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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: Chester
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Reviewer: anonymous
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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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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.


Reviewer: anonymous
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This is a wonderful album from the beginning of The Who. Some favorites and some deep tracks make the album balanced. One can tell from the C.D. that even then, The Who had an idea of their strengths and weaknesses and how to capitalise on them. The sound may be a bit raw for newcomers, but the well known hits may compensate. Some favorite tracks are : Bucket T., and, of course, The Ox.
The only problem is that this is the American release and The English release has the track I really wanted to hear on it, I'm a Man.


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.




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