The Who

Tommy

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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.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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3 02:49 Amazon
4 03:25 Amazon
5 03:46 Amazon
6 02:13 Amazon
7 04:34 Amazon
8 04:07 Amazon
9 03:34 Amazon
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12 01:29 Amazon
13 03:01 Amazon
14 00:23 Amazon
15 03:49 Amazon
16 01:36 Amazon
17 01:35 Amazon
18 02:27 Amazon
19 00:12 Amazon
20 04:12 Amazon
21 02:40 Amazon
22 04:34 Amazon
23 00:57 Amazon
24 07:08 Amazon
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