Endless Wire

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Endless Wire by The Who

“Fragments”

“A Man In A Purple Dress”

“Mike Post Theme”

“In The Ether”

“Black Widow’s Eyes”

“Two Thousand Years”

“God Speaks, Of Marty Robbins”

“It’s Not Enough”

“You Stand By Me”

“Sound Round”

“Pick Up The Peace”

“Unholy Trinity”

“Trilby’s Piano”

“Endless Wire”

“Fragments Of Fragments”

“We Got A Hit”

“They Make My Dream Come True”

“Mirror Door”

“Tea & Theatre”

“We Got A Hit” [Extended Version]

“Endless Wire” [Extended Version]

“Intro”

“Can’t Explain”

“Behind Blue Eyes”

“Mike Post Theme”

“Baba O’Riley”

“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

It’s Hard

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It’s Hard by The Who

“Athena”

“It’s Your Turn”

“Cooks County”

“It’s Hard”

“Dangerous”

“Eminence Front”

“I’ve Known No War”

“One Life’s Enough”

“One At A Time”

“Why Did I Fall For That”

“A Man Is A Man”

“Cry If You Want”

“It’s Hard” [Live]

“Eminence Front” [Live]

“Dangerous” [Live]

“Cry If You Want” [Live]

Face Dances

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Face Dances by The Who

“You Better You Bet”

“Don’t Let Go The Coat”

“Cache Cache”

“The Quiet One”

“Did You Steal My Money”

“How Can You Do It Alone”

“Daily Records”

“You”

“Another Tricky Day”

“I Like Nightmares”

“It’s In You”

“Somebody Saved Me”

“How Can You Do It Alone” [Live]

“The Quiet One” [Live]

Who Are You

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Who Are You by The Who

“New Song”

“Had Enough”

“905”

“Sister Disco”

“Music Must Change”

“Trick Of The Light”

“Guitar And Pen”

“Love Is Coming Down”

“Who Are You”

“No Road Romance” [previously unreleased]

“Empty Glass” [prvioulsy unreleased]

“Guitar And Pen” [Olympic ’78 Mix]

“Love Is Coming Down” [Work-In-Progress Mix]

“Who Are You” [Lost Verse Mix]

The Who By Numbers

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The Who By Numbers by The Who

“Slip Kid”

“However Much I Booze”

“Squeeze Box”

“Dreaming From The Waist”

“Imagine A Man”

“Success Story”

“They Are All In Love”

“Blue, Red, And Grey”

“How Many Friends”

“In A Hand Or A Face”

“Squeeze Box” [Live]

“Behind Blue Eyes” [Live]

“Dreaming From The Waist” [Live]

Quadrophenia

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Quadrophenia by The Who

“I Am The Sea”

“The Real Me”

“Quadrophenia”

“Cut My Hair”

“The Punk And The Godfather”

“I’m One”

“The Dirty Jobs”

“Helpless Dancer”

“Is It In My Head?”

“I’ve Had Enough”

“5:15”

“Sea And Sand”

“Drowned”

“Bell Boy”

“Doctor Jimmy”

“The Rock”

“Love, Reign O’er Me”

Who’s Next

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Who’s Next by The Who

“Baba O’Riley”

“Bargain”

“Love Ain’t For Keeping”

“My Wife”

“The Song Is Over”

“Getting In Tune”

“Going Mobile”

“Behind Blue Eyes”

“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

“Pure And Easy”

“Baby Don’t You Do It”

“Naked Eye”

“Water”

“Too Much Of Anything”

“Baby Don’t You Do It”

“Behind Blue Eyes”

Live At Leeds

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Live At Leeds by The Who

“Heaven & Hell” [live]

“Can’t Explain” [live]

“Fortune Teller” [live]

“Tattoo” [live]

“Young Man Blues” [live]

“Substitute” [live]

“Happy Jack” [live]

“I’m A Boy” [live]

“A Quick One” [live]

“Summertime Blues” [live]

“Shakin’ All Over” [live]

“My Generation” [live]

“Magic Bus” [live]

“Overture” [live]

“It’s A Boy” [live]

“1921” [live]

“Amazing Journey” [live]

“Sparks” [live]

“Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)” [live]

“Christmas” [live]

“The Acid Queen” [live]

“Pinball Wizard” [live]

“Do You Think It’s Alright?” [live]

“Fiddle About” [live]

“Tommy Can You Hear Me?” [live]

“There’s A Doctor” [live]

“Go To The Mirror” [live]

“Smash The Mirror” [live]

“Miracle Cure” [live]

“Sally Simpson” [live]

“I’m Free” [live]

“Tommy’s Holiday Camp” [live]

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” [live]

Tommy

Tommy (1969) is the original rock opera masterpiece penned almost entirely by the great Pete Townshend. Townshend’s idea of the “perfect album” was one where a story was woven around a central concept or plot. Tommy is the epic tale of a deaf, dumb and blind boy, and this boy’s exploits.

