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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
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Given that it is one the strongest debuts in rock history. Given that it is far superior to the band's second album. Also given that Pete's songwriting was very mature, even in its infancy. This album showcases the best of the early, raw, Mod Who. They quickly abandoned this approach to create more sophisticated songs and arrangements. One can only wonder what would happen if this record was remixed and repackaged like the rest of the Who catalogue. This is my one problem with the record: the muddy sound. I know most folks feel that is what makes it so classic, but the Stones' Exile was redone to great success. That's a very muddy album. I just wish this album was taken out of the hands of Shel Talmy and could stand with the rest of the albums in new clothing. Overall, I'd agree that this is early Who at its very best. The real strength is that Townshend was already setting teen angst to loud guitars. Moon made his presence felt by letting listeners know that he was one of the most original drummers in Rock. Entwistle proved that he was the most gifted bass player of his generation. Daltrey had a ways to go, but he was still competent enough to handle the growling R&B numbers. It would still be hard pressed to forsee the glories to come. The Who did make better albums than this, but as Rock debuts go, this one stands as one the greatest.


Reviewer: anonymous
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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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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.


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.


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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