My Generation (Expanded) Best of, SACD
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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.
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Now about those "missing" parts.
There seems to be alot of people with ZERO knowledge of the 1960s recording process reviewing this album and saying such things as shame on The Who and their Producer Shel Talmy for releasing this Deluxe Edition with "missing" parts.
Well, let me enlighten you. Those "missing" parts aren't missing at all. They only exist in the MONO version. I'll repeat that; THEY ONLY EXIST IN THE MONO VERSION! The reason for this, those parts of the songs were dubbed (recorded) directly onto the MONO master. Those missing parts were NEVER recorded in STEREO to begin with back in 1965!
So how the heck do you expect them to be in the STEREO version?
If you like the MONO versions, stick with them but don't slag this album for having "missing" parts. There is NOTHING missing on the STEREO version of My Generation Deluxe.
As far as the "missing bits", I'm not too concerned about them. Get "Rarities vol 1" for the 2nd version of "Circles" (I think that version's better anyway). Get the "30 years" box set for the double tracked vocal on "The kids are alright" -- you need the box set anyway. "La-la-la lies" sounds way better in stereo so I'm not concerned with the vocal gaffe. And the additions to this collection are wonderful. Love "Instant Party Mixture" -- it sets the listener up for the craziness of the "Quick One" CD.
Get that while you're at it. Heck, just get the entire Who catalog on CD. You know you want to.
In the late sixties and the seventies, British rock quartet the Who really made a name for themselves by shelling out some of the greatest songs in classic rock history. It was in 1965 that Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Roger Daltry, and Pete Townsend released their first full-length album, entitled My Generation. Read on for my review of this album.
The Who featured on this album may be the same four guys that would take the band to unrealistic heights in the late sixties and the seventies, but the band as a whole is radically different. This isn't progressive classic rock or one of those rock operas they would become infamous for - it's just straight-up sixties-style classic rock. There are also a few old rhythm and blues covers. If you're expecting the band's debut album to be something along the lines of Tommy, Who's Next, and/or Quadrophenia, you're going to have to change your expectations drastically. To put it simply, this is a pretty basic album, and like many of the sixties rock bands, there is some pretty heavy Beatles and Rolling Stones influence - the Beatles influence is particularly noticable on the hit The Kids Are Alright. And, of course, there's the title track which has gone on to become one of the most famous songs of all time, in any genre. The non-hit rockers are also good, but they're nothing too revolutionary. I'm not too crazy about the rhythm and blues covers, though - some of them just sound weird! All in all, this is a pretty uneven album, but it's still a good one overall.
Like many classic rock albums, this one has been rereleased as a part of the Deluxe Edition series.Read more ›
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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 9 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 14 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 on Feb. 3 2014 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