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The Who: Tommy

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.118) - Ranked #96 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Driven by the hellbent drumming of Keith Moon, the Who surge and shine..."

Rolling Stone (1/22/04, p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Almost thirty-five years later, this classic-rock touchstone still has the power to enthrall..."

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.118) - Ranked #96 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Driven by the hellbent drumming of Keith Moon, the Who surge and shine..."

Rolling Stone (1/22/04, p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Almost thirty-five years later, this classic-rock touchstone still has the power to enthrall..."

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.118) - Ranked #96 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Driven by the hellbent drumming of Keith Moon, the Who surge and shine..."

Rolling Stone (1/22/04, p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Almost thirty-five years later, this classic-rock touchstone still has the power to enthrall..."

Spin (2/04, p.100) - "[A]ny new chance to hear late drummer Keith Moon, a tidal wave of garage-rock fury, is a gift."

Q (3/04, pp.116-7) - 4 stars out of 5 - "These are fabulous songs, brimming with Townshend's middle-class anger."

Uncut (3/04, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "TOMMY remains fascinating....TOMMY's also an undoubted milestone in rock's growing self-confidence and maturity..."

Goldmine - 5 Stars - "..This is the ultimate TOMMY disc...this gold plated disc has a rich, spread-out sound and a lot of bass, and a downright luscious sound.."

Album Notes

The Who: Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards); John Entwistle (vocals, French horn, bass); Keith Moon (vocals, drums); Roger Daltrey (vocals).

Producers: Kit Lambert, Chris Stamp.

Reissue producer: Jon Astley.

Recorded at IBC Studio, London, England.

Originally released as a 2 LP set on Decca (7205).

The Who: Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards); John Entwistle (vocals, bass, horns); Keith Moon (vocals, drums); Roger Daltrey (vocals).

Originally released on Decca (7205) in May 1969.

Originally released as a 2 LP set.

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

The Who: Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards); John Entwistle (vocals, trumpet, French horn, Flugelhorn, bass); Keith Moon (vocals, drums, tympani, gong, tambourine); Roger Daltrey (vocals).

Recorded at IBC Studio, London, England.

Originally released as a 2-LP set on Decca (7205).

Includes liner notes by Matt Kent.

The definitive rock opera, TOMMY liberated the Who from a "singles band" stigma, marking them as a substantial artistic force. Composer Pete Townshend had flirted with the conceptual format on two previous releases, but here his vision is spread over two ambitious records that play to the Who's main strengths. Anthems such as the raucous "Pinball Wizard" and the surprisingly serene "I'm Free" emphasize the kinetic power of the band, while Townshend's cast of characters (the perverted Uncle Ernie, the inscrutable Tommy) reveals a wild and unconventional imagination. Townshend even incorporates Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight to the Blind" as part of his fable about the "deaf, dumb, and blind kid," making a successful reference to the past in what is an undeniably groundbreaking and forward-looking achievement.



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