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Discography > Albums > My Generation

My Generation

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Liner Notes with additions and corrections by Brian Cady
Whitefang's Who Site

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

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

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 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.

Reviewer: anonymous

I don't know what kind of version of this album I have here; I read an earlier review which gave Bucket T. as the best song on the album and stated that this song was included on the U.S. release. However, I believe I have an American release of the album, and there is no sign of Bucket T. Regardless, My Generation remains as one of the best debut albums in rock. It cannot be denied that the title track is the highlight, but other songs, such as The Good's Gone, The Kids Are Alright, and A Legal Matter, are also standout tracks. It's Not True is also quite amusing. I think the fact that this album is not re-mastered is helpful to the sound, because it does preserve the raw intensity that is so vital to the early Who's sound. Overall, this album is not really one of the group's finest works, but it is definitely an auspicious beginning. 

Reviewer: anonymous

The Who Sings My Generation is unquestionably one of the greatest rock albums created up to the date of it's release, and arguably the best first release by any British rock band. The energy displayed here alone backs up the aforementioned statement, but what's just as evident is the talent exhibited for what were, at the time, a bunch of teenagers. This was high energy. Keith Moon alone makes this a juggernaut and Pete Townshend is right there, showing his instrumental prowess. Roger Daltrey does very well for someone that hasn't even yet developed his primal scream, but instead relys just on his natural voice abilitys. That a song is named after John Entwistle's nickname, and what a little track it is indeed, indicates that here is someone being given a tribute for his multi-instrumental prowess. The Ox alone, in my opinion, is worth the price of this disc. But you get so much more for your purchase.....The title track is a pure classic. When this song came out it immediately sealed its place in the history of rock music. That it is such a testament to youthful fustration makes it an anthem, and sums up the misunderstood youth movement that was so definative of the 60's. To make my point here, you could say that Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirt" was an attempt to be the "My Generation" of the 90's, whether or not Nirvana ever conciously tried to do that, but you get my point. The Who, to my recollection, are the only band in their day, that really showed their appreciation of James Brown. Most of their contemporaries were singing the praises of older blues pioneers like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and there is nothing really significant in this observation, other than that James Brown had such immense talent and that The Who deserve credit for having the good taste to praise JB with their covering him. The Who were also big fans of Motown and Keith Moon was a big fan of surf music, most notably The Beach Boys. "The Ox" is proof of this, although this is not indicative of something they would have put out. When I listen to this album I think of how a band like The Who (actually there is only one band ever like The Who, and that's themselves) started what would be such an incredible career with such momentum. I mean, look at "The Kids Are Alright". This was a song for Mods.....the character in the song doesn't care that his friends are dancing with his girl, they're his mates. This is, shall I say, a happy song with a very lively tempo......just a good rock song that should have been a smash single. Classic in every sense. Alright, I could write about every song on the disc, but I won't because I'm recollecting the album without listening to it and don't remember all the tracks. I do however think that "Out In The Streets" could be my favorite.....the opening with Townshend strumming his guitar and the vibrato effect, with Daltrey yelling "Out".....and the feedback that Townshend creates during the more example why The Who will always remain one of the greatest groups of musicians ever assembled.

Reviewer: anonymous

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.

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