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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:

Given that it is one the strongest debuts in rock history. Given that it is far superior to the band's second album. Also given that Pete's songwriting was very mature, even in its infancy. This album showcases the best of the early, raw, Mod Who. They quickly abandoned this approach to create more sophisticated songs and arrangements. One can only wonder what would happen if this record was remixed and repackaged like the rest of the Who catalogue. This is my one problem with the record: the muddy sound. I know most folks feel that is what makes it so classic, but the Stones' Exile was redone to great success. That's a very muddy album. I just wish this album was taken out of the hands of Shel Talmy and could stand with the rest of the albums in new clothing. Overall, I'd agree that this is early Who at its very best. The real strength is that Townshend was already setting teen angst to loud guitars. Moon made his presence felt by letting listeners know that he was one of the most original drummers in Rock. Entwistle proved that he was the most gifted bass player of his generation. Daltrey had a ways to go, but he was still competent enough to handle the growling R&B numbers. It would still be hard pressed to forsee the glories to come. The Who did make better albums than this, but as Rock debuts go, this one stands as one the greatest.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

I'll give it a 5 because it influenced me as a player and definitely other bands such as Sweet and Cheap Trick and even W.A.S.P.! Check out their version of "The Real Me"! I personally wish it had more heavier numbers such as "The Kids Are All Right", "My Generation", "Substitute" but it's usually the nature of classic bands such as The Who to be very eclectic and diverse as well as versatile with their music.


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:

As a debut release this is a stunner.
The album is raw, unpolished as a porcupine's backside and I wouldn't change a thing!. Music like this today doesn't exist!, everything is polished refined and over-produced to the point of being antiseptic. This is not.
The band have gone into the studio and QUICKLY fired out an album. I love to hear music made this way. There is a raw nervous energy about the whole that is very infectious. My Generation , of course a Who standard is perfect by its very imperfections. The album might be called 'The Who Sings My Generation' but it is ironic because the singing is so bad!. That's what I love about it, full of mistakes.
It reminds me of The Clash's brilliant debut album some 12 years after this one.
Standout tracks? My Generation, The Kids are Alright, A Legal Matter etc.
Listen to this album to remember where The Who came from. Such an explosive debut that would lead to their more mature period some four years on.


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.




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