"Amazing Journey" is a song by the English rock band the Who from the album Tommy. It was written by Pete Townshend on the piano.[2] Writer Nigel Cawthorne called the song a stand-out on the album. Cawthorne also thought it was electrifying when performed live.[3]

"Amazing Journey"
Song by The Who
from the album Tommy
ReleasedMay 23, 1969
GenrePsychedelic rock[1]
Length3:25
LabelPolydor, Track, Decca, MCA
Songwriter(s)Pete Townshend
Producer(s)Kit Lambert

BackgroundEdit

"Amazing Journey" was the first song written by Townshend specifically for the Tommy album.[4] The lyrics were taken from some of the first lines of a poem Townshend wrote.[4][5]

The song involves Tommy, the main character from the album, going on a psychedelic "amazing journey" as his subconsciousness reveals itself to him as a tall stranger dressed in silvery robes. This makes him interpret all sensations as music.[6][7]

The song segues into "Sparks", an instrumental that has roots in "Rael (1 and 2)", a track from The Who Sell Out. A link called "Beat Up" followed the two tracks in early running orders of Tommy.[4]

Other appearancesEdit

A live version of the song appears on Live at Leeds. The studio version of this song is also available as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Charlesworth, Chris; Hanel, Ed (2004). The Who: The Complete Guide to Their Music. ISBN 9781844494286.
  2. ^ Perna, Alan di (October 2012). Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits. ISBN 9781480329706.
  3. ^ Cawthorne, Nigel (2005). The Who and the Making of Tommy. ISBN 9781903318768.
  4. ^ a b c Cady, Brian. "'Tommy' liner notes". The Hypertext Who.
  5. ^ Smith, Larry David (January 1999). Pete Townshend: The Minstrel's Dilemma. ISBN 9780275964726.
  6. ^ The Golden Age of the Singer-Songwriter, 1970-1973. 2012. ISBN 9780313379062.
  7. ^ Atkins 2000, pp. 121–122.

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