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Discography > Albums > My Generation

My Generation

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Liner Notes with additions and corrections by Brian Cady
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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 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).
What makes this album are the performances, even of the weak songs (excepting the two covers, which nothing can save; another instance of Daltrey's poor judgment at this stage of their career). The sound is muscular and raw; despite Talmy's ineptitude behind the board, the Who never sounded quite so powerful even when they turned the volume up higher (one listen to "The Ox" and you'll be convinced). The performances are enough to put the album ahead of the Beatles' and Kinks' debuts, but it's not the best album of its era. For a great Who album go for Sell Out or Who By Numbers or Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy; for a great live album, go for Leeds or Isle of Wight. But if you want to hear the young Who (plus Nicky Hopkins) in all their angry awkward glory, this is the album to get. Even minus one of the original songs and in poor sound quality, the album still burns.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

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...


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
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This is a wonderful album from the beginning of The Who. Some favorites and some deep tracks make the album balanced. One can tell from the C.D. that even then, The Who had an idea of their strengths and weaknesses and how to capitalise on them. The sound may be a bit raw for newcomers, but the well known hits may compensate. Some favorite tracks are : Bucket T., and, of course, The Ox.
The only problem is that this is the American release and The English release has the track I really wanted to hear on it, I'm a Man.


Reviewer: anonymous
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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.




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