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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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The Who - My Generation

Here are some reviews of this album:


Reviewer: anonymous
Rating:

The Who seemed to have a lot of diverse musical influences early on. On their first album you can hear the influence of early 60's black R&B, surf music, the Beatles, the Beach Boys' harmonies, the blues, aggressive power chording, and punked-out industrial noise. So it's not a cohesive sound really but that's what makes the Who so interesting to begin with. It's the hard-edged playing and singing of "Out In the Street", "The Ox", and "The Good's Gone" that provided a preview of what this group was all about. The only real downers are Daltrey's two failed attempts at covering James Brown. Other than that his singing fits the songs perfectly. And Townshend's debut vocal on "A Legal Matter" ain't bad at all, although his singing would continue to improve over time. Keith and Pete go absolutely nuts on "The Ox". Wonder what the Decca engineers must have been thinking as that one was being cut? And John Entwistle establishes himself as just about the best bass player ever. Who else was playing bass soloes back in 1965? The Who are often noted as having putting out the best live album ever. As far as this particular studio effort goes, there are certainly flaws here and there, but overall this should be considered one of the better debut albums.


Reviewer: anonymous
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I'm going to be reviewing the American version of this album since I don't have the British version which puts on "I'm a Man" in place of "Instant Party (Circles)." This is a very good debut album, as good of a debut album, I think, as Please Please Me. This was the seventh Who album I listened to (as I also bought AQO during the same visit to the music store but played MG first), and my first impression was that it was pretty good, and I had been really surprised to find it, since it's so rare despite not being out of print, and it was only $7.99! It might have been a different first listening experience if there had been liner notes to go along with the songs, or even some bonus tracks, but then I decided to give it a listen with an open mind and listen to it how it was originally created, only a dozen tracks and no fancy liner notes and bonus tracks, things which never even existed back in 1965! Instead of being like a flowery concept album or a pop extravaganza, this is straight R&B with an infusion of rock. And as a debut album, there can't be any unfair comparisons to later albums the way some reviewers have been doing with other albums, since if an original fan first heard the album when it came out, then s/he wouldn't have had any knowledge of the later albums to compare them favorably or unfavorably! Some people could criticize this album for not having much or any vocal range or any complex songs, but that's all part of the band's history and it really isn't fair to compare the album of a band just starting out to one of their later albums, one with greater vocal range and songs with deeper meanings and themes. There are a lot of really great mostly-unknown gems on this record, like "La La La Lies," "Out in the Street," "It's Not True," the James Brown covers, and my favorite, "Instant Party (Circles)," in addition to the old standbys of the title track and "The Kids Are Alright." Since this was a d?but album, I don't see the harm in recommending it as a possible first album for a fan, since this was the first Who album for many of the older fans, instead of like newer fans today being able to choose from any number of different compilations and albums, and if a band's debut album is a new fan's first, they'll be able to experience the band for the first time the way many of the older original fans did!


Reviewer: anonymous
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I'll give it a 5 because it influenced me as a player and definitely other bands such as Sweet and Cheap Trick and even W.A.S.P.! Check out their version of "The Real Me"! I personally wish it had more heavier numbers such as "The Kids Are All Right", "My Generation", "Substitute" but it's usually the nature of classic bands such as The Who to be very eclectic and diverse as well as versatile with their music.


Reviewer: anonymous
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The Who Sings My Generation is unquestionably one of the greatest rock albums created up to the date of it's release, and arguably the best first release by any British rock band. The energy displayed here alone backs up the aforementioned statement, but what's just as evident is the talent exhibited for what were, at the time, a bunch of teenagers. This was high energy. Keith Moon alone makes this a juggernaut and Pete Townshend is right there, showing his instrumental prowess. Roger Daltrey does very well for someone that hasn't even yet developed his primal scream, but instead relys just on his natural voice abilitys. That a song is named after John Entwistle's nickname, and what a little track it is indeed, indicates that here is someone being given a tribute for his multi-instrumental prowess. The Ox alone, in my opinion, is worth the price of this disc. But you get so much more for your purchase.....The title track is a pure classic. When this song came out it immediately sealed its place in the history of rock music. That it is such a testament to youthful fustration makes it an anthem, and sums up the misunderstood youth movement that was so definative of the 60's. To make my point here, you could say that Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirt" was an attempt to be the "My Generation" of the 90's, whether or not Nirvana ever conciously tried to do that, but you get my point. The Who, to my recollection, are the only band in their day, that really showed their appreciation of James Brown. Most of their contemporaries were singing the praises of older blues pioneers like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and there is nothing really significant in this observation, other than that James Brown had such immense talent and that The Who deserve credit for having the good taste to praise JB with their covering him. The Who were also big fans of Motown and Keith Moon was a big fan of surf music, most notably The Beach Boys. "The Ox" is proof of this, although this is not indicative of something they would have put out. When I listen to this album I think of how a band like The Who (actually there is only one band ever like The Who, and that's themselves) started what would be such an incredible career with such momentum. I mean, look at "The Kids Are Alright". This was a song for Mods.....the character in the song doesn't care that his friends are dancing with his girl, they're his mates. This is, shall I say, a happy song with a very lively tempo......just a good rock song that should have been a smash single. Classic in every sense. Alright, I could write about every song on the disc, but I won't because I'm recollecting the album without listening to it and don't remember all the tracks. I do however think that "Out In The Streets" could be my favorite.....the opening with Townshend strumming his guitar and the vibrato effect, with Daltrey yelling "Out".....and the feedback that Townshend creates during the break.....one more example why The Who will always remain one of the greatest groups of musicians ever assembled.


Reviewer: anonymous
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This is the ultimate of the Who's early work, and as far as I'm concerned the top albums of the sixties are My Generation, Revolver, Let It Bleed, The Stooges and Led Zeppelin (not in that specific order). When I read the reviews written by some fans I couldn't believe what I was hearing, people nowadays just can't understand what raw production is about, who wants a record like this to be remastered ? The production is perfect, it captures the Who's aggression and bite perfectly, and is the pure middle finger to all the refined rock acts who have been picked up and polished by modern technology. The Who have made a great album whose production suits it perfectly, why wreck it?
Enough of the production though, what about the songs: Out In The Street, La La La Lies, It's Not True, and The Ox are pure stomp alongs; I Don't Mind, and Please, Please, Please show Daltrey's voice tackling soul with success; A Legal Matter see's Townshend on vocal, and he delivers to great effect, despite the fact that his voice lacks the power, leer, and downright aggression of Daltrey's; The Kids Are Alright and Instant Party show that the Who were aware of the downside to their aggressive lifestyle; and My Generation is every bit the monster it was when first relief, Daltrey's voice oozes aggression, Townshend's guitar sends it's chords off like machine gun fire, Moon's drumming is incredible, but the prize goes to Entwhistle, whose bass solo must be the only bass line that fans play along to.
This is an album that has it's faults (Instant Party and Please, Please, Please are hardly among the bands best), but it's faults are forever outshadowed by it's incredible highs. One has to think that while the Beatles were releasing Rubber Soul, which was a brightly melodic pop album, the Who were taking no prisoners with this. Raw, uncompromising, musically adept, and exciting; Everything a rock album should be.




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