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The Who — Underture
Album: Tommy
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Released: 1969
Length: 9:59
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(Instrumental)
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 Gimlet wrote:
This song is fantastic live and there are several great live versions out there. Townsend, Entwistle and Moon just tearing it up, rock and roll at it's loud and nasty best.
 
Cheers!
Best comment posted, The Who are awesome, their music timeless! 
Originally Posted by taeha: Underture? Underwhelming from an overrated band. Disappointing to hear this on RP. :(
I have to agree. TOMMY is great but this is just an intro bit.
Underture? Underwhelming from an overrated band. Disappointing to hear this on RP. :(
Originally Posted by Source4: When I listen to this, I hear the whole album. It does for me just what an "underture" should. It recaps the mood of of the first half and gets you ready for the second half of the show, yet stands alone at the same time. Guess the people who think it's "repetative" probably don't listen to much classical music or opera either. oh well.
Your "underture" sounds a bit prigish - It might be possible that those who do find this piece "repetitve" do listen to classical music. Composers usually do want you to hear the whole piece as it's intended. Rarely do we hear a classical piece out of context except maybe for the "overture"...
When I listen to this, I hear the whole album. It does for me just what an \"underture\" should. It recaps the mood of of the first half and gets you ready for the second half of the show, yet stands alone at the same time. Guess the people who think it\'s \"repetative\" probably don\'t listen to much classical music or opera either. oh well.
Still the best band of all time no matter what Pete is looking at on the internet.
When is this ever going to end!?!
Ummm......NO
Originally Posted by Blackjack: That's sort of the problem: you can't do that over the radio. Within the context of the album, it's an amazing piece of music, but by itself I can see how it might sound like an aged, endless exercise in pretentiousness. I like it. :moon:
Me Too! I think you're on target with the have / have not issue around this song. Some below hear the same thing over and over, and I hear the rest of the album. As a kid, I used to skip the underture. Now, when I hear it I wanna go play the album.
Originally Posted by phorp: It might be less underwhelming if you got a copy of the original Tommy release and listened to see how all the music fits togeather.
That's sort of the problem: you can't do that over the radio. Within the context of the album, it's an amazing piece of music, but by itself I can see how it might sound like an aged, endless exercise in pretentiousness. I like it. :moon:
Originally Posted by phorp: It might be less underwhelming if you got a copy of the original Tommy release and listened to see how all the music fits togeather.
Hey, wouldn't that be cool if instead of the cam picture we could have a little streaming video too. There could be clip of Tommy while this played :D . (Just kidding Bill, this site is already awesome! :clap: )
Long, repetitive, and boring. How long can we stretch the same theme? "Mommy, make it STOP!"
It might be less underwhelming if you got a copy of the original Tommy release and listened to see how all the music fits togeather.
under-whelming
Rest in Peace, John.
Originally Posted by ds: nice - which version is this - what CD?
The Tommy version. Not the movie soundtrack- but the original one by the Who.
nice - which version is this - what CD?
Still play Underture\'s main riff from time to time, when I fool around on my guitar. It keeps coming up. Thanks Pete! ;)
This song is fantastic live and there are several great live versions out there. Townsend, Entwistle and Moon just tearing it up, rock and roll at it\'s loud and nasty best.