Originally released at the end of 1965, My Generation is still a staggeringly confident and raucous collection of songs that shows the band were well out of the traps and on their way to becoming one of the all-time world-beating rock `n' roll bands. Highlights include covers of James Brown's "Please, Please, Please", Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man", the self-penned classics "The Kids Are Alright", "Legal Matter" and "The Ox", plus of course the epoch-rattling title track. Not only has the album been remastered, it's also presented here in the Mono version, which is considered to be something of a holy grail for Who aficionados. This original Mono version is as close as possible to how the band envisaged it sounding in the studio, and contains many overdubs which were lost in previous Stereo masterings.
The roaring, raging quartet heard on Who's Next, Live at Leeds, and Quadrophenia is scarcely discernable on much of this, their first album. But the Mod-fueled, American R&B-inspired sense of ambitious pop that powers A Quick One, Sell Out, and even Tommy isn't so hard to find here. This reissue not only expands the original with a bonus-disc treasure trove of 17 outtakes and rarities (including the Pete Townshend-penned, previously unissued "Instant Party Mixture"), but has been remixed from the original 1964-'66 session tapes by producer Shel Talmy and released in true stereo for the first time. Anchored by early Who/Townshend anthems "My Generation" (also included in an instrumental version), "I Can't Explain," and "The Kids Are Alright," disc one's original LP set veers somewhat schizophrenically from Townshend's nascent power-guitar thrashing on the anthems and Roger Daltrey's ill-advised James Brown and Bo Diddley impressions on "Please, Please, Please" and "I'm a Man," respectively, to the surf-inspired John Entwistle-Keith Moon instrumental showcase, "The Ox." Not surprisingly, it's the Townshend originals (like "It's Not True," "Legal Matter," and the proto-psychedelic "Circles") that point to what the band would become in a few short years. The bonus material on disc two leans equally heavily on covers, but also contains its share of signposts to the future Who, including a rare, alternate version of "Anyhow, Anyway, Anywhere." Also included is a new booklet with many rare photos and a history of the album's recording by Andy Neill (coauthor of Anyway Anyhow Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958-1978). --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Great debut album by the Who, with the original UK tracklisting including "I'm a Man" instead of "Circles" on the american edition. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SydBarrett
The original masters, upbeat and never gets old. Since I can't afford the original vinyl this an affordable option with decent sound. Read morePublished 10 months ago by syleus davey
First of all, I love this album. It's the Who's first and it bristles with energy, attitude and great Pete Townshend songs, like The Kids are Alright, Much Too Much, A Legal... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Bohdanowicz
This remastered album is the same as the dlx version except all tracks are on 1 disc, which is handy. However, the disc has only 1 layer and it's sacd. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Anthony Guagliardo
My Generation (1965.) Who's first album.
In the late sixties and the seventies, British rock quartet the Who really made a name for themselves by shelling out some of the... Read more
the extras are great, but the original album has been remixed and ruined. no horn in circles. in cases where there were two vocal tracks now only one is heard. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Mike Young