The Who - Tommy

The Who's defining, breakthrough concept album — a full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom — originally was released in May 1969. The Who were at a career crossroads, known mainly as a singles band, but this project launched them as a serious ‘albums band' and it has now sold more than 20 million copies as well as regularly turning up in lists of the most influential albums of all time.

Originally banned by the BBC and by some U.S. radio stations, the underlying child abuse and molestation theme in the tale of the "deaf, dumb and blind" Tommy Walker was a startling, darker side to the former mod-rockers from Shepherds Bush. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard chart. Townshend proved to himself and the world he could still attempt such libretto and still rock. It spawned such Who staples as "Pinball Wizard," "The Acid Queen," "I'm Free" and "We're Not Gonna Take It/See Me, Feel Me."




1. Overture
2. It's A Boy
3. 1921
4. Amazing Journey
5. Sparks
6. The Hawker
7. Christmas
8. Cousin Kevin
9. The Acid Queen
10. Underture
11. Do You Think It's Alright?
12. Fiddle About
13. Pinball Wizard
14. There's A Doctor
15. Go To The Mirror!
16. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
17. Smash The Mirror
18. Sensation
19. Miracle Cure
20. Sally Simpson
21. I'm Free
22. Welcome
23. Tommy's Holiday Camp
24. We're Not Gonna Take It

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Sonically better

posted on 06/26/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Froi D
I have a reissue which is Made in EU and made a shoot out. This Kevin Gray remaster is crisp and sonically vibrant unlike the European pressed reissue which sounded compressed and muffled.

Almost phenomenal

posted on 06/16/2021
3 Stars
Reviewer: Carter DeVries
KG’s mastering is excellent as I’ve come to expect. Sides 1-3 play quiet as you could ask for but side 4 has, I guess, what would be called “groove roar”….like a constant static-y swoosh that is very obvious between tracks but also during any part of playback where the music that is quieter or just less busy. I’ve tried two copies and both have had this defect. Just a head’s up. It may just be the current batch, but if you receive one with this issue you’ll hear it loud and clear….and it’s a drag.

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