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Discography > Albums > My Generation

My Generation

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Liner Notes with additions and corrections by Brian Cady
Whitefang's Who Site

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

The Who Sings My Generation is unquestionably one of the greatest rock albums created up to the date of it's release, and arguably the best first release by any British rock band. The energy displayed here alone backs up the aforementioned statement, but what's just as evident is the talent exhibited for what were, at the time, a bunch of teenagers. This was high energy. Keith Moon alone makes this a juggernaut and Pete Townshend is right there, showing his instrumental prowess. Roger Daltrey does very well for someone that hasn't even yet developed his primal scream, but instead relys just on his natural voice abilitys. That a song is named after John Entwistle's nickname, and what a little track it is indeed, indicates that here is someone being given a tribute for his multi-instrumental prowess. The Ox alone, in my opinion, is worth the price of this disc. But you get so much more for your purchase.....The title track is a pure classic. When this song came out it immediately sealed its place in the history of rock music. That it is such a testament to youthful fustration makes it an anthem, and sums up the misunderstood youth movement that was so definative of the 60's. To make my point here, you could say that Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirt" was an attempt to be the "My Generation" of the 90's, whether or not Nirvana ever conciously tried to do that, but you get my point. The Who, to my recollection, are the only band in their day, that really showed their appreciation of James Brown. Most of their contemporaries were singing the praises of older blues pioneers like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and there is nothing really significant in this observation, other than that James Brown had such immense talent and that The Who deserve credit for having the good taste to praise JB with their covering him. The Who were also big fans of Motown and Keith Moon was a big fan of surf music, most notably The Beach Boys. "The Ox" is proof of this, although this is not indicative of something they would have put out. When I listen to this album I think of how a band like The Who (actually there is only one band ever like The Who, and that's themselves) started what would be such an incredible career with such momentum. I mean, look at "The Kids Are Alright". This was a song for Mods.....the character in the song doesn't care that his friends are dancing with his girl, they're his mates. This is, shall I say, a happy song with a very lively tempo......just a good rock song that should have been a smash single. Classic in every sense. Alright, I could write about every song on the disc, but I won't because I'm recollecting the album without listening to it and don't remember all the tracks. I do however think that "Out In The Streets" could be my favorite.....the opening with Townshend strumming his guitar and the vibrato effect, with Daltrey yelling "Out".....and the feedback that Townshend creates during the more example why The Who will always remain one of the greatest groups of musicians ever assembled.

Reviewer: anonymous

Ok, so Pete stole a Kinks' groove when he wrote "I Can't Explain", but this album blows away anything The Kinks, The Beatles, or The Stones did up to this point. I think for a bands debut album this ranks up with if not above Led Zeppelin I or The Doors first album. "Out in the Streets" and "The Goods Gone" are total rockers. Remember at this point the Beatles were still singing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". Roger's vocals (which is my least favorite member) are nothing but angry and powerful on every song which he's on, plus "The Ox" which he is not on is angry enough without him. This is Roger's second best effort, besides Quadrophenia. I'm glad they made this album, because I couldn't live without it. "Keith wasn't a timekeeper", and I'm glad.

Reviewer: anonymous

I only have the UK release, but the American release isn't that different. I think it's wonderful. It has some great R&B numbers. Each song is better than the last! The two best songs, in my opinion, are The Good's Gone and It's Not True. I also enjoyed their cover of I'm A Man. In summary, it's a great debut from a excessively wondeful band.

Reviewer: anonymous

The dirty sound was great for the Who on this album. It perfectly mirrors the polished, yet great, production on Who's Next. Some weak cuts do demeanor the achievement, but it blew away the previous debut LPs of the Beatles and Stones. What a sonic experience. The instruments are like weapons, not mere musical tools. The Beatles were not singing pop anymore at the time of this release. Great ones followed, but the future great debuts: Fresh Cream, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, the Clash, numerous others, fall short. My Generation is only bested by a handful like Are You Experienced? but second to Hendrix is no failure, believe you me. Best tracks in my view (off the poorly packaged and re-mastered initial CD release in the mid-80s, which is a criminal effort since we still have only this album left to be repackaged and glorified), "Out in the Street," "The Good's Gone," "My Generation" of course, definitely "The Kids Are All Right," same for "It's Not True," and the sonic rock marvel of an instrumental "The Ox." By far, it is the definitive teen rebellion album in punk-rock history. Who needs these bands today that play punk rap that is not nearly up to the greatness of the Who (we should see more punk bands modeled after the Who, Clash and Sex Pistols rather than Green Day). Nirvana came the closest to recreating that embodiment of punk-rock artistic success. Today, a band like the Who needs to step up and overthrow this god-awful music industry (that looks like Hollywood now or some pre-fabricated porno film industry with VH1 talking great about crappy pop stuff from the disco age, the ape 80s and the overrated Seattle-rock scene, though legendary, it can't compare with the punk movement of the late 70s! which is all the original purveyors of rock went against. The 60s and most of the 70s (if you can forget all the top singles that reeked of pop pap!) are still the prime of rock's spirit which is all but dead now. And I'm 15, I think this about music my own generation listens to. Well I listen to "My Generation," as in the generation the Who sang about because it's real, true, and better.

Reviewer: anonymous


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