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Here are some reviews of this album:
I'm going to be reviewing the American version of this album since I don't have the British version which puts on "I'm a Man" in place of "Instant Party (Circles)." This is a very good debut album, as good of a debut album, I think, as Please Please Me. This was the seventh Who album I listened to (as I also bought AQO during the same visit to the music store but played MG first), and my first impression was that it was pretty good, and I had been really surprised to find it, since it's so rare despite not being out of print, and it was only $7.99! It might have been a different first listening experience if there had been liner notes to go along with the songs, or even some bonus tracks, but then I decided to give it a listen with an open mind and listen to it how it was originally created, only a dozen tracks and no fancy liner notes and bonus tracks, things which never even existed back in 1965! Instead of being like a flowery concept album or a pop extravaganza, this is straight R&B with an infusion of rock. And as a debut album, there can't be any unfair comparisons to later albums the way some reviewers have been doing with other albums, since if an original fan first heard the album when it came out, then s/he wouldn't have had any knowledge of the later albums to compare them favorably or unfavorably! Some people could criticize this album for not having much or any vocal range or any complex songs, but that's all part of the band's history and it really isn't fair to compare the album of a band just starting out to one of their later albums, one with greater vocal range and songs with deeper meanings and themes. There are a lot of really great mostly-unknown gems on this record, like "La La La Lies," "Out in the Street," "It's Not True," the James Brown covers, and my favorite, "Instant Party (Circles)," in addition to the old standbys of the title track and "The Kids Are Alright." Since this was a d?but album, I don't see the harm in recommending it as a possible first album for a fan, since this was the first Who album for many of the older fans, instead of like newer fans today being able to choose from any number of different compilations and albums, and if a band's debut album is a new fan's first, they'll be able to experience the band for the first time the way many of the older original fans did!
The Who didn't actually sing my generation. I
think they SMASHED, DESTROYED, DEVASTATED, & OBLITERATED my
Right from the opening bars of 'Out in the street', this really does become the
definitive Mod experience! I can remember donning my parka and going down to the 400
ballroom (giddy heights!) with this Lp burning a hole through my turntable during the lengthy 'choosing of the clothes' time.
The thing with the oooooo is, and maybe this is my age (33), that most of their albums sound like many bands 'Greatest Hits'.....That's the quality of not only the music or lyrics.....but the feel.
MY GENERATION.......THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT...youth statements if ever I heard one! This stuff should be played in schools.
At the age of 15, Legal Matter was just a great song....at my present age, it's a
reality. That's the difference with the Who...they meant it! ps. Keith Moon's drumming on the 'OX' is the first time I thought of the drums as a solo instrument.
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.
What can I say that hasn't already been said
about My Generation? This is bollocks. However, it is the type of
bollocks that makes me jump up and down, again and again and
again. While other albums only make me jump again and some again
again, this album satisfies my lust. If this CD had a smaller
hole, only then could I get more pleasure from it.