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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:

For me as mod is that a great album. I bought it in America. My favourite songs are MY GENERATION, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, MUCH TOO MUCH, INSTANT PARTY and LA LA LA LIES. I think that all these songs are the best works of the Album. The best lyric, I think, is "I HOPE I DIE BEFORE I GET OLD" in my generation. Have a nice day.


Reviewer: anonymous
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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
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I'm going to be reviewing the American version of this album since I don't have the British version which puts on "I'm a Man" in place of "Instant Party (Circles)." This is a very good debut album, as good of a debut album, I think, as Please Please Me. This was the seventh Who album I listened to (as I also bought AQO during the same visit to the music store but played MG first), and my first impression was that it was pretty good, and I had been really surprised to find it, since it's so rare despite not being out of print, and it was only $7.99! It might have been a different first listening experience if there had been liner notes to go along with the songs, or even some bonus tracks, but then I decided to give it a listen with an open mind and listen to it how it was originally created, only a dozen tracks and no fancy liner notes and bonus tracks, things which never even existed back in 1965! Instead of being like a flowery concept album or a pop extravaganza, this is straight R&B with an infusion of rock. And as a debut album, there can't be any unfair comparisons to later albums the way some reviewers have been doing with other albums, since if an original fan first heard the album when it came out, then s/he wouldn't have had any knowledge of the later albums to compare them favorably or unfavorably! Some people could criticize this album for not having much or any vocal range or any complex songs, but that's all part of the band's history and it really isn't fair to compare the album of a band just starting out to one of their later albums, one with greater vocal range and songs with deeper meanings and themes. There are a lot of really great mostly-unknown gems on this record, like "La La La Lies," "Out in the Street," "It's Not True," the James Brown covers, and my favorite, "Instant Party (Circles)," in addition to the old standbys of the title track and "The Kids Are Alright." Since this was a d?but album, I don't see the harm in recommending it as a possible first album for a fan, since this was the first Who album for many of the older fans, instead of like newer fans today being able to choose from any number of different compilations and albums, and if a band's debut album is a new fan's first, they'll be able to experience the band for the first time the way many of the older original fans did!


Reviewer: anonymous
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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:

"My Generation" is unquestionably one of best debut albums in rock. It allows you to feel the real sound of early The Who. The title song is one of best rock songs ever, but unfortunately the sound quality on this not remastered version is not perfect. Another highlight is "The Kids Are Alright" which is ( in spite of rather Beatlish sound) The Who's classic. The album includes also the great ballad "The Good's Gone", rather lightweight , but attractive "La La La Lies" and great beat standart "It's Not True". The first instrumental in Who's career "The Ox" with it's heavy bass riff allows the band to strech away. Another two Townshend's songs:"A Legal Matter" and "Circles"(on MCA CD only) also rock. The first is rather close to "The Last Time" by The Stones and the second is the first version of the song which was later re-recorded and retitled "Instant Party"(aviable on "Rarities") to became the B-side of "Substitute" single. The only Townshend song here, which is not as well-done as others is "Out In The Street". It's intro is completely taken from "Anyway,Anyhow,Anywhere" and the melody is quite forgettable. Another bad point here is "I Don't Mind" which is rather boring in compare with much better "Please, Please, Please". Finally, I can say that this album is great and highly recommended.




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