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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
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What a great album! From start to finish this album packs a ferocious punch. Alot of great feedback and songs. The Ox is just fucking nuts as well as some fine James brown covers and group originals. Anyone wanting to dig further into mid 1960's British rock will want to hear the dutch Outsiders, Q65, Pretty Things, Wimple Winch, The Birds, Tintern Abbey, The Move, and the great Poets. All these bands are fantastic and innovative.


Reviewer: anonymous
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Given that it is one the strongest debuts in rock history. Given that it is far superior to the band's second album. Also given that Pete's songwriting was very mature, even in its infancy. This album showcases the best of the early, raw, Mod Who. They quickly abandoned this approach to create more sophisticated songs and arrangements. One can only wonder what would happen if this record was remixed and repackaged like the rest of the Who catalogue. This is my one problem with the record: the muddy sound. I know most folks feel that is what makes it so classic, but the Stones' Exile was redone to great success. That's a very muddy album. I just wish this album was taken out of the hands of Shel Talmy and could stand with the rest of the albums in new clothing. Overall, I'd agree that this is early Who at its very best. The real strength is that Townshend was already setting teen angst to loud guitars. Moon made his presence felt by letting listeners know that he was one of the most original drummers in Rock. Entwistle proved that he was the most gifted bass player of his generation. Daltrey had a ways to go, but he was still competent enough to handle the growling R&B numbers. It would still be hard pressed to forsee the glories to come. The Who did make better albums than this, but as Rock debuts go, this one stands as one the greatest.


Reviewer: anonymous
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The Who's debut is raw, brutal, exciting proto-punk that ranks as one of the most exciting statements made by a rock band up to that point in time. Although not the best album of 1965 (that honor is held by either "Bringing It All Back Home" or "Rubber Soul") it is certainly the most fun. The only downers are the covers (especially the James Brown ones), which do not fit in with the overall sound and prove that Daltrey was unable to sing soul music at this point. Otherwise, the album presents one great song after another: the all-time classic "My Generation", the anthemic "Kids Are Alright", the powerhouse feedback instrumental "The Ox", the mysterious, Kinks-inspired "Good's Gone", and the perfect harmony pop of "La La La Lies" are reason enough to buy the album. The album lacks the sophistication and maturity of later efforts but works instead as an unadulterated statement of youthful aggression. Additionally, the band's playing is far beyond what other groups could muster at the time; Moon and Entwhistle amaze and along with Townshend's experiments in feedback on "Out In The Street", "The Ox" and "My Generation", give the group the sound of an electronic roller-coaster ride. The basic sound of the album would be gloriously refined and expanded on as the years went by--and the covers would thankfully be abandoned--but as a whole "My Generation" is a worthy start. Now, if only Shel Talmy would allow it to be remastered with bonus cuts like the rest of the catalogue...


Reviewer: anonymous
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In 1965 there was no group who could meet the rawness of the Who and I expect that when this was released everyone had high expectations for it. Its a good enough debut, but talk of it been better then the Beatles and Stones debuts are nonsense. This album has several weak cover tunes. For example, the James Brown song "Please Please Please" and early Pete Townsend compositions such as "Out In The Street". They just don't seem to quite connect with me. But wait, "My Generation" is on it. This simplistic song is pure Mod and its directed at youth. "I hope I Die Before I Get Old" is in my opinion one of the greatest lines in rock history. Surely they were to young to be thinking about death? No, not Mr. Townsend. Sadly, the reality of the phrase showed it ugly head 13 years later when Keith Moon lost his life. He was 32 years old. Another fine stand out is "The Kids Are Alright". I reckon this is the best song on the album. Again its forceful, directed at youth and hits home. The way Townsend's Rickenbacker just chops through all the early Who songs is superb. Evan on the ones I don't like. How it didn't reach the top ten, let alone the top twenty when released in the UK, I will never know. Unlike their counterparts, The Beatles, Stones, Kinks and so on, The Who never really sustained consistent chart success during their career. Perhaps I shouldn't neglect the fact that The Kinks lacked chart success in the late 60s, and in the 70s after they left Pye. This album also has several other good and half decent songs. You have "La La La La Lies" and a freak out instrumental jamming thing going on, on "The Ox" Mr. Moons rumbling on the drums is the driving forces behind this number. The album closes with another Townsend number, "A Legal Matter" This is okay I suppose, I think its Townsend doing the singing too. Again it deserved to be a top twenty hit. Though it would be a bit unjust if it cracked the top ten. All in all, The Who's debut is worth getting. Though id recommend starting off with something else like their second album "A Quick One". I bought this yesterday and I'm hooked already. Although I haven't yet heard it, I suppose I would have to recommend "Who's Next". "Won't Get Fooled Again" is pure rock mayhem and "Behind Blue Eyes" is considered to many to be the first power ballad. I don't know about that, but its a good song. Well, the Who are a good group, so what do you expect. Its just that this albums a bit rushed, and perhaps if more time was spent recording or getting together better songs, it would be a masterpiece. Just like the deserve.


Reviewer: anonymous
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This is the (American version of) the first album the Who brought out. It captures their early live sound very good and features some nice songs. Unfortunately this album hasn't been remastered yet because the producer (Shel Talmy) refuses to make the master tapes available. Back to the album! It sounds a bit thin compared to their later works but the lyrics are all very strong, typical Townshend (except the songs he didn't write of course). The hardest hitting song is of course the title track "My Generation", often hailed as the first punk song and as teenage athem (even now it expresses the teenage mood very good). Other great songs on this album include "The Kids Are Alright" (which makes a brief appearance on the Quadrophenia album and is also the title of the 1979 movie about The Who), "Instant Party (Circles)" and "The Ox" (an instrumental piece somewhat "surf" sounding, with a very strong drum-bass section). In all, this album is a must for everybody interested in British music around '65. The Who have always been one of the leading British bands and here's where it all started.




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