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Here are some reviews of this album:
The Who's debut is raw, brutal, exciting
proto-punk that ranks as one of the most exciting statements made
by a rock band up to that point in time. Although not the best
album of 1965 (that honor is held by either "Bringing It All
Back Home" or "Rubber Soul") it is certainly the
most fun. The only downers are the covers (especially the James
Brown ones), which do not fit in with the overall sound and prove
that Daltrey was unable to sing soul music at this point.
Otherwise, the album presents one great song after another: the
all-time classic "My Generation", the anthemic
"Kids Are Alright", the powerhouse feedback
instrumental "The Ox", the mysterious, Kinks-inspired
"Good's Gone", and the perfect harmony pop of "La
La La Lies" are reason enough to buy the album. The album
lacks the sophistication and maturity of later efforts but works
instead as an unadulterated statement of youthful aggression.
Additionally, the band's playing is far beyond what other groups
could muster at the time; Moon and Entwhistle amaze and along
with Townshend's experiments in feedback on "Out In The
Street", "The Ox" and "My Generation",
give the group the sound of an electronic roller-coaster ride.
The basic sound of the album would be gloriously refined and
expanded on as the years went by--and the covers would thankfully
be abandoned--but as a whole "My Generation" is a
worthy start. Now, if only Shel Talmy would allow it to be
remastered with bonus cuts like the rest of the catalogue...
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?
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.
I only have the UK release, but the American
release isn't that different. I think it's wonderful. It has some
great R&B numbers. Each song is better than the last! The two
best songs, in my opinion, are The Good's Gone and It's Not True.
I also enjoyed their cover of I'm A Man. In summary, it's a great
debut from a excessively wondeful band.