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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:

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.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

For a debut album, this one's very good--although with better planning, it could have been one of the best first albums ever, which in terms of content, it isn't. But in terms of influence, it rates even higher, because it ended up being a huge influence for punk bands both in the U.K. and America years later.
The best thing about the album is the raw energy on several tracks, notably the opener, of course "My Generation," "Kids," and "The Ox." "A Legal Matter," "La La Lies," "Circles," and the "Good's Gone" are also very good.
But why in the world "I Can't Explain," and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" weren't included I'll never know, especially when you consider albums back then were mostly a collection of a band's singles. Those two songs should have been on the album, with the mediocre James Brown covers taken off. The it would have been truly great.
Even so, The Who's debut showcases the band's raw energy and awesome overall talent that we would see for the next dozen years.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

The dirty sound was great for the Who on this album. It perfectly mirrors the polished, yet great, production on Who's Next. Some weak cuts do demeanor the achievement, but it blew away the previous debut LPs of the Beatles and Stones. What a sonic experience. The instruments are like weapons, not mere musical tools. The Beatles were not singing pop anymore at the time of this release. Great ones followed, but the future great debuts: Fresh Cream, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, the Clash, numerous others, fall short. My Generation is only bested by a handful like Are You Experienced? but second to Hendrix is no failure, believe you me. Best tracks in my view (off the poorly packaged and re-mastered initial CD release in the mid-80s, which is a criminal effort since we still have only this album left to be repackaged and glorified), "Out in the Street," "The Good's Gone," "My Generation" of course, definitely "The Kids Are All Right," same for "It's Not True," and the sonic rock marvel of an instrumental "The Ox." By far, it is the definitive teen rebellion album in punk-rock history. Who needs these bands today that play punk rap that is not nearly up to the greatness of the Who (we should see more punk bands modeled after the Who, Clash and Sex Pistols rather than Green Day). Nirvana came the closest to recreating that embodiment of punk-rock artistic success. Today, a band like the Who needs to step up and overthrow this god-awful music industry (that looks like Hollywood now or some pre-fabricated porno film industry with VH1 talking great about crappy pop stuff from the disco age, the ape 80s and the overrated Seattle-rock scene, though legendary, it can't compare with the punk movement of the late 70s! which is all the original purveyors of rock went against. The 60s and most of the 70s (if you can forget all the top singles that reeked of pop pap!) are still the prime of rock's spirit which is all but dead now. And I'm 15, I think this about music my own generation listens to. Well I listen to "My Generation," as in the generation the Who sang about because it's real, true, and better.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

Ok, so Pete stole a Kinks' groove when he wrote "I Can't Explain", but this album blows away anything The Kinks, The Beatles, or The Stones did up to this point. I think for a bands debut album this ranks up with if not above Led Zeppelin I or The Doors first album. "Out in the Streets" and "The Goods Gone" are total rockers. Remember at this point the Beatles were still singing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". Roger's vocals (which is my least favorite member) are nothing but angry and powerful on every song which he's on, plus "The Ox" which he is not on is angry enough without him. This is Roger's second best effort, besides Quadrophenia. I'm glad they made this album, because I couldn't live without it. "Keith wasn't a timekeeper", and I'm glad.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

The only other debut album which might be as good as My Generation is the first Led Zeppelin. This album is a mix of the Maximum R&B they lived by and classics like "My Generation" and "The Kids Are Alright" and a great cover of "Please Please Please" the James Brown song. I love this album and I hope it gets remastered soon with all the UK songs we missed and the whole version of "The Kids Are Alright".




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