Throughout the course of the album, Tommy achieves and succeeds in his life, and he becomes a God-like person; an idol of the time. His fame, fortune and worship climax when he becomes cured of his curses and begins a cult.

Tommy becomes the new messiah towards the back end of the album, and comes crashing back to earth in the finale, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

Tommy is an album where you change after having listened to it; in fact, it is an experience first, and an album second. I would recommend you buy the entire album, to receive its entire beauty.

(I would like to say that while there may be songs I myself skip when listening to Tommy, I have listened to them, at least once. When I do skip a song or two, I have the entire knowledge of why I am skipping them, and that knowledge lets me still get to the end and let me feel like I’ve listened to it all the way through. Unless it’s impossible for you, I urge you strongly, as a fellow music nerd, to buy the entire album, and listen to the whole masterpiece.)

The Who — Tommy: Track-by-track review

1. “Overture”
“Overture” introduces you to the riffs and themes that appear throughout the album. It’s mostly instrumental, apart from a few lines sung by Townshend at 4:06, which help paint a picture about the story: Tommy’s father, a pilot in the First World War, is shot down and is thought to be dead, leaving a widowed, pregnant wife.

“Overture” uses every hook and riff that is sung or played throughout the album. The majestic descending of the guitars at its start clearly gives an idea of opening or welcoming, and used in conjunction with the crashing cymbals of Keith Moon, creates a punchy opening sequence.

The heavenly choruses, the brassy horns and the use of two guitar tracks, both played by Townshend, electric and acoustic, help to keep an even keel between the Who’s usual hard rock and a repeated technique, most prominent in “Pinball Wizard.”

This track is essential for any fan of the Who’s collection, and is guaranteed to capture new fans.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

2. “It’s A Boy”
“It’s A Boy” is a segue from “Overture” to “1921,” and uses the initial riffs and hooks by the horns and guitars to keep the storyline flowing. This song is about Tommy’s birth.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

“It’s A Boy” is what they told my mum (Mrs Walker) when I popped out. Fortunately all my senses were then intact. by ant (24)

“It’s A Boy” is not as good as “I’m A Boy”. by yestermorrow (11)

3. “1921”
“1921” is the song where Tommy witnesses his father killing his mother’s lover. He is told that “he didn’t hear it, see it, won’t say nothing to no one ever” in his life.

In this song, the majestic opening is repeated, and very simple music is played, in a way that is used quite effectively. A piano is played in the background to set up a tranquil feeling, which is complemented with the lyrics “Got a feeling ’21 is gonna be a good year.”

This track is one of my personal favourites, for the wonderful, calm way that the Who play, which is a rarity. This tranquillity and calm show what a range the band has, especially before the colossal “Amazing Journey.”

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

4. “Amazing Journey/Sparks”
“Amazing Journey” and “Sparks” are two songs, which are usually on the same CD track as they are meant to be together.

This track is one of the most famous, possibly the most famous, of the entire album. It is played at almost all of the Who’s concerts and was played on the Live At Leeds album.

This track allows gives us an understanding of what Tommy is like, an insight into his mind, and the “amazing journeys” he takes in it. In this song we find out that Tommy is blessed with happiness despite his ails.

It is difficult to describe this track, as it itself is a journey, one that you must take. If you do decide to not listen to my advice on other songs, and the album as a whole, at least download this one song.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

5. “Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)”
“Eyesight To The Blind” is a song originally written by Sonny Boy Williamson. The Who used this song as an melodic, upbeat track, rather than the original which was quite heavy rhythm & blues.

This song is not a favourite of mine, to be truthful. It is one of the weaker songs of the album, which is to be expected as it wasn’t written for the album’s purpose.

I believe it sounds unfit for the tone of the album, and while the band makes the most of it, it is, in the end a bad choice and I do not recommend it to anybody.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

“Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)” is This a blues classic. Clapton and Santana played 24 minute live version that smokes. by funkspiel (0)

6. “Christmas”
As expected, “Christmas” is about Christmas, and how Tommy’s parents are worried for his soul.

How can men who’ve never seen light be enlightened?

This is a good song, won by Roger Daltrey’s perfect deliverance of vocals. Keith Moon’s drumming is psychotic and sounds like someone drove a truck through a drum set and was lucky to have it be all in time. And of course, John Entwistle’s bass work is perfect for the song, very low and very nice.

