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Here are some reviews of this album:
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...
This is my review
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!
This is the (American version of) the first
album the Who brought out. It captures their early live sound
very good and features some nice songs. Unfortunately this album
hasn't been remastered yet because the producer (Shel Talmy)
refuses to make the master tapes available. Back to the album! It
sounds a bit thin compared to their later works but the lyrics
are all very strong, typical Townshend (except the songs he
didn't write of course). The hardest hitting song is of course
the title track "My Generation", often hailed as the
first punk song and as teenage athem (even now it expresses the
teenage mood very good). Other great songs on this album include
"The Kids Are Alright" (which makes a brief appearance
on the Quadrophenia album and is also the title of the 1979 movie
about The Who), "Instant Party (Circles)" and "The
Ox" (an instrumental piece somewhat "surf"
sounding, with a very strong drum-bass section). In all, this
album is a must for everybody interested in British music around
'65. The Who have always been one of the leading British bands
and here's where it all started.
By far this is one of the best debuts and for that matter albums ever. Hugely influential to the punk and mod bands of the 1970's. The band plays incredible. Moons drumming, some of the best on a rock record (he never over did anything like ginger baker).
Entwistle's bass is great and innovative as well, but Townsend's guitar is the main focus. Feedback and white noise adorn many of the songs, He is one of the founding fathers in guitar rock. Songs such as the Goods Gone, Legal Matter, Much Too Much, Its Not True, and the Ox will never be dated and sound as fresh as ever. The records sound is great too (muddy my ass). This is true mod and punk rock by one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Buy this immediately. The American version includes Circles while the British version replaces this song with
I'm A Man. Both albums are excellent don't listen to all these chumps that care about the British version. Their lucky to own any Who album.