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Discography > Albums > My Generation

My Generation

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Liner Notes with additions and corrections by Brian Cady
Whitefang's Who Site

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

Ok, so Pete stole a Kinks' groove when he wrote "I Can't Explain", but this album blows away anything The Kinks, The Beatles, or The Stones did up to this point. I think for a bands debut album this ranks up with if not above Led Zeppelin I or The Doors first album. "Out in the Streets" and "The Goods Gone" are total rockers. Remember at this point the Beatles were still singing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". Roger's vocals (which is my least favorite member) are nothing but angry and powerful on every song which he's on, plus "The Ox" which he is not on is angry enough without him. This is Roger's second best effort, besides Quadrophenia. I'm glad they made this album, because I couldn't live without it. "Keith wasn't a timekeeper", and I'm glad.

Reviewer: anonymous

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 more example why The Who will always remain one of the greatest groups of musicians ever assembled.

Reviewer: anonymous

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

For me as mod is that a great album. I bought it in America. My favourite songs are MY GENERATION, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, MUCH TOO MUCH, INSTANT PARTY and LA LA LA LIES. I think that all these songs are the best works of the Album. The best lyric, I think, is "I HOPE I DIE BEFORE I GET OLD" in my generation. Have a nice day.

Reviewer: anonymous

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? 

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