“Christmas” is the first song to have the “see me, feel me” repetition in it, and is the starting point of Tommy’s personal story.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

7. “Cousin Kevin”
“Cousin Kevin” is an unsettling song that is delightfully evil.

From the outset, the acoustic picking and distant bass send shivers down spines, and the tom-tom beat downs make you flinch. The real kicker is the chilling lyrics, delievered from the perspective of cousin Kevin — a school bully who plots awful things for the helpless Tommy.

Whether you like it or not, this song is fantastic — eerily accurate about the torturous nightmares young men can create, but fantastic all the same.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

8. “The Acid Queen”
“The Acid Queen” is a song about drug abuse, and how Tommy’s parents leave him with a gypsy woman who gives Tommy megadoses of acid, which is meant to cure him. Tommy remains deaf, dumb and blind, but now he is hallucinating in his unfeeling body.

Although Pete Townshend wrote this song, it is probably more familiar to the world as being a Tina Turner song. In the film version of Tommy, Tina Turner plays the Acid Queen and sings the song. After this, Pete Townshend rarely sung this song.

I like “The Acid Queen.” It’s upbeat, fun and entertaining. More than that, it keeps the story going smoothly along and offers something in the way of sound.

Unlike the following song, “Underture.”

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

9. “Underture”
“Underture” is a 10:03-long instrumental, with little or no value for the musical themes and directions of the album. Being instrumental, it also offers nothing in the way of plot or storyline.

This song uses a riff from “Rael” from The Who Sell Out. This riff is played over and over again by Enwistle and Townshend, while Moon plays the drums seemingly at random.

It seems even the band sees this song as obsolete, as the only time I’ve ever heard this song played was on this album, not in the film version or concerts where Tommy is played.

I usually skip this song when listening to Tommy, and I would recommend you not download it.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

10. “Do You Think It’s Alright?/Fiddle About”
“Do You Think It’s Alright?” and “Fiddle About” are sister songs, much like “Amazing Journey” and “Sparks” are.

“Do You Think It’s Alright?” is the consultations between Tommy’s parents about leaving him with his “wicked Uncle Ernie.” This is a short song, although a full song, with the entire band playing in good form.

Having decided to leave Tommy with a drunken pedophile, the song segues into “Fiddle About.” Sung from Uncle Ernie’s perspective, “Fiddle About” is basically a song of excitement from the Uncle, about how he is going to molest his nephew.

This song was written by John Entwistle, and was sung by him too. It has a great sound to it, with horns and perfect guitars.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

11. “Pinball Wizard”
“Pinball Wizard” is one of the best-known songs from the album, as it is the most radio-friendly and therefore memorable. It follows the format of a normal rock song, which is much unlike a song by the Who. It has many verses and each verse is followed by the chorus. It is most memorable for the acoustic guitar played by Pete Townshend.

“Pinball WIzard” is enjoyable and very well played and written, but has very little grounding in the rest of the album. Although this may make it unnecessary for downloading, I urge you to download it anyway, as it is a good song.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

12. “There’s A Doctor”
“There’s A Doctor” is a 23-second segue song where Tommy’s parents find a doctor they want to take Tommy to, as he may be able to cure him.

It adds value to the album and in fact streamlines the story nicely.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

“There’s A Doctor” is really short but STILL manages to be musically satisfying, with a great little efficient melody. by yestermorrow (11)

13. “Go To The Mirror!”
“Go To The Mirror!” is a song sung by both Tommy and an examining doctor. The doctor is trying to find medical grounds to cure Tommy, but is unable to. He does find out that Tommy’s inability to hear, speak and see is a mental problem, not a physical one.

The song is is mainly a hard rock song, and is interspersed with the album’s recurring “see me, feel me” chorus. Two-thirds through the song, we hear for the first time the “listening to you, I get the music…” repetition. The song ends with hopeless despair from the doctor:

What is happening in his head?
I wish I knew
I wish I knew

“Go To The Mirror!” is my favourite song on this album, hands down, and quite possibly one of my favourite songs the Who has ever performed.

You have no choice but to download this song.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

14. “Tommy Can You Hear Me?”
“Tommy Can You Hear Me?” is a very simple song, and is highly repetitive.

However, it is quite good, as it uses the voices of Daltrey, Townshend, Entwistle and Moon singing in unison. The acoustic guitar is quite bland and there are no drums, making the most interesting aspect of this song the bass. But the bass is really good.

This is a song that you have to listen to for yourself, as it is so simple it is difficult to deliver any feelings of my own. I’m not sure what they are. If you can listen to a preview of this song it’s only 1:36 in length.

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15. “Smash The Mirror”
“Smash The Mirror” is the point in the opera where Tommy becomes cured after his mother smashes a mirror he stares at out of spite and jealousy.

