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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 debut album is sensational and truly announces The Who to the world in a manner that was befitting their ultimate status. While The Who were "late to the scene" with this album (already well behind the Kinks, Stones, and Beatles with their debut's), the wait may well be what distinguishes this album -- and the band -- from their cohorts on the British scene.
The legendary Shel Talmy's (legendary for good and bad reasons) production gives The Who an unusually strong and thick wall of sound that the Yardbirds, and Pretty Things only were able to grasp in moments of brilliance. Keith's drums and Pete's early bar chord guitar riffs are in full force and sound superb (cleaner on the British pressing I might add). The only quibble I have with production is the occasional reticence to really embrace John Entwistle. While he is prominent in songs such as My Generation (obviously) and The OX, his playing is relegated to background for many other fine songs such as "Out in the Streets" and Kids Are Alright.
To the songs themselves: Pete shows himself early as a brilliant and clever songwriter. While his lyricism is yet to blossom fully (wait for Sell Out for that!), his chord construction and courage to create aggressive songs mixed with beautiful melodies is a real harbinger for The Who fans. Every Townshend penned song is worthy of praise in its own way. Of particular note, My Generation's out and out aggression and defiance; The Kids Are Alright's sweet melody (and contrary lyrics) should have been the follow up single to Generation and pushed hard by the label; The Good's Gone opening Rickenbacher riff (foreshadowing the Byrds) and (on the American version) Instant party (aka Circles in European EP release) brilliant song construction are enough for the album to be great. But for sure, the country-esque Legal Matter, Out In the Streets, Much Too Much and so on are all there just for added enjoyment. Each of these are a must for any person trying to learn how to play like Pete!
My only complaints with the album -- making it a 4.5 star and not five star -- are the covers. Roger's over-the-top machismo vocals are a little too much for my taste. Plus, who plays a Who album to hear covers? The American version comes with two James Brown covers. Both fine, but really who cares? The Brit version has an interesting but in the end unconvincing version of Bo Diddley's I'm a Man. Great musical break in the middle, but again, Roger's vocals are just ridiculous. Luckily an early review of the album (by MNE?) panned the first version of this album's song choices (which contained many more covers) as out of date and boring. That sent Pete back to the tape machine where he penned three last minute additions: La la la lies, the brilliant It's Not True, and The Ox (a wild and barely recognizable cover of the Safari's Wipe Out) which is actually not penned so much as performed (with vigor). Nicky Hopkins piano work is brilliant on this.
The forgotten covers are apparently one more James Brown cover (name escapes me) that they performed on BBC, Lubie, and the Vandella's Motoring. All good, but not as good as a Pete song.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

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.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

This is my favourite album of all time. I cant believe that people complain about its choice of material or quality of vocals or pete's 'unmatured' songwriting. This album is everything that British guitar music needs and lacks at the moment, pure excitement, freshness, rawness, perfect pop tunes and raw R n b. Keith's drumming is like one huge drum solo, Pete's guitar is innovative as ever without all that self indulgent Isle of White type rubbish, Johns bass playing is innovative and original, Rogers vocals are young and aggressive and full of emotion and its all stuck together with fantastic hooks, sweet harmonies and fantastic pop songwriting. Kinda like the Beatles on French Blues. Out on the street - awesome powerful aggressive opener, I Don't Mind, great soul stuff, Goods Gone - moody pop sounds, La la Lies is a great jaunty pop song nice sound, Much too Much is a great piece of pop music, almost exhilarating, My Generation (well you know what THAT is), Please Please Please is a nice change of pace after the positive craft of 'kids', Its Not True is a pointer to Where Pete's natural quirkiness as a songwriter was going, same with A legal Matter, I'm A Man - great bit of R 'n' B and then the Ox which is great fun and a nice powerful finish. No mature songwriting? Bah humbug, go and dig your Led Zeppelin albums out and forget what is like to be a young. I love this album. At 18 people think I'm a bit odd.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

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 break.....one more example why The Who will always remain one of the greatest groups of musicians ever assembled.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

Pure, raw stuff. "Out in the street your gonna die slowly", definitely the origin of punk on record. End that debated point right now.




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