The Who – My Generation

ARTIST: The Who 220px-My-Generation--2
TITLE: My Generation (or The Who Sings My Generation for us Americans)
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: #5 UK (No charting in the US!)
SINGLES: Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (#10 UK), My Generation (#2 UK, #74, #99 US 220px-The_Who_sings_My_GenerationCashbox), A Legal Matter (#32 UK), The Kids Are Alright (#41 UK, #85 US Cashbox), La-La-La-Lies
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Circles (Instant Party) (US Version)
LINEUP: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend. Nicky Hopkins plays piano.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Loud and raucous debut from the premier Mod group. Hide the children; it’s so loud!

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After this exploded on turntables in 1965 and 1966, nothing really was the same. Bands could push the VU meters to red and not worry about distortion. Distortion is what they wanted. The kids really could stick it to their ol’ man and ol’ lady with the volume!

The sound here’s not clean. It’s loud and sounds loud. The band wants to out-do each other in volume, and Nicky Hopkins is back there trying to keep up on piano. Townshend’s eight (nine on the US version) originals are perfect for the band, and Entwistle’s showcase instrumental is fine too. And loud.

The only demerits here are the covers – two James Brown covers and a Bo Diddley cover. Daltrey’s not Brown nor Diddley and while the band does OK by them it’s just not The Who in all their glory (except for the guitar tricks from Townshend on “I’m a Man” – that saves it for the most part).

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The US added “Circles” and deleted “I’m a Man” because the lyrics were ‘raunchy’ – never mind Bo Diddley had no problem releasing it. They moved “The Ox” to the middle of side 2 instead of the closing track.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes! The original album, the US cut, lots of alternate takes and outtakes.

GRADE: A-: What a great start to a great career. Only the covers trip the band up.

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