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Discography > Albums > My Generation

My Generation

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Disc Track # Song
1 1Out in the Street
1 2I Don't Mind
1 3The Good's Gone
1 4La La La Lies
1 5Much Too Much
1 6My Generation
1 7The Kids Are Alright
1 8Please, Please, Please
1 9It's Not True
1 10I'm a Man
1 11A Legal Matter
1 12The Ox
1 13Circles
1 14I Can't Explain
1 15Bald Headed Woman
1 16Daddy Rolling Stone
2 1Leaving Here
2 2Lubie (Come Back Home)
2 3Shout and Shimmy
2 4Heat Wave
2 5Motoring
2 6Anytime You Want Me
2 7Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
2 8Instant Party Mixture
2 9I Don't Mind
2 10The Good's Gone
2 11My Generation
2 12Anytime You Want Me
2 13A Legal Matter
2 14My Generation

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Here are some reviews of this album:


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

This isn't the best debut by a British rock band ever (I prefer the debuts of the Stones, the Clash, and the Sex Pistols, personally), nor is it even close to being the Who's finest moment. It does contain a clutch of memorable Townshend originals ("The Kids Are Alright," "A Legal Matter," and two semi-forgotten songs which I love, "The Good's Gone" and "It's Not True," which basically presents a prototype for punk to the world), as well as two banal James Brown covers in which Daltrey's overemoting nearly matches that of Dave Davies on "Beautiful Delilah," from another Shel Talmy-produced debut (truly a hysterical performance). "My Generation" itself can't really be counted; it was made as a single and thus stands apart from the album (and anyway it's hard to separate the song from its historical context, although as a performance, it's the early Who at their very best).
What makes this album are the performances, even of the weak songs (excepting the two covers, which nothing can save; another instance of Daltrey's poor judgment at this stage of their career). The sound is muscular and raw; despite Talmy's ineptitude behind the board, the Who never sounded quite so powerful even when they turned the volume up higher (one listen to "The Ox" and you'll be convinced). The performances are enough to put the album ahead of the Beatles' and Kinks' debuts, but it's not the best album of its era. For a great Who album go for Sell Out or Who By Numbers or Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy; for a great live album, go for Leeds or Isle of Wight. But if you want to hear the young Who (plus Nicky Hopkins) in all their angry awkward glory, this is the album to get. Even minus one of the original songs and in poor sound quality, the album still burns.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

F#*^ING POWERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

As a debut release this is a stunner.
The album is raw, unpolished as a porcupine's backside and I wouldn't change a thing!. Music like this today doesn't exist!, everything is polished refined and over-produced to the point of being antiseptic. This is not.
The band have gone into the studio and QUICKLY fired out an album. I love to hear music made this way. There is a raw nervous energy about the whole that is very infectious. My Generation , of course a Who standard is perfect by its very imperfections. The album might be called 'The Who Sings My Generation' but it is ironic because the singing is so bad!. That's what I love about it, full of mistakes.
It reminds me of The Clash's brilliant debut album some 12 years after this one.
Standout tracks? My Generation, The Kids are Alright, A Legal Matter etc.
Listen to this album to remember where The Who came from. Such an explosive debut that would lead to their more mature period some four years on.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

For a debut album, this one's very good--although with better planning, it could have been one of the best first albums ever, which in terms of content, it isn't. But in terms of influence, it rates even higher, because it ended up being a huge influence for punk bands both in the U.K. and America years later.
The best thing about the album is the raw energy on several tracks, notably the opener, of course "My Generation," "Kids," and "The Ox." "A Legal Matter," "La La Lies," "Circles," and the "Good's Gone" are also very good.
But why in the world "I Can't Explain," and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" weren't included I'll never know, especially when you consider albums back then were mostly a collection of a band's singles. Those two songs should have been on the album, with the mediocre James Brown covers taken off. The it would have been truly great.
Even so, The Who's debut showcases the band's raw energy and awesome overall talent that we would see for the next dozen years.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

This is a wonderful album from the beginning of The Who. Some favorites and some deep tracks make the album balanced. One can tell from the C.D. that even then, The Who had an idea of their strengths and weaknesses and how to capitalise on them. The sound may be a bit raw for newcomers, but the well known hits may compensate. Some favorite tracks are : Bucket T., and, of course, The Ox.
The only problem is that this is the American release and The English release has the track I really wanted to hear on it, I'm a Man.




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