't love the rest.
Tired of getting the same bands and music from the same decade. This shit random or not?
This may be one I would need to listen to several times to get into it. After spending the last week listening to Sondheim, this doesn't really measure up. If you told me that they made most of this up as they went along, I might buy that. Pinball Wizard is still a pip, but nothing else comes close to how strong that one song is. Whereas, like, Sweeney Todd? I mean, dudes. Sweeney Todd. It's a scary musical. The music... is actually scary. And sad. And funny. I'm not getting anywhere near that much out of this. It's not a fair comparison and I should judge this album on its own merits, but I don't wanna right now.
* too instrumental. Great beats and riffs not backed by lyrics.
This album has no business being 75 minutes long. The guy yelling "Tommy can you hear me" on Christmas sounds like Charlie from It's Always Sunny. Really takes me out of it. Pete Townsend wrote this when he was like 23? What 23 year old sits down to write a rock opera??
the words "rock" and "opera" should always be separated by a great deal of lorem fucking ipsum
A couple of good points but mostly background music.
Jour 2 - Très ancré dans son époque. Les autres de the Who sont à mon avis meilleur J'ai juste pas aimé. 2
This is more impressive in its scope and ambition than it is actually very enjoyable to listen to…
No doubt that at the time it was produced, this was an ambitious and epic undertaking, considered a milestone album in the history of rock music. Feels that it hasn't dated particularly well, certain points felt like an endurance test. Was it worth listening? Yes. Did I enjoy it? No, not really.
Why, Who? Why?
No more late 60s. Fuck. Off. 2/5.
I like the concept, but parts of this have dated awfully, especially the "humourous" bits.
Met the Who heb ik een haat-liefde verhouding. Ze hebben een aantal toffe nummers, en ook het album Who's Next kan ik wel waarderen. Maar deze "rock-opera" trek ik echt slecht. Paar aardige tracks maar over het geheel veel te dik aangezet en echt te arty-farty voor mij. Next!
Blijft lastig, iets te veel een rockopera voor mij
LoAd of nonsense. Pinball Wizard lifts it to 2 stars
It sounds a bit better whilst watching the film; although I didn't enjoy the film much either.
2 stars mainly because of pinball wizard
I don't think The Who is my style of music I do like pinball tho
Yeah not bad
Paikoin todella hyvä, mut Who’s Nextin asettamalla rimalla kauas jäätiin
Nyt oli aika tylsää kekkulointia ja ei sytyttänyt. Levy 2 jäi ihan kokonaan kuuntelematta...
Way too long an album and I wasn't particularly impressed. 24 songs and nothing stood out. 5/10.
I can't help the feeling that this album served as heavy inspiration for Pink Floyd's The Wall - you might even call it a blueprint. However, the Pink Floyd opus is miles better. Tommy is often called a "Rock-Opera", in lieu of the then unknown concept of "(rock) musical". But no matter what we chose to call it, it remains very mediocre. I have massive respect for The Who, but this whole album screams "concept over substance". The whole undertaking is bit tedious and self-indulgent. There is a story here, and if that manages to catch your interest, good for you. Pinball Wizard is a good enough song (which was done better by Elton John), but the rest is nothing to write home about. It's just run-off-the-mill 60s rock without hardly a good idea (or melody). Thus, I find Tommy to be severely overrated and found my listening experience to be quite disappointing. 2/5
Did not like
La verdad no me gusta the who
Before I listened to this album, the number of concept/story albums in the rock world that I liked and would listen to again was very small (Alan Parsons Project, some other prog metal, etc.). The number didn't go up after this. Forgettable, story was...eh...and music...well....no thanks.
Not my thing.
I remember watching this film and finding it slightly troubling. without the film this is just a massive pile of shite. there's nothing endearing the storytelling is non existent and the music sucks ass. seems a shame cos the who have created some great songs. just seems they disappeared up their own ass with this. also the lighthearted abuse by fiddling seems a funny thing to joke about.
Ja, gewoon helemaal kut dit dus! Wat een gejank.
It's shit isn't it? People need to stop pretending it's good. The most rock overrated album ever
Interesting sound and chorus. Melodies are all over the place. The voice of the artist is a little high pitched but it's pleasant to hear.