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TOMMY

The Who

 

Proto-Prog

3.99 | 600 ratings

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Just Because
5 stars "1969 was going to be a good year"

Is this album better or worse than 'the Wall' , 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'The Lamb'' ? I do not care. They all are great. However 'Tommy' influenced them. Funny that a listener can feel the contrast between tragic plot and exhilarating music. I would like to mention some songs of this masterpiece.

'Overture'. Bang, bang, bang ' And it flows nicely and represents main themes in a great way. It is a huge emission of energy. Keith`s drumming is awesome. John Entwistle`s brass instruments are more than appropriate and strengthen solemnity of the moment. Pete proves again that he is a master of rhythm guitar.

'1921'. Great ballad with nice vocals.

'Amazing Journey'. Very nice psychedelic piece.

'Cousin Kevin' and ' Fiddle About'. Two interesting yet controversial songs by John Entwistle. The latter has some hints on Pink Floyd of Syd Barret period.

'The Acid Queen'. A hard rock composition with tight chorus which reminds me of Sweet Wine by 'Cream'

'Underture'. Very good instrumental piece, however, overlong. IMHO Pete should have halved it.

'Pinball wizard'. Very catchy song. This melody keeps turning in my mind.

'Go to the Mirror'. It takes us back to Overture. Rhythm section is splendid (check especially the beginning and the last seconds of this song).

'I`m free'. Exultant voice of Roger expresses Tommy`s feelings when he got healed.

'Welcome'. A sweet song. Roger and Pete are as good here as in '1921'

'See me, feel me/Listening to You'. An uplifting song. The closing number is synergy of sublime and vigorous music and great lyrics. By the way, I recall the final scene of the movie: Tommy standing in the rays of the rising Sun . There was no other way to present visual and sonic equivalent of majesty.

Just Because | 5/5 |

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