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Here are some reviews of this album:
In 1965 there was no group who could meet the rawness of the Who and
I expect that when this was released everyone had high expectations for it. Its a good enough debut, but talk of it been better then the Beatles and
Stones debuts are nonsense. This album has several weak cover tunes. For example, the James Brown song "Please Please Please" and early Pete Townsend
compositions such as "Out In The Street". They just don't seem to quite connect with me. But wait, "My Generation" is on it. This simplistic song is
pure Mod and its directed at youth. "I hope I Die Before I Get Old" is in my opinion one of the greatest lines in rock history. Surely they were to young
to be thinking about death? No, not Mr. Townsend. Sadly, the reality of the phrase showed it ugly head 13 years later when Keith Moon lost his life. He
was 32 years old. Another fine stand out is "The Kids Are Alright". I reckon this is the best song on the album. Again its forceful, directed at youth
and hits home. The way Townsend's Rickenbacker just chops through all the early Who songs is superb. Evan on the ones
I don't like. How it didn't reach the top ten, let alone the top twenty when released in the UK,
I will never know. Unlike their counterparts, The Beatles, Stones, Kinks and so on,
The Who never really sustained consistent chart success during their career. Perhaps
I shouldn't neglect the fact that The Kinks lacked chart success in the late 60s, and in the 70s after they left Pye. This album also has
several other good and half decent songs. You have "La La La La Lies" and a freak out instrumental jamming thing going on, on "The Ox" Mr. Moons
rumbling on the drums is the driving forces behind this number. The album closes with another Townsend number, "A Legal Matter" This is okay
I suppose, I think its Townsend doing the singing too. Again it deserved to be a top twenty hit. Though it would be a bit unjust if it cracked the top ten.
All in all, The Who's debut is worth getting. Though id recommend starting off with
something else like their second album "A Quick One". I bought this yesterday and
I'm hooked already. Although I haven't yet heard it, I suppose I would have to recommend
"Who's Next". "Won't Get Fooled Again" is pure rock mayhem and "Behind Blue Eyes" is
considered to many to be the first power ballad. I don't know about that, but its a good song. Well, the Who are a
good group, so what do you expect. Its just that this albums a bit rushed, and perhaps if more time was spent recording or getting
together better songs, it would be a masterpiece. Just like the deserve.
This isn't exactly as famous or well known as
Who's Next is, but I've still got to say that this album
ROCKS!!!!!!!!! When I first bought this I was completely blown
away by "The Ox", "Instant Party (Circles)",
"Out In The Street", "The Kids Are Alright",
"It's Not True", and "My Generation". This is
my favorite Who album. Who's Next is second. This is truly an
awesome album. Buy it, you'll see what I mean!
Pure, raw stuff. "Out in the street your
gonna die slowly", definitely the origin of punk on record.
End that debated point right now.
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 song....at 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.