Tommy (album dei The Who del 1969)

TOMMY è un album dei The Who del 1969 contenente 24 tracce. Diverse canzoni presenti andranno a comporre la colonna sonora dell’omonimo film diretto da Ken Russel nel 1975 ispirato proprio al disco in questione.

Overture è una grande cavalcata orchestrale. It’s a boy è un brano commovente. Concitata è invece l’eccellente 1921 intonata con magistrale drammaticità da Roger Daltrey. Amazing journey spicca per il possente basso di John Entwistle. Sparks strizza l’occhio all’apripista Overture e scatena i rullati di Keith Moon. Eyesight to blind ha un’incedere a singhiozzo. Christmas è una spiegazione sull’argomento in questione. Tocca quindi alla corale ed onirica Cousin Kevin. The acid queen profuma di psichedelia con alcuni significativi passaggi di chitarra, mentre Underture crea un gemellaggio con la prima traccia Overture. Fiddle about è introdotta dagli ottimi fiati per poi snodarsi a forma di marcetta. Arriva quindi la celebre Pinball wizard, avviata da una chitarra acustica succeduta da squarci elettrici. Go to the mirror è intrisa di giro chitarristico e grintosa prova vocale di Daltrey. Tommy can you hear me è un evangelico pezzo acustico. La batteria introduce Smash the mirror, poi arriva un coro cui segue il cantato di Roger preludio all’effetto sonoro di uno specchio in frantumi. Suona dolce e melodica Sensation, brano sinfonico valorizzato dagli strumenti a fiato. Pezzo pianistico è Sally Simpson. l’m free è la liberazione di Tommy che dopo l’inferno vede il paradiso: stilisticamente è una canzone tipica del beat anni sessanta fin dal suo attacco chitarristico. We’re not gonna take it è un pezzo fagocitato dal pianoforte e l’interpretazione vocale è toccante. Welcome è un dolce e sublime canto mistico andante tra una soffice chitarra ed il pulsare senza eccessi della batteria. Vanno infine citati degli intro che sono Do you think it’s alright, tambureggiante, There’s a doctor I’ve found con una cadenza pianistica gioiosa e accattivante, la rapida Miracle cure che cita Pinball wizard e la giocosa e fiabesca Tommy’s holiday camp.

Tra le più belle ed influenti opere rock, TOMMY racconta la storia di un ragazzo, sordo, cieco e muto che il suo autore, il chitarrista Pete Townshend, scrisse attingendo anche al vissuto della propria infanzia. Dal punto di vista musicale l’album sprigiona articolazioni strumentali con la chitarra di Pete sua fonte, inoltre non mancano sovraincisioni effettuate da tutti i membri del gruppo utilizzando innumerevoli strumenti.

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