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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.
This is my review
This debut album is sensational and truly
announces The Who to the world in a manner that was befitting
their ultimate status. While The Who were "late to the
scene" with this album (already well behind the Kinks,
Stones, and Beatles with their debut's), the wait may well be
what distinguishes this album -- and the band -- from their
cohorts on the British scene.
The legendary Shel Talmy's (legendary for good and
bad reasons) production gives The Who an unusually strong and
thick wall of sound that the Yardbirds, and Pretty Things only
were able to grasp in moments of brilliance. Keith's drums and
Pete's early bar chord guitar riffs are in full force and sound
superb (cleaner on the British pressing I might add). The only
quibble I have with production is the occasional reticence to
really embrace John Entwistle. While he is prominent in songs
such as My Generation (obviously) and The OX, his playing is
relegated to background for many other fine songs such as
"Out in the Streets" and Kids Are Alright.
To the songs themselves: Pete shows himself early
as a brilliant and clever songwriter. While his lyricism is yet
to blossom fully (wait for Sell Out for that!), his chord
construction and courage to create aggressive songs mixed with
beautiful melodies is a real harbinger for The Who fans. Every
Townshend penned song is worthy of praise in its own way. Of
particular note, My Generation's out and out aggression and
defiance; The Kids Are Alright's sweet melody (and contrary
lyrics) should have been the follow up single to Generation and
pushed hard by the label; The Good's Gone opening Rickenbacher
riff (foreshadowing the Byrds) and (on the American version)
Instant party (aka Circles in European EP release) brilliant song
construction are enough for the album to be great. But for sure,
the country-esque Legal Matter, Out In the Streets, Much Too Much
and so on are all there just for added enjoyment. Each of these
are a must for any person trying to learn how to play like Pete!
My only complaints with the album -- making it a
4.5 star and not five star -- are the covers. Roger's
over-the-top machismo vocals are a little too much for my taste.
Plus, who plays a Who album to hear covers? The American version
comes with two James Brown covers. Both fine, but really who
cares? The Brit version has an interesting but in the end
unconvincing version of Bo Diddley's I'm a Man. Great musical
break in the middle, but again, Roger's vocals are just
ridiculous. Luckily an early review of the album (by MNE?) panned
the first version of this album's song choices (which contained
many more covers) as out of date and boring. That sent Pete back
to the tape machine where he penned three last minute additions:
La la la lies, the brilliant It's Not True, and The Ox (a wild
and barely recognizable cover of the Safari's Wipe Out) which is
actually not penned so much as performed (with vigor). Nicky
Hopkins piano work is brilliant on this.
The forgotten covers are apparently one more James
Brown cover (name escapes me) that they performed on BBC, Lubie,
and the Vandella's Motoring. All good, but not as good as a Pete
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.