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Title:
Tommy
Author:
Who (Musical group)
Corporate Author:
Publication Information:
Universal City, CA : MCA Records, [1993]

â„—1973
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (62 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Rock opera; principally composed by Pete Townshend.

Compact disc, analog recording.

Insert in container ([12] p. : ill.)--includes lyrics.
Language:
English
Contents:
It's a boy You didn't hear it Amazing journey ; Sparks Eyesight to the blind Christmas Cousin Kevin Acid queen Underture (9:59) -- Do you think it's alright ; Fiddle about Pinball wizard There's a doctor I've found Go to the mirror, boy Tommy can you hear me Smash the mirror Sensation Miracle cure Sally Simpson I'm free Welcome Tommy's holiday camp We're not gonna take it
Added Author:
UPC:
008811080129
Format :
Music CD

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Eggertsville-Snyder Library ROCK .W628 TO-1 Compact Disc Open Shelf
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Summary

Summary

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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