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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
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The Who showed what a powerful band they were from day one. Out On The Street is an awesome song. Its too bad it often gets overlooked. Myself I think its one of their best early songs. My other favs on here are "I Don't Mind", "It's Not True", "My Generation", "The Kids Are Alright" and "The Ox." Also of note is the intense James Brown cover "Please Please Me". Roger unleashes his famous growl on that one and the whole song just rocks. I hope I get to see the day where this is properly reissued. I got the cheap bargain bin 1980's c.d. version, which actually doesn't sound too bad, but I'd drop it in a second if a deluxe version came along. Especially if one of the bonus tracks was "Motoring" which is a great drumming showcase for Keith. I think we also deserve to finally get a full version of "I'm A Man." That said, I think "Circles" would be nice to have on there too because it really signals towards the sounds they reached later on on "Sell Out" and "Tommy." The Who's My Generation is an amazing and powerful debut album. It deservers a lot more respect and a better pressing on C.D. than the one now available. Come on Shel Talmy, what gives? 


Reviewer: anonymous
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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
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By far this is one of the best debuts and for that matter albums ever. Hugely influential to the punk and mod bands of the 1970's. The band plays incredible. Moons drumming, some of the best on a rock record (he never over did anything like ginger baker). Entwistle's bass is great and innovative as well, but Townsend's guitar is the main focus. Feedback and white noise adorn many of the songs, He is one of the founding fathers in guitar rock. Songs such as the Goods Gone, Legal Matter, Much Too Much, Its Not True, and the Ox will never be dated and sound as fresh as ever. The records sound is great too (muddy my ass). This is true mod and punk rock by one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Buy this immediately. The American version includes Circles while the British version replaces this song with I'm A Man. Both albums are excellent don't listen to all these chumps that care about the British version. Their lucky to own any Who album.


Reviewer: anonymous
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What a great album! From start to finish this album packs a ferocious punch. Alot of great feedback and songs. The Ox is just fucking nuts as well as some fine James brown covers and group originals. Anyone wanting to dig further into mid 1960's British rock will want to hear the dutch Outsiders, Q65, Pretty Things, Wimple Winch, The Birds, Tintern Abbey, The Move, and the great Poets. All these bands are fantastic and innovative.


Reviewer: anonymous
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What's up with the word "Sing", on the US version, huh? Oh well. This I think, set The Who's image for their entire career. "Hope I die before I get old." The words which haunt Pete Townshend the worst. But this is the Who like they were at the Marquee and the Goldhawk. This is the Who, before they got caught up in rock operas, and synthesizers.
I think it's one of the hardest rock albums. If your listen to this, and then something later, oh, say, "The Who by Numbers", you can see where they've come from.




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