Overture (The Who song)

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Single by The Who
from the album Tommy
A-side"See Me, Feel Me"
Released10 October 1970 (1970-10-10)
Songwriter(s)Pete Townshend
Producer(s)Kit Lambert
The Who singles chronology
"Summertime Blues"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"

"Overture" is a song by English rock band the Who, written by Pete Townshend. The track is one of three instrumental tracks released on Tommy, although it does feature some lyrics towards the end; the other two being "Underture" and "Sparks".

On 9 October 1970, the song was released as the B-side of "See Me, Feel Me" – which did not chart – and was titled "Overture from Tommy".[1]

Song Structure[edit]

As an overture the song features samples of Tommy's most famous songs:

  • 0:00 – 0:34 Adapted from "1921"
  • 0:35 – 1:01 Adapted from "We're Not Gonna Take It"
  • 1:02 – 1:35 Adapted from "Go to the Mirror!"
  • 1:36 – 1:52 Adapted from "See Me, Feel Me"
  • 1:53 – 2:20 Adapted from "Go to the Mirror!"
  • 2:21 – 2:58 Adapted from "Listening to You"
  • 2:59 – 3:22 Adapted from "We're Not Gonna Take It"
  • 3:23 – 3:50 Adapted from "Pinball Wizard"
  • 3:50 – 5:21 Adapted from "Sparks"

There is no pause between the tracks "Overture" and "It's a Boy" so the songs are often combined as "Overture".

The Assembled Multitude version[edit]

The Assembled Multitude, an instrumental ensemble group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, scored with a remake of "Overture" which peaked at #16 in August, 1970 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2]


  1. ^ "The Who Official Band Website – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon | | See Me Feel Me". Thewho.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  2. ^ Billboard – Google Books. 1970-08-29. Retrieved 2012-01-07.