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Discography > Albums > My Generation

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:

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
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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
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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.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

"My Generation" is unquestionably one of best debut albums in rock. It allows you to feel the real sound of early The Who. The title song is one of best rock songs ever, but unfortunately the sound quality on this not remastered version is not perfect. Another highlight is "The Kids Are Alright" which is ( in spite of rather Beatlish sound) The Who's classic. The album includes also the great ballad "The Good's Gone", rather lightweight , but attractive "La La La Lies" and great beat standart "It's Not True". The first instrumental in Who's career "The Ox" with it's heavy bass riff allows the band to strech away. Another two Townshend's songs:"A Legal Matter" and "Circles"(on MCA CD only) also rock. The first is rather close to "The Last Time" by The Stones and the second is the first version of the song which was later re-recorded and retitled "Instant Party"(aviable on "Rarities") to became the B-side of "Substitute" single. The only Townshend song here, which is not as well-done as others is "Out In The Street". It's intro is completely taken from "Anyway,Anyhow,Anywhere" and the melody is quite forgettable. Another bad point here is "I Don't Mind" which is rather boring in compare with much better "Please, Please, Please". Finally, I can say that this album is great and highly recommended.


Reviewer: anonymous
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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.




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