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Après une composition en rodage en 1966, A Quick One While He’s Away, (« Un petit coup vite fait tant qu’il n’est pas là »), ou un mini-opéra pour permettre au groupe de faire ses gammes, Tommy est entré dans l’histoire comme le premier opéra rock, ce qui n’est pas tout à fait exact (l’album SF Sorrow de The Pretty Things l’a, et précédé de quelques mois, et largement inspiré), et il est à parier que les années qui passent rendent l’écoute in extenso de l’œuvre (éditée en double album dans sa version originale) de plus en plus délicate.

Car cette histoire d’enfant sourd, muet, aveugle, et maltraité, partant à la conquête du monde, surfant sur sa diabolique habileté devant un flipper, est illustrée de trop de morceaux accessoires, de chansons de trois bouts de ficelle, de pièces de transition, pour générer une constante attention. Il n’en demeure pas moins que Pete Townshend, pratiquement seul maître à bord de l’aventure (il compose – presque – tout, et, naturellement, s’adjuge guitares et claviers), déploie des trésors d’ingéniosité, pour rendre cohérente la construction narrative pertinente. Et que les Who, en leur ensemble, ne perdent jamais de vue qu’ils évoluent toujours dans un univers pop, et que leur principale tache reste de ciseler des chansons instantanées, et immédiatement mémorisables.

Bien évidemment, « The Acid Queen », « Pinball Wizard », et « I’m Free » répondent parfaitement à cette exigence. D’un point de vue structurel, le cor anglais dans « Overture », son écho anxiogène dans les dix minutes de « Underture », ou « We’re Not Gonna Take It » rappellent que, si l’on a frôlé le chef d’œuvre, Tommy reste un album majeur de l’histoire du rock. Le disque, interprété par les seuls membres du groupe, sans invité prestigieux, atteindra naturellement les sommets de vente en Grande-Bretagne et dans toute l’Europe, et parviendra en quatrième position des charts américains.

En 1972, le groupe réalisera un enregistrement, incluant stars et autres vedettes (Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Ringo Starr, et beaucoup d’autres), de la partition. Et, en 1975, le metteur en scène Ken Russell portera l’histoire à l’écran, faisant pour la musique appel, outre les Who, à Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, ou Elton John.
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1
Overture
00:05:20

The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

2
It's A Boy
00:00:38

The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

3
1921
00:02:49

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

4
Amazing Journey
00:05:04

The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

5
Sparks
00:02:05

The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

6
Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
00:02:13

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Boy Williamson, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

7
Christmas
00:04:34

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

8
Cousin Kevin
00:04:06

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

9
The Acid Queen
00:03:34

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

10
Underture
00:10:04

The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

11
Do You Think It's Alright?
00:00:24

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

12
Fiddle About
00:01:31

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

13
Pinball Wizard
00:03:00

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Geffen Records

14
There's A Doctor
00:00:23

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

15
Go To The Mirror!
00:03:47

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

16
Tommy Can You Hear Me?
00:01:35

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

17
Smash The Mirror
00:01:34

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

18
Sensation
00:02:27

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

19
Miracle Cure
00:00:12

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

20
Sally Simpson
00:04:10

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

21
I'm Free
00:02:39

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

22
Welcome
00:04:32

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

23
Tommy's Holiday Camp
00:00:57

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

24
We're Not Gonna Take It
00:07:06

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kit Lambert, Producer - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Stamp, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1969 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

25
Overture Live / Including Introduction
00:07:00

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

26
It's A Boy Live
00:00:39

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

27
1921 Live
00:02:28

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

28
Amazing Journey Live
00:05:07

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

29
Sparks Live
00:02:49

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

30
The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind) Live
00:01:54

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Boy Williamson, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

31
Christmas Live
00:03:11

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

32
The Acid Queen Live
00:03:30

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

33
Pinball Wizard Live
00:02:47

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

34
Do You Think It's Alright? Live
00:00:21

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

35
Fiddle About Live
00:01:12

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

36
Tommy, Can You Hear Me? Live
00:00:55

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

37
There's A Doctor Live
00:00:24

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

38
Go To The Mirror! Live
00:03:22

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

39
Smash The Mirror Live
00:01:10

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

40
Miracle Cure Live
00:00:12

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

41
Sally Simpson Live
00:04:01

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

42
I'm Free Live
00:02:12

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

43
Tommy's Holiday Camp Live
00:00:48

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

44
We're Not Gonna Take It Live
00:03:28

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

45
See Me, Feel Me / Listening To You Live
00:07:51

John Entwistle, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Moon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd., under licence to Polydor (UK) Ltd.

46
Overture Demo
00:04:05

Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Eel-Pie Recording Productions Ltd.

47
It's A Boy Demo
00:00:41

Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2003 Eel-Pie Recording Productions Ltd.

48
1921 Demo
00:03:12

Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Eel-Pie Recording Productions Ltd.

49
Amazing Journey Demo
00:04:46

Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Eel-Pie Recording Productions Ltd.

50
Dream One Demo
00:03:08

Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Eel-Pie Recording Productions Ltd.

Descriptif de l'album

Après une composition en rodage en 1966, A Quick One While He’s Away, (« Un petit coup vite fait tant qu’il n’est pas là »), ou un mini-opéra pour permettre au groupe de faire ses gammes, Tommy est entré dans l’histoire comme le premier opéra rock, ce qui n’est pas tout à fait exact (l’album SF Sorrow de The Pretty Things l’a, et précédé de quelques mois, et largement inspiré), et il est à parier que les années qui passent rendent l’écoute in extenso de l’œuvre (éditée en double album dans sa version originale) de plus en plus délicate.

Car cette histoire d’enfant sourd, muet, aveugle, et maltraité, partant à la conquête du monde, surfant sur sa diabolique habileté devant un flipper, est illustrée de trop de morceaux accessoires, de chansons de trois bouts de ficelle, de pièces de transition, pour générer une constante attention. Il n’en demeure pas moins que Pete Townshend, pratiquement seul maître à bord de l’aventure (il compose – presque – tout, et, naturellement, s’adjuge guitares et claviers), déploie des trésors d’ingéniosité, pour rendre cohérente la construction narrative pertinente. Et que les Who, en leur ensemble, ne perdent jamais de vue qu’ils évoluent toujours dans un univers pop, et que leur principale tache reste de ciseler des chansons instantanées, et immédiatement mémorisables.

Bien évidemment, « The Acid Queen », « Pinball Wizard », et « I’m Free » répondent parfaitement à cette exigence. D’un point de vue structurel, le cor anglais dans « Overture », son écho anxiogène dans les dix minutes de « Underture », ou « We’re Not Gonna Take It » rappellent que, si l’on a frôlé le chef d’œuvre, Tommy reste un album majeur de l’histoire du rock. Le disque, interprété par les seuls membres du groupe, sans invité prestigieux, atteindra naturellement les sommets de vente en Grande-Bretagne et dans toute l’Europe, et parviendra en quatrième position des charts américains.

En 1972, le groupe réalisera un enregistrement, incluant stars et autres vedettes (Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Ringo Starr, et beaucoup d’autres), de la partition. Et, en 1975, le metteur en scène Ken Russell portera l’histoire à l’écran, faisant pour la musique appel, outre les Who, à Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, ou Elton John.
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