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Here are some reviews of this album:
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?
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.
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...
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.