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Discography > Albums > My Generation

My Generation

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Liner Notes with additions and corrections by Brian Cady
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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 is the ultimate of the Who's early work, and as far as I'm concerned the top albums of the sixties are My Generation, Revolver, Let It Bleed, The Stooges and Led Zeppelin (not in that specific order). When I read the reviews written by some fans I couldn't believe what I was hearing, people nowadays just can't understand what raw production is about, who wants a record like this to be remastered ? The production is perfect, it captures the Who's aggression and bite perfectly, and is the pure middle finger to all the refined rock acts who have been picked up and polished by modern technology. The Who have made a great album whose production suits it perfectly, why wreck it?
Enough of the production though, what about the songs: Out In The Street, La La La Lies, It's Not True, and The Ox are pure stomp alongs; I Don't Mind, and Please, Please, Please show Daltrey's voice tackling soul with success; A Legal Matter see's Townshend on vocal, and he delivers to great effect, despite the fact that his voice lacks the power, leer, and downright aggression of Daltrey's; The Kids Are Alright and Instant Party show that the Who were aware of the downside to their aggressive lifestyle; and My Generation is every bit the monster it was when first relief, Daltrey's voice oozes aggression, Townshend's guitar sends it's chords off like machine gun fire, Moon's drumming is incredible, but the prize goes to Entwhistle, whose bass solo must be the only bass line that fans play along to.
This is an album that has it's faults (Instant Party and Please, Please, Please are hardly among the bands best), but it's faults are forever outshadowed by it's incredible highs. One has to think that while the Beatles were releasing Rubber Soul, which was a brightly melodic pop album, the Who were taking no prisoners with this. Raw, uncompromising, musically adept, and exciting; Everything a rock album should be.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

Pretty good.
Kinda early.
Good tracks: "Much To Much," "My Generation," "Please Please Please," "The Kids Are Alright," "The Ox," and "Circles".


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

The Who seemed to have a lot of diverse musical influences early on. On their first album you can hear the influence of early 60's black R&B, surf music, the Beatles, the Beach Boys' harmonies, the blues, aggressive power chording, and punked-out industrial noise. So it's not a cohesive sound really but that's what makes the Who so interesting to begin with. It's the hard-edged playing and singing of "Out In the Street", "The Ox", and "The Good's Gone" that provided a preview of what this group was all about. The only real downers are Daltrey's two failed attempts at covering James Brown. Other than that his singing fits the songs perfectly. And Townshend's debut vocal on "A Legal Matter" ain't bad at all, although his singing would continue to improve over time. Keith and Pete go absolutely nuts on "The Ox". Wonder what the Decca engineers must have been thinking as that one was being cut? And John Entwistle establishes himself as just about the best bass player ever. Who else was playing bass soloes back in 1965? The Who are often noted as having putting out the best live album ever. As far as this particular studio effort goes, there are certainly flaws here and there, but overall this should be considered one of the better debut albums.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

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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What's up with the word "Sing", on the US version, huh? Oh well. This I think, set The Who's image for their entire career. "Hope I die before I get old." The words which haunt Pete Townshend the worst. But this is the Who like they were at the Marquee and the Goldhawk. This is the Who, before they got caught up in rock operas, and synthesizers.
I think it's one of the hardest rock albums. If your listen to this, and then something later, oh, say, "The Who by Numbers", you can see where they've come from.




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