The Who – Tommy

Holy shit. This was AMAZING!

I bought this CD in Taranna on this year’s excursion with Mike. Right from first listen I know this was probably one of the best choices I made on that trip.

Now, even though it was released in 1969, I’d never heard it before! Sure, everyone knows Pinball Wizard, and I knew a couple of other tracks to hear them, but this was the first time I’d ever heard the thing in its entirety, during a focussed listening session. Can you imagine? A Tommy noob in 2014? Feel free to shake your head. But now, all I can think is WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?

Surely I don’t need to tell you about this album, as you likely already own it and love it. But for those new to it, you can click here for a synopsis.

The music is brilliant, of course. The Who have a sound that is unlike any other. Take that knowledge and add that this is a very adventurous, creative and huge-concept album and you can begin to imagine the scope and majesty of this record.

Far better music writers and Who fans have already written far superior things about this record than I could ever hope to achieve. The internet’s full of the stuff, just Google it. All I know is, I paid about $5 for this, but it was worth waaaaay more than that. This ambitious masterpiece clicked with me immediately, and I just know it’s only gonna get better the more I play it.

24 thoughts on “The Who – Tommy

  1. Tangled Up In Music (by Ovidiu Boar) says:

    Great and important album, but for me it truly came alive when they started performing it live. I agree with Heavy Metal Overload above, Live at Leeds is a good choice, but also be sure to check out the ‘Live at the Isle of Wight ’70’ CD released in 1996, a personal favourite live performance of mine with what I consider to be the best, most powerful ‘See Me Feel Me/Listening to You’ they ever did.


  2. mikeladano says:

    Hey man, I waited a long time for Tommy too. Know how long? FOR A DELUXE TO COME OUT! Hahah.

    How many Taranna reviews have you done so far?

    So many good songs here, and not just the known ones. A few things that would only suit a concept album as well, but it’s a fantastic record.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha you’re obsessed with deluxes. What are ya gonna do if they start re-releasing the re-releases? With MORE? 🙂

      Oh yes, this is a fantastic album. I wanna play it again and soon.


          1. mikeladano says:

            It IS a great post idea actually. Something to think about.

            If I explained to you the labyrinthine thoughts that go into making decisions like that…I fear 1) nobody would be able to follow and 2) it would be a novel!


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