My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Tommy was recorded during the second half of 1968 and the first half of 1969. After many delays, the album was finally released in May of 1969. The Who toured the album playing it live through 1969 and 1970.
What I think: I fully expected to not enjoy this album, but I (for the most part) really liked it. Starting with the negatives, the plot is hard to follow (as is the case with every rock opera ever made). Why for example is Tommy all of the sudden a “Pinball Wizard” out of nowhere? Certain songs are really overblown pieces that don’t add much to the plot (the 10 minute “Underture” is a prime suspect). But with all of that being said, the individual numbers are really great! I love the sound of the production, it’s big and thick. In my opinion, this sounds suits them so much better than their earlier releases. Finally, I can’t emphasis the song “Go To The Mirror!” enough. I just love everything about it. The vocals, the guitar parts, the overall sounds… just amazing. A new favorite of mine, both the song and album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This was not the first rock opera (See S.F. Sorrow by the Pretty Things), but was certainly the first successful one (since it’s release it has sold more than 20 million copies). It also ended the ’60s on a huge sounding note which, for better or worse, would bring on a lot more big sounding recordings in the ’70s.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album?Yes (115/153)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%