500 Greatest Albums of All Time


The Who, 'Tommy'

The Who, 'Tommy'

Decca, 1969

"Rock opera" is one way to describe this exploration of childhood trauma, sexual abuse, repression and spiritual release. Here's another way: the slash and thunder of "My Generation" blown wide open. Driven by Keith Moon's hellbent drumming, the Who surge and shine, igniting the drama in Pete Townshend's melodies.

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