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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:

F#*^ING POWERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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.


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:

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
Rating:

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 song.




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