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July 8, 2005

See me, feel me, touch me, heal me


Today marks the first time I have ever listened to "Tommy" from start to finish.


What brought me to this wonderful juncture was listening to the June 19 KCRW radio interview with Petra Haden.

In the course of the interview the interviewer would play tracks from "Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out" as well various snippets from other albums by The Who.

One of the tracks was introduced as the "Underture" from "Tommy."


That's a great word.

And then the music from the Underture itself: pounding, powerful drums and bass that bores directly into your amygdala — better get the album and have a listen.

Done; doing it.

Oh, man, what a great, great album.

Many songs I've known and loved for years are there but the whole thing is far greater than the sum of its parts.

And that 10:09–long track 10, the Underture: woowoo.

Track 15, "Go To The Mirror, Boy!" — I've always known that song by its refrain, "listening to you...."

The lyrics for the entire album, all 24 tracks, are superb.

Best $12.99 I've spent this month.

On repeat for the rest of today and probably all weekend: maximum volume, if you please: shake this house and bring the roof crashing down on me.

What a great way to go.

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"Tommy" was a big life-changing experience for me. I was raised in a cult and felt deaf, dumb and blind in so many ways.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Mar 1, 2006 8:54:33 AM

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