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Here are some reviews of this album:
I don't know what kind of version of this album I have here; I read an earlier review which gave Bucket T. as the best song on the album and stated that this song was included on the U.S. release. However, I believe I have an American release of the album, and there is no sign of Bucket T. Regardless, My Generation remains as one of the best debut albums in rock. It cannot be denied that the title track is the highlight, but other songs, such as The Good's Gone, The Kids Are Alright, and A Legal Matter, are also standout tracks. It's Not True is also quite amusing. I think the fact that this album is not
re-mastered is helpful to the sound, because it does preserve the raw intensity that is so vital to the early Who's sound. Overall, this album is not really one of the group's finest works, but it is definitely an auspicious beginning.
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.
The Who showed what a powerful band they were from day one.
Out On The Street is an awesome song. Its too bad it often gets overlooked.
Myself I think its one of their best early songs. My other favs on here are
"I Don't Mind", "It's Not True", "My Generation",
"The Kids Are Alright" and "The Ox." Also of note is the
intense James Brown cover "Please Please Me". Roger unleashes his
famous growl on that one and the whole song just rocks. I hope I get to see the
day where this is properly reissued. I got the cheap bargain bin 1980's c.d.
version, which actually doesn't sound too bad, but I'd drop it in a second if a
deluxe version came along. Especially if one of the bonus tracks was
"Motoring" which is a great drumming showcase for Keith. I think we
also deserve to finally get a full version of "I'm A Man." That said,
I think "Circles" would be nice to have on there too because it really
signals towards the sounds they reached later on on "Sell Out" and
"Tommy." The Who's My Generation is an amazing and powerful debut
album. It deservers a lot more respect and a better pressing on C.D. than the
one now available. Come on Shel Talmy, what gives?
This isn't the best debut by a British rock
band ever (I prefer the debuts of the Stones, the Clash, and the
Sex Pistols, personally), nor is it even close to being the Who's
finest moment. It does contain a clutch of memorable Townshend
originals ("The Kids Are Alright," "A Legal
Matter," and two semi-forgotten songs which I love,
"The Good's Gone" and "It's Not True," which
basically presents a prototype for punk to the world), as well as
two banal James Brown covers in which Daltrey's overemoting
nearly matches that of Dave Davies on "Beautiful
Delilah," from another Shel Talmy-produced debut (truly a
hysterical performance). "My Generation" itself can't
really be counted; it was made as a single and thus stands apart
from the album (and anyway it's hard to separate the song from
its historical context, although as a performance, it's the early
Who at their very best).