The Roots of Tommy

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The Roots of Tommy
Music That Inspired The Who's Classic Rock Opera
Compilation album by Various
Released April 2004
Genre Rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, jazz, blues, music hall comedy
Length 46:54
Language English
Label Uncut
Producer Andy Tidball
Mick Meikleham
Compiler Roy Carr
Allan Jones

The Roots of Tommy: Music That Inspired The Who's Classic Rock Opera, a compilation album that was released with the April 2004 issue of Uncut, is composed of tracks that it is asserted influenced the creation of the 1969 rock opera Tommy by the Who.[1]

The album ends with Pete Townshend's demo recording of "Pinball Wizard," which is followed by additional ribald comedy of Max Miller, apparently the inspiration for Uncle Ernie.

Track listing[edit]

  1. The Pretty Things – "S.F. Sorrow Is Born" (Taylor, Waller)
  2. Mose Allison – "A Young Man" (Allison)
  3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – "I Don't Live Today" (Hendrix)
  4. The Zombies – "Care of Cell 44" (Argent)
  5. Eddie Cochran – "My Way" (Capehart, Cochran)
  6. The Creation – "Nightmares" (Pickett, Phillips)
  7. Muddy Waters – "Mannish Boy" (Morganfield, McDaniels)
  8. Nirvana – "Pentecost Hotel" (Spyropoulos, Campbell-Lyons)
  9. Sonny Boy Williamson – "Eyesight to the Blind" (Miller)
  10. Procol Harum – "Shine on Brightly" (Brooker, Reid)
  11. Max Miller – "I Never Slept a Wink All Night" (Royd, Paighton, Nicholls)
  12. The Kinks – "The Village Green Preservation Society" (Davies)
  13. Keith West – "Sam" (from A Teenage Opera by Mark Wirtz), Hopkins)
  14. Pete Townshend – "Pinball Wizard" (Demo) (Townshend) 3:55



  1. ^ "Various - The Roots Of Tommy (CD)". Retrieved 2016-07-28.