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My Generation
Studio album by The Who
Released 3 December 1965
Recorded April and 11-15 October 1965, IBC Studios, London, England, United Kingdom
Genre Rock, Pop, R&B
Length 36:13
Language English
Label Brunswick
Producer Shel Talmy
Professional reviews
The Who chronology
My Generation
(1965)
A Quick One
(1966)
Singles from My Generation
  1. "My Generation"
    Released: 5 November 1965
  2. "A Legal Matter"
    Released: 7 March 1966
  3. "The Kids Are Alright"
    Released: July 1966
  4. "La-La-La-Lies"
    Released: 11 November 1966
Alternate cover
The Who Sings My Generation

My Generation is the debut album by the English rock band The Who, released by Brunswick in the United Kingdom in December 1965. It was released in the United States by Decca in April 1966 as The Who Sings My Generation with a different cover and a slightly different track listing.

The album was made immediately after The Who got their first singles on the charts and according to the booklet in the Deluxe Edition, it was later dismissed by the band as something of a rush job that did not accurately represent their stage performance of the time. On the other hand, critics often rated it as one of the best rock albums of all time: in 2003, the album was ranked number 236 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[1] In 2004, the title track was #11 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. In 2004, it was ranked #18 in Q Magazines list of the 50 Best British Albums Ever.[2] In 2006, it was ranked #49 in NME's list of the 100 Greatest British Albums[3]

Contents

History

The album was made during The Who's early "Maximum R&B" period and features several covers of popular R&B tunes, in addition to the R&B leanings of the tracks written by the band's guitarist Pete Townshend.

According to the booklet in the Deluxe Edition, "I'm a Man" was eliminated from the U.S. release due to its sexual content. The U.S. release also excised a brief solo laden with manic drum rolls and guitar feedback before the final verse of "The Kids Are Alright", hiding some of the group's sonic pop-art leanings.

Many of the songs on the album saw release as singles. Aside from "My Generation", which preceded the album's release and reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart, "A Legal Matter", "La-La-La Lies", and "The Kids Are Alright" were also released as domestic singles by Brunswick after the band had started releasing new material on the Reaction label in 1966. As they were not promoted by the band, they were not as commercially successful as "My Generation" or the Reaction singles. "The Kids Are Alright" was however a top 10 single in Sweden, peaking at #8.

"My Generation" and "The Kids Are Alright" in particular remain two of the group's most-covered songs; while "My Generation" is a raw, aggressive number that presaged the heavy metal and punk rock movements. "The Kids Are Alright" is a more sophisticated pop number, with chiming guitars, three-part harmonies, and a lilting vocal melody, though still retaining the driving rhythm of other Who songs of the period. Along with other early Who numbers like "I Can't Explain" and "So Sad About Us", it is considered an important forerunner of the "power pop" movement.[4] "Circles" was notably covered by contemporaries of the group, British freakbeat outfit Les Fleur de Lys. The cover version has found some notice after its inclusion on Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969.

The U.S. release also substituted a portrait of the band with Big Ben in the background for the original UK cover depicting the band standing beside some oil drums and looking upward to the camera, with splashes of colour added by the red and blue stencilled letters of the title and a jacket patterned after the Union Flag thrown over John Entwistle's shoulders.

The album was once reissued in the UK by Virgin Records.

The Deluxe edition remaster, while sounding clearer in stereo, omits many overdubs that are prominent in the original mono mixes. Notably, the lead guitar parts in "A Legal Matter" and "My Generation" (though both songs in their mono mixes close disc 2) and the double tracked vocals in "The Good's Gone", "Much Too Much", "La-La-La Lies" and "The Kids Are Alright".

In June 2009, the album was selected to the National Recording Registry of the US Library of Congress. The album, deemed "culturally significant," will be preserved and archived. [5]

Track listing

All songs composed by Pete Townshend except where noted.

