Sunday, June 4, 2023

Sunday morning music


Let's have a bit of rock history this Sunday.  How many of you recognize, or remember, this song from 1969?

Yes, it's from what's arguably the first ever "rock opera", by The Who:  "Tommy".  Fifty-four years later, it remains a classic of its kind.  You can read all about it at the link above.

Here's a one-hour live rendition of the rock opera, performed by The Who during their US concert tour in 1989.

It's still a pretty amazing piece of music, considering when it was composed and the then-current state of hard rock.



Anonymous said...

Music but somewhat O/T

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oldvet1950 said...

I think they were also the first to have a hit song about transgender-ism in 1967. Check out the lyrics to 'I'm a Boy'. The Who seemed to be ahead of their time.

Gerry said...

I do remember seeing Tina Turner in the movie version singing Acid Queen.

Tregonsee said...

And had Ann Margaret as Mom, Elton John (on stilt platform shoes from h*ll) as the Pinball Wizard. Remember seeing it when it came out mid 70's (looked it up 1975 so 8th/9th grade)
and it was pretty freaky.

Old NFO said...

I'm old enough to not only remember it, but to have played the actual pinball games... sigh... And yes, there were 'wizards' at certain games.

Ben Yalow said...

That concert version is pretty similar to the movie version, with the guest stars.

IMHO, the best version of what they sounded like as a real concert, with pretty much just them, is on the extended versions of the "Live At Leeds" CD (the second disc is their performance of Tommy).