Ignoring its silly plot, Tommy
is an incredible feat - a double-album with really only about 20 minutes worth of musical ideas, with the opening "Overture" containing most of them.
Luckily however, there's enough variation to keep the album consistently entertaining. Hit singles abound - "Pinball Wizard", "I'm Free", and the see me, feel me
bit that pops up every now and then, along with the great instrumental "Overture".
The problems with the album include a pointless 10-minute reprise of "Overture" and "Sparks" combined (called "Underture"), a really
annoying Entwistle song called "Fiddle About", and some dull material near the end - "Sally Simpson", "Welcome", and about half of "We're Not Gonna Take It". There's also a bunch of stupid connecting bits, but they're short enough to be ignored, except for the aforementioned "Fiddle About".
Musically, the album would be much improved if it were condensed to one LP, made up of Overture/It's a Boy, You Didn't Hear It, Amazing Journey/Sparks, Eyesight to the Blind, The Acid Queen, Christmas, Pinball Wizard, Go to the Mirror Boy, I'm Free, and We're Not Gonna Take It. Then add the reissue's bonus tracks The Seeker, Heaven and Hell, and probably some live numbers.
That limited selection of tracks may not make much sense conceptually, but at least it doesn't have a bunch of filler. Oh, one last note: avoid the film! It's awful.Rated:
by Reviewer: Cole Reviews
(blogging at Cole Reviews