My Generation

Side one
  1. "Out in the Street" – 2:31
  2. "I Don't Mind" (James Brown) – 2:36
  3. "The Good's Gone" – 4:02
  4. "La-La-La-Lies" – 2:17
  5. "Much Too Much" – 2:47
  6. "My Generation" – 3:18
Side two
  1. "The Kids Are Alright" – 3:04
  2. "Please, Please, Please" (Brown/John Terry) – 2:45
  3. "It's Not True" – 2:31
  4. "I'm a Man" (McDaniel) – 3:21
  5. "A Legal Matter" – 2:48
  6. "The Ox" (Townshend/Moon/Entwistle/Hopkins) – 3:50

The Who Sings My Generation

Side one
  1. "Out in the Street" – 2:31
  2. "I Don't Mind" (Brown) – 2:36
  3. "The Good's Gone" – 4:02
  4. "La-La-La-Lies" – 2:17
  5. "Much Too Much" – 2:47
  6. "My Generation" – 3:18
Side two
  1. "The Kids Are Alright" – 2:46
  2. "Please, Please, Please" (Brown/Terry) – 2:45
  3. "It's Not True" – 2:31
  4. "The Ox" (Townshend/Moon/Entwistle/Hopkins) – 3:50
  5. "A Legal Matter" – 2:48
  6. "Circles" – 3:12 (does not appear on original U.K. release)

Deluxe Edition

Disc one
  1. "Out in the Street"
  2. "I Don't Mind"
  3. "The Good's Gone" [lacks double-tracked vocals]
  4. "La-La-La Lies" [lacks double-tracked vocals]
  5. "Much Too Much" [lacks double-tracked vocals]
  6. "My Generation" [lacks lead guitar, but is available on disc two in its original mono format]
  7. "The Kids Are Alright" [lacks double-tracked vocals]
  8. "Please, Please, Please"
  9. "It's Not True"
  10. "I'm a Man"
  11. "A Legal Matter" [lacks lead guitar, but is available on disc two in its original mono format]
  12. "The Ox"
  13. "Circles (Instant Party)" [lacks Entwistle's French horn and double tracked vocals]
  14. "I Can't Explain" (bonus track) [lacks tambourine]
  15. "Bald Headed Woman" (bonus track)
  16. "Daddy Rolling Stone" (bonus track) [alternate version to that found on Thirty Years of Maximum R&B]
Disc two

The second disc contains additional bonus tracks.

  1. "Leaving Here"
  2. "Lubie (Come Back Home)"
  3. "Shout and Shimmy"
  4. "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave"
  5. "Motoring"
  6. "Anytime You Want Me"
  7. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (alternate take)
  8. "Instant Party Mixture"
  9. "I Don't Mind" (full length version)
  10. "The Good's Gone" (full length version)
  11. "My Generation" (instrumental version)
  12. "Anytime You Want Me" (a cappella version)
  13. "A Legal Matter" (mono version with guitar overdub)
  14. "My Generation" (mono version with guitar overdub)

Sales chart performance

Album
Year Chart Position
1965 UK NME Chart Albums 5[6]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1965 "My Generation" Billboard Pop Singles 74
UK Record Retailer Singles Charts 2[6]
1966 "A Legal Matter" UK Record Retailer Singles Charts 32[6]
"The Kids Are Alright" UK Record Retailer Singles Charts 41[6]

Personnel

The Who
Additional musicians
  • Perry Ford – piano on "I Can't Explain"
  • Nicky Hopkins – piano (except on "I Can't Explain")
  • The Ivy League - background vocals on "I Can't Explain" and "Bald Headed Woman"
  • Jimmy Page – lead guitar on "Bald Headed Woman" and rhythm guitar on "I Can't Explain"

References


Simple English

My Generation was the first album by the rock group The Who. It was released in December 1965 in the United Kingdom, where it got to Number Five in the charts.[1] One of the songs, "My Generation", became very popular, and is now one of the most famous rock songs ever. In the US, the album was released in April 1966 as The Who Sing My Generation.[1] It had some different songs than the UK album.

Contents

My Generation (UK)

These were the songs on the first UK album[2]:

  1. "Out in the Street"
  2. "I Don't Mind"
  3. "The Good's Gone"
  4. "La-La-La Lies"
  5. "Much Too Much"
  6. "My Generation"
  7. "The Kids Are Alright"
  8. "Please, Please, Please"
  9. "It's Not True"
  10. "I'm a Man"
  11. "A Legal Matter"
  12. "The Ox"

The Who Sing My Generation (US)

These were the songs on the US album[2]:

  1. "Out in the Street"
  2. "I Don't Mind"
  3. "The Good's Gone"
  4. "La-La-La Lies"
  5. "Much Too Much"
  6. "My Generation"
  7. "The Kids Are Alright"
  8. "Please, Please, Please"
  9. "It's Not True"
  10. "The Ox"
  11. "A Legal Matter"
  12. "Instant Party"

Other versions

A new remixed version of the album was released in August 2002, and in August 2008 a longer version, in mono, was released.[1]

References








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