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As a debut release this is a stunner.
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.
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.
"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.
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.