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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.
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 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.
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.
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".