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Tommy (1969)

The Who
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Rock music, Concept album, Power pop, Hard rock, Art rock

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Tommy is the fourth album by English rock band The Who, released by Track Records and Polydor Records in the United Kingdom and Decca Records/MCA in the United States. A double album telling a loose story about a "deaf, dumb and blind boy" who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by Pete Townshend. In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value". It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
British Army Captain Walker is reported missing, and is believed dead. His widow, Mrs. Walker, gives birth to their son, Tommy. Years later, Captain Walker returns home and discovers that his wife has found a new lover. Captain Walker confronts the two, and the lover is subsequently killed in the struggle. To cover up the incident, Tommy's parents tell him that he didn't see or hear it, and that he will never tell anyone about the incident. Traumatised, Tommy subsequently becomes blind, deaf and mute. Now in a semi-catatonic state, Tommy's subconscious manifests as a figure dressed in silvery robes who guides him on a

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Tracks

4:25 Amazing Journey
10:04 Underture
2:06 It's a Boy
4:34 Christmas
3:34 The Acid Queen
1:36 Tommy Can You Hear Me?
4:36 Welcome
7:05 We’re Not Gonna Take It
1:29 Fiddle About
3:47 Go to the Mirror
1:35 Smash the Mirror
2:43 Sparks
2:40 I’m Free
0:57 Tommy’s Holiday Camp
0:23 There’s a Doctor
4:12 Sally Simpson
2:48 1921
3:51 Overture
4:07 Cousin Kevin
0:24 Do You Think It’s Alright?
2:13 Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)
2:27 Sensation
2:59 Pinball Wizard
0:12 Miracle Cure
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