[125], The musical had a mixed response from critics,[126] while Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle thought the show was too passive. The CD reissue of the film soundtrack also included an additional Overture. If playback doesn't begin shortly, try restarting your device. It’s the epitome of a concept album. His unborn child will never know him. [129] The Broadway run lasted from 1993 to 1995. sort form. Once again, the Walkers attempt to cure Tommy. [128] McAnuff won a Tony Award in 1993 for Best Director, while Wayne Cilento won the award for Best Choreographer. There are no stage directions, no cast, and narration is restricted to key phrases (such as "Tommy can you hear me? [119] Most of the extras were students at Portsmouth Polytechnic and were paid with tickets to a Who concert after filming wrapped. Astley was able to access the original 8 track tapes and bring out instruments that had been buried, such as the guitar in "Christmas", the French horn in "Sparks", the cymbals in "The Acid Queen" and the organ in "We're Not Gonna Take it". [131], In 2015, bluegrass band the Hillbenders released a cover of the album, arranged by Jim Rea and produced by Louis Jay Meyers. “I’m free – I’m free, and freedom tastes of reality. [110], The album and concerts featured an all-star cast, including Graham Bell (as The Lover), Maggie Bell (as The Mother), Sandy Denny (as The Nurse), Steve Winwood (as The Father), Rod Stewart (as The Local Lad), Richie Havens (as The Hawker), Merry Clayton (as The Acid Queen) and Ringo Starr (as Uncle Ernie). Townshend asked McInnerney to do the cover artwork for Tommy in September 1968.

song meanings Add your thoughts 10 Comments. [86] Townshend later said the group "did the whole thing from start to finish and that was when we first realized we had something cohesive and playable.

This indicated that live performances of Tommy had a significant positive response. The sound of guitar strings being plucked signifies Tommy’s reaction to acid. … Do I smash the mirror? SMASH!”.

[86] The Coliseum Theatre gig is available on the 2007 video release At Kilburn 1977 + Live at the Coliseum. sort form.
Townshend initially objected, but eventually agreed to do so, coming up with "A Quick One, While He's Away", which joined short pieces of music together into a continuous narrative. [106][107], In 1971, the Seattle Opera under director Richard Pearlman produced the first ever fully staged professional production of Tommy at Seattle's Moore Theatre. [113][114] The Melbourne concert was videotaped, then televised by Channel 7 on 13 April 1973.

He also wanted the material performed in concert, to counter the trend of bands like the Beatles and the Beach Boys producing studio output that was not designed for live performance. Leave us for a while. [22] Kit Lambert took charge of the production, with Damon Lyon-Shaw as engineer. [35] Lambert wanted an orchestra to appear on the album, but Townshend was strongly against the idea, and time and budget constraints meant it could not happen anyway. Composed mostly by guitarist Pete Townshend, the album lightly weaves the tale of Tommy Walker, a deaf, blind and dumb boy, and his spiritual connection to music.


Sally still carries a scar on her cheek to remind her of his smile.”. A couple want four girls but instead receive three girls and a boy, raising him as a girl anyway. The short and simple songs set the stage for Tommy’s life, in which his father is reported missing in action during World War I prior to Tommy’s birth. A complete performance is available on the 2002 Deluxe Edition of the live album Live at Leeds, recorded on 14 February 1970.

The film included a star-studded cast, with the entire band claiming a role, as well as Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson.

[1], British Army Captain Walker goes missing during an expedition and is believed dead ("Overture"). View by: Highest Rated; Most Recent; Oldest First +1.

Subsequently, the rock opera developed into other media, including a Seattle Opera production in 1971, an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975, and a Broadway musical in 1992. Can you feel me near you? As the music from the third side of the record faded out, I eagerly jumped up to replace the album. [76][77], Tommy was first released on CD in 1984 as a two disc set.

Moon later said, "It was, at the time, very un-Wholike. Originally written by blues artist Sonny Boy Williamson, it was recorded in 1951 and released as Williamson’s first single on Trumpet Records. The concerts featured the Who, plus a guest cast, backed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Measham. [86] The last live performance for 1970 was at The Roundhouse, London on 20 December. [103][104], In 1970 Ferdinand Nault of the Montreal ballet group Les Grands Ballets Canadiens created the first dance-based adaptation of Tommy.

Tommy’s subconscious plays a role in this song, as he seeks help. Tommy retreats inward again ("See Me, Feel Me") with his "continuing statement of wonder at that which encompasses him". Townshend said "This is the very last time we'll play Tommy on stage", to which Keith Moon promptly cried, "Thank Christ for that! ", "The Official Charts Company – Tommy by The Who Search", "French album certifications – The Who – Tommy", "Italian album certifications – The Who – Tommy", "New Zealand album certifications – The Who – Tommy", "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Tommy OST", "American album certifications – The Who – Tommy", Recording Industry Association of America, a 1968 Rolling Stone Interview (by Jann Wenner).