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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
Rating:

This is the (American version of) the first album the Who brought out. It captures their early live sound very good and features some nice songs. Unfortunately this album hasn't been remastered yet because the producer (Shel Talmy) refuses to make the master tapes available. Back to the album! It sounds a bit thin compared to their later works but the lyrics are all very strong, typical Townshend (except the songs he didn't write of course). The hardest hitting song is of course the title track "My Generation", often hailed as the first punk song and as teenage athem (even now it expresses the teenage mood very good). Other great songs on this album include "The Kids Are Alright" (which makes a brief appearance on the Quadrophenia album and is also the title of the 1979 movie about The Who), "Instant Party (Circles)" and "The Ox" (an instrumental piece somewhat "surf" sounding, with a very strong drum-bass section). In all, this album is a must for everybody interested in British music around '65. The Who have always been one of the leading British bands and here's where it all started.


Reviewer: anonymous
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This isn't the best debut by a British rock band ever (I prefer the debuts of the Stones, the Clash, and the Sex Pistols, personally), nor is it even close to being the Who's finest moment. It does contain a clutch of memorable Townshend originals ("The Kids Are Alright," "A Legal Matter," and two semi-forgotten songs which I love, "The Good's Gone" and "It's Not True," which basically presents a prototype for punk to the world), as well as two banal James Brown covers in which Daltrey's overemoting nearly matches that of Dave Davies on "Beautiful Delilah," from another Shel Talmy-produced debut (truly a hysterical performance). "My Generation" itself can't really be counted; it was made as a single and thus stands apart from the album (and anyway it's hard to separate the song from its historical context, although as a performance, it's the early Who at their very best).
What makes this album are the performances, even of the weak songs (excepting the two covers, which nothing can save; another instance of Daltrey's poor judgment at this stage of their career). The sound is muscular and raw; despite Talmy's ineptitude behind the board, the Who never sounded quite so powerful even when they turned the volume up higher (one listen to "The Ox" and you'll be convinced). The performances are enough to put the album ahead of the Beatles' and Kinks' debuts, but it's not the best album of its era. For a great Who album go for Sell Out or Who By Numbers or Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy; for a great live album, go for Leeds or Isle of Wight. But if you want to hear the young Who (plus Nicky Hopkins) in all their angry awkward glory, this is the album to get. Even minus one of the original songs and in poor sound quality, the album still burns.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

For a debut album, this one's very good--although with better planning, it could have been one of the best first albums ever, which in terms of content, it isn't. But in terms of influence, it rates even higher, because it ended up being a huge influence for punk bands both in the U.K. and America years later.
The best thing about the album is the raw energy on several tracks, notably the opener, of course "My Generation," "Kids," and "The Ox." "A Legal Matter," "La La Lies," "Circles," and the "Good's Gone" are also very good.
But why in the world "I Can't Explain," and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" weren't included I'll never know, especially when you consider albums back then were mostly a collection of a band's singles. Those two songs should have been on the album, with the mediocre James Brown covers taken off. The it would have been truly great.
Even so, The Who's debut showcases the band's raw energy and awesome overall talent that we would see for the next dozen years.


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

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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To start with, I'm reviewing the U.K. vinyl edition not the horrible U.S. CD. This album is the best debut ever because of the simple reason it let you know what the band were about from the start. All of the bands mentioned in other reviews as having better debuts than this either owe too much to THE
WHO or just can't compete.
The highlights of this album are Townshend's fantastic rhythm playing that leaves big holes for Entwhistle and Moon to fill. The down side is the singing as Daltrey's voice didn't reach it's peak until 69/70.
The songwriting was already top-notch but the humour so prevelent on later albums had not come through. All the original songs are great but I feel that there wasn't enough of it at the time to fill a whole album.So, go to your local record fair and buy a secondhand copy on vinyl. If you haven't got a
turntable anymore serves you right.




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