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Who, The - Tommy
Label: MCA Records
Release: 1969

Overture / It's a Boy
Amazing Journey / Sparks
Eyesight to the Blind
Cousin Kevin
Acid Queen
Do You Think It's Alright?
Fiddle About
Pinball Wizard
There's a Doctor I've Found
Go to the Mirror Boy
Tommy Can You Hear Me
Smash the Mirror
Miracle Cure
Sally Simpson
I'm Free
Tommy's Holiday Camp
We're Not Gonna Take It
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     Holy Crap, what can I say about this album that hasn't been said about anal with two hookers at once? IT FREAKING RULES. The first really huge rock opera, it centers around a deaf, dumb, and blind boy who is pinball world champion and then regains his sight and forms a cult. Along the way he get screwed by his uncle (w00t) and a gypsy gives him a huge dose of acid. Sounds fun eh?

     The album starts with an overture (opera indeed) before launching into 1921, a nice happy song. The next song, Amazing Journey introduces some important points, such as that tommy interprets all stimulation as a simple sensation, and Sparks is a representation of what he feels (although the version on the "Tommy Demos" bootleg does it much better). Eyesight to the Blind is told by a travelling preacher, and I have no idea what it means. Christmas is about well, Christmas and how Tommy's family is worried that he won't be saved. Cousin Kevin is where his cousin abuses him, but all he feels is those weird sensations. Acid Queen, he gets an enormous dose of LSD and completely trips out, it's pretty damn good as far as songs about drugs go. Underture is BORING, insane amount of yawning and unconciousness. The sad part is that it would be ok if it weren't ten minutes long. Do You Think It's Alright and Fiddle About tell the story of Tommy getting raped by his uncle, but yet again nothing but sensations. Pinball Wizard is easily the best song on here, and most of the material is pretty good to start with. It has utterly stupid subject matter (pinball) and barely relates to the storyline at all, yet it's such a great song that it's the one you'll be coming back to. There's a Doctor I've Found, Go to the Mirror Boy, Tommy Can You Hear Me, and Smash the Mirror are where Tommy regains his senses, but is fantastically narcissistic so his mother smashes the mirror he looks at himself in. Sensation seems t be about Tommy rise to fame, and Miracle Cure is the news going public. Sally Simpson is the story of a groupie and really doesnt serve much purpose other than to establish the whole cult idea. I'm Free seems like it should have gone a few songs earlier, but it's more about Tommy being set free from his limitations. Welcome is where Tommy accepts all the members of his cult into his house. The last part of the opera is Tommy's Holiday Camp and We're Not Gonna Take It/See Me Feel Me. Here, Tommy opens a camp, but his cult rebels when he imposes too many limitations on them. See Me Feel Me is Tommy's prayer for forgiveness, and a great song, the best besides Pinball Wizard.

     Although the plot could use some clarification, and the production is iffy, this album stands as a great achievement musically as well as culturally, as the performances of Tommy in opera houses and formal theaters would later prove. Definitely worth your money.

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