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The full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom, written almost entirely by Pete Townshend. Hailed as a breakthrough upon its release, its critical standing has diminished somewhat in the ensuing decades because of the occasional pretensions of the concept and because of the insubstantial nature of some of the songs that functioned as little more than devices to advance the rather sketchy plot. Nonetheless, the double album has many excellent songs, including "I'm Free," "Pinball Wizard," "Sensation," "Christmas," "We're Not Gonna Take It," and the dramatic ten-minute instrumental "Underture." Though the album was slightly flawed, Townshend's ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music. Despite the complexity of the project, he and the Who never lost sight of solid pop melodies, harmonies, and forceful instrumentation, imbuing the material with a suitably powerful grace.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/1996
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811141721
catalogNumber: 11417
Rank: 14407

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Who   Primary Artist,Group
Roger Daltrey   Harmonica,Vocals
Pete Townshend   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Keith Moon   Drums,Vocals
John Entwistle   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Pete Townshend   Composer,Lyricist
Jon Astley   Reissue Producer,Remixing
Keith Moon   Composer,Lyricist
Richard Barnes   Liner Notes
Chris Charlesworth   Executive Producer
Bill Curbishley   Executive Producer,Management
John Entwistle   Composer,Lyricist
Kit Lambert   Producer
Damon Lyon-Shaw   Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Chris Stamp   Executive Producer
Mike McInnerney   Cover Design
Robert Rosenberg   Executive Producer
Michael McInnerney   Artwork,Cover Design
Richard Evans   Art Direction,Reissue Design
Andy Macpherson   Remixing

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