This song is sung from Tommy’s mother’s point of view. She’s a bitter, angry woman whose years of repressed, unrequited love pains blow up and manifest in her breaking the mirror.

This is a good song, as it’s an angry song; it shows emotion and transmits tension through the angry singer, which always makes for good listening.

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16. “Sensation”
“Sensation” is sung from Tommy’s point of view after he is cured of his deaf, dumb and blind conditions.

This song is not a favourite of mine; it’s quite soft and subtle, which does not win merit in my book. It’s an awkward song, but not for the mood, for the music. Moon’s drumming sounds clumsy and the lyrics are completely nonsensical.

It is quite short though, which is agreeable considering my distaste for it. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it is necessary, I am afraid, if you want the whole album experience.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

17. “Miracle Cure”
“Miracle Cure” is entirely a segue song. It is 12 seconds long and is quite punchy and attention grabbing.

Funnily enough, I quite like this song and recommend it.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

18. “Sally Simpson”
“Sally Simpson” is an understated song from the album. It is very good and follows the story of a young girl who follows Tommy’s teachings and is quite taken with him.

The song features good piano work and acoustic guitar work. Daltrey’s singing is spot-on as usual. Moon’s drums are precise and mainly tom-toms with the occasional snare and crash cymbal for emphasis. Entwistle’s bass is soothing and very well played, again as usual.

“Sally Simpson” is one of the better songs that the Who rarely play. I suggest strongly that you download this song.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

19. “I’m Free”
“I’m Free” is the main single from this album and is not quite attached to the other songs, similar to “Pinball Wizard.”

This is a good song. Strong and powerful; good instrument work. It is successful too because it is a soft song played heavily.

I really like this song, and think that while it was a departure from the Who’s non-commercial image, it was a tastefully done departure.

NERDLETS — One-sentence impressions of this song

20. “Welcome”
“Welcome” is good but forgettable, and doesn’t strike many chords when you try to remember it later. It is a song about Tommy’s expansion of his religious following and his subsequent housing of his followers.

It is another simplistic song that really does soothe the savage beast. It’s calm, with a light timbre and can mellow you out when you need it to. It is quiet and subtle and soft; relaxing and conventional, which make it the complete opposite of the following song.

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21. “Tommy’s Holiday Camp”
“Tommy’s Holiday Camp” is a song that was suggested by Keith Moon, and written by Pete Townshend, although the credit goes to Moon.

Only three instruments create this song; a banjo, an organ and Keith Moon’s maniacal, delighted warble. It’s an awful song, but it’s easily one of my favourites because it’s silly, weird and awful.

I recommend it totally.

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22. “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” is the final song on Tommy, and as such it caps off the story believably: with Tommy’s inevitable fall from grace.

Tommy advises his followers to withdraw themselves from reality and start playing pinball to find true happiness, and while he admits that no one would want to follow him under those terms, he is still snubbed by the people who once worshipped at his altar.

The “see me, feel me” repetition is played after the story finishes, and the song comes home with many cycles of:

Listening to you I get the music
Gazing at you I see the head
Following you I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet

This is a song of destruction, violence, protest, failure and abandonment. The music reflects those themes, and while the first third of the song is about that entirely, the song is almost accepting of the awful turn things have taken. It is a classic Who song, with powerful drums, driving bass, insane guitars and the mediating vocals.

The angelic chorus of “see me, feel me” tells us that things have finally hit rock bottom. The slow transition from acceptance to anger against Tommy’s disloyal followers coincides with the transition into “listening to you…”

There is not a shadow of a doubt that this is an essential song for your collection or compilation. It peps me up when I need it, tells me to take it on the chin and get back up, even when it means taking it again. You will not be a person of conviction until you hear this song.

Tommy by The Who

“Overture”

“It’s A Boy”

“1921”

“Amazing Journey/Sparks”

“Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)”

“Christmas”

“Cousin Kevin”

“The Acid Queen”

“Underture”

“Do You Think It’s Alright?/Fiddle About”

“Pinball Wizard”

“There’s A Doctor”

“Go To The Mirror!”

“Tommy Can You Hear Me?”

“Smash The Mirror”

“Sensation”

“Miracle Cure”

“Sally Simpson”

“I’m Free”

“Welcome”

“Tommy’s Holiday Camp”

“We’re Not Gonna Take It”

Magic Bus

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Magic Bus by The Who

“Disguises”

“Run Run Run”

“Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”

“I Can’t Reach You”

“Our Love Was, Is”

“Call Me Lightning”

“Magic Bus”

“Someone’s Coming”

“Doctor, Doctor”

“Bucket “T””

“Pictures Of